Was this article by Peter Singer successfully utilitarian? It seems to be a bit of a philosophical muddle. When it comes down to it, the question is - whose side are you on? I'm on the side of the rational underdog with a principled prospect of prudent progress and probity. In an irrational premodern region, that's undoubtedly Israel.
Michael G. Heller, author of Capitalism, Institutions, and Economic Development, has taught Southeast Asian and Latin American political economy in the UK, Argentina, and Australia.