Benjamin Netanyahu said he opposes a proposal for parliamentary investigations of Israeli groups critical of the country's policies toward the Palestinians.
Israel's Knesset voted to form a parliamentary committee to investigate left-wing Israeli organizations that criticize the Israeli military's actions. The initiative, proposed by the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, passed Wednesday by a vote of 47 to 16. The committee will be charged with determining if the groups are funded by foreign countries or by other groups with links to terrorism. Israeli human rights groups have criticized the initiative.
The current war with Iraq marks a defining moment in the lives of American Jews and their lives in this country. For generations, Jews have lived, for the most part, on the left-wing edge of the American commonwealth.
They have been -- in Hollywood, in the political world, academia and the media -- generally hostile to the idea of the projection of American power and the idea of a new American empire.
This may soon be changing. Although initially somewhat less supportive of the Iraq invasion than other Americans, Jews are far more behind the projection of American power, arguably, than at any time since World War II. Over half of Jews strongly supported the Bush policy before the outbreak of hostility, according to the Pew Research Center; that percentage has likely increased more recently, as has occurred in the rest of the population.