Larry Derfner and I began our debate about the future of Israel and Zionism at Israel Reconsidered several weeks ago. Just this week, we really got into it over Nakba and Right of Return. Frankly, I was surprised at how little Larry was willing to “give” on both subjects since I consider him to be one of the most forthright and progressive of Israel’s English language newspaper columnists. I got really exercised in my reply to him, Right of Return is ‘Right’ and a Right.
This is my first substantive foray into both of these subjects where I’ve put my thoughts down at length (never really did it here in this blog except in the comment threads). So I hope you’ll take a look especially at that post. You can access all the posts I’ve written at Israel Reconsidered here.
The latter blog is an experiment for both of us. We didn’t know how it would turn out. We have high regard for each other and usually agree politically. And frankly, I didn’t even know that Larry essentially rejects the Right of Return. When I read his last post it really brought me up short. That’s why my reply was so passionate and perhaps even vituperative. I’m eager for some readers here who haven’t weighed in on the comment threads there to do so. Until now, the preponderance has been of the liberal Zionist stripe, which I find sometimes limiting both intellectually and politically.