https://reason.com/volokh/2021/07/05/why-israel-receives-such-disproportionate-world-attention-and-criticism/ WHY ISRAEL RECEIVES SUCH DISPROPORTIONATE WORLD ATTENTION AND CRITICISM by David E. Bernstein, July 5, 2021
Israeli sovereignty and military power means Jews are refusing to play the role assigned to them by Christian, Marxist, and Islamic ideologies Israel does indeed receive an amount of world attention disproportional to its size and harsh criticism that focuses on its supposed harsh occupation of land the ignorant believe belongs to the Palestinian Arabs. Israel’s large contributions to the betterment of mankind and its care in avoiding hitting civilians when retaliating on-going Arab terrorism is ignored. David Bernstein has previously explored various possibilities why this is. He now suggests that it is Israel’s sovereignty and strength that hits many people the wrong way. Theologically. Israel was for two thousand years at the mercy of the theological beliefs of whatever land it was in. Bernstein suggests that “[t]o see the Jews exercising dominion over Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land is a hard theological pill to swallow,” Then too Jews insist on being their own people. “Jews refusing to be victims is, ironically, seen as a betrayal of Christian ideals.” Jews have also overturned some important Muslims theology, including the belief that Islam must be first among religions, ruling over the inferior other religions. Moreover, the average Muslim assumes that “Judaism is expansionist and universalist like Islam.” Bernstein believes that dislike of the image of the new Jew is why any show of strength is derided as “disproportionate”. No amount of force is acceptable. Bernstein implies that these attitudes can’t change. I am more optimistic.
AUTHOR: David E. Bernstein is a professor and executive director of the Antonin Scalia Law School at the George Mason University Law School.
This article was published July 5, 2021 by The TImes of Israel and is archived at https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israels-critics-are-repulsed-by-jewish-sovereignty-and-military-power/.
It is archived at Think-Israel at https://www.think-israel.org/bernstein.jewishsovereignty.html