It's bold opinions like this that makes Sam Zell's LA Times editorial page what it is:
To restate these bold opinions:
Our opinion is this: Israel is America's friend and ally. It deserves to exist safely within secure borders. We hope it will continue to prosper as a refuge for Jews and a vibrant democracy in the region (alongside an equally democratic Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza). But we do not believe that Israel should be immune from criticism or that there is room for only one point of view in our government.
- Israel is our friend and really cool.
- It should work just like any ol' democratic country with a religious symbol on its flag, nukes in its arsenal, and fourteen angry political parties in its parliament, all of which reserve the right to denounce you or even each other as anti-semitic during political debate.
- It should be OK to criticize this democracy, but only, you know, really really gently, the way you might take a friend aside and say, um, I've been hearing a lot lately that Tom's of Maine deodorant doesn't really work so very well...