Why are all those countries helping a "hated" Israel?
12/05/2010 - 09:44
James Besser

There's an interesting subtext to the outpouring of international support for Israel as it fights catastrophic fires in the north.

More and more, we hear that Israel is being “delegitimized” by an indifferent world, that so much of the criticism of its policies is based on “hatred” of the Jewish state, that support for its existence is all but nonexistent.

So how to explain the international surge of sympathy and help?  From the hostile EU nations, from Turkey?  How do you explain the 24 nations that have sent firefighting equipment? That's not what you'd expect of a world that despises Israel and rejects its very existence.

Yes, I know some in the Arab and Muslim worlds are celebrating the catastrophe, and I'm not arguing the world isn't biased against Israel when it looks at the Arab-Israeli conflict.

But the events of the past few days suggest that some of the criticism that pro-Israel groups here are wont to describe as hatred of the Jewish state isn't hatred at all, but criticism of its policies, or an inclination to accept the Palestinian narrative more than the Israeli one.

That may look a lot like Israel hatred to some, but the international outpouring of support suggests it's a little more complicated than that.

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