Three weeks ago, Tony Judt, a professor of European studies at N.Y.U., published a devastating piece in the Israeli daily Haaretz. Titled “The Country That Wouldn’t Grow Up,” it argued that Israel’s contempt for world opinion of its actions had caused it to lose touch with reality.
The piece generated enormous comment in the Israeli daily. Then yesterday it was published in the Financial Times in England. A provocative argument by an eminent professor (himself Jewish), which includes an extensive passage about American opinion of Israelhas it been published in the United States? I emailed Judt to ask him.
The Swiss, the Spanish, the English and the Israelis themselves are capable of hearing this argument. Not Americans. For “the usual considerations.” If Israel is the country that hasn’t grown up, we’re the parent who’s in denial.