Richard Cohen: Israel is a Mistake

Updated

Richard Cohen wrote this in his article from yesterday:

The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now. Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself.

Why does Richard Cohen take this view? Because creating a Jewish state in the Holy Land upset the Muslims and led to the creation of terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. In fact Cohen goes as far as to say we shouldn’t condemn Hezbollah and Hamas; instead, he recommends that Israel use restraint and not employ its military might to take back the land it gave up:

There is no point in condemning Hezbollah. Zealots are not amenable to reason. And there’s not much point, either, in condemning Hamas. It is a fetid, anti-Semitic outfit whose organizing principle is hatred of Israel. There is, though, a point in cautioning Israel to exercise restraint — not for the sake of its enemies but for itself. Whatever happens, Israel must not use its military might to win back what it has already chosen to lose: the buffer zone in southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip itself.

What does Cohen think Israel should do then? Retreat. Pull out from the West Bank, hunker down, and take it from the terrorists:

The smart choice is to pull back to defensible — but hardly impervious — borders. That includes getting out of most of the West Bank — and waiting (and hoping) that history will get distracted and move on to something else. This will take some time, and in the meantime terrorism and rocket attacks will continue.

Israel should curl up into the fetal position and allow the terrorists bomb it into oblivion. Maybe someday the terrorists will get bored and move on to something else. If that time comes and Israel is still in existence, it can move on with life.

Update: James Lewis at The American Thinker explains why Richard Cohen should be fired today:

What gives Cohen the right to encourage the genocidal enemies of Israel in a time of hot war, when innocents are getting killed every hour, and when he knows that his words will be read and repeated times around the world?

Forget Cohen’s last name. It wouldn’t make any difference if it was Smith or Schicklgruber. But it might be a lot more understandable.

During the Hitler Holocaust the expression “self-hating Jew” became part of the vocabulary of history. It is a terrifying expression, as horrific as “house slave” in the antebellum South.

Today, the German expression “Juedisches Selbst-Hass” has come to haunt civilization again.

Thank you, Mr. Cohen. And thank you, Washington Post.

There are people, unfortunately, who do evil. And then there are those who encourage them by word and deed. In common law and in common decency the enablers are as bad as the evil doers.

Thank you, Mr. Cohen. And thank you, Washington Post.

Read all of Mr. Lewis’ post.

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