A Couple of Interesting Essays about Israel

I’m posting them here mostly so that I can find them again some day if I want to. Unfortunately, I’m afraid of being branded an anti-Semite just for linking to these very reasonable articles.

This one is by Scott Ritter: US Must Reevaluate Its Relationship with Israel.

Here’s a blurb:

The insidious manner in which the current Israeli government has manipulated the domestic political machinery of the United States to produce support for its policies constitutes nothing less than direct interference in the governance of a sovereign state. The degree to which the current Israeli government has succeeded in this regard can be tracked not only by the words and actions of the administration of President George W. Bush and the American Congress, but also by the extent to which a pro-Israel lexicon has taken hold within the mainstream media of the United States. Witness the pro-Israel bias displayed when discussing the situation in southern Lebanon, the air strike in Syria, or the Iranian situation, and the retarding of any effort toward a responsible discussion of anything dealing with Israel becomes apparent.

This one is by Jonathan Power: Israel: Biggest Single Irony of Western History.

A bigger blurb:

The Jewish notion that they can have this land and no one else can is so wildly anachronistic by any Western standards or historical experience that it is amazing that in 1917 it got the time of day. If every ethnic group in the world asserted so vigorously ancient yearnings to exclusive possession, the world would become totally chaotic in short time, and nowhere quicker than North America itself. But why should Israel get a free pass today? If the Jews want to believe that Temple Mount (on which the Dome of the Rock is built) is “the focal point of creation” and that in the center of the hill lies the “foundation stone” of the world and that here “Adam came into being” they may be allowed to believe it.

But that the arbiters of the United Nations, including the US, Russia and Europe could go along with this myth at the expense of traditional Palestinian centuries-old occupancy rights is almost impossible to digest. And the worst of it is that even the most liberal voices in the Western political world calling today for Israel to compromise seem to accept that even if the Palestinians recovered all of the pre-1967 territories on the West Bank they would still only have barely 20 percent of the land that the United Nations divided into Jewish and Arab states in 1948 when the British withdrew.

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One response to “A Couple of Interesting Essays about Israel

  1. zokilavabe

    This is very similar to a post I made. This post by a Jewish lawyer and blogger in Spain takes on the issue with respect to Ron Paul’s position. Being against foreign aid to Israel does not make one a de facto anti-Semite.
    article is at http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/cohen1.html

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