Israel's Nutty Right
For some reason, even though I was already in a bad mood, I wandered over to Arutz Sheva, where I read an opinion piece arguing that American foreign policy is driven by anti-Semitism, and compares the Annapolis conference to Auschwitz. This piece by two Hebron settlers contains a view of history shared by an important slice of Israelis even though it's as much theologically driven insanity as what Hamas cooks up. Also, while I agree with Jonathan Dresner's comment on this post, the dominant impression was left by a commenter who also sees Annapolis as equivalent to Auschwitz and alleges that the U.S. Department of State is anti-Semitic. I think all these crazy views circulate in some fora where I simply don't pay much attention, away from the newspaper editorial pages and comments of leading politicians.
However, I can't resist bringing up the reported reluctance of many Arabs in East Jerusalem to become part of a Palestinian state. Far be it from me to throw a wrench into negotiations, but has any Israeli government ever considered making the status of Jerusalem's neighborhoods subject to popular vote within those neighborhoods?