THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
ISRAELI POLITICAL DISPUTE HITS HOME

Demagoguery over democracy

August 12, 2009

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THOSE RESPONSIBLE for launching the current controversy against Nadav Tamir, Israel’s consul general for New England, certainly knew what they were doing. By using the fact of his memorandum to obscure its thoughtful and nuanced argument, and by using their own betrayal of confidentiality to impugn his professionalism, they have scored a double victory of demagoguery over democracy.

Tamir’s critique is an act of patriotism and its substance exemplifies the shared values and interests of American and Zionist democracy.

Sadly, the attacks against him represent another set of values and interests shared by certain ideologically aligned elements within our two countries.

I hope that the outpouring of support for Tamir overwhelms the intentions of his detractors, and that Israel’s better instincts prevail in this matter and in American-Israeli relations in general.

Mark Goodman
Cambridge

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