This past week saw much coverage and commentary on Israel’s “pull-out” from the Gaza Strip. It was only a matter of time, I thought, before Elie Wiesel would weigh in on this “historic” occasion.
Now in his mid-seventies, Elie Wiesel—acclaimed Jewish writer, Nobel Peace laureate, and internationally recognized Holocaust survivor—still rises on occasion to defend Israel from its carping critics. In an op-ed in this Sunday’s New York Times(August 21), entitled, “The Dispossessed,” Wiesel trots out the themes he has fine-tuned for close to forty years: sadness, optimism, tears, Israel’s nobility, and the moral onus always being on the Palestinians to prove their trustworthiness, given Israel’s inspiring magnanimity. Read the rest of this entry »