Looking at Lebanon
August 2nd, 2006
New York may pride itself for being a melting pot but, when it comes to the current conflict in the Middle East, public opinion seems to break down along religious lines. Or at least that’s the finding of a very unscientific New York magazine poll of 100 passersby, identified by religion. For example, asked who is to blame for the crisis in Lebanon, 12 Muslims and only one Jew said Israel, while eight Jews and no Muslims said Hezbollah. Twenty-two Christians said all sides were equally to blame. Seventeen Muslims (3 Jews and 27 Christians) thought the U.S. is too pro-Israel, while 15 Jews and no Muslims said it was not.
The New York Sun apparently has only consulted some of those New Yorkers. In its editorial today it despairs, “Concern is mounting by the hour in New York that the Bush administration is wavering on the diplomatic front… as Europeans step up pressure on Israel to stop prematurely its battle against Hezbollah.”
And in the Huffington Post, Jonathan Tasini — who has mounted an anti Iraq war challenge to Hillary Clinton without quite the success Ned Lamont is enjoying in Connecticut — now turns to Clinton’s stand on the Middle East. I’ve touched the ‘third rail” of politics in New York: the Israel-Palestine conflict,’ he writes, criticizing Clinton and other politicians for continuing to “blindly pursue a one-sided policy in the Palestinian-Israel conflict, a policy that is causing more death and sorrow for civilians on all sides of the conflict.”By Gail Robinson on August 2, 2006, 9:31 am
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