Naive lead­er­ship

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

It would plainly be lu­di­crous to sug­gest that the Board of Deputies be­lieves that the IDF set out to mur­der in­no­cent Pales­tini­ans in Gaza. But there are cer­tainly mem­bers of the MCB who be­lieve just that, and the Mus­lim body is now in­sist­ing that the words “tar­get­ing of civil­ians” in the joint state­ment between it and the Board does in­deed in­clude Is­rael. For all but the most bi­ased an­tiIs­rael ob­servers, the words clearly — can only — re­fer to Ha­mas. But even if the Board thinks it ob­vi­ous that the IDF does not tar­get civil­ians and so no one can in­ter­pret the state­ment that way, in its de­sire to con­jure up this un­prece­dented joint state­ment with the MCB, it has made a stupid mis­take. It is naive in the ex­treme not to have fore­seen that the MCB would in­sist it refers to Is­rael. And it is sim­ply bizarre to imag­ine that the MCB, of all bod­ies, would con­demn Ha­mas. Those who are ar­gu­ing that our com­mu­nal lead­ers are not fit for the job have now been given even more ev­i­dence to sup­port their case.

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