Noam Chomsky, the prominent American academic and critic of Israel, has made his first trip to the Gaza Strip.
Christopher Hitchens, the acerbic critic, and Vaclav Havel, the Czech leader, had one odd thing in common—besides passing away in the same week.
Israel is a free society. The rights of the minority, of the oppressed, indeed, of the criminally foolish are protected. Mr. Chomsky would be as free in Israel to pronounce this nonsense as he is in the United States. Were he to move to the Arab world, he would be persecuted as a Jew (as, indeed, he might be in France). And were he, God forbid, persecuted, Israel would offer him a home, under the Right of Return. That is what Israel means to me.