Man, there is so much going on lately it’s hard to keep up with it all. First of all, the Jewish lobby in the USA is demanding loyalty to Israel from all presidential candidates. Clinton’s representative said at a recent forum:
“The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties.”
I thought the role of the President was to support the decisions of the people of the USA! Guess I don’t understand roles as well as I should. Obama decided to play that role well in his recent speech on race when he said:
“[Rev. Wright] expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.”
Hmmm. So the whole problem in the middle east is the Palestinians then. I see.
John McCain agrees with Clinton’s representative on this regard. He is in Israel right now spewing for this sort of talk:
“I really think that we should understand that the US and Israel are partners. Israel is not a client of the United States,” he said. “If you are partners, then you don’t dictate what you think the terms of the survival of a nation should be.”
Asked whether Israel was using the right tactics in trying to quell the rocket fire on Sderot and the western Negev, Mr McCain praised Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister – terming him “one of the great military people” he has met. He added: “I can’t give you a good answer as to how you respond to these rocket attacks.”
But, he then said dryly, “I can tell you that I believe that if rocket attacks came across the border of the United States of America, that the American people would probably demand pretty vigorous actions in response. I think I know my constituency in the state of Arizona, and they would be pretty exercised if rockets came across our southern border.”
Did someone forget to mention to him that we neither occupy Canada or Mexico, nor do we currently continue to steal their land, invade them with our army, kill them on a regular basis and imprison thousands of their people, some without charge for years? Did someone forget to tell McCain that if our land was occupied by Mexico or Canada and they treated us half as cruelly as Israel treats Palestinians, that we would be lobbing a lot more than homemade rockets over the border?
Then McCain took the liberty of turning the attention to Iran saying that Iran is “obviously pursuing nuclear weapons”, completely forgetting about our recent NIE, which was far from perfect, but did exonerate Iran from that charge for the time being.
McCain is also trying to create a fictitious relationship between Iran and Al Queda, a relationship that no serious intelligence analyst will back, as for the second day in a row he hinted exists:
“Al Qaeda and Shia extremists — with support from external powers such as Iran — are on the run but not defeated.”
This statement was not stopped by Joe Liberman this time and was meant to stand. I guess we can see what to expect from a McCain presidency then.
While McCain was touting Iranian backed “terrorism” as the arch nemesis of the US and Israel, Cuba and Iran were voicing complaints against US backed terrorism in Iran (the MEK) and Cuba (Jose Luis Posada Carriles).
Also today from the Haaretz we have this:
Hebron and Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi Dov Lior plans to issue a halachic ruling forbidding Israeli Jews from rent apartments to Israeli Arabs or Palestinians or to employ them.
In an interview with “Eretz Israel Shelanu” (Our Land of Israel), a pamphlet distributed in synagogues before Shabbat, Lior was quoted as saying it was “mortally dangerous” to do so, as proved by the terror attack at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva. It was thus forbidden to hire Arab workers not only in yeshivot “but also in factories, hotels or anywhere,” he said.
Never mind that 20% of the Israeli population is Arab. They also came out with this:
In a related story, Mossawa, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel, released a report Wednesday that found Israeli Jews to be more supportive of the deportation of Israeli Arabs.
The report warned that ideas such as population exchange and racial segregation for Israeli Arabs are gaining support among Jews. It also warned that several Jewish politicians are gaining influence based on a platform of racial hatred.
Hmmm, deportation, racial segregation, putting all of the Arabs into a big concentration camp. Sounds an awful lot like Nazi policy against the Jews in WWII doesn’t it?
Among all of this nonsense, Hamas has come out with its talking points for a ceasefire thusly:
Haniyeh’s demands include an end to Israeli military activity in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, including an end to assassination strikes against Hamas officials.
He also want Israel to lift its economic sanctions against the enclave and reopen Gaza’s borders, which have been sealed since Hamas seized control of the area last June.
Does this not sound entirely reasonable?