Israel is "singled out" today, but by its friends and not just by its enemies. It has been singled out for unparalleled support - financial, military, diplomatic - by the western powers. It is indeed, to quote Ben-Ami, a "special case". Which other country is in receipt of $3billion a year in US aid, despite maintaining a 47-year military occupation in violation of international law? Which other country has been allowed to develop and stockpile nuclear weapons in secret?
Over the weekend secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov reached a deal and a framework to dispose of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal by 2014... Secretary Kerry is headed back to Paris to work with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to work out a draft resolution to implement this agreement.