Abusing Israel: The Fashionable Thing to Do
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told France Inter radio recently:
What really hurts me, and this shocks us, is that before there used to be a great peace movement in Israel. There was a left that made itself heard and a real desire for peace. It seems to me, and I hope that I am completely wrong, that this desire has completely vanished, as though people no longer believe in it.
[T]he only time America has been able to advance [Arab-Israeli] peace … has been when the parties felt enough pain for different reasons that they invited our diplomacy. ... Today, the Arabs, Israel and the Palestinians are clearly not feeling enough pain to do anything hard for peace with each other. ... If the status quo is this tolerable for the parties, then I say, let them enjoy it.
The anxiety of the diaspora Jews has ceded not to tranquility but to another anxiety. ... The annihilation psychosis has not disappeared but taken new form. ... I worry when Israel makes a fetish of its exceptional status.
The Mission found numerous instances of deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian objects. ... In some cases the Mission additionally concluded that the attack was also launched with the intention of spreading terror among the civilian population. ... [T]he Mission found that the following [acts] were committed by Israeli forces in Gaza: willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment … and extensive destruction of property.
In the summer of 1992, Ehud Olmert, then [Israeli] minister of health, tried to address the issue of organ shortage by launching a big campaign aimed at having the Israeli public register for postmortal organ donation. ... While the campaign was running, young Palestinian men started to disappear from villages in the West Bank and Gaza. After five days Israeli soldiers would bring them back dead, with their bodies ripped open. ...
We know that Israel has a great need for organs. ... We also know that young Palestinian men disappeared, that they were brought back after five days, at night, under tremendous secrecy, stitched back together after having been cut from abdomen to chin.
It’s time to bring clarity to this macabre business.