Of all the icons that the iconoclastic Jon Stewart chooses to smash, the one that gets media figures in the most trouble is the infallibility of Israel, which is why Stewart is all alone out there. But he won't be for long.
That was the implicit imbalance behind the failed vote in the UN that would have described as "illegal" Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, while reiterating demands that all settlement activity should cease.
As the Obama administration tries to position itself as a friend to the increasingly empowered people of the region, it would do well to avoid looking unwilling to hold countries accountable for ignoring human rights concerns.
The final positions were not that far apart, the movement was constant and in the right direction, and the sides spoke to each other not as irascible enemies as partners in negotiation. Pundits-be-damned, peace was possible.