I watched the whole 20-minute apology last night. I felt bad for him being so distraught, but to be perfectly honest I was also kind of annoyed that he seemed more sorry/heartbroken about the personal cost to him than anything else. I got the feeling that his intense love for Israel & the Jewish community blinded him to the seriousness of his words and their harmful potential.
And maybe that love still blinds him—the woman kept nudging him, asking him if there was anything else he wanted to say to President Obama, etc. but he just kept crying and talking about how he didn’t really mean it, how hard he’d worked, how Israel might not let him visit now, how much he loved his community and might have hurt it, how he hoped people in the community & at the paper would stand by him… it was all about him.
It is indeed a sad story.