A few days ago, Seraphic Secret recalled a conversation about Gaza with an American-Israeli leftist who supported the expulsion, all in the name of rainbows and unicorns.
Of course, it was not only the left who advocated expelling 8,000 Jews from Gaza in a gesture of land for peace. There were those on the right who sighed with existential exhaustion, saying, in effect: “Okay, let’s give it a try.”
Those of us who vigorously opposed the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Gaza as dangerous appeasement were labeled right-wing fanatics, warmongers, fundamentalists. But we understood that expelling Jews from Gaza would turn Gaza into a front-line terrorist state, and set a precedent whereby the expulsion of Jews from any territory in the name of peace would calcify into a default liberal, global doctrine — which it has.
The American-Israeli leftist who argued so forcefully for the Gaza expulsion is, not surprising, still a leftist idealogue, incapable of recognizing a god that has failed. There is no doctrine as stubbornly delusional and immune to reality as leftism.
But Bret Stephens, the World Opinion columnist for the Wall Street Journal, recognizes that the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Gaza was a terrible mistake. Stephens, who was the editor of the Jerusalem Post at the time, supported the expulsion. Now, more than seven years later, he has written an honest mea culpa.