Jeffrey responds. He makes two important points: Netanyahu has not personally used the Amalek analogy in public; and Iran's regime is not comparable in terms of aggression and threat to Israel's. He's right about both. My concern is that this assumption about Israel's inherent decency can lead to rhetorical blunders. And that it can lead us to grant Israel lee-way we would not give others. I'm thinking, of course, of Gaza.
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