THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
ATTENTION TURNS FROM EGYPT TO ISRAEL

One-sided narrative casts Israel as villain

February 17, 2011

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H.D.S. GREENWAY seems able to transform just about any event into an opportunity for censuring Israel. Most recently, instead of focusing on Israel’s very real concern about the future of its peace treaty with Egypt or the Muslim Brotherhood’s oft-stated rejection of Israel’s right to exist, he used the uprising in Egypt as a foil for an airbrushed history of the peace process between Israel and its neighbors (“Israel’s close watch on Egypt,’’ Op-ed, Feb. 12).

One would have to assume that Israel’s neighbors have been peace-loving victims of Israeli intransigence. Absent from Greenway’s narrative was any mention of the unremitting campaign of terror directed at Israel, the repeated calls for Israel’s destruction from across the Middle East, the persistent promotion of anti-Semitism that emanates from every corner of the region, or the relentless efforts to delegitimize Israel in the global community. Nor was there any acknowledgement of the profoundly difficult choices any Israeli government must make in coming to terms with neighbors who have displayed little tolerance for Muslim minorities, much less Jewish and Christian ones.

Honest people might disagree with decisions that Israel has made in the course of its short and difficult history. Honesty, however, would also call upon such people to offer a more balanced history that is not so transparently dedicated to demonizing Israel and ignoring the sins of neighbors, who bear great responsibility for the ongoing conflict.

Michael Tichnor
President

Robert Leikind
Director
American Jewish Committee
Boston office