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  • Desperate Netanyahu lectures Obama about US responsibility to veto UN resolution
    • The United Nations would want us to believe it is an assembly of 193 independent nations - coming together to deal with the world's most entrenched problems.

      As this latest UNSC fiasco so clearly illustrates, the UN is a place where back-room deals, bloc voting, arm-twisting, and blackmail are accepted business processes. The adventures of Netanyahu, Trump, Obama, al Sisi, the New Zealanders, Venezuela, and others show us how the game is really played.

      The voting process that takes place in front of the cameras is cosmetic theater. The significant deals that actually delivered the votes are hidden from view.

  • 'Friedman is a warm Jew' -- Israelis approve of Trump's ambassador nominee
    • I am not Friedman's physician, so I don't know how "warm" he really is.

      Last time I checked, I am a 37 C (98.6 F) Jew. Can you live with that, or are you one of those who only prefers Jews at room temperature?

  • Making David Friedman ambassador to Israel is a boon for ISIS
    • Irrespective of one's position on the policy statements of Donald Trump, or the views held by David Friedman, I think there is a broad mis-fire in Mr. Brownfeld's argument.

      The selection of US diplomats to foreign posts belongs to the President and the Secretary of State. It is subject to review by Congress. By convention, and out of respect, the government receiving the ambassador, (in this case, Israel), is typically consulted prior to to the selection and vetting process.

      The notion that a US Ambassador to Israel must also be approved by the Palestine Authority or Jordan is strange. And the thought that the selection of Mr. Friedman somehow fuels Da'esh is over-the-top.

      Is Mr. Brownfeld suggesting that Mr. Trump place a phone call to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to negotiate a list of agreeable US Ambassadors to Israel? Even if the Trump team had renewed Daniel Shapiro's contract, how would that have reduced ISIS / Daesh animosity against Israel, Jordan, or the Palestinian leadership?

  • Hell just froze over: the New York Times runs an article saying Zionism is racist
    • @ Yonah:

      Boehm's "original sin" argument comes across as disingenuous to me too. (I am being polite, here - stronger language is on my mind).

      The industrial scale genocide didn't begin until after the conference at Wannsee in early 1942. However, at the time of Stern's letter, the intentions of the nazi's were pretty obvious to all paying attention. It's not a stretch to assume that European Jews were paying attention.

      That Stern reached out to the nazi's and and suggested a mass relocation was a desperate plea for escape, hardly a collaboration between power-brokers. Only 1 side in the potential transaction was backed by military might. This is where I believe Boehm's argument goes off the rails.

      If there was a zionist - nazi collaboration, why did the zionist Jews in Palestine create a military unit under British command to fight the nazi's in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Austria? If the zionists in Tel Aviv were collaborators with Hitler, wouldn't they would have been warmly received by Mufti Amin al-Hussaini?

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