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Condi Rice was ‘shocked’ by ‘ethnic purity’ claims for Jewish state

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Why doesn’t the mainstream press pick up the important stuff? Yes, and why does our website exist? Norman Finkelstein has been reading former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s White House memoir: No Higher Honor. He turned to page 282, and a passage involving Rice’s meeting with then Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. Livni said that Israel could not honor UN Resolution 194, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, under a peace deal because that would threaten the Jewishness of the country. Rice writes:

“I must admit that though I understood the argument intellectually, it struck me as a harsh defense of the ethnic purity of the Israeli state when Tzipi said it. It was one of those conversations that shocked my sensibilities as an American. After all, the very concept of ‘American’ rejects ethnic or religious definitions of citizenship. Moreover, there were Arab citizens of Israel. Where did they fit in?

Beautiful.

Alas, Rice writes, “I took a deep breath and tried to understand, and slowly I came to see what she meant.” While Americans look on Israel in the context of the Holocaust and the Jewish annihilation in Europe, Rice says, Jews regard the Jewish state as the “fulfillment of a long historical and religious journey.” And so Rice put language into White House position papers saying the refugees must return to the Palestinian state.

“That would allow the democratic state of Israel to be ‘Jewish.'”

I like Rice’s little kick there. Bear in mind that Livni is on the left side of Israeli politics– and that Rice, an African-American, grew up in Alabama as our country was wrestling with hateful Jim Crow.

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“no higher honor”
“Mushroom Cloud” has no honor.

Tzipi Livni is indeed on the left in Israeli politics. She was the Foreign Minister who defended the murder of 325 Palestinian children in Gaza in early 2009.

It was the same left to which she belongs that destroyed entire neighborhoods in south Beirut in the summer of 2006.

With such left, who needs right wingers?

You can’t have a Jewish and Democtatic state at the same time.
I’m so tired of that spinozaplooza.
That this keeps being touted just goes to show how ‘Orewllian’ the zionist have made US government.
You could give a six year the definition of a Jewish state and definition of a Democratic state and he could tell you the difference between them.

Rice would like us to understand that her “shocked sensibilities” regarding Livni’s defense of Jewish ethnic purity are proof that her American values are intact. A real patriot.

Alas, Rice writes, “I took a deep breath and tried to understand, and slowly I came to see what she meant.” While Americans look on Israel in the context of the Holocaust and the Jewish annihilation in Europe, Rice says, Jews regard the Jewish state as the “fulfillment of a long historical and religious journey.” And George Wallace and Bull Coonnor are kicking themselves in their graves for not thinking of the “fulfillment of a… Read more »