Daniel Pipes: Israel’s new enemy — the international left

Since the creation of Israel, Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims have been the mainstay of anti-Zionism, with the left, from the Soviet Union to professors of literature, their auxiliary. But this might be in process of change: as Muslims slowly, grudgingly, and unevenly come to accept the Jewish state as a reality, the left is becoming increasingly vociferous and obsessive in its rejection of Israel.

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  • Alain

    No, it is not Israel’s new enemy. It always was.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The international left at first backed Israel at the time of independence, dreaming dreams of a socialist utopia with kibbutzim, etc. Pete Seeger and Harry Bellafonte even sang in Hebrew. Then David Ben-Gurion began a pro-American foreign policy knowing where his most reliable political and financial support came from. That pissed off the communists. Then in the 1980s, the failings of socialism that we see in Venezuela hit Israel and voters began choosing the Likud with increasing regularity. The Likud pushed through economic reforms that made capitalism supreme and Israel became the “startup nation.” The left has never forgiven this apostasy.