‘US is overwhelmingly partial to Israel,’ Pelosi admits at AIPAC

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Did you watch the outpouring of official support for Israel at the annual Washington conference of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)? Washington is bitterly divided over every issue from climate change to health care to tax reform to the legitimacy of the presidency. But on Israel, there is no breakage– yet.

Yet, because the politicians protest so much and the pageant is so slick, scripted, and luxurious that a reasonable person has to turn away from the screen in disgust at the pledges of loyalty to another country. “Foreign aid to Israel is sacred, we know that. That is sacred,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said when discussing budget cuts. Her counterpart in the Senate also spoke of God. “I pledge to you today as long as Hachem [God in Hebrew] breathes air into my lungs,” Chuck Schumer said, “I will fight to make Israel a safer more secure, more prosperous nation!” Schumer said that our politics are “more polarized than ever,” but we can’t undermine bipartisan support for Israel, “because the Jewish state is too important.”

The fervor was matched in Christian terms by Vice President Mike Pence. He boasted of his faith and pledged, “President Trump and I stand without apology for Israel and we always will.”

Whatever their differences, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer acted like best friends on stage at AIPAC. They bragged about all the politicians they bring over with them on trips to Israel. Hundreds go every year on the Israel-lobby-paid junkets. They learn nothing about Palestinian conditions but a lot about the Holocaust, as a justification for the existence of a Jewish state.

If the conference looked more like the Emperor’s New Clothes than a spontaneous expression of support, it is because the politicians know there are cracks in the facade. Trump’s love affair with Netanyahu is making the issue more and more uncomfortable for Democrats. Pelosi was defensive when she confessed this morning at AIPAC:

“When people sometimes say to me, the United States is so overwhelmingly partial to Israel in this discussion, I say ‘Yes of course. We have been friends for a long time. We have shared values.'”

It was the one glimmer of dysfunction in the staged rounds of sacrifice, but it spoke volumes. Progressive Democrats are starting to see through the special relationship to Israel’s human rights violations. In the Washington Post today, even Israel-devotee Richard Cohen wearied of combatting the apartheid label when he’s forced to acknowledge there are Jewish only roads in the West Bank: “while recoiling from the word ‘apartheid,’ [Israel has] adopted some of its techniques.”

How many people have noticed that PEN America (led by a Clintonite) is holding its annual world literary festival this spring without money from Israel, following a campaign against the sponsorship by leading writers? Two Democratic former congressmen said at a teach-in about AIPAC last week that politicians are overwhelmingly partial to Israel because of campaign contributions, but the support for Palestinians is slowly rising– to 80. Bernie Sanders didn’t appear at AIPAC last year, or this year either, for good reason. He actually talks about the occupation, and young Democrats want him to.

Schumer himself sounded a defensive note when he said that some want the United States “to retreat from the world stage.” But he quickly branded those people as akin to Charles Lindbergh, before issuing the neoconservative/neoliberal call to arms: “A strong America in the world is very good for Israel.”

There were several stirring demonstrations against AIPAC this year. Code Pink led an effort to shut down the conference. The anti-lobby conference got an overflow audience at the National Press Club. The young Jews of IfNotNow unfurled banners inside AIPAC and called on the Jewish community to end its support for the occupation, then sang biblical imprecations against war. They are by their own description the Jewish Resistance, fighting the Jewish Establishment, in the 50th year of the occupation.

I saw no mainstream US coverage of these demonstrations– even as the media gave top billing to the demonstrations against Vladimir Putin across Russia. Yes, the Russian demonstrations are far larger, and very important; but both protests address human and civil rights violations, and the tyrannical orthodoxy of deep states.

Russia is of course another issue that bitterly divides Washington politicians. The Democrats are pushing a new cold war, and the cable networks cannot stop talking about Russian influence in the Trump administration. As if Wikileaks kept Hillary Clinton from visiting Wisconsin, or as if we don’t share an interest in peace in the Middle East. Chris Matthews is outraged by the several visits of Trump operatives to Russia, a country he brags that he has never been to.

Matthews has been to Israel, of course, along with his bosses at Comcast, and all those politicians at AIPAC. When will that devotion become controversial? Sooner than you think.

 

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  1. eljay
    March 28, 2017, 12:49 pm

    It’s hard to tell if Pelosi is experiencing pain or sadness. I can’t imagine that that grimace of hers indicates joy or pleasure.

    Did you watch the outpouring of official support for Israel at the annual Washington conference of AIPAC …

    Do American politicians ever tire of fellating the Zionist donkey?

    • talknic
      March 29, 2017, 7:09 am

      American politicians have a short life span compared to Zionist Movement who have had over a century practicing the craft putting its money and people in places of influence to suit and protect its vile colonization project.

  2. Hemlockroid
    March 28, 2017, 1:07 pm

    stand without apology for Israel and we always will.”
    Really, bulldozing and repeated atomic bomb droppings included?

  3. AddictionMyth
    March 28, 2017, 2:31 pm

    It was a mystery to me why US “Christians” were so supportive of Zionism, giving millions every year. Now I understand: it was a precursor to today’s Trumpkinism. It was a manifestation of the xenophobic/nationalistic/fascist/genocidal urge. Turns out this is a basic human thing. Hooda thunkit.

    • Boomer
      March 29, 2017, 2:38 pm

      re: “It was a mystery to me why US “Christians” were so supportive of Zionism,”

      Obviously, “U.S. Christians” are highly varied. “Mainline” Protestants who dominated the U.S. culture in the first half of the 20th Century were supportive of Israel after WWII, for reasons explained in “Zionism Unsettled,” the study guide prepared by a group of Presbyterians. Obviously, the Holocaust had a lot to do with it.

      Most of those churches have moved toward a more critical stance regarding Israel as the occupation dragged on. But the mainline churches have declined in influence while more conservative churches have maintained or grown their influence.

      The “Christian Zionists” I know are people who hear the Hebrew scriptures every week, presented with an interpretation from the pulpit that bears little relationship to historical interpretations and scholarship within the Christian tradition, as I understand it. I see them as victims of poor spiritual teachers. The ones I know are sincere, but sadly hard to persuade to accept an alternative view. There may be some such as you describe, but I don’t know any of them.

      • Mooser
        March 29, 2017, 4:22 pm

        .” The ones I know are sincere”

        Very sincere. There were a couple of them fighting on my front lawn over who would get my motorcycle when I get in-gathered.

      • just
        March 29, 2017, 6:41 pm

        Lo and behold, here’s an article about a Christian Zionist today:

        “Why Trump’s Favorite Prosperity Preacher Loves Passover

        Many Christians, particularly evangelical, use Jewish rituals in an effort to recreate the Christianity of Jesus’ early followers.

        “It is part of your spiritual heritage that God designed as His own Holy Days with specific instruction given for their observance,” White wrote in a public letter to followers.

        “He set the divine appointment, Passover, with His people as a time of release from past bondage and freedom of new life,” she wrote. White has also called Passover “one of the most supernatural, miraculous seasons.”

        Perhaps surprising to some, many Christians, particularly evangelical, use Jewish rituals in an effort to recreate the Christianity of Jesus’ early followers, as they understand it.

        White is the pastor of New Destiny Christian Center near Orlando and has been associated with “prosperity gospel,” which holds that if believers give generously, God will reward them with both earthly and heavenly riches.

        In other Passover messages posted on Facebook, White told viewers that the “blood of Jesus protects” Christians just as the blood of lambs protected the Israelites of the traditional Passover story from the angel of death. …”

        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.780234

        ~and~

        “White has been a personal minister to Donald Trump who discovered White by watching her TV show.[23] Trump would often bring her to Atlantic City for private Bible studies, and he has appeared on her television show.[3] White was credited in June 2016 by James Dobson as having converted Trump to Christianity.[24] White was part of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board during his campaign for US President, and provided the invocation prayer during Trump’s inauguration ceremony.[25][26] The subject with assistance from her own ministry board advisor, Jack Graham (pastor), have an ongoing spiritual role towards President Trump.[27]
        White was a 2009 Trumpet Awards Honoree.[28]”

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_White

      • Boomer
        April 5, 2017, 8:06 am

        re ““White has been a personal minister to Donald Trump who discovered White by watching her TV show.[23] Trump would often bring her to Atlantic City for private Bible studies, and he has appeared on her television show.[3”

        Oh dear. I guess nothing should surprise me when it comes to the Donald, but that is something I didn’t know. Maybe they studied “Two Corinthians.”

  4. Keith
    March 28, 2017, 4:20 pm

    PHIL- “Trump’s love affair with Netanyahu is making the issue more and more uncomfortable for Democrats.”

    The “bromance” that dares not speak its name!

  5. Kay24
    March 28, 2017, 9:03 pm

    What those shekels can do. It makes American politicians grovel, try to publicly outdo each other in the flattery department, and openly support an occupation and land grabs, when it comes to only one alien nation – Israel. There is no other way to interpret these grand speeches and showings of love. Every year, we see this circus.

    • inbound39
      March 29, 2017, 12:11 am

      It is a manifestation of the level of Zionist Israel’s corruption and bribing of American politicians. Their greed for Israeli money sees them on their knees proving their worth to the Israeli Government…proof positive of why AIPAC and its money and influence needs to be packed up, banned and deported from America. One day American politicians will show they have a spine and a conscience. Shared Values? Apartheid policies, home demolitions, extra judicial killings that amount to cold blooded murder, illegal land and possessions theft, jailing for indefinite terms without charge, JAILING OF CHILDREN UNDER 14. Americans share those values? Starving Gazans to death and refusing them medical treatment so they die and destroy their water sources and power plants and destroy thousands of homes and then refuse them the right to materials to rebuild. Americans share those values do they? I very much doubt it. Only the paid American Politicians share those values because their own values have been lowered by Zionist Israel. Americans need to get vocal and demand change…….Americans are being sold down the river by Israel….it is the anchor dragging America down.

      • RoHa
        March 29, 2017, 2:59 am

        “One day American politicians will show they have a spine and a conscience.”

        [Snort!]

      • Kay24
        March 29, 2017, 7:21 am

        I agree with what you say, but I have not much hope that things will turn around. As long as AIPAC and other Israeli lobbies are allowed to operate within our political system, as long as our shameless politicians keep groveling for contributions and support, and show unshakeable devotion for it, even more than their own nation, the US will forever be controlled, and manipulated by that parasitic nation. The same story with the media too.

  6. xanadou
    March 28, 2017, 10:11 pm

    Speak your mind and I-pac will fight all to be the first to shriek antisemitism.

    Here is what real antisemitism looks like:
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-delays-cancer-treatment-gaza-children/20001

  7. Sibiriak
    March 29, 2017, 2:04 am

    Philip Weiss: the media gave top billing to the demonstrations against Vladimir Putin
    ——————

    Actually, the demonstrations were NOT against Putin, but rather against Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, driven by accusations that he has accumulated vast real estate holdings through various forms of corruption.

    This distinction is critical for many reasons, not the least of which being that Medvedev is widely understood to be leading a pro-Western, neoliberal faction in the government.

    Keep in mind that anti-corruption demonstrations, far from being seen in Russia as “anti-Putin”, actually fit in quite nicely with Putin’s own ostensibly anti-corruption actions, most notably the recent arrest of Alexei Uliukaev, Minister of the Economy in the Medvedev government, on charges of extortion and corruption.

    Cf. “Putin Is (Finally) Purging the Medvedev Government ” (highly speculative article)

    http://www.unz.com/tsaker/putin-is-finally-purging-the-medvedev-government/

    • Boomer
      March 29, 2017, 6:45 am

      re: “Actually, the demonstrations were NOT against Putin, but rather against Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev,”

      Thanks for the needed information.

    • Keith
      March 29, 2017, 10:11 am

      SIBIRIAK- “Actually, the demonstrations were NOT against Putin, but rather against Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, driven by accusations that he has accumulated vast real estate holdings through various forms of corruption.”

      Indeed, more stunning Western media hypocrisy to blame Putin for the corruption of Medvedev which the West prefers to Putin and is probably supporting. Furthermore, this type of corruption was a consequence of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the introduction of capitalist “reforms” which created the oligarchs. This provides another opportunity to link to the most excellent interview Abby Martin did with Mark Ames, an American journalist who spent a decade reporting from Yeltsin’ and Putin’s Russia and witnessed the country’s transformation from an American “colony” to it’s “number one threat.” https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/abby-martin-russias-transformation-from-an-american-colony-to-its-number-one-threat/#more-182704

    • Keith
      March 29, 2017, 10:25 am

      SIBIRIAK- “This distinction is critical for many reasons, not the least of which being that Medvedev is widely understood to be leading a pro-Western, neoliberal faction in the government.”

      Very important point. Putin, far from being a “dictator,” must perform a balancing act to get things done. Putin is as successful as he is only because of his overwhelming popularity. Medvedev and the rest of the Russian “Atlanticists” are more-or-less supported by the empire. Russia remains enmeshed within the global financial system, powerful forces acting in support of empire. Any serious erosion of Putin’s popularity could be fatal to him. The Western elites are out to remove Putin from power as should be obvious by all of the anti-Putin propaganda. The empire is on a rampage, the window of opportunity to achieve global hegemony rapidly closing.

  8. Citizen
    March 29, 2017, 3:18 am

    If one key talking TV Cable Infotainment anchor, e.g., Chris Matthews, or Shawn Hannity, for example did one show on the real Israel and the power of the Israel Lobby, the American people would wake up overnight, and soon thereafter CSPAN WJ would be inundated with calls from angry Americans, calls CSPAN would not be able to stifle without serious credibility loss. The fallout would be quick, calls to congress critters would be incessant, just one crack….

  9. Marnie
    March 29, 2017, 4:52 am

    “Foreign aid to Israel is sacred, we know that. That is sacred,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said when discussing budget cuts. Her counterpart in the Senate also spoke of God. “I pledge to you today as long as Hachem [God in Hebrew] breathes air into my lungs,” Chuck Schumer said, “I will fight to make Israel a safer more secure, more prosperous nation!”

    1) wrt Pelosi – what happened to separation of church and state? Was she getting poked with a cattle prod or what?
    2) Has Schumer ever made a similar pledge wrt the people who voted him and the country he actually lives in?

    The translation of ‘Hashem’ is only the name. So who knows who he was pledging to anyway, probably just netanyahooo. #soldtheirsoulsforNIS

  10. Boomer
    March 29, 2017, 6:59 am

    re: ” “Foreign aid to Israel is sacred, we know that.”

    It has long been evident that modern Israel is sacred to many Jews, especially for those who no longer believe in G*d. Interesting that it has become so for goy pols. I had thought it was just their own re-election that was sacred to them.

    Years ago I heard one of the top three female pols from CA (it hardly matters which, since on this subject they run together) avow to a cheering crowd: “we don’t want an even-handed policy regarding Israel and Palestinians, we want a pro-Israel policy.” She carefully avoided saying “Palestine,” lest parallel construction equate the status of the two.

    Her tone clearly said, “even-handed policy? we don’t need no stinkin’ even-handed policy.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinking_badges

  11. Ronald Johnson
    March 29, 2017, 8:32 am

    pecunia vincit omnia

    • Elizabeth Block
      March 29, 2017, 10:01 am

      Not quite omnia. Money talks, but votes talk even louder.

      As for Christian Zionists, some of them believe that the ingathering of the Jews to the Holy Land is a precondition for, and prediction of, the second coming of Christ. Some of them will convert to Christianity and be saved; the rest will go to hell. Christian Zionists’ support for Israel is perfectly consistent with anti-Semitism.

      It’s a longstanding myth, from the book of Apocalypse. Andrew Marvell (17th century) tells his coy mistress that if they “had but world enough and time,” “You should, if you please, refuse / Till the conversion of the Jews.”

      • Mooser
        March 29, 2017, 12:50 pm

        “As for Christian Zionists, some of them believe that the ingathering of the Jews to the Holy Land is a precondition for, and prediction of, the second coming of Christ”

        Okay maybe, but I really wish they wouldn’t stand outside my house, appraising it’s value, suggesting renovations and maintenance, and arguing over who will get it when I get ‘ingathered’. A little patience, brethren, okay?

      • eljay
        March 29, 2017, 3:16 pm

        || Mooser: … I really wish they wouldn’t stand outside my house, appraising it’s value, suggesting renovations and maintenance, and arguing over who will get it when I get ‘ingathered’. A little patience, brethren, okay? ||

        Patience? Dude, every last one of them has been waiting 2,000 years for the Second Coming of our Lord “Sweet Baby” Jesus Christ (a.k.a. DJ Jeezy C.). Meanwhile, you’re lounging around in America instead of hustling your Alces alces butt back to your “ancient / historic homeland” to help bring about the end of the world.

        Christian Zionists are f*cked up.

      • Mooser
        March 29, 2017, 9:17 pm

        ” ancient / historic homeland”

        Never bought into that. It was always patently absurd.
        .

      • RoHa
        March 29, 2017, 10:55 pm

        And he makes it clear that he does not expect it to happen for a very long time, since he wants at least 30,300 years to admire her. (I’m not sure whether this is the time to be divided into the Ages he needs to admire every part, or whether the Ages are additional.)

        But, what with Time’s wingéd Chariot, the Deserts of vast Eternity, and the worms, he can’t wait that long for her to stop being coy. (I don’t know whether she did stop, but I hate to think he wrote that fine poem to no avail.)

        How long will it take for the Christian Zionists to stop being Zionists?

      • RoHa
        March 29, 2017, 11:14 pm

        OT, but I think that, if women of the past had been …um… more easily persuaded, the world would have missed out on some fine poetry. As it is, it seems that it was the poets who missed out.

      • MHughes976
        March 30, 2017, 4:49 am

        As to things historic there is some very interesting information at the Bible and Interpretation site currently. They reproduce a report from ‘Forward’ of March 29 about the provocative Passover sacrifice which the Temple Mount Faitful propose to make in their archaeological theme park. There’s also an extremely eloquent and well informed feature by Raphael Greenberg (though I thought he might have prepared more defences against counterattack) about the wrecking of what should be an important archaeological site and the contempt for Palestinians and the Palestinian past shown in the process. It’s a reminder that the Israel Antiquities Authority, though it does have some conscience and much expertise, is not the bastion of impartial science against the foaming fanatics of Unesco that it is sometimes purported to be.

      • MHughes976
        March 30, 2017, 11:16 am

        Marvell is making a passing reference to the attempts of religious thought to give meaning to the sheer vastness of time and multiplicity of events and more specifically, I suppose, making a flippant comparison between the vast spans of time he mentions and the time necessary for the conversion of the Jews. From our point of view, thinking of smaller spans related to our own brief lives, it’s interesting to think how long something like Christian Zionism has been at work in the Anglo cultural world and how deep we find its roots. 1650, about when Marvell was writing, was apparently the date set by Sir Henry Finch’s book ‘The Great Restauration’ (of 1621) for the conquest of the Holy Land by newly Christian Jews. Marvell may be making reference, even more flippant, to that sort of timescale squeezed forcibly from scriptural texts. But had he known of Herzl’s deathbed prophecy of Zionist success around 1950, delivered I think to a CZ friend, he might have been impressed. I’ve been dipping into ‘More Desired than our Owne Salvation’ by Robert O Smith, which is about CZ in its early days and about how fervently it was expressed. JeffB will rightly tell me that CZ is not true Z until ‘conversion first’ is dropped. But CZ has never got rid of ‘conversion somehow’, strange as it now appears.

  12. Maghlawatan
    March 29, 2017, 9:25 am

    Israel is the ultimate special interest.
    and voters are sick of corruption.
    Plus Trump won’t deliver to his voters.
    So anger will be ratcheted even higher next time. Israel vs the people will be very messy

    Tammany Hall was strangled by a Democrat. It was easy because the Dems had the backing of the public. Zionism is Tammany Hall 2.0

  13. Maghlawatan
    March 29, 2017, 9:28 am

    The other thing about AIPAC is that it has to suck up to power even if it is Trump. It has nothing to do with Jewish values. It’s all about money.
    Nobody at AIPAC cares about ordinary Israeli Jews

    There is a very sad story in Haaretz today about a man with schizophrenia who murdered his wife. There’s a picture of Tiberias. It’s a poor city. It’s not a settlement. It doesn’t get much investment.
    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.780200

  14. captADKer
    March 29, 2017, 10:07 am

    having read all the dailies highlighted by nikki haley, AIPAC’s ’17 highest flying star, it is notable that here in a more than obligatory, even desultory, article the UN’s new “high heeled sheriff” garnered no mention at all. now what’s that all about!

  15. Kay24
    March 29, 2017, 1:02 pm

    So what chance of the Palestinians getting freedom and statehood, when their own have joined their occupier? I guess Saudi Arabia and UAE have turned on them. Flying with the enemy.

    Israeli Air Force Holds Joint Exercise With United Arab Emirates, U.S. and Italy
    Photos from Iniohos 2017 training from past days show F-16 aircraft from UAE alongside an American Air Force transport plane at the Greek air force base.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.779823

    • echinococcus
      March 29, 2017, 2:33 pm

      “Their own”, Kay? Since when are the Saudi and UAE Palestinian?

      • xanadou
        March 29, 2017, 6:54 pm

        My reading: “their own = Arabs.

      • MHughes976
        March 30, 2017, 4:07 am

        Is there not enough cuitural commonality across the area from the Med to the Gulf to justify Kay’s sense that natural affinities are being disregarded?

      • echinococcus
        March 30, 2017, 9:35 am

        Hughes,

        This is not about natural affinities but about ownership of all Palestine. Natural affinities in that ex-colonial area exist, of course, among the common people. They are not limited, though, to Arabic-language peoples and they definitely exclude their ridiculous despots, in power by the grace of the British-American Crown. Saudi and UAE have been founded as such puppets, not “turned against” Palestinians recently.

  16. just
    March 30, 2017, 6:17 am

    Hagai El-Ad:

    “If the World Ignores Its Own Decisions, Why Shouldn’t Israel?

    UN resolution 2334 isn’t just another piece of paper. It requires the international community itself to actively distinguish between Israel and the settlements. This time, inaction is complicity.

    The math is simple: one down, 199 to go. Last Friday (March 24), the UN Secretary-General submitted his first quarterly report to the UN Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 2334. Adopted in December, the Resolution “[r]eaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law”. It further instructs the Secretary-General “to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution.”

    Four reports a year over another half-century of occupation would add up to 200 documents (minus Friday’s report, that leaves 199 more to expect). How high could a pile of 200 such papers be? Probably lower than the rubble of a single demolished home in Palestine.
    Yet UNSCR 2334 was not meant to generate reams of international paper over decades of more-of-the-same. Indeed, carefully articulated in the Resolution is an expression of this very novelty: for it is not only Israel – the occupying power – that will find within 2334 certain provisions that it is expected to implement, and has thus far failed to carry out, but also the entire international community.

    Israel’s total non-compliance with the Resolution is as blatant as it was predictable: more demolitions, more settlement expansion, more impunity. This ongoing, gradual fragmentation of Palestine is not only an effective mechanism for controlling Palestinians but also the inevitable outcome of leveraging control over the 60% of the West Bank known as Area C, which Israel treats as its own despite refraining from formally annexing it.

    TAll these manifestations of exploitation and control have gone on for many a decade. Yet UNSCR 2334 did not stop at reiterating the international “demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.” It went further.

    The resolution called upon the global community and their governments to not stand idly by, but to meet the minimal moral and legal requirement of not being complicit, whether directly or indirectly, in this ongoing denial of human rights from an entire people. As stated in Section 5, it called “upon all States, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of this resolution, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.”

    On that specific call to action, the Secretary-General’s report to the Council is very clear: “During the reporting period, there have been no developments related to Member States’ distinguishing, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967.”

    If the world ignores its own decisions, why shouldn’t Israel?

    The report further details various negotiation efforts. To be sure, engagement between the parties, with the help of the international community, must be supported. But as long as the terms of engagement do not change, the results of these efforts are likely to repeat the failures of the past. Worse, they will provide further excuses not to act and will divert attention from the one process that is always advancing, always creating new facts on the ground, in the Occupied Territories.

    The world can continue talking about the occupation over the next 199 quarterlies. Or, it can choose to act. The choice is between implementing Resolution 2334 – or allowing more rubble to replace what used to be a home, and more blood to flow instead of life.

    One down, 199 to go, means that now is the time to act seriously upon UNSCR 2334. It is still possible for the world to demonstrate its sincerity about working against an occupation that has already lasted half a century. The resolution to act was already made in December; so far, the world has failed to implement it. …”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.780403

    Why is “the world” so cowardly, morally bankrupt, and complicit when it comes to Israel?

  17. hophmi
    March 30, 2017, 3:49 pm

    “How many people have noticed that PEN America (led by a Clintonite) is holding its annual world literary festival this spring without money from Israel, following a campaign against the sponsorship by leading writers?”

    How many people recognize that correlation isn’t causation, and that PEN didn’t have any Israeli government funding in 2014 either?

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