The Corner

Re: King David Hotel

Some scattered emails on the King David Hotel bombing and its commemoration.  A surprising number of them–surprising, I mean, from NRO readers–were along the lines that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” My personal opinion is that one man’s terrorist is another man’s terrorist. However, as I said, I don’t want to get entangled in these stale old arguments.

I do, though, want to acknowledge one good counter-point from a reader: 

The King David Hotel ‘commemoration,’ or whatever it was, was *not* conducted by Israeli officialdom. Netanyahu is a former PM, not a current PM, and the current government doesn’t show up anywhere in the article. Not sure if this is out of conviction or because they have their hands full with other things at the moment.

Still, it’s poor taste at best for Bibi to show up at this thing just at this moment, especially as the Brits aren’t coming down as hard on Israel’s self-defense as they usually do.

Incidentally–VERY incidentally, but it just popped into my mind–I was told last Friday, by a friend with an excellent Jewish education (Yeshiva U.) that King David had red hair. Is that true? I know the OT pretty well, but can’t recall anything about red hair. “It’s in the Talmud,” said my pal. Since the Talmud includes oral traditions from way back, I suppose that’s a respectable answer. I’m surprised I never heard this before, though. 

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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