Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Today's Reading Assignment

At RealClearPolitics, former New York Mayor Ed Koch pummels Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times. In a recent column, Kristof actually expressed concern that the Democratic Party leadership is "too supportive" of Israel. That's right. "Too supportive." Kristof prefers that the U.S. adopt a more "neutral" stance toward the Jewish State, despite the special relationship that has existed between Washington and Tel Aviv for more than 50 years.

Mr. Kristof also endorses the sentiments of Illinois Senator (and Democratic presidential hopeful) Barrack Obama, who recently stated that "no one has suffered more than the Palestinian people." As Mayor Koch reminds us, some of that suffering can be blamed on the so-called Palestinian leadership, which has repeatedly rejected various peace proposals, and supported terrorist attacks against Israel.

Koch also ridicules the notion that "the denial of peace and justice in Palestine" is the wellspring of regional divisions--another concept that Kristof endorses. Mr. Koch observes that the Israeli-Palestinian issue played no role in many of the conflicts that have beset the Middle East over the past six decades.

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