The recent kerfuffle over the short play Seven Jewish Children predictably brought out the worst in the rightist organisations which rule the roost in the Jewish community. They specialise in several methods of political assasination of views it does not like 1) attack the messenger and get personal to divert attention from the message or action being taken 2) take no prisoners (they grew up admiring Daleks).
Obama's historic speech deserves to be watched in full by all - it pulls no punches but does break many previous taboos or no-go zones - this is especially so for Jews who uncritically support the State of Israel.
Ten Comments on Obama in Cairo – Still Accumulating, Not Expending Capital-- Daniel Levy
This piece was also published at TPM Café
The Obama team´s remarkable wordsmithery and the president´s unparalleled capacity for delivery were exquisitely on display again today in Cairo. But this speech should perhaps be remembered as much for what was not said. Gone was the arrogance and lecturing: there was no lavishing of praise on Egypt´s undemocratic leader – the word ‘Mubarak´ was not even mentioned once. Out too was the purple finger version of democratization and even the traditional American condescension toward the Palestinian narrative. But perhaps most remarkably of all, the words ‘terror´ or ‘terrorism´ did not pass the president´s lips. Here was a leader and a team around him smart enough to acknowledge that certain words have become too tainted, too laden with baggage, their use has become counter-productive, today the Global War on Terror framing was truly laid to rest.