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"On Sept. 5, an organization called NGO Monitor reported that an associate director of the New Israel Fund, cited in a February 2011 State Department cable released by Wikileaks, said that ‘the disappearance of a Jewish state would not be the tragedy that Israelis fear since it would become more democratic.’ The NIF describes itself as a group ‘dedicated to a vision of Israel as both the Jewish homeland and a shared society at peace with itselfy and its neighbors.’ Maybe the case of the (now former) NIF official is a relatively rare one. Or maybe it’s just rare to have such off-the-record candor find its way into the public domain. Not rare, however, is the idea that Israel’s legitimacy is a function of its moral performance, and that judgment of its performance lies in the hands of its foreign critics and their designated Israeli scolds."