October 10, 2018

YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO:

Why Is Israel Scared of This Young American? (Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss, Oct. 10, 2018, NY Times)

Israel, like all countries, has a right to protect its borders and to determine who is allowed in and out. But Israel is also a state that prides itself on being a liberal democracy -- a fact that goes far to explain the longstanding support for Israel among American Jews and non-Jews alike. If liberalism is about anything, it's about deep tolerance for opinions we find foolish, dangerous and antithetical to our own.

The case for such liberalism today is both pragmatic and principled. In practice, expelling visitors who favor the B.D.S. movement does little if anything to make Israel more secure. But it powerfully reinforces the prejudice of those visitors (along with their supporters) that Israel is a discriminatory police state. 

Israel could hardly be more explicit about its decision to become an illiberal democracy.

Posted by at October 10, 2018 2:09 PM

  

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