Jesus fucking Christ. Yagil Levy, an Israeli assistant professor of political science writing for Foreign Policy, posted roughly the following:
“Could allowing Israel to strike Iran have a net-positive outcome? Israel wouldn’t be ready for retaliation, especially Tel-Aviv, and would be hit hard. That would make Israel ready for a negotiated peace. In exchange for monitored Iranian nuclear program, Israel could be persuaded to leave the West Bank, maybe even the Golan Heights! It’s worth a shot, because after all diplomacy sometimes ends in [and this is the exact phrase that is used] “costly war”. There is another way of course this is far-fetched and diplomacy is always best we should do everything possible to keep from engaging in this last resort which I have just spent thousands of words defending in glowing terms.”
Explaining the benefits of another motherfucking goddamn fucking unnecessary war. Fuck you. Centrist crime against humanity, life in the Hague.
Treating massive civilian death as a perhaps tad messy but otherwise neutral way to accomplish strategic goals. “Tel-Aviv is not built to withstand an Iranian attack and would get pounded. Good news for the negotiating table!”
Spinning out elaborate scenarios based on hyperspecific assumptions about the interaction of complex and unknowable variables. “The war will proceed like this in such and such timeframe, and Israeli public opinion will respond like that in such and such timeframe, which will affect the negotiating positions of Israeli leaders in this specific way, which will force them to solve this festering sore of apartheid which has been one of the most intractable geopolitical problems in the post WWII era.” You do not advocate a fucking war by writing fanfic with international countries. That’s just something decent people don’t do.
Never once, at all, considering the response of someone considered an enemy in any capacity to be anything other than what the centrist wants and requires it to be.
Using the faux-erudite tone de rigeur among centrists which wraps everything in cotton in a very sober and reasoned way that makes the insane fucking things the author is saying seem objective and inevitable.
Refusing to even gesture toward potential negative geopolitical consequences of starting a fucking war in the Middle East while writing about the potential benefits. Double life sentences in the Hague.
I don’t know this Israeli professor, don’t know his politics, don’t know his academic work. But fuck him for vomiting that centrist militarist effluvia into the public sphere.