Have the Israelis gone crazy?
We have recently witnessed a number of incidents in which Israeli hostility to the West has been made manifest. Yet the Western world has been the biggest—indeed, the only—supporter of the Zionist project outside the Jewish Diaspora.
First, consider the ambush of Joe Biden in Israel, where he went to talk some sense to Tel Aviv on the troublesome issue of the settlements, the primary obstacle to restarting the peace process. No sooner had Biden’s plane touched down than the Israeli minister of the interior made a startling announcement: The Israeli government would proceed with the construction of 1,600 more settlement houses in East Jerusalem. Blindsided, Biden remonstrated with his inhospitable “hosts” and then went back to Washington with his tail between his legs, while the Obama administration—in a rare display of American anger at our increasingly contentious “ally”—denounced the announcement (and its timing) as an “insult.” Netanyahu then arrived in Washington, where he openly incited the large and very loud Israel lobby to push back hard against the administration.
Such defiance is nothing new for the Israelis, whose capacity for aggression isn’t limited to shooting rock-throwing adolescents and demolishing their thousand-year-old homes. What’s interesting is that this open and increasingly...