I had decided to take yesterday off as a Baby Day, and don’t normally post on Fridays. But after reading Treppenwitz’s Thursday post about the recent comments by Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht in “support” of Israel’s existence, I couldn’t resist.
Trep’s post says it all about the absurdity and bizarre nature (not to mention insult) of the continuing discourse over Israel’s “right to exist.” What other nation in the history of the world–whether conceived in peace or war, of open or closed society, of primitive or modern outlook–has been expected to explain or justify its existence 60 years after its founding? Who has the right to decide on such a matter? To whose benefit is the continued questioning of Israel’s right to exist? And is that a group of people to whom the world should be giving a free bully pulpit?
Psachya, a commenter to Trep’s post, summarized beautifully the appropriate response a rational person should have to such an irrational public statement:
…And the next day, the Belgian minister voiced his unwavering support for the existence of peanut butter, molecules, the letter “F”, pot roast, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. “And we will not be budged from our position,” he said bravely…