No, it’s not Likud and the settlements

January 13, 2014 15:48

As an explanation for Israel’s global unpopularity, this thesis simply doesn’t fit the facts.

The West Bank settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah

The West Bank settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

When a theory unsupported even by minimal evidence becomes accepted as truth, it’s time to worry. And you know it’s happened when it’s cited as unchallenged fact even by people outside its political home base. That’s why I was appalled by Gil Troy’s Jerusalem Post column last week, in which he attributed Israel’s unpopularity overseas partly to “Likud’s rise and Labor’s decline” and the existence of “ideological” settlements deep in the West Bank.

Troy is no radical leftist; he’s a political centrist, ardent Zionist and tireless defender of Israel. He’s also a professor of history at McGill University, which makes his lack of historical memory doubly distressing.


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