This situation is a comedy of errors.
Number one: If Israel is "controlling her borders" then Israel should admit that the Jordan River is her border, and Israel has NO INTENTION of a two-state solution.
I could live with that. I do support Israel, but Israel should admit it rather than putting on a charade that Israel is working towards a two-state solution.
Again, I am not opposed to Israel from River to the Sea, I admit it.
The second fault is with the Palestinians who visit.
Why do they give the Israelis any information at all? This is all put in a database and used to crosscheck with others. Miss Michelle was not caught because of information on the internet - she said she made sure there was no incriminating internet information.
Michelle was caught because someone else - eager to be allowed in - listed her as a friend.
Bingo! She was caught.
Basically, nothing should be given but name, occupation (baker, student, engineer), and passport number. Nothing. If they refuse you, then so be it.
If they ask, "What towns will you be seeing," Give general answers. "BirZeit, Ramallah." and stop there. Do not elaborate. Say you are on vacation; and will go where the wind blows. If you are with a tour, answer similarly.
After a while, it will get out that NO Arab is being allowed in; and Israel will be embarrassed.
What Israel is using is Kafkaesque police state methodology. They have created an information matrix, No one is allowed to move unless they "collaborate" with information.
Do not give it to them.
They have enough info for a decade or so. Do not give them the information.
Every bit of info: Your father's name. Where was your grandfather born?, your grandmother?, your uncle's name?, goes into the matrix.
Do not give them one bit of info.
Be polite. Very polite.
Madam officer of the IDF, there is no need for you to know my uncle's name. I am rather harmless.
Sir, officer of the IDF, my grandfather's birthplace is immaterial. I cannot give.
"WE WILL NOT LET YOU IN."
"That is your choice, officer."
Do not give them one bit of info.
I support Israel strongly, but you are going about this the wrong way. They now have a matrix of information on every Arab in the USA. Something that is none of their business.
If you ever want to see the area, you have to stop giving them the info.
Do not lie. Just do not give it to them. It will take a generation for what they have now to age out of usefulness. Until then, by telling them your father, they can track your father, and his children in the USA for another generation.
Do not give them anything.
Name, occupation (not location) and passport #. If asked, just a general area where you will visit.
Complain to your congressman upon return.
I love Israel, and the Palestinians here are to blame.
Yes, this will mean large scale refusal at first. Suck it up.
1. If the United States and Europe greatly reduced financial, political and military support for Israel, do you think Israel would budge?
Nope! Israel will not budge. She has 300 nukes, and is in Samson option mode. She will not budge.
2. Do you support or oppose the settlers?
Great question. Difficult to answer.
1) I do think Israel has a claim to all of Judea and Samaria .... but ...
2) I think many of the settlers are violent and out of control
3. How much money does Israel owe Palestinians at this moment in history? Can you name an approximate number for the total reparations owed? And who will pay those reparations? Perhaps Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban and their fellow Zionist billionaires?
They won't. Sadly. I wish rich Jews would pay the Arabs to leave. But when I bring this up on chatrooms, there seems to be defiant fury from the Jewish community at the thought.
I have recommend that Jewish groups pay the Arabs to leave; and get an almost near universal disdain.
Both sides want the other side to leave, apologize, and pay reparations.
They ask me. "Why should Jews pay for the Arabs to leave?"
I answer, "Because they won't leave otherwise!"
It does not process. They want the Arabs to leave, but don't want to pay them to leave. As if they expected the Arabs to oblige them?!
The Arabs are just as nutty. They deny the existence of the Jewish Temple and call it a myth.
Some Jewish people want the Arabs to pay them for rent for use over the centuries.
Others say subtract what Jews owe the Arabs from the "greater value" of what the Arabs stole from Sephardim during their expulsions. Then pay the Jews the difference, and take all the Arabs back.
Of course, it is not that simple. Depends on who values the property. Was the property of a Jew evicted from Tangiers worth more than the property of a dispossessed Arab from Jaffa?! I think not.
They would not even be able to agree on who did the accounting ledgers.
There seems to be no hope for peace.
4. With which religious denomination are you associated?
Generic Christian. Non-denominational. I find fault in every denomination with a heirarchical leadership ... which is just about all of them.