Last week, 88 senators, including many progressives, warned President Obama in an AIPAC letter not to lift a finger to try to create a Palestinian state in his last few months of office.
Well now the execrable rightwing rabbi Shmuley Boteach joins the fun. This ad appeared in the New York Times today. Presumably paid for by Sheldon Adelson, it holds President Obama’s legacy over him and says that it’s all in jeopardy if Obama pushes for the creation of a Palestinian state in “Judea and Samaria.”
President Obama, as you leave office keep your friendship with Israel intact. Live by your own pledge: “There is no shortcut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades… Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations.'”
In other words, conflict management and apartheid, forever.
Boteach thinks that threatening powerful non-Jews over Israel will work. Well it has before. He’s done it with Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Cory Booker. Though thankfully Booker broke free at the end, during the Iran deal. The rabbi thinks that the Israel issue has such an overwhelming presence in the moral zeitgeist that he can wield it as cudgel to bend even a US president to his will. The chutzpah of the Israel lobby! But: AIPAC is working right alongside him. And everybody knows what happened to Jimmy Carter.
In Haaretz, Rogel Alpher says what no one in American media will say: that AIPAC “members are rich, influential Jews who live in America and have appointed themselves to represent my interests and to protect me” and have no desire to live in Israel. But AIPAC is destroying Israel.
Who elected AIPAC? Who elected [Haim] Saban? Those Jews in America are literally ruining my life here.
Thanks to Stephen Low.