Thursday, June 17, 2004
The nuances of Israeli politics
For all it's problems, in some ways I really love Israel. Evidence from the Guardian's Israeli Press Review:
The very identity of Israel was under threat this week, argued Michael Freund in the Jerusalem Post, though not from Mr Sharon. Monday's high court ruling that the sale of pork should be allowed in Israel was "assaulting one of the most emotive symbols of Jewish faith and martyrdom. Don't be fooled by assertions that this is all about individual rights and personal freedoms. That is just a convenient cover for what is really at stake here, which is nothing less than an all-out assault on the Jewish character of the state."It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "opponents of government pork".