Of course, the day only has twenty-four hours, you let a soap opera slip in here, a match of the day slip in there, and, especially if you have to work, it is over before you know it. Alright, we can throw the soap operas out of the window, but surely the match of the day has to be a part of the staple diet, after all a coming up for air, the “footie”, a walk in the park, yes, even the one-off mindless action film, we have got to switch off, after all. Still, picking up a book is unlikely to help us “switch off”, especially if that book requires a certain cognitive engagement. therefore, we have to be careful and we don’t want to revert to clichés, but time is sort of precious and ego is getting on.
Therefore, on reading a review of Peter Beinart’s The Crisis of Zionism the conclusion has to be that yours truly just doesn’t have the time for this crap. No, I won’t begrudge the author his “political stump speech” for the job of spokesman for liberal American Jews. The point is that any book that sees the continued occupation, and ethnic cleansing, of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, as simply a threat to “Jewish democracy” misses the point and that point is quite simply, the term “Jewish democracy” just doesn’t make sense it is an oxymoron Mr Beinart, and has nobody told you about the 20% of the population of Israel who are not Jews. Has nobody told you that Israel has always been an ethnocracy and has nobody told you that …. well, ethnocracy and democracy don’t really fit, especially when you have to ethnically cleanse an area to get that ethnocracy? Anyway, good luck with your efforts to become the spokesman for liberal American Jews.