More than ever, Israel is isolated from world opinion and the squishy entity known as "the international community." The Israeli government keeps condemning the Iran nuclear deal, by any rational standard a positive step away from the threat of catastrophic war.
The logic of the argument that the blockade of Gaza is automatically justified by the threat of violence to Israel from Hamas is essentially the same logic that the Bush-Cheney Administration used in justifying its decisions to torture detainees.
The head of the AJC is all for building the center if it addresses some "concerns." It's like me saying that I will endorse Glenn Beck if he would just address my concerns about his right-wing politics.
Once up and running, it won't be long before we know if the founders of the Cordoba Center have delivered on their promise. If so, New York and America will be enriched. If not, the center should be shunned.
AJC made its own investment in the new Germany. It turns out to have been among the wisest investments we ever could have made. Thank you for helping justify our confidence in the Germany that you today so ably lead.
I could not help but make a mental comparison between the remorseful way the German Federal Republic has reacted to the Holocaust and the Turkish government's incessant denials, lies and distortions of the Armenian Genocide.