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  • 'Irreplaceable bedrock' of U.S. backing for Israel is threatened by -- intermarriage
    • Israel isn't doing this. It has no need to. Muslim Jihadists and their supporters in the West are making tens of millions in the West hate them, very effectively.

    • Another point to keep in mind is the deep hostility throughout the West, esp. in the US,
      towards Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. So long as Israel appears to be threatened by Hamas, Hizbollah, etc. etc., it will automatically have the support of millions in the West. Every Islamic act of terrorism and suicide bombing increases the instinctive support for Israel among millions of people.

    • Freilich must have been asleep for the past 30 years if he think that Israel's "isolation has increased." Israel now has close relations with India, China, Russia, and all of the former Soviet satellites. Compare with say 1975: Israel had no diplomatic relations with the USSR, its satellites except Romania, or China, and only nominal relations with India, dominated by the pro-Arab Congress Party. At the time, the USSR was the world's foremost expositor of anti-semitism and anti-Zionism. Today, Putin does everything but fast on Yom Kippur. Israel has diplomatic relations with 6 or 7 Arab states, and a de facto alliance with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which everyone knows about. There is zero evidence that any Western state has weakened in its support for Israel. He is also failing to note the ever-increasing centrality of the Holocaust in Western consciousness. Of course Israel would be better off without US foreign aid- as its economy grows, maybe it should be giving aid to the US.

  • Clinton lost because PA, WI, and MI have high casualty rates and saw her as pro-war, study says
    • This argument is crap from A to Z. Since 2001 there have been exactly 6867 deaths of US soldiers in conflict situations,in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, including non-battle deaths. How many were in Pa., Wis., and Michigan? Maybe 750, at most? Trump carried Pa. by 44,292 votes, Wisc. by 22,748 votes, and Michigan by 10,704 votes. Assuming that the deaths had the effect the authors claim- without producing any evidence that it did- it is obvious that the war deaths could have had only a microscopic effect on the outcome. Probably there were more war deaths in California than in any other state, but Clinton carried Cal. by four million votes. How do the two clowns who wrote the article explain that? Of course they are not clowns- they are left-wing propagandists, and Mondoweiss is one of the few sites where they could publish.

  • Senator on Intelligence Committee says Jews in Diaspora are spies for Israel
    • Montagu died in 1925. Give me a break. Do you really think that he would have the same views in 2017, if he were alive, as he did 95 years ago? With knowledge of the Holocaust and of the successful establishment of Israel? British Jews who look to Israel no more have dual loyalties than British Muslims do who visit Mecca.

  • New York rabbi links Jewish Voice for Peace to Osama bin Laden and Assad
    • This is about one rabbi in NYC. There are literally hundreds of rabbis in New York, maybe more. Are they running scared by BDS? Well, last week the US Senate passed a resolution condemning the UN for its one-sided criticism of Israel. The vote was 100-0. It couldn't be 101-0, since there are only 100 Senators. If there was a vote in the US Senate on whether 2 +2= 4, it would probably pass by only a majority of 97-3. Every Senator voted to condemn the UN re Israel, including the left-liberals like Sanders and Warren. And it's not election time for eighteen months.

  • More than a feeling: Jews and whiteness in Trump’s America
    • You are ignoring the importance of the creation of Israel in this process. Much modern anti-semitism stemmed from the fact that Jews had no country, and were seen as parasites and unwelcome guests wherever they went. They had no army and weren't masculine, and had no farmers rooted in the soil, but plenty of bankers, lawyers, leftwing intellectuals, and so on. The creation of Israel in 1948 has, over time, completely changed this image, especially given how it has successfully fought many wars and knows how to deal with terrorists while maintaining its historical traditions. It is now admired by the political right and hated by the left- the reverse of the previous situation- and this has affected the image of Jews worldwide.

  • Israel's neverending occupation is bringing 'infamy' to Jews worldwide, making Jewish life 'precarious' -- Tony Klug
    • The statement above that in 1977 "Israel's support was rock solid and growing" is patently false. In 1975 the UN General Assembly declared that "Zionism was a form of racism." (This was repealed in 1991). Israel had no diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union or its satellites (except Romania), which was sytematically persecuting its Jews, or with China. It had diplomatic relations with India of thse most nominal kind. It had no diplomatic relations with any Arab country or with the PLO, all of which refused to negotiate with Israel. Today, Russia and China have warm relations with Israel, and Israel is a close ally of India, especially with a BJP government. It has diplomatic relations with Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf states, etc., and with the Palestinian Authority. The de facto alliance between Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia is basically propping up the Middle East. The only country where relations with Israel have dramatically worsened since 1977 is, of course, Iran, because of the Khomeny revolution of 1979, just as relations between Iran and the US and Europe have gone down the drain.

  • Breaking the cycle of violence and inequality: an end to individualism and the hope in collaboration
    • There's cooperation in baseball, but not in tennis, golf, or chess!
      Baseball players cooperate as a team, but the MVP makes a lot
      more money than the substitute catcher.

  • John Kerry picked the wrong timeline for the Jewish state
    • After January 20, what Obama or Kerry think about anything will be as relevant as Chester A. Arthur's famous State of the Union Address of 1883- which, of course, every schoolboy and girl knows by heart, and has been translated into 34 languages.

  • John Kerry gives the 'separate but not equal' speech to Israel
    • In three weeks, you will have an American President who makes Netanyahu look like a liberal on the settlements, plus a Congress which will back him up. Kerry's strange speech, and the preceding even stranger UN vote, will do nothing except leave a bad taste in many mouths and make even its supporters ask why this didn't come eight years before.

  • Breaking: UN Security Council passes historic resolution against settlements as two-state solution 'slips away'
  • It is time to imagine how one state-- one person, one vote-- will work
    • Apart from anything else about this totally unrealistic proposal, the authors are saying
      that Jews can settle anywhere they want in the area of Mandate Palestine, including
      the West Bank and Gaza. Presumably the 300,000 or more settlers already in the West Bank
      can stay there, and be joined by hundreds of thousands of others.

  • Many leftwing Israelis are leaving the country -- 'Forward' breaks an important story
    • Check the Israeli population statistics to see if you are right. The Jewish population of Israel is actually the fastest growing of any population group in the Western world. The article here said that two people, possibly three, have left Israel, one of whom is a Palestinian. Obviously, the author is not a mathematics professor.

  • BDS victory in Mennonite Church Canada
    • The "moderates" haven't "left/been driven out" of Israel- they have simply lost elections. This may well happen in the US in November. As for Israel being a "settler-colonial country," now why don't you give your house back to the American Indian tribe you stole it from? Put your money where your mouth is. And the US wasn't formed because the UN voted it onto existence- but Israel was. The American Indian tribes weren't asked if they wanted the white man there, and they weren't compensated. How can you bear to live even one more day in stolen property?

    • The Mennonite Church of Canada is another microscopically small, left-leaning church in sharp decline. According to its website, it has 31,000 members- less than one-tenth of one per cent of Canada's population. That's typical of the churches which have endorsed bds- small sects with sharply declining memberships, where the moderates have all left- usually because of the church's liberal stance on same-sex marriage-and only the leftists remain.

  • Presbyterian and UU breakthrough votes on Palestine
    • The Presbyterian Church (USA) (its official name) is literally dying in front of one's eyes. Its membership decreases by over 50,000 per year- check out the figures on its wikipedia entry, given year by year- it loses 5% of its membership every year, and expects to lose 500,000 more members by 2020. It has only about half the number of members it had in the 1990s. It has been taken over by the Loony Left, on this and many other issues, and hundreds of thousands of its moderate members have voted with their feet to leave. You will find that all of the liberal Protestant anti-Israel churches are shrinking like a wet sock, and may well disappear within a generation.

  • Dreamspace in Jerusalem
    • The author should give her house in Chicago back to the American Indians she stole it from. How can she bear to live for even 24 more hours in stolen property? She and her family had absolutely no connection with Chicago probably before 1910 at the earliest, maybe 1990, yet she insists on squatting in property she took from some wretched Indian tribe whose ancestors lived there for 50,000 years. What hypocrisy!

  • 'This is where we are, and we are not leaving here' — Notes from BirthWrong
    • Pardon me, but the Jews were kicked out of Spain in 1492. It is precisely because endemically anti-semitic governments could do this to their Jewish populations that Israel was established.

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