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January 31, 2008

More Revisionism by Robert Malley


Robert Malley might be best known for promoting the revisionist view that shifted blame from Yasir Arafat after the Palestinian leader rejected compromise at the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in 2000. Judging by a column Malley wrote this month for the Boston Globe, he still may have an interest in revising history.

True, Malley was technically correct when noting in the Jan. 20 Op-Ed that "in the past few weeks, Palestinian militant groups have fired rockets and mortars into Israel."

And yet, he was so far from conveying the full truth. Israelis living in Sderot and other towns near the Gaza Strip have endured incessant attacks not only for a "few weeks," not for a few months, but rather for years. Since 2001, and especially after Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, thousands of rockets and mortars fired from the Strip have traumatized and killed Israelis.

Malley questions why Israel has ramped up sanctions and counter-terror operations to pressure Hamas; perhaps a better question would be how that country has managed to act with such restraint until now. How many weeks, months or years would Americans tolerate rocket attacks on the United States before firmly responding?

Posted by at January 31, 2008 03:05 PM


"Restraint" is the problem. Had Israel announced to the world immediately after they withdrew from Gaza and the rockets started flying, that it will no longer tolerate Hamas' rocket attacks, and hey will do everything in their power to stop them, including flattening every government office in the Gaza strip.

Because of that "restraint," Israel is seen as weak, a paper tiger than can be defeated with Hezbollah-style rocket attacks.

I would pick out five targets and tell Hamas that they have 15 minutes to evacuate. Then proceed to level one of the five chosen randomly.

Since the Arab and Western media have falsely accused Israel of committing "disproportionate retaliation," and "collective punishment" so many times already, that actually doing so wouldn't matter in the least.

Posted by: DrRJP at February 7, 2008 02:06 PM

Mr. Malley is an adviser on international relations to Barak Obama and Obama spent a great deal of time, in the past, with anti-Israel Columbia University professors Khalid and Edward Said.

Posted by: Ellen JS at February 25, 2008 06:38 PM

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