I was flying back to Israel and found myself sitting next to a Jewish teen excited about his first trip to the Holy Land. I asked what the occasion was and he said that he was part of a group that was coming on a ten day study tour. I expected him to mention that the trip was part of Birthright or maybe some similar group when he surprised me by saying that the whole trip was funded by the “Committee for Peace, Justice, and……” (I stopped listening at this point.)
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If you think about it, there is nothing all that surprising about President Obama’s speech where he said that the “1967 borders” should be the basis of a peace agreement between Israel and the new state of Palestine. The vast majority of the world has bought on to this concept that the Jewish history of Jerusalem and what is popularly referred to as the “West Bank” only began in 1967.
While anyone who has really looked into the history of the region will know that this conception is a big fat lie, that’s just the point. We live in an age where people want their information in tiny, bite size, entertaining bits. When even a five minute video on YouTube is too long for the average person’s attention span — it is no wonder that the simple lie is winning more adherents than the more complicated truth.
Adidas, the global sportswear company whose running shoes I have bought for the last time, has decided to join Brazil, Uruguay, and other under-achieving South American countries in a denial of history. Apparently, they demanded that the Jerusalem marathon not pass through any areas of “occupied” Jerusalem. So now, the organizers will make sure that none of us run that close to those “illegal” neighborhoods of the city. (Thanks Israel Matzav.)
I thought that New York Times senior columnist Thomas Friedman was out of line when he referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a drunk driver earlier this year. Well now, according to Friedman, Netanyahu is no longer a drunk. Now he is a crack addict.
His call to arms is that the U.S. ”stop being their crack dealers.”
Of course people who write like to use colorful language to draw attention to their work. However, referring to the leader of the U.S. only democratic ally in the Middle East as a “crack addict” is not only a bit over the top — it also makes no sense according to Friedman’s own reasoning.
Once again, the Obama Administration has demonstrated a complete lack of understanding when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict. While they finally understood that their attempts to impose another Israeli settlement freeze would have led to absolutely nothing beyond a few thousand unemployed Palestinian workers, Hillary did not miss the opportunity to miss the opportunity to get peace talks really on track.
Instead of demanding that her friend Abbas remove the anti-Semitic slurs from the Palestinian Authority website, she repeated the intellectually sophomoric line articulated by President Obama in one of the first of several Islamic countries he has honored with a State visit.
“We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity.”
With those simple ten words, Hillary Clinton and her boss have bastardized all Jews living, working, and protecting towns and cities that happen to lay on one side of the arbitrary non-border referred to as the “green line.”