By Tom Wilson, INN –

While Israel may have proven more than capable of meeting the military challenges it faces, the global campaign to extinguish the Jewish presence in the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people continues apace. Commentary Magazine’s newly released eBook “The New War on Israel“ explores the contours of this determined effort to delegitimize Israel’s most basic right; that it should simply be allowed to exist. The anthology of essays and opinion pieces provides an up-to-date overview of the latest trends in the movement to wage war on Israel by other means, offering an in depth analysis of the forces at work behind this campaign. As such this new eBook offers both a way to understand this latest manifestation of the war on the Jews, but also some essential pointers for how this phenomenon can be ultimately combated.

Perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of this trend, as highlighted in the book, is the way in which Jewish liberals, in both Israel and the Diaspora, have aided and abetted efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state first into submission, and then they no doubt hope, out of existence altogether.

Featured in the book is Joshua Muravchik’s excellent essay “Trashing Israel Daily”, which uncompromisingly exposes how Haaretz and the Israeli Left more generally have provided so much of the fuel for the fire being stoked against Israel internationally. Muravchik details how such writers as Amira Hass and Gideon Levy, among others, have used the pages ofHaaretz to run a concerted campaign of disinformation and distortion so as to shamelessly demonize their fellow Jews, and even legitimate terrorism against Israeli civilians. Most chillingly of all has been the attitude of the newspaper’s editors, who behind closed doors have even called on America to “rape” Israel. Apparently, all for its own good.

These pernicious sentiments, manufactured by the Israeli Left, are then exported out to naïve and liberally minded Jews throughout the world. As Ben Cohen details in the book, this has manifested itself particularly strongly among Jewish students in America. There the Open Hillel campaign seeks to transform what have until now been safely pro-Israel Jewish student centers into just another venue for the most hatefully bigoted opponents of Israel to advance their efforts to bring down the Jewish state. Yet, astoundingly, many of those behind the campaign to bring anti-Israel boycotters into Hillel, insist that they are nevertheless still friends of Israel.

As John Podohoretz points out in his piece, however, the J Street “Liberal Zionists” who claim to care about Israel harbor some fairly unusual notions about what being pro-Israel might mean. Inevitably, these “critical friends” of Israel, the But-However crowd as Podhoretz refers to them, always condition their support for Israel on Israel pursuing the set of polices that they favor. It seems that they consider Israel to have no innate right to expect the support of Diaspora Jewry. Rather they insist that Israel is only deserving of their backing if it will submit to embodying the …read more
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