A few years ago there was a big dust-up when two supposedly reputable scholars, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, wrote a paper (and then published a book? I don’t recall if it went that far) about how the Israeli lobby was running and ruining American foreign policy. When I saw the paper, I noted about four flawed premises in the first paragraph or two. My comment was that the paper did not stop at being anti-Israel; it bordered on anti-semitism.
Mearsheimer’s language, in a speech, isn’t just beyond the pale. It’s beyond sanity, as he names “Righteous Jews” and then Jews who are “New Afrikaners,” essentially depending on whether they support Israel or not. Among the “Righteous Jews” is the revolting liar Noam Chomsky, who detests not only Israel, but the United States and the West in general.
One of the problems with people who think like Mearsheimer, and I lamentably include Pat Buchanan in that group, is that they mysteriously believe that history in the Middle East began in 1948 with the founding of Israel. No wonder that Mearsheimer could get the name Noam Chomsky out of his mouth as “righteous.” Chomsky is one of the world’s great extant decontextualizers of history.
And, no, I don’t think that Israel is a perfect society. I don’t think it’s a perfect society because there are no perfect societies. But the Palestinians followed the KGB off into the wilderness 40 or 50 years ago and now they’re stuck there with the help of fools all across the Left including, apparently, Mearsheimer, who appears to have now gone in for the full pound.