Maureen Dowd’s Neighborhood

The Princess of Georgetown


I will give this to Maureen Dowd (not the Times’ worst columnist as long as Krugman lives): It is fair to attack Republicans for criticizing Obama’s completely clueless (if not ideologically driven) policy towards Israel and Iran. After all, says MoDo, they (the Republicans and a few Democrats like New Jersey Senator Menendez) don’t have to decide to send folks off to war, at least not yet.

But the Princess of Georgetown (the Washington neighborhood, not the law school that oppresses women) characteristically over-reaches with the following:

Bibi Netanyahu …governs a nation roiling with reactionary strains, ultra-Orthodox attacks on women and girls and attempts at gender segregation, and increasing global intolerance of the 45-year Palestinian occupation.

As the New Yorker editor David Remnick wrote, Netanyahu and his supporters too often “consider the tenets of liberal democracy to be negotiable in a game of coalition politics.” …

The Israeli fear of an Iranian nuclear weapon must be respected, not least because the regime intent on developing this weapon is the world’s greatest center of Holocaust denial. And the timing is tricky. As Bill Kristol put it, Obama’s urge to wait “would precisely undermine Israel’s ability to determine her fate.”

But I’d feel better if our partner was not the trigger-happy Netanyahu, who makes hysterical arguments even in the absence of a dire threat. At Aipac, he compared those who want to be less hasty than he does to America’s refusal to bomb Auschwitz in 1944…

Mmm…There are five and a half million Jews currently living in Israel, almost the same number as those murdered in the Holocaust (not just Auschwitz). Seems like an apt, unhysterical argument to me. How about you?

What MoDo can’t figure out is why Israelis can’t be more like the Jews she knows: funny, ironic, pacifist, Democratic Jews like Paul (Krugman), Tom (Friedman) and Jill (Abramson), her Jewish colleagues at the Times or that guy David from the New Yorker she quotes above, and all those other Jews she hangs out with in New York, Washington and LA who overwhelmingly voted for Obama. You know…the Jews who’d urge Obama to drop a bunker buster on Rush’s studio, but not on the mountains in Iran under which the mullahs are currently enriching uraniaum meant for bombs that will “wipe the Zionist entity off the map.”

Those Jews, MoDo knows, would never elect a Neanderthal like Netanyahu. And did you see that scary bodyguard standing next to him while he spoke at the AIPAC meeting? That guy can’t be a Jew!

As the “reactionary,” allegedly misogynist Israelis might say: MoDo lives in a different neighborhood.

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