If I’m understanding Dennis Prager correctly, being “anti-Zionist” doesn’t necessarily imply “anti-Semite”:
Hmm. Upon further inspection, it seems like he may be saying anti-Zionist is anti-Semite by definition. But if they are equivalent, then why is there any controversy at all? Hmm. Then he also implies that being anti-Semite doesn’t necessarily mean you hate Jews. Or, is it that you have to hate at least one Jew to be anti-Semite? Ack, I give up.
I’d like to focus here instead on his Italy analogy, which is incoherent. His setup:
The analysis is difficult because it’s unclear how Prager wants us to understand the meaning of terms he’s using, including:
- to “destroy” – So, do They want to incinerate Italy with nuclear bombs? Or, to overthrow its current government? Or, to pressure it to stop subjugating the Venetians?
- “illegitimate” – Unjust? Imposed by force? Imposed by heretics, by deviants?
- to “exist” – To have self-rule? To populate a land area? To continue breathing?
- are “anti-Italian” – Hate the country? Hate people with a particular language, or religion, or residence, or genetic makeup?
Let’s try, in spite of these difficulties, to describe the situation with Israel and the hypothetical Italian situation, bringing out the parallels:
Certain unspecified anti-Zionist people want to incinerate or pressure Israel, because the Israelis didn’t start the country in the right way. They say Israelis don’t deserve to be there. Yet, unbelievably, these anti-Israel folks claim to not hate the people living there.
Certain unspecified anti-Italy people want to incinerate or pressure Italy, because the Etruscans or Romans or more recent founders didn’t start the country in the right way. They say Italians don’t deserve to be there. Yet, unbelievably, these anti-Italy folks claim to not hate the people living there.
Q.E.D. Those Italy-haters obviously hate Italians, just like those Israel-haters obviously hate Jews. What could be more simple and self-evident? No other explanation is possible.