Israel’s latest disaster

A write in Ha-aretz says, “We are no longer defending Israel. We are now defending the siege. The siege itself is becoming Israel’s Vietnam.”

Bradley Burston in Ha’aretz:

In going to war in Gaza in late 2008, Israeli military and political leaders hoped to teach Hamas a lesson. They succeeded. Hamas learned that the best way to fight Israel is to let Israel do what it has begun to do naturally: bluster, blunder, stonewall, and fume.

The whole essay is well worth reading. It’s about the ways in which Israel’s enemies have learned to use its own toxic politics to aid in the project of its destruction.

And yes, the only country in the Middle East where a journalist could publish an article such as this and not wind up in a dungeon is worth defending. The problem is that it needs defending not just from Hamas but from Bibi’s Clown Show.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

3 thoughts on “Israel’s latest disaster”

  1. It may be meaningless, but Reporters Without Borders ranks Israel 93rd for press freedom, below United Arab Emirates (86th), Kuwait (60th) and just above Qatar (94th). I imagine they lost points for things other than throwing government critics in dungeons, though.

  2. I forgot Lebanon (61st).

    Also, I notice that 93rd is the ranking for Israel itself. The ranking for the occupied territories is 150th, largely because of journalists killed or wounded in Gaza during the Israeli offensive.

    Israel has begun to use the same methods internally as it does outside its own territory. Reporters Without Borders registered five arrests of journalists, some of them completely illegal, and three cases of imprisonment. The military censorship applied to all the media is also posing a threat to journalists.

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