Only Israel Expected to Be Perfect

Credit:  NY Daily News.

Credit: NY Daily News.

Israel, held to an impossible standard

Mistakes happen in war

By Richard Cohen

August 18, 2014


>  All these impressive technological feats, all this bravery and derring-do, suggest a kind of perfection. They suggest, further, that what seems like war crimes must indeed be war crimes because Israel does not make mistakes.

>  Not only is this hardly true — a list of operations botched by the Mossad could fill the rest of this column — but it veers into a kind of anti-Semitism. If the bombing of a school or hospital is not a mistake, then it must have been on purpose: Israel is the cold-hearted killer of children.

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