disproportionate coverage of Israel is, in many ways, the flip side and the natural outgrowth of the disproportionate support that Israel enjoys, especially in America. And the “double standards” are but a consequence, aren’t they, of the “shared values” that Americans and Israelis love to boast about. And bias, you must admit, can cut both ways.
there is a strong case to be made that the disproportionate coverage and the media double standards are not only the result but also a direct cause of what is, after all, the truly amazing phenomenon that brings Republicans and Democrats, who can’t agree on anything anymore, to declare in perfect unison that tiny Israel is “America’s greatest ally in the world.” And if that is true, then bias, disproportion and double standards are no threats, but rather critical building blocks of Israel’s national security.
there is something profoundly post-Zionist and even “unJewish,” if you will, in the demand that Israel be held to the same standards as Syria or Egypt or Sudan or France or Britain or even the United States for that matter. Israelis used to have higher expectations and to demand better of themselves but are now becoming increasingly resigned to being just like everyone else, no worse, perhaps, but not much better either. Israel wants to be treated as “a nation like all other nations,” which, Jews know better than most, is nothing to be proud of.