POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL

"Western naiveté about the Middle East is hardly confined to Egypt.”

Indeed, Yossi Klein Halevi amply demonstrates his own here.

If the Middle East is so terrible a place, why in God's name did Israel insist on locating there in the first place?

Why is it so awful to have the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt - by the way, a rather mild-mannered Islamist party - yet Israel is entitled to demand everyone recognize it as "the Jewish state"?

And every thinking person knows that is Israel's 60 or so years of work of manipulation, war, theft, and brutality in the region that is the cause of mucch of its turmoil.

If you take Mr Halevi's words to their limit, I guess we should just clear out all the "troublemakers" in the Middle East for a thousand miles around Israel, a couple of hundred million Muslim people who lived there countless centuries, and send them to Siberia.

Sometimes that seems not that far from the heart of Israel's destructive policies.

I don't see who can defend it except those with no sense of fairness or justice.

This isn't analysis, it is propaganda, just one more unappetizing serving of the stuff we are served day after day after day.