Thinking about Eichmann in the Way That the World Thinks about Israel

Even discussions about one of Israel’s most triumphant moments are bound to be colored by the ongoing struggle over the morality of its actions.

A replica of the gloves that were used by an Israeli Mossad agent during the capturing of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960 displayed at an exhibition at the Knesset in Jerusalem on December 12, 2011. GALI TIBBON/AFP via Getty Images.

A replica of the gloves that were used by an Israeli Mossad agent during the capturing of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960 displayed at an exhibition at the Knesset in Jerusalem on December 12, 2011. GALI TIBBON/AFP via Getty Images.

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June 22 2020
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Jonathan S. Tobin is editor-in-chief of JNS.org and a columnist for the New York Post, National Review and Haaretz. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.


It often seems as if there is nothing that Israel can do that isn’t disingenuously used to confirm the prejudices of her critics. Whatever the Jewish state does can be marshaled as supposed evidence of her flawed character. But surely the capture of Adolf Eichmann must be considered the exception to that unforgiving rule of international public relations.

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