Writing in the Jewish Daily Forward, JJ Goldberg reminded me of words I wrote 43 years ago in the Village Voice:
I shall always choose the Jewish cause. Not blindly, not arbitrarily, but with full knowledge of who I am and where I must be.
My views on Israel have not changed very much since then. Then, as now, I opposed Arab radicals who refused to accept Israel’s right to sovereignty and security. Then, as now, I opposed Israeli radicals and their allies here who pretend that Palestinians don’t exist or, if they do, don’t have the rights granted to every other people.