David Bernstein and the Argument about Israel He Wishes He Hadn’t Won https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/politics-current-affairs/2024/03/david-bernstein-and-the-argument-about-israel-he-wishes-he-hadnt-won/

March 20, 2024 | David Bernstein
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For years, the law professor and blog author David Bernstein had an ongoing debate with some of his commenters. They asked him “why I focused my attention on what I saw as unfair attacks on Israel, rather than on Israeli policies I disagreed with that might be obstacles to a future peace deal.” He argued in response that

Israel’s harshest critics simply wanted Israel to cease to exist, and given that this goal could likely be achieved only via genocide, I chose to focus my attention on that. My commenters were also pretty consistent, arguing that I was being paranoid, that the vast majority of critics, even the harshest ones, wanted a two-state solution, not to eliminate Israel.

Now, since October 7, the score has come in, and Bernstein thinks, rightly, that he won the argument: Hamas does not want a two-state solution, and neither do Israel’s most fervent critics. But he’s not happy about winning, he says.

I have to admit that I underestimated the mendacity of these people. As much as I knew that they hated Israel much more than they were concerned with the well-being of Palestinians, I didn’t imagine that they would be willing to run interference for, if not outright support, Hamas, certainly not after Hamas put its brutality and genocidal intentions on display for all the world to see. I would have expected something more like “immediate ceasefire, but the world has to work on replacing Hamas with something else.”

Read more on The Volokh Conspiracy: https://reason.com/volokh/2024/03/17/ive-won-an-argument-about-israel-i-wish-i-hadnt/