Thanks to "G" for letting me know about it.
"Timidity explains much of the Europeans’ easy damnation of Israel.
Putin escapes the disdain accorded to Netanyahu, because Netanyahu
governs a small nation and is predictably reasonable; Putin governs a
large one and is predictably unreasonable. Trashing Putin might involve
some risk; trashing Netanyahu brings psychological relief. If Israel
were large and Netanyahu demonic, and if Russia were small and Putin
Westernized and reasonable, then our cheap scorn would be leveled at
Russia and not Israel."
"There is no cultural downside in championing Hamas. The multicultural
romance of the Other trumps even the endemic misogyny, homophobia, and
religious bigotry of this particular Other. Seeing ourselves in Israel
and not liking what we see outweighs the fact that Israel is tolerant,
transparent, and free."
"Anti-Semitism still matters. The growing crowds of Middle Easterners
in Europe are now channeling the Nazis of the 1930s; they chant slogans
not heard since the Third Reich. Europe, where the Holocaust gestated,
is not outraged; apparently, in some sick way, Europeans are aware that
Arabs are saying things in their streets that they cannot say but may
increasingly wish to."