The New York Times today grants MIT radical Noam Chomsky op-ed space for a characteristic screed against Israel and the security fence.
The heart of Chomsky’s attack is a comparison to apartheid South Africa. The security fence, he claims, will
turn Palestinian communities into dungeons, next to which the bantustans of South Africa look like symbols of freedom, sovereignty and self-determination.
For a rejoinder to this outrageous claim, see the HonestReporting communique: Not an ‘Apartheid Wall’
And see Mortimer Zuckerman‘s fine column today:
The Palestinians and their leaders in the Arab world–who created the whole tragedy by waging a war of extermination in the first place, second place, and third place–have shown no willingness to accept Israel, no matter what concessions are offered. The vast majority of Israelis, and now their leaders, find the moral, financial, and political burden bearable no longer. Conflict management, not conflict resolution, is the only real option. The security fence is intended to provide a defensible and stable border.