That’s the tone of Fareed Zakaria’s slightly patronising CNN piece. But it still served an important purpose.
“This is the Maagan Abraham Synagogue,” he begins. “It’s not in Miama, it’s not in Tel Aviv, it’s in Beirut. That’s right, Beirut, Lebanon.”
The incredulity continues: “Why did this nation, often teetering on the brink of religious hostilities and hostilities with Israel restore a Jewish house of worship? To show that Lebanon is an open and tolerant country.”
“It’s found support from Hizbollah, yes Hizbollah, the one the United States has designated a foreign terrorist organisation.”
He ends with the shock news that Hizbollah’s problem is with the occupation, not with Jews.
Patronising, yes. An important message to be broadcast on CNN, that’s right.