Last week, I posted a piece that contrasted the dreams, records, and dispositions of the late Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Israel’s current prime minister. The piece, under the headline “The Unbearable Smallness of Benjamin Netanyahu,” prompted a fair degree of fury on the part of Netanyahu’s aides, and from what I’ve been told, Netanyahu himself. The prime minister’s spokesman, David Keyes, sent us, through the Israeli embassy in Washington, the following response—he sent it on Rosh Hashanah, in fact. I’m posting it today, in full, without any of my commentary:
The Unbearable Misunderstanding of Goldberg
By David Keyes
Jeffrey Goldberg’s article “The Unbearable Smallness of Netanyahu” blames Prime Minister Netanyahu for stymieing peace, paralyzing pessimism, alienating Americans, scapegoating Arabs, misplaying Iran and fetishizing fear.
Big claims. None of them true.
Implicit in Goldberg’s piece is the assumption that the Israeli people must be stupid or naive. Why else would they keep voting for someone Goldberg considers such a short-sighted fear-monger?