December 21, 2006

The Road to Tehran

From The Road to Tehran:

The [subversive] Jose Saramago, Portugal's Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1998, observed after a visit to Ramallah that the Israeli incursion into the city "is a crime that may be compared to Auschwitz." Never mind that at the time Mr. Saramago visited Ramallah a total of about 1,500 Palestinians had been killed in the Intifada, whereas Jews were murdered at Auschwitz at a rate of about 2,000 a day.

There are more than six million Israelis who presumably wish to live in a sovereign country called Israel. Are their wishes irrelevant? Are their national rights conditional on their behavior - or rather, perceptions of their behavior - and if so, should such conditionality apply to all countries?