November 25, 2010
I have just seen Chief Rabbi Lord Sack's response to the kerfuffle.
"There is much to be gained by an honest debate within the Jewish community about its attitudes to Israel, so long as as it is made clear throughout that our commitment to the state and its people are unshakeable. Nothing we say should be construed as support for those who seek to delegitimise Israel's right to be or seek its destruction by force."
Seems to me that Lord Sacks is in a very nuanced way pretty much agreeing with Mick Davis. There is much to be gained by an honest debate, without throwing epithets. And obviously showing our concern for the way Israel is going is also showing our unshakeable commitment to the state and its people.
Whatever we or Israel says or does, the delegitimisers will continue to delegitimise. They'll never be satisfied. It's time to adopt and adapt the Ben-Gurion maxim -- it doesn't matter what they say, it matters what we do. And if that means both sides uttering unpleasant truths to each other, so be it. True friends act that way.