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Congressman Steve Israel of Long Island has reached new heights of pandering on twitter:

ICYMI: I submitted Amb. Ron Prosor’s speech to the Congressional Record. Honest speech about the UN’s anti-Israel agenda.

Ambassador Prosor? That’s Israel’s ambassador to the UN, who describes himself as a “proud representative… of the Jewish people.” The speech is the one he gave to the UN on November 25. Much of it was directed against European nations’ recognition of a Palestinian state. Excerpts:

Israel is tired of hollow promises from European leaders. The Jewish people have a long memory. We will never ever forget that you failed us in the 1940s. You failed us in 1973. And you are failing us again today.

Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state is giving the Palestinians exactly what they want – statehood without peace…

To the nations that continue to allow prejudice to prevail over truth, I say “J’accuse.”

I accuse you of hypocrisy. I accuse you of duplicity.

I accuse you of lending legitimacy to those who seek to destroy our State.

I accuse you of speaking about Israel’s right of self-defense in theory, but denying it in practice.

And I accuse you of demanding concessions from Israel, but asking nothing of the Palestinians.

Thanks to Scott Roth, who points out re Rep Israel, “He’s really not sure which country’s legislature he’s part of.” Israel was till recently head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. My first line inspired by this tweeter.

 

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid
    December 6, 2014, 4:54 pm

    “The Jewish people have a long memory”

    Long term memory loss, more like. How did the tribe that bred Philip Roth , Norman Finkelstein and Philip Glass become so dependent on killing Palestinians for a sense of identity ?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      December 8, 2014, 5:37 pm

      “How did the tribe that bred…”

      Gonna have to narrow it down a bit more to get any answers. Weren’t there at least Ten Tribes to start with, and who knows how many more have formed or splintered off in the intervening years?

  2. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    December 6, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Ugh! You linked to the ‘orrible Algemeiner!
    The commenters below want this gross distortion published everywhere – especially campuses.
    Spose they don’t realise that would provide wide opportunity for multiple line by line deconstructions of the absolute nonsense Prosor spilled.

  3. seafoid
    seafoid
    December 6, 2014, 5:07 pm

    Prosor is a moron
    What gave Israeli Jews the right to murder Palestinians at will? they are the ones who prefer the status quo to peace.

    And whining about Europe- if you don’t like us, buddy, don’t bother sending us your exports.

    • amigo
      amigo
      December 7, 2014, 5:34 am

      “And whining about Europe- if you don’t like us, buddy, don’t bother sending us your export ” seafoid.

      You can say that again.Something like 28% of their exports , much of which is contraband products from occupied Palestine.

      Eff–g ingrates.

      OT, but worth noting!!!.

      AJ is reporting that Israel is going to investigate possible IDF crimes committed in Gaza.Here is the kicker, the IDF will investigate itself but only lower level personnel.

      • Horizontal
        Horizontal
        December 7, 2014, 9:59 am

        Hey, it worked great for Abu Ghraib, didn’t it?

        So Israel is just now getting around to “investigating” Gaza? Kinda late, isn’t it?

        Wonder what got this ball finally rolling?

  4. eGuard
    eGuard
    December 6, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Europe failed the Palestinians ever since Balfour’s 1917.

  5. just
    just
    December 6, 2014, 5:42 pm

    Rep. Israel has reached new lows… one would think that was impossible, yet there he went.

    Prosor smiles that smarmy smile that makes my blood run cold… so did that speech of his that you cited.

    Israel has failed the Palestinians, justice, and peace since its beginning.

  6. eljay
    eljay
    December 6, 2014, 6:08 pm

    >> Ambassador Prosor? That’s Israel’s ambassador to the UN … The speech is the one he gave to the UN on November 25. … Excerpts:

    … I accuse you …

    … of intolerance for choosing justice, accountability and equality over Jewish supremacism in a supremacist “Jewish State”;
    … of anti-Semitism for objecting to over 60 years of Israeli occupation, colonialism, expansionism, oppression, torture and murder;
    … of Holocaust for insisting that Israel honour its obligations under international law and engage in sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

  7. just
    just
    December 6, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I ran across this in the past couple of days:

    “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”

    Aesop

    • Horizontal
      Horizontal
      December 6, 2014, 8:27 pm

      I guess human nature hasn’t changed much since that old boy was hanging around the olive groves.

  8. Philip Munger
    Philip Munger
    December 6, 2014, 7:27 pm

    Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state ……

    What does “unilaterally” mean in his statement?

    Voting without OK’ing it with the Knesset beforehand?

    I’m not sure. But Prosser’s not making any friends by uttering such an over-the-top, inaccurate and inconsiderate speech, especially when other European parliaments are considering moves similar to those recently voted upon.

    As to Rep. Israel, he has been one of the most ineffectual chairs in DCCC history, which was a very difficult feat to perform, given the line of hopeless bozos he succeeded.

    • just
      just
      December 6, 2014, 7:33 pm

      good points.

      What does “prematurely” mean? How long do the Palestinians have to WAIT?

      • Philip Munger
        Philip Munger
        December 6, 2014, 7:44 pm

        I was going to highlight the “prematurely” too, but I see it used so often by apparatchiks like Prosser that my eyes gloss over.

        The use of prematurely here is absurd, but the arrogance of claiming that unilateral recognition of Palestinian sovereignty of any sort is somehow wrong, even when such recognition is merely symbolic, is disturbingly arrogant. It seems to imply some sort of assumption of “chosen people” superiority. This chills me every time I encounter it.

      • just
        just
        December 6, 2014, 7:54 pm

        Agreed. Thanks, Philip.

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      December 6, 2014, 8:14 pm

      “As to Rep. Israel, he has been one of the most ineffectual chairs in DCCC history”

      I might have been too distracted writing his book, “The Global War on Morris.”

      It’s suppose to be one of those amusing insider books about a man who gets caught up in the War on Terra. Part of the plot features Morris’s wife befriending a Muslim towel boy who she thinks is a nice boy but who is really a suicide bomber having seconds thoughts.

      The reviews are so so, I did not buy it for my library.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      December 7, 2014, 1:02 am

      “What does “unilaterally” mean in his statement?”

      Since recognition of states is a two-sided business, I would think it means recognizing the state without being recognized in return. And we know that the Palestinians simply refuse to admit that Britain, Sweden, France, Spain, Belgium,and Ireland exist, don’t we?

    • Horizontal
      Horizontal
      December 7, 2014, 10:03 am

      “Unilaterally,” like when you kick your mugger in the crotch without asking his permission first (You would have called the police, but they’re holding his coat.)

  9. justicewillprevail
    justicewillprevail
    December 6, 2014, 8:02 pm

    Laughable. He has the nerve to talk about hollow promises? Like all the promises Israel has made that it ‘wants peace’ with Palestine, that it wants a two state solution, that it is a democracy, that it guarantees equal rights to its citizens, that it abides by god knows how many treaties of common decency? Hollow doesn’t come anywhere near it, premeditated and deliberate lies is more like it. And as for ‘failing’ Jews in the 1940’s, yes Europe stood by and never fought Hitler, losing millions of their own citizens in the process. What an utter dork. Still trying to trade on your pernicious myths and lies.

    • American
      American
      December 7, 2014, 12:00 pm

      ” And as for ‘failing’ Jews in the 1940’s, yes Europe stood by and never fought Hitler, losing millions of their own citizens in the process. What an utter dork. Still trying to trade on your pernicious myths and lie “……..justicewillprevail

      Ditto.

  10. Horizontal
    Horizontal
    December 6, 2014, 8:24 pm

    And I accuse you of demanding concessions from Israel, but asking nothing of the Palestinians

    Knowing how much and how long the Palestinians have needlessly suffered under Israel’s bloody rule, if this can’t be characterized as one long, unending nightmare of a concession, I don’t know what is. If Israel has a case for saying, “You failed us,” how many more thousands of times could the Palestinians rightfully scream those exact same words?

    Yes, the international community should be chastised, but for repeatedly letting the Palestinians down, not for their toothless acquiescence of Israel’s numerous violations of international law and UN resolutions.

    And where exactly does this seemingly endless supply of morally stunted American politicians come from? What a collection of unctuous dunderheads. Such a combination of self righteous & wrong-headedness, with just a dash of arrogant racism thrown in for good measure, all on public display.

    And what’s this “Jewish people have long memories” business? First I’ve heard of that one.

    This whole article was just one big fart in a diving bell from start to finish. So much wrong.

    • amigo
      amigo
      December 7, 2014, 5:55 am

      “And what’s this “Jewish people have long memories” business? First I’ve heard of that one.Horizantal.

      Yeah , their memory goes back , 2000 /3000/4000 or is that 4500 years.Depends on whose memory one is dealing with , I guess..They are doing far too much looking back and very little forward.

      When the zionist project fails and it will , they will pull out the A/S card and blame everyone but themselves for their loss.

      • Horizontal
        Horizontal
        December 7, 2014, 10:08 am

        Well if their memories are so great, why did they have to write so much stuff down?

        When the zionist project fails and it will , they will pull out the A/S card and blame everyone but themselves for their loss.

        I believe that process is already happening as we speak. Hope it speeds up.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        December 7, 2014, 5:19 pm

        “When the zionist project fails and it will , they will pull out the A/S card and blame everyone but themselves for their loss.”

        I’d be very tempted to wager that the Zionist’s primary response will be to blame “the Jewish people” for failing Zionism. I’d consider that an almost sure bet.

      • Aidge
        Aidge
        January 1, 2015, 8:37 am

        “I believe that process is already happening as we speak. Hope it speeds up.”Horizontal

        I’d be very interested to hear how you formed this view, Horizontal. Having recently returned from the West Bank I saw no sign of anything approaching a ‘failing Zionist project’.

  11. December 6, 2014, 11:38 pm

    Those like Rep. Steve Israel have highjacked the Democratic party. It is as simple as that. They are using the party for their own selfish ends and to support Israeli madness. The result is the disaster that was the last election. I am fed up with this paradox and I have quit supporting the Democrats. They lost me. The Jews who occupy prominent positions in the Democratic party do not share my opinions about Israel and US support for Israel. I usually agree with what I read at Mondoweiss but Zionists like Rep. Israel, Wasserman-Schultz, Schumer etc are very far removed from my wavelength. I detect that many Democrats are now detecting the distortions and are moving away from this party of out-of-touch special interest groups. A similar revelation can be detected in the case of the New Republic where a majority of the journalists and editors have recently resigned. Democratic except in the case of Israel and Palestine, such partisans are often blatant neocons and worse, but they masquerade dishonestly as liberal Zionists and Progressive Democrats. The New Republic slaughter is now revealing how pathological and insidious this deception can become and the toll it takes on our trust in the press and on our national security. We cannot solve the ISIL problem until we solve the Palestinian problem.

    • OyVey00
      OyVey00
      December 7, 2014, 8:35 am

      It’s true that most Jewish donors are donating to the Democrats, but they make up the largest donor base for the Republicans as well. It doesn’t really matter who wins the white house, as both parties are profoundly zionist. That’s “democracy” for you.

      The US needs a viable third party asap, but I can’t see that happening to be honest…

      • amigo
        amigo
        December 8, 2014, 10:50 am

        “It doesn’t really matter who wins the white house, as both parties are profoundly zionist. That’s “democracy” for you.”oy vey

        No they are not profoundly zionist.They are paid political whores and if someone else could pay them more , you and your zionist criminals would soon be mincemeat.They would turn on you in a millisecond.

    • Horizontal
      Horizontal
      December 7, 2014, 10:23 am

      I’m right with you, unverified, but where to go to from here presents a real problem for a voter.

      In a two party system, you’ve got to have options, but both parties are so gaga over Israel that there is no alternative to the craven insanity on the democratic side. You’ve heard Hilliary on Israel, I take it? Whichever loony bird the republicans hitch their star to will only function to make the democratic one seem reasonable in comparison.

      I don’t think this is likely to change until enough grassroots support for the Palestinians wells up from the populace, forcing some political space for elected representatives to throw off their Zionist shackles. Of course, I believe that most of our elites are as genuinely clueless as Congressman Israel appears to be and will simply need to be replaced over the next ten or so election cycles.

      It is frustrating, though, listening to progressive Senators like Elizabeth Warren or Al Franken speak with passion and intelligence on some domestic matter and then start uttering complete nonsense — worthy of a Tea Party hack — in support of Israel.

  12. RoHa
    RoHa
    December 7, 2014, 1:06 am

    “And I accuse you of demanding concessions from Israel, but asking nothing of the Palestinians.’

    The Palestinians haven’t got a lot left to give. They have offered 78% of Palestine, demilitarising the remaining 22%, and reducing ROR to a symbolic token. What more do the Israelis want? Blood? Well, they’ve had plenty of that, too. What concessions can you make to people who won’t take “yes” for an answer?

    • annie
      annie
      December 7, 2014, 7:06 am

      The Palestinians haven’t got a lot left to give.

      oh please! think creatively, they have organs. think south america.

      think when you have no morals there’s always something more the sadist can demand of his captives.

      maybe israel could demand their first born? or would that suggestion be a blood libel? never mind!!

      what about torturing the children to get zionists rocks off?..whoops, they already do that~ (cue “assad assad much worse isis isis anti semite”).

      no no torturing children can’t be defined as “giving”.

  13. amigo
    amigo
    December 7, 2014, 5:46 am

    How do you waffle on about the right of Palestinians to have their own state living in peace (security always seems to be missing from the statement) next to Israel (security highlighted always) and refuse to recognise a Palestinian State.

    Why give Israel a veto on what is already a Palestinian right.Israel is not the UN and does not give out pinkslips on statehood.

  14. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    December 7, 2014, 8:20 am

    Prosor: “Israel’s ambassador to the UN, who describes himself as a “proud representative… of the Jewish people”.

    Where may people who suspect they are thought to be members of the “Jewish people” sign up to protest that he does not represent them? Ugly. He does not even represent (all) those who died in the holocaust. Would those people, had they lived, have wanted Palestinians to die for Hitler’s sins? Not all their children do.

  15. Sulphurdunn
    Sulphurdunn
    December 7, 2014, 9:36 am

    Just another American congressman from Tel Aviv. If he wishes to represent Israel, he should move there and get himself elected to the Knesset.

  16. John O
    John O
    December 7, 2014, 11:50 am

    Mr Prosor should be introduced to some of the remaining veterans of the many millions of Europeans who fought against Nazism. A smack in the mouth from a 90-year-old might give him pause for thought.

    • amigo
      amigo
      December 8, 2014, 10:45 am

      ” A smack in the mouth from a 90-year-old might give him pause for thought.” John O.

      Very well said John O.These ingrates are the scum of the Earth and should be ostracised wherever they go.

  17. Erasmus
    Erasmus
    December 7, 2014, 4:54 pm

    # unverified:
    …..” We cannot solve the ISIL problem until we solve the Palestinian problem.”

    Agreed.

    And that is why we are told, that it will take very, very, very long until IS can be controlled / neutralized.

  18. Theo
    Theo
    December 8, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Once, 2,000 years ago, there was one, however nowdays there is no such thing as the jewish nation. How can they say that, after 2,000 years of wandering, getting raped and killed, marrying other groups, having converts to judaism from such nations as the khasars, supposedly the biggest not hebrew origine percentage of jews today.
    Jewish nation was invented by the zionists to be able to claim Palestina as their “home land”, given to them by not less than God itself. Since the greatest part of the zionists are atheists, it can be very confusing when they claim God as their benefactor, a figur that according to their beliefs do not exist.

    • Aidge
      Aidge
      January 1, 2015, 9:13 am

      I confess I am not familiar with any ancient writings that declare God’s gift of Palestine to the Jews. However, I would be rather surprised if God is also ‘quoted’ anywhere as having told the Jews they were not allowed to share Palestine with anyone else, or that they had ‘his’ permission to persecute anyone already living there.

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