Today’s Ma’ariv reports that out-going US Ambassador Dan Kurtzer chose to take advantage of his farewell reception at the President’s Residence in order to severely criticize Israel for not destroying the synagogues in the Gaza Strip. Obviously, there are all sorts responses that these remarks invite (especially in light of the identity of their author). However, that task can best be left to others.
His comments did, however, remind me of a true story that a dear friend and colleague once told me. At the time, this person was teaching at an institution of higher learning in New York City. One day, a fellow faculty member was carried in beaten within an inch of his life and bleeding, after having been mugged on his way from the subway to the campus. Yet all he could say was, ‘It’s all our fault.’