A Protest Gone Too Far

(Jerusalem Post) Liat Collins - Prime Minister Netanyahu was not in New York to discuss Israel's domestic judicial system but to discuss the Iranian threat, Palestinian terrorism, expanding normalization in the Arab world - particularly to Saudi Arabia - and to promote economic and other ties. The theatrics of the demonstrators who followed him there have a lasting impact on the credibility and respectability of Israel in the global arena, no matter who is leading the government. There has long been an unwritten agreement among Israelis that protests at home are legitimate but you don't wash your dirty laundry in public abroad. As the Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon put it: "Do supporters of Israel - do Israelis abroad, or American Jews - really not want the world to believe Netanyahu when he presents intelligence information regarding Iran's nuclear progress?" Those who try to look for the positive make the point that the demonstrations show the world how passionately Israelis care about democracy and human rights. But we're long past that stage. Calling on the U.S. administration to "save Israel from itself" is a brazen call for foreign intervention.

2023-09-26 00:00:00

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