Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ira Chernus' Wishful Thinking

Professor Ira Chernus is back again, with an article noted by how clearly it is detached from reality, titled "Could Obama Support Palestine in UN?" As I think we know by now, when Huffington Post bloggers ask a question in their articles, they already think they know the answer, and that is certainly true this time around.

You see, even though President Obama has told the American people that the US does not support the Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood, and that he does not support the UN's role in recognizing one, to the point where he even told Turkish PM Erekat this, Professor Chernus just won't accept that. So he went digging around to find someone who shared his views, and he finally did:
"Except Gabriela Shalev, who may have more claim to expertise than most. She was Israel's ambassador to the UN from 2008 to 2010. A few weeks ago she told a committee of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that "the United States is not interested in vetoing the UN's recognition of a Palestinian state.""
That's it. The rest of the article is Chernus or someone else referencing Shalev's opinions, and of course Chernus explaining why Obama should do what he and Shalev want. Professor Chernus also represent other Israelis such as Efraim Halevy who agree that Israel shouldn't be so complacent...but also agree that President Obama probably won't abstain from the vote. 

In the end, there really isn't much to this article, except that we see the arrogance of Professor Chernus: He will believe what anyone tells him, even over the President himself, as long as they are telling him what he wants to hear. For an academic, that's just sad.

1 comment:

  1. Zach, a correction: Erekat was the ex-PA negotiator unless you meant Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan.

    Anyway, as Barry Rubin pointed out, Obama's latest foolish exercise amounts to pressuring Israel to act against its own national self-interest in exchange for nothing to save him the embarrassment of having to veto a UN Security Council resolution backed by America's enemies.

    Obama's word is not exactly reliable and Israel is being asked to make a huge concession that would put it in danger with no tangible strategic or material benefits offered by the US to help Israel offset the risks of making such a concession.

    It is a very stupid government that risks the existence of its country for nothing. Would Ira Chernus act against his own self-interest? Then why in the world would he expect Israel to do just that - which incidentally flies in the face of everything we know about human nature.

    His kind of wishful thinking so much in evidence on the HP would sound credible - when pigs can fly!


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