The Need to Counter ‘Incendiary Rhetoric’ Against Israel

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who’s made bashing Israel a spectator sport for Israel haters, raised some eyebrows recently when he blithely referred to Zionism as a “crime against humanity.” Secretary of State John Kerry issued a mild protest, saying, “We not only disagree with it. We found it objectionable” and that it made peace work more difficult.

Light as they were, Kerry’s commments were praiseworthy, according to author and commentator Shmuley Boteach, because they represent one of the few times a senior official has made any effort to counter Erdogan’s vile rhetoric at all.

Boteach’s larger point, however, is significant and worth looking at more carefully. The lack of response from Israel over many years of blistering verbal attacks from its enemies and their supporters has played a key role in Israel’s low status today....

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