TITLE

What is Not to be Done

AUTHOR(S)
Wieseltier, Leon
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;10/27/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 17, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article comments on the idea of a bi-national state of Israelis and Palestinians, in light of an article, "Israel: The Alternative," by Tony Judt which says a bi-national state is not the alternative for Israel. It is the alternative to Israel. Judt and his editors have crossed the line from the criticism of Israel's policy to the criticism of Israel's existence. The right in Israel and America are therefore greatly in their debt: They have given credence to the suspicion that the criticism of Israel's policy is always nothing other than the criticism of Israel's existence. Judt has not replaced a national state with a post-national state; he replaced a national state with another national state. He wishes to relieve Palestinian statelessness with Jewish statelessness, to exchange one vulnerable minority with another. This brings us to Judt's second reason for condemning Israel to disappear. He is offended by the ideal of belonging that it represents.
ACCESSION #
11148822

 

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