OT: I am watching Judah Friedlander’s new Netflix Special “America Is the Greatest Country in the United States”, which was recorded in New York City. It includes some interesting comments on Israel/Palestine.
Friedlander asks the audience members where they are from. At minute 18 of the show, a guest replies: “Israel.” Friedlander inquires: “Where in Palestine are you from?”
Same question, different night.
Friedlander: “Any other country?”
Guest: “Here. Israel.”
Friedlander: “Where in Israel?”
Guest: “Right here.”
Friedlander: “This is not Israel. […] No wonder why there’s so much conflict with Palestine. Everywhere we go is Israel. We build settlements down here, that’s Israel. We take a plane to New York, that’s Israel too. Wherever we go, that’s fucking Israel, okay?”
Then Friedlander informs the Israeli guest that he’s an Asian because Israel is in Asia.
At minute 20, Friedlander asks the Israeli guest: “Should Israel have a two-state solution? A one-state solution? Or just a free-for-all? What should happen?”
Guest: “I’m gunning for the two states.”
Friedlander: “The two-state? Okay. So, you are thinking maybe you should do what we did in our country with Carolina? For centuries it was just Carolina and they were always at war with each other. The north part of Carolina was always building these settlements down in the southern parts, making life very, very difficult for them. And they would sometimes throw rocks back at them. And then we split them up into two completely separate states, North and South Carolina. And now they are the two most shining examples of perfect states in our country. North Carolina and South Carolina have had zero problems and are the best states in the nation ever since we did that. So, I don’t know, maybe you’re right, or maybe not.”