No Surprise Dep’t: David Brooks’s son is in Israeli army

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From the Jewish Journal two days ago. “David Brooks’ son is in the Israeli army. Does it matter?”

One of the more interesting nuggets buried in a long, Hebrew-language interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks in the recent Ha’aretz magazine is the revelation, toward the very end, that Brooks’s oldest son serves in the Israel Defense Forces.

“Brook’s connection to Israel was always strong,” the article reports.  “He has visited Israel almost every year since 1991, and over the past months the connection has grown even stronger, after his oldest son, aged 23, decided to join the Israel Defense Forces as a “lone soldier” [Ed. Note: a soldier with no immediate family in Israel].

“‘It’s worrying,'” says Brooks, ‘But every Israeli parent understands this is what the circumstances require. Beyond that, I think children need to take risks after they leave university, and that they need to do something difficult, that involves going beyond their personal limits. Serving in the IDF embodies all of these elements. I couldn’t advise others to do it without acknowledging it’s true for my own family.'”

This is now the third Times reporter/writer whose son has gone into the Israeli Defense Forces. Famously Ethan Bronner, of course– whose son’s service was disclosed not by the NYT but by EI—  and a third person I will not identify (I know the individual personally, the beat didn’t involve the Middle East, the son left before long).

My bone to pick: Brooks’s kid has been in for “months.” So when David Brooks was commenting favorably on Israel’s onslaught on Gaza this summer on National Public Radio, his son was serving in the Israeli army. Why didn’t NPR tell us?

Rob Eshman at the Jewish Journal meditates: “Through his son, Brooks will be able to get closer to the reality of the conflict, for good or ill, than most other pundits.   How is that a bad thing?” Answer: his son will be involved in a force that occupies and commits human rights abuses; I’m sure Brooks– who has said he is gooey-eyed about Israel and lo the acorn falls close to the tree– will not wake up to these realities. And Eshman’s proposition would have more weight if there were establishment reporters whose children were serving in Fatah’s military branch or Hamas’s.

The obvious question is how many Times reporters have sons or daughters in the U.S. military. The sociological Brooks, who supported the disastrous Iraq war for reasons I forget but that obviously had something to do with Israel’s security interests, ought to examine that issue. We’d have an actual antiwar movement in this country if the children of elites had to pay a price for our reckless policies.

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  1. pabelmont
    September 24, 2014, 10:07 am

    So, media corruption comes not only (unwillingly) by pressure from big-money but also (willingly) from pressure from personal feelings and family members.

    But, as this essay notes, NPR, NYT, etc., often fail to identify the feelings, family connections, ideologies, and of course big-money pushes and pulls which influence their reporting and editorializing.

    NYT and NPR should have some reporters with ideologies and family in occupied Palestine!

    • eljay
      September 24, 2014, 10:14 am

      >> pabelmont: NYT and NPR should have some reporters with ideologies and family in occupied Palestine!

      The problem with that idea is that more Americans might come to understand that Zio-supremacists have been stealing, occupying and colonizing Palestinian land and oppressing, torturing and killing Palestinians for over 60 years for the sake of Jewish supremacism in a “greater” supremacist “Jewish State”.

      Such an understanding would be anti-Semitic, so it must be kept from the people.

      • spktruth200
        February 18, 2015, 4:05 pm

        NYT, WPost, and NPR are all Zionist operated “lie rooms” for Israel. New report released proves that the US gave Israel secrets to the H bomb. the document had been declassified until now…so the pig is out of the poke. Remember even ole Zionist Rahm Emmanuel never served in the US military, but served in Israel’s. isn’t it time we ended these dual citizen rights to vote in both countries. Let them pick and county and not have power in both.

    • spktruth200
      October 26, 2015, 10:33 am

      All media in the US has been corrupted by Israel. They have insiders in every news room, either as a producer, director, or a talking head. They are embedded in the largest news organization, which is why the “news media” always slants the news or make up crap from whole cloth…NYT is notorious (which is why we should never consider them the “public record”, and NPR has been taken over by Zionists and corporatists.

  2. just
    September 24, 2014, 10:08 am

    ““‘It’s worrying,’” says Brooks, ‘But every Israeli parent understands this is what the circumstances require.”

    So is Brooks saying he’s Israeli?

    • Kay24
      September 24, 2014, 10:24 am

      Good question Just. It seems in their ziocaned minds they are first and foremost Israeli. Israel first even above the country that has given them so much. Brooks is one of many so called American journalists who loses credibility when their precious family members becomes a member of an alien military or some other nationalistic entity, that insists on loyalty and devotion to their cause. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize Brooks writings will never be unbiased when it comes to Israel, and that he can honestly criticize (okay he never does) the nation that his son fights for. This is simply disgusting to say the least. Next time I see him make an appearance in the media, pretending to be an unbiased consultant, I will remember his son who is fighting, not for his own country, but for an alien nation, that has been accused of human rights violations, massacres, and land theft.

    • Krauss
      September 24, 2014, 11:02 am

      So is Brooks saying he’s Israeli?

      No, he actually has a dual loyalty, but of course that term is verboten, even if we see case after case of it recurring.

      Brooks in this sense is in the same boat as Adelson and his wife, who wouldn’t let their children fight for America but would do it for Israel.

      Naturally, his son made his own decision, but who did his son get that Zionist upbringing from? Brooks isn’t exactly a bystander here.

      • Citizen
        September 25, 2014, 7:02 am

        “Naturally, his son made his own decision, but who did his son get that Zionist upbringing from? Brooks isn’t exactly a bystander here.”

        Yesterday I was watching a video on Youtube wherein they were interviewing apropos the “lone soldiers” –an American woman being interviewed said in Israel driving around, you happily pick up IDF soldiers hitching a ride along the road because “they’re like a son, a family member,” but driving around the USA, one doesn’t pick up hitch-hikers, especially those in US military uniforms.

    • turveyd
      January 11, 2015, 10:18 pm

      responding to ‘just’, yes, that rather leapt out at me…

  3. ckg
    September 24, 2014, 10:17 am

    In his July 28 column, Brooks said civilian casualties were part of Hamas’ strategy:
    If Hamas could emerge as the heroic fighter in a death match against the Jewish state, if Arab TV screens were filled with dead Palestinian civilians, then public outrage would force Egypt to lift the blockade. Civilian casualties were part of the point.

    He wrote this a week after Netanyahu’s ‘telegenically dead’ statement. Brooks is a tool.

    • Philip Weiss
      September 24, 2014, 10:25 am

      Thanks for filling in the facts here, CKG

    • eljay
      September 24, 2014, 10:31 am

      >> ckg: In his July 28 column, Brooks said civilian casualties were part of Hamas’ strategy: If Hamas could emerge as the heroic fighter in a death match against the Jewish state, if Arab TV screens were filled with dead Palestinian civilians, then public outrage would force Egypt to lift the blockade. Civilian casualties were part of the point.

      Is his assertion – that using civilian casualties to generate public support is part of Hamas’ strategy – because that’s what Zio-supremacists have been doing since Day 1 to generate support for supremacist “Jewish State”? If so, why isn’t that good enough for the gander if it’s good enough for the goose?

    • Shmuel
      September 24, 2014, 10:49 am

      Thought experiment:

      Civilian fear and suffering was part of Netanyahu’s strategy: If Israel could emerge as the innocent victim in a conflagration with Hamas, if western TV screens were filled with Israelis huddling in shelters, damaged buildings and even a few funerals, then public sympathy would relieve pressure to stop building settlements and to negotiate concessions, and would cement the Hamas=IS equivalence and Israel’s standing as an invaluable ally against the advancing Islamic hordes. Terrorising the the Israeli public was part of the point.

      • David Samel
        September 24, 2014, 11:29 am

        Second thought experiment borrowed from Phil: The Times assigns as its Jerusalem Bureau Chief, or employs as an opinion columnist, someone whose son is an active member of Hamas’s military wing

        The very idea is so preposterous, yet the equivalent on the Israeli side does not raise any eyebrows.

    • Theo
      February 18, 2016, 9:30 am

      “Brooks is a tool”:

      He is one of the many thousand fifth column member Israel has in the USA!!
      Our government is full of them, so is the congress, think tanks, political parties, universities, MSM and all major industries of this country.

  4. TomAmitaiUSA
    September 24, 2014, 10:27 am

    Joining the military of another country should be grounds for automatic loss of US citizenship.

    • just
      September 24, 2014, 10:33 am

      agreed. I don’t care if they are ‘allies’ or not.

      • surewin
        September 24, 2014, 1:48 pm

        And in this case, the various definitions of “ally” need to be considered.

    • lysias
      September 24, 2014, 10:43 am

      Unfortunately or not, the precedent that such service does not involve loss of citizenship was set by such examples as the Lafayette Squadron, the Eagle Squadron, and the Flying Tigers. Even the members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, while many of them were later persecuted for their association with Communism, did not have their citizenship taken away.

    • Sycamores
      September 24, 2014, 11:36 am

      personally i agreed but unless Israel decides to go to war with the US (or its allies) Brook’s son is not breaking any US laws by joining the IDF.

      Military service in foreign countries, however, usually does not cause loss of nationality since an intention to relinquish nationality normally is lacking. In adjudicating loss of nationality cases, the Department has established an administrative presumption that a person serving in the armed forces of a foreign state not engaged in hostilities against the United States does not have the intention to relinquish nationality. On the other hand, voluntary service in the armed forces of a state engaged in hostilities against the United States could be viewed as indicative of an intention to relinquish U.S. nationality.

      http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/citizenship-and-dual-nationality/citizenship-and-foreign-military-service.html

      • just
        September 24, 2014, 12:00 pm

        Well the ban that Obama is suggesting should apply to Brooks’ son.

        “Barack Obama urges United Nations to set up global ban on fighters

        Resolution, thought to be widely supported, would impose travel bans on fighters intent on joining overseas wars

        Barack Obama is to press the UN security council to pass a sweeping new resolution that would impose global travel bans on fighters intent on enlisting in overseas wars, and could lead to sanctions on countries that fail or refuse to implement the new regime.”

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/21/barack-obama-united-nations-foreign-fighters-ban-isis

      • Sycamores
        September 24, 2014, 12:51 pm

        @ Just,

        the double standards of US foreign policy won’t allow that to happen.

        we both know this won’t effect Israel, the propose travel ban will primarily target Muslim countries.

        The UN resolution is aimed primarily at tackling a terrorist threat posed by Islamic State, which has rampaged through a vast swath of Iraq and Syria in recent months.

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/21/barack-obama-united-nations-foreign-fighters-ban-isis

    • Citizen
      September 25, 2014, 7:11 am

      There’s bills circulating in congress now, and being pushed by some political leaders in our mainstream media, bills that would make joining any suspect armed group or suspect foreign state military grounds for ASAP loss of US citizenship. Any group antagonistic to Israel is what they have in mind. I predict it will pass, certainly as to anybody on the US terrorist shit list (at any given time) and any state recognized by the Establishment as not an ally of the US, e.g., Iran, Assad’s Syria.

      • traintosiberia
        March 25, 2015, 10:13 pm

        It is bidirectional when Israel is involved .Ex IDF soldiers in US enjoy access to powerful quarters ,financial houses,technical-scientifc circles . it is even supposed to confer some kind of aura irrespective of the skill that the soldier might have .
        Ex militia ( not called military by the establishment) from other parts of the world ( Afria , SE Asia )face deportation,incarcertaion,defamation if they were found later to have participated in internationally illegal conflcits.

    • yaelS
      October 5, 2015, 1:49 pm

      Fully agree! It’s a huge slap in the face to Americans when a citizen bypasses
      Enlistment in US armed services to serve military duty for a foreign nation. It’s a form of treason, and they should have to surrender their passport and forfeit citizenship. Why is this permitted?

  5. lysias
    September 24, 2014, 10:43 am

    Brooks speaks Hebrew well enough to be interviewed in the language?

    • Krauss
      September 24, 2014, 10:59 am

      The interview could’ve been conducted in English and then just translated into Hebrew for Haaretz’s readers.

      • lysias
        September 24, 2014, 12:33 pm

        Well, it would be interesting if that’s what happened: Ha’aretz interviews Brooks in English, then publishes the interview in Hebrew but not in English. Maybe they want to hide some things (like Brooks’s son’s service in the IDF) from us?

      • just
        September 24, 2014, 1:23 pm

        Hoping it would fit just under the radar…

        lol!

  6. Krauss
    September 24, 2014, 11:07 am

    I know this upsets some people(looking at you ol’ uncle Abe Foxman & Cpl. Goldberg), but the reality is that Mearsheimer/Walt were correct in casting a looser and wider net on their definition on the “Israel lobby”.

    You could probably soon have a club of sorts of NYT employees who have their kids in the Israeli army.

    Why do I bring up Walt/Mearsheimer? Because their definition of the Israel lobby must include people in the media, which brought on a firestorm of accusations of “conspiracy-mongering” etc, but reality has outdone fiction/theory in this case.
    Just focusing on AIPAC/ADL/AJC etc is misguided. What about journalists and editors who act like Israel’s guardians on full-time, and not just Cpl. Goldberg?
    What about Comcast’s VP Dave Cohen or his boss Brian Roberts? What about all those Hollywood fundraising dinners for IDF?

    Chomsky gets nervous and uncomfortable in this discussion – and that’s natural given his age and his memories – but the reality is that when the IDF massacres over 2000 Palestinians, and most of them civilians, we cannot just sit and be quiet in a misguided effort to be “civil”. Civility, after all, is the language of power by the powerful. When blood flows, we cannot stay silent.

    • Krauss
      September 24, 2014, 11:09 am

      Oh and BTW, inevitable comparison perhaps, but still important:

      How many journalists have the NYT had during the 60s, 70s and 80s who had their kids in the South African army?

      Again, we can’t just focus on AIPAC when discussing the way the American media discusses Israel.

      • pabelmont
        September 24, 2014, 11:34 am

        Krauss: And ask also how many shares in BIG-OIL and BIG-BANKS those who own, control, edit, report-for NYT and NPR, et al., have.

        OLIGARCHY is not just about government. It is about media and Supreme Court and universities as well.

        OLIGARCHY is not just about I/P. It is the mechanism by which the USA is governed, and our ability to change-policy on Israel, on fossil-fuels, on banking generally and student loans and credit card debt vis-a-vis bankruptcy and big-PHARMA and on and on, and on BIG-DEFENSE (aka MIC) is limited (or zero) because of the entrenched power of OLIGARCHY.

    • American
      September 24, 2014, 11:54 am

      @ krauss

      Just call it what it is –a foreign Fifth Column in the US.

      Def.

      ”A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group—such as a nation or a besieged city—from within. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. . Clandestine fifth column activities can involve acts of sabotage, disinformation, or espionage executed within by sympathizers with an external force.

      Origin

      Emilio Mola, a Nationalist General during the Spanish Civil War, told a journalist in 1936 that as his four columns of troops approached Madrid, a “fifth column” of supporters inside the city would support him and undermine the Republican government from within.

      I think that definition of US Zionism in the US is the right one..

      • Citizen
        September 25, 2014, 7:18 am

        So what are Mondoweisers, part of the Sixth Column? (Heinlein’s The Sixth Column).

  7. pabelmont
    September 24, 2014, 11:36 am

    More on OLIGARCHY: See Bernie Sanders’s report of his (and Rep Ellison’s) ikntroduction of a bill to cut SDUBSIDIES to fosil fuels!!!

    http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sanders-ellison-introduce-bill-to-end-fossil-fuel-subsidies

    How much chance this bill passes? A Fat Chance.

  8. American
    September 24, 2014, 12:09 pm

    http://www.salon.com/2014/09/23/grading_david_brooks_random_thoughts_the_world_is_great_but_we_need_aristocracy

    ”We are in the midst of a “leadership crisis,” Brooks writes, and the answer to it is a “return” to leadership by a self-styled elite class.

    This leadership crisis is eminently solvable. First, we need to get over the childish notion that we don’t need a responsible leadership class, that power can be wielded directly by the people. America was governed best when it was governed by a porous, self-conscious and responsible elite — during the American revolution, for example, or during and after World War II. ”

    Yes indeed, it takes a foreign loyalist to tell America we need a aristocracy of a ‘self styled elite class’.
    Well that’s what we’ve got right now—a self styled ‘class’ that has ‘no class’.
    I guess maybe Brooks thinks he would qualify to be part of that self styled aristocracy…or maybe he thinks he already is.

  9. amigo
    September 24, 2014, 12:21 pm

    “I think children need to take risks after they leave university, and that they need to do something difficult, that involves going beyond their personal limits. Serving in the IDF embodies all of these elements.” brooks

    Give me a break , the only risk being in the IDF is being hated by most people on this planet.He will learn how to commit war crimes and then go back to the USA with his new found talents.

    God bless America.

    • lysias
      September 24, 2014, 12:31 pm

      If Brooks thinks his son needs to take risks, why should he (the son) not volunteer for the U.S. military?

      • amigo
        September 24, 2014, 1:01 pm

        If Brooks thinks his son needs to take risks, why should he (the son) not volunteer for the U.S. military? lysias

        Couldn,t agree more.

      • ritzl
        September 25, 2014, 12:11 pm

        Exactly. How running away to join a foreign military while your own country is at war and your fellow citizens are fighting and dieing in your place is considered anything other than a repulsive character void is beyond me. But to Brooks it seems to be a virtue.

        I just watched the new episode of The Good Wife the other night. One of the main characters’ kid did exactly the same thing (ran off to join the IDF while her own country was at war). It was presented as virtuous there as well. Really disgusting stuff.

    • chauncey
      September 24, 2014, 4:19 pm

      “I think children need to take risks after they leave university, and that they need to do something difficult, that involves going beyond their personal limits. Serving in the IDF embodies all of these elements.”

      The perfect proving ground for the first child of a ‘Firster. Just one more reason to love the occupation.

    • Citizen
      September 25, 2014, 7:23 am

      US military recruitment expressly caters to those who desire to go beyond their personal limits, to join a higher, broader cause.

  10. Reds
    September 24, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Please email both NPR ombudsman and PBS since he is on there show each Friday to give his so-called objective views.

  11. Reds
    September 24, 2014, 12:47 pm

    Brook calls himself an Isrseli parent

    “‘It’s worrying,'” says Brooks, ‘But every Israeli parent understands this is what the circumstances require. Beyond that, I think children need to take risks after they leave university, and that they need to do something difficult, that involves going beyond their personal limits. Serving in the IDF embodies all of these elements. I couldn’t advise others to do it without acknowledging it’s true for my own family.'”

    Israeli first much?

  12. just
    September 24, 2014, 12:51 pm

    I think it is more than fair to say that every Palestinian knows that they are targeted by Israel and the US.

    By our munitions and our own citizens and our veto. Did we ever declare war?

    (btw, Max did take the time in his testimony today to say that he did find weapons in a girl’s school in Gaza. US weapons left behind by the IOF………..)

  13. amigo
    September 24, 2014, 12:57 pm

    when a citizen of one nation signs on to fight for another one they make themselves unavailable to defend their own nation if the need arises while they are fighting for another nation.

    To me , this is traitorous and should not be allowed.I am not sure dual citizenship is a good idea either.You can only serve one master.

    • Kay24
      September 24, 2014, 1:07 pm

      If an American citizen fought for the Iranian army, is that okay too, or is Israel dearly beloved by the congress, the media, and most American institutions, privileged to have US citizens fight for them because they enjoy being the most favored nation? Are these US born Israeli soldiers even sent by Israel to help fight the never ending wars we are involved with, while other nations join us?

      • just
        September 24, 2014, 1:10 pm

        Interesting that when we went insane again wrt Iraq, Rahm did this:

        “Emanuel was a civilian volunteer assisting the Israel Defense Forces for a short time during the 1991 Gulf War, repairing truck brakes in one of Israel’s northern bases with Sar-El.[16][17]”

      • just
        September 24, 2014, 1:11 pm

        (wiki)

  14. just
    September 24, 2014, 1:42 pm

    The JJ asks “Does it matter?”

    It matters a lot. Very much so for an ‘opinion’ writer and ‘opinion’ speaker who is given a prominent place all over the MSM.

    • MRW
      September 25, 2014, 6:51 am

      I agree. It matters a lot, especially when it’s not talked about, hidden from discussion by the NYT and NPR/PBS, as if it has to be handled delicately.

      It’s dual loyalty, and Brooks deserves to be confronted about it.

      • American
        September 26, 2014, 10:05 am

        ” it’s dual loyalty, and Brooks deserves to be confronted about it ”…MRW

        I noticed a while back that Walt ( The Israel Lobby) has taken a harder line on the I=People. In one of his articles at FP he wrote that for the I-Leaders is wasnt ‘dual loyalty’ it was ‘single loyalty’.

  15. just
    September 24, 2014, 2:11 pm

    David Brooks, April 14, 2014

    “A Long Obedience

    Monday night was the start of Passover, the period when Jews celebrate the liberation of the Israelites from slavery into freedom.

    This is the part of the Exodus story that sits most easily with modern culture. We like stories of people who shake off the yoke of oppression and taste the first bliss of liberty. We like it when masses of freedom-yearning people gather in city squares in Beijing, Tehran, Cairo or Kiev.

    But that’s not all the Exodus story is, or not even mainly what it is. When John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin wanted to put Moses as a central figure on the Great Seal of the United States, they were not celebrating him as a liberator, but as a re-binder. It wasn’t just that he led the Israelites out of one set of unjust laws. It was that he re-bound them with another set of laws. Liberating to freedom is the easy part. Re-binding with just order and accepted compulsion is the hard part.

    ……

    The laws tame the ego and create habits of deference by reminding you of your subordination to something permanent. The laws spiritualize matter, so that something very normal, like having a meal, has a sacred component to it. The laws build community by anchoring belief in common practices. The laws moderate religious zeal; faith is not expressed in fiery acts but in everyday habits. The laws moderate the pleasures; they create guardrails that are meant to restrain people from going off to emotional or sensual extremes.

    The 20th-century philosopher Eliyahu Dessler wrote, “the ultimate aim of all our service is to graduate from freedom to compulsion.” Exodus provides a vision of movement that is different from mere escape and liberation. The Israelites are simultaneously moving away and being bound upward. Exodus provides a vision of a life marked by travel and change but simultaneously by sweet compulsions, whether it’s the compulsions of love, friendship, family, citizenship, faith, a profession or a people.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/opinion/a-long-obedience.html?_r=0
    Interesting in this new context, eh?

  16. Kay24
    September 24, 2014, 4:23 pm

    New York Times must be proud that they have Israeli loyalists like Rudoren and Brooks on their staff….who knows how many others at the NYT, for that matter it will be interesting to know how many children of the congress sheep are serving their motherland too.

    NPR and PBS are not the unbiased news sources I once thought they were.

  17. Trygve
    September 24, 2014, 4:34 pm

    David Brooks announced his son’s decision to join the IDF in early July. He did so during an interview with Katie Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

    • just
      September 24, 2014, 7:20 pm

      thanks Trygve. He sounds like a caring Dad in that video.

      Still, I am glad the information is now disclosed.

    • Kay24
      September 24, 2014, 7:23 pm

      Obviously the son “believes in the cause” because his father does so ardently. David Brooks, according to Wikipedia, goes to Israel every year. Now, that is love and devotion.
      No wonder his son want to fight for Israel.

  18. traintosiberia
    September 24, 2014, 6:56 pm

    IDF was not declared as an occupying army . It was declared as an illegal outfit . It was not declared an agent of the government who flouts international obligation,conventions,and treaties and kills its own people . It is not viewed or even allowed to ponder that IDF is not much different than from the armies of Sudan or N Korea or of Taliban .but in essence IDF is exactly that , a replica of those rogue armies .
    By preempting the discussion and by elevating IDF to a different level, US parents can get away with sending their children to join a terrorist outfit . Children don’t have to worry of being suspected of bringing the indoctrination and the military skill back to home country on their return.

  19. unverified__5ilf90kd
    September 24, 2014, 11:20 pm

    Let’s face it – many Jews in the US media have a huge conflict of interest in writing about Israel and Palestine. This is just as bad as being paid to write positive articles about anything. I personally turn off the TV when Brooks comes on. His bias is totally sickening.

  20. amigo
    September 25, 2014, 5:09 am

    Here,s another jaw dropper from Obama !!.

    “Russia’s military support of the rebels in Ukraine creates “a vision of the world in which might makes right – a world in which one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another,” the president said.”.

    Oh the f—–g arrogance.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.617638

    This ought to get the zionits gander up !!.

    “Regarding Iran, Obama said the U.S. “is pursuing a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue, as part of our commitment to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.”Obama.

    Same link.

  21. Talkback
    September 26, 2014, 1:29 am

    Article: Israeli Supreme Court upholds law allowing housing discrimination against Palestinians.

    Commenter: “DoubleStandard”:
    “Besides, Arabs don’t serve in the the army or pull their fair share in the country. As a general rule, civic rights shouldn’t be contingent upon responsibility, but when a population – admittedly not monolithically, but by a sizeable majority – makes clear it doesn’t want to participate in the life of the state, who are they to demand equality? Citizenship and rights are a 2 way street.”
    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/09/allowing-discrimination-palestinians

    What can we learn from the Ziopuppets?
    No civic rights for or demand for equality from American Jews who don’t serve in the American Army. Support housing discrimination that allows keeping American Jews out of Nonjewish communities.

  22. Mooser
    September 26, 2014, 2:23 pm

    I’ll never forget what my Mother (rest her soul) said when I went off to join the IDF. I was a delicate adolescent, and my Mom told me: “Yitzchok, when you get to the Holy Land, kill a Hamas, then rest, kill another Hamas, than eat, you’ve got to stay healthy!” But I was getting worried, and I asked her: “But Momila what if the Hamas guy tries to kill me?
    And my Mom answered “Try to kill you? Why should he? What have the Jews done to him?

  23. inbound39
    March 8, 2015, 8:38 am

    Many people have mentioned dual citizens fighting in the IDF. American Foreign Policy states settlements and Occupation are illegal under International Law. Many of these soldiers would be operating in enforcing the Occupation and subjugation of Palestinians in violation of International Law. My first question is how does America justify allowing that when it stops and arrests people joining ISIS or Syrian forces……are these Dual citizens not doing the same….fighting an illegal war. Does America support International Law or not? If it does then when will it find the intestinal fortitude to withdraw aid to Israel until it complies with International Law. It found it easy to apply sanctions on Iran and Russia. Why not Israel?

  24. Veti
    March 25, 2015, 11:59 pm

    It’s always felt corrupt that some in Congress, and in the Mainstream media in the US has situations just like with Brooks, having a son in the IDF. It’s a massive conflict of interest. Same thing with Jodi Rudoren from NYT who is all buddy buddy with Abe Foxman from Israel Anti Defamation League. The Rudorens even posted a video on you tube, showing Jodi having lunch with Abe.. The video is like a little summer vacation video, and it was filmed during the bombing of Gaza. I think this is why the blank check to Israel has gone unchallenged. So many with financial and business interests in Israel, their kids serving in IDF and dual citizenship. I hope that one day soon, Palestine will be free of occupation.

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