Israel is getting lots of support inside the U.S. But I don’t know if this is the company most folks would want to have. The graphic above was screen-grabbed from Fox News (thanks to Reem Kelani and Tom Suarez).
Next, this photo of NY elected officials jumping over each other to rally to Israel’s side outside City Hall today was just tweeted by the Jerusalem Post’s Maya Shwayder.
I see Charlie Rangel, Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, and Sheldon Silver. Shwayder offers these startling quotations from the gathering, including from liberal Democrats. There was a demonstration going on during the speeches:
“We will not apologize for defending ourselves, or for the generous help of the United States.” — Ido Aharoni, Israeli consul-general.
Hoylman is a state senator in Manhattan.
And here’s New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on the campaign trail, speaking in Nashville at the National Governors’ Association. From Haaretz:
“Israel is not sure that they have America’s full support like they used to,” Christie said. “And that’s a real failure of this presidency, in my view. And I think the unrest you see in the Middle East is caused in some measure — not completely, but in some measure — by the fact that this president has not acted in a decisive, consistent way.”..
Christie said Obama should be focused on trying to bring stability to the region “by having America be a forceful voice in favor of a democracy like Israel, and be condemning in the strongest terms and with actions the things that are being done by Hamas against Israel.”
Christie refused to endorse “U.S. military action if necessary,” according to AP. Is that even in play? Gosh.
NJ.com has more:
“[Obama] draws red lines then doesn’t enforce them; he doesn’t stand up for our friends in a vocal and forceful way,” he said. “Those are things that he should be focused on…”
And here’s a story from ten days ago in the Washington Post. It’s about Jewish teens headed to Israel, some to volunteer in the Israeli army. The piece features a loving portrait of Isaac Cohen and his parents. “It’s been a dream of mine to join the Israeli army.”
These are strongly-identified Jewish kids, i.e., they are in mainstream institutions. But imagine if these children were Palestinian or Muslim and going off to aid a foreign country/group that was under attack and to which they felt loyal?
many Jewish teenagers from Washington and elsewhere in the United States are preparing to go to Israel for a gap year after high school.
You’d think some would be reconsidering after those Jewish teens were kidnapped and killed. No. Reporter Carol Morello says few parents are thought to be
balking after an incident that struck the [Israeli] teenagers at the end of a school day, circumstances so commonplace they could easily imagine their own sons in their stead.
So they imagine their own children as part of an illegal colonization project. More blurring of national identities:
The determination to carry on reflects the deep affinity many American Jews feel with Israel, particularly when it is under attack. Theirs is an American example of a commonly held belief among Israelis: that they will not let their lives be dictated by the fear fostered by violent militants.
Palestinian resistance– it just gets these American Jewish kids going:
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of the National Synagogue, the oldest Orthodox synagogue in the District. “But people don’t say they’re not going to Israel anymore. If anything, it’s just the opposite. When these types of horrible attacks happen, many people in our community express their love for Israel by going there, showing solidarity.”
As a side note, this morning I heard Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer interviewed by Steve Inskeep on National Public Radio. The usual horse feathers about how Israel does everything to protect Palestinian civilians for several minutes, and operates “surgically,” an Orwellian term if I ever heard one. But I noticed Inskeep ask with growing impatience about conditions in Gaza, and what Israel was doing to make things better for Palestinians. Yes I know I’m grasping at straws, but it’s becoming more and more plain to Americans that Israel has just one answer to its foundational issues… slaughter the brown people.