Wednesday, August 25, 2010

George Weigel stands "in defense of Israel's legitimacy"

In Defense of Israel’s Legitimacy George Weigel. First Things' "On The Square" August 18, 2010:
Last month, I was happy to join with former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, Nobel Peace Prize laureate David Trimble, Italian philosopher and political leader Marcello Pera, and several other international figures in launching a global “Friends of Israel” Initiative, which debuted in the United States in a July 8 Wall Street Journal op-ed article. The initiative, begun under Mr. Aznar’s leadership, intends to challenge the campaign of moral and political delegitimation to which the State of Israel has been subjected in recent years—a campaign which my colleagues and I believe has grave moral and strategic implications for the entire West.

As we stated in our joint Journal op-ed, we are an eclectic group: none of us speaks for any Israeli government; all of us have our disagreements with Israeli policy. More importantly, however, we are agreed on the following, basic points ... [more]