Israeli deputy defense minister: Kerry’s apartheid comments a pattern, not a gaffe

posted at 10:41 am on May 1, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s back this up a little bit to understand why Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Denon felt compelled to write his response to John Kerry for Politico Magazine. After the media explosion over the top US diplomat’s warning that Israel would become an “apartheid state,” a number of people jumped to Kerry’s defense, including J-Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami. He wrote for CNN that the hysterical reaction to the word “apartheid” missed the fact that Kerry is, in fact, Israel’s best friend:

Without a two-state solution to this conflict, Israel draws ever closer to an unfathomable choice: Forsake its democracy by establishing rule of a Jewish minority over a non-Jewish majority, or forsake its Jewish character by granting equal rights to all residents under its control.

That’s the future that former Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak warned about when they invoked the specter of apartheid, and it’s that future that Kerry has been working tirelessly to avert with his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative. It’s a choice that draws sadly closer, now that Kerry’s efforts have passed their initial nine-month deadline, and the parties have resumed the familiar cycle of provocation and retaliation.

To question Kerry’s commitment to Israel over a word, after everything that he’s done to help Israel, is absurd. No U.S. leader has done more to help Israel gain acceptance in the international community and ensure its long-term peace and security.

We’ll get back to that argument in a moment. Ben-Ami describes the current situation clearly enough, and why the two-state solution is the only reasonable and workable solution to both Israeli and Palestinian ambitions. Anyone who has traveled to the West Bank even briefly sees that situation as untenable and miserable for the people who live there. Those conditions are terrible in most places, especially where the security wall cuts into traditionally Palestinian territory. The wall has succeeded in stopping terrorist attacks, but its placement is controversial to say the least, and creates economic hardship for a lot of people who just want to live a normal life.

Israelis support the idea of a two-state solution — as long as it’s a permanent two-state solution, and not just a transition to the destruction of Israel. Unfortunately, Fatah has preferred the latter, and Hamas — which has continually rained down rockets from non-occupied Gaza onto Israeli civilians — doesn’t even want to bother with a transitional phase before destroying Israel. The peace process has gone nowhere because of those problems, not because the Israelis demand recognition as a permanent, Jewish nation as a condition of their cooperation with the two-state solution.

As far as the issue just being about a bad word choice, Danon schools Ben-Ami on the perception of Kerry’s “friendship”:

Time and again, Secretary Kerry’s erroneous declarations have come dangerously close to suggesting moral equivalency between Israel and its adversaries. They call into question his administration’s ability to act as an honest broker in our region.

Last July, just three months after the negotiations began, Kerry gave a joint interview to Israeli and Palestinian television channels with the aim of increasing public support for his efforts. When asked by the Israeli reporter why these talks are so vital, the secretary failed to detail what the fruits of a real peace might be for the Israeli people. Nor did he recount the numerous efforts and overtures successive Israeli governments have made toward this end over the years. Instead he bleakly replied with a question of his own, asking, “Does Israel want a third intifada?”

By insinuating that if we do not give in to every Palestinian demand to ensure a successful end to the talks, we would return to the era of suicide bombers murdering hundreds of civilians in Israeli city centers, the secretary basically asked the state of Israel to negotiate with a loaded gun to our heads.

Then, in February, while addressing a conference in Munich, Kerry issued another veiled threat at Israel. This time he informed his audience, “the risks are very high for Israel. People are talking about boycott. That will intensify in the case of failure.” Once again, instead of laying out a clear vision for why the talks he has invested so much time and effort in are in Israel’s interest, Kerry attempted to scare the Israeli public into capitulation. His attempts were viewed here in Israel as a not-so-cryptic message that the United States would no longer retain its steadfast rejection of any boycotts against Israel if our government did not ensure that the talks would end to the U.S. administration’s liking.

In other words, with friends like this, who needs enemies? This is a problem with Kerry in particular, who doesn’t seem to understand that the role of a diplomat is to act diplomatically. He’s operating more as a politician busy with self-promotion, or an academic whose bluster carries no implications or consequences. As Secretary of State and the top diplomat, he’s a walking disaster — and Israel has plenty of reason to think that they have a lot more American friends who are both more friendly and more competent than Kerry.

Shmuel Rosner, who calls Danon’s essay “ridiculously combative” at the Jewish Journal, nonetheless agrees with his argument. He also points out why the “apartheid” remarks were so wrong in the first place:

But really, Kerry’s comments were not just inaccurate, they were inaccurate in a specific and harmful way. Here’s what he said:

[A] unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.

Is there a plan for a unitary state? No, there isn’t (except in kooky books such as Caroline Glick’s). So Kerry is using here an unlikely hypothetical scenario – the one state – to warn Israel from an unlikely future. This scenario, the “one state solution”, is as likely to occur as it is for Texas to secede from the Union. It is not a plan, or a serious prediction, it is a propaganda tool used by the Palestinians. Yet, from this unlikely hypothesis Kerry draws his doomsday scenario: if the hypothesis becomes a reality then Israel will be forced to subject the Palestinian population to a second-class status or give them equality and lose Israel’s Jewishness.

The good news is that Kerry seems to understand that this was an unnecessary statement. The bad news is that we are still not sure if he also understands that this was a statement based on false presumption. That is – we don’t know if Kerry understands that there is no “one state solution” available for anyone if the “two state solution” keeps failing to materialize.

Without doubt, Israel needs to offer concessions on the location of the wall and travel restrictions surrounding it, and on its settlements and water use in the West Bank. Having spent a little time in Jerusalem among its political class, my strong sense is that they would leap to do so if Hamas gave up violence and the Palestinian Authority committed to a permanent two-state solution that recognized Israel as the Jewish homeland within its own borders. They won’t surrender and commit suicide to make peace, though, and so far that’s the only option that nearly 50 years of negotiations have presented to them, including from their “best friend” Kerry.


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Israeli deputy defense minister: Kerry’s apartheid comments a pattern, not a gaffe

Yessir!

22044 on May 1, 2014 at 10:43 AM

We all know who Kerry is and where the institutional left in America stand on Israel. No need to play pretend.

Murphy9 on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I much prefer to live among my own kind, so apartheid is not a bogey man to me. If you can’t live with them, live without them.

OldEnglish on May 1, 2014 at 10:47 AM

He wrote for CNN that the hysterical reaction to the word “apartheid” missed the fact that Kerry is, in fact, Israel’s best friend:

Yeah and Hitler had nothing but the utmost respect for the Jews too.

Seriously, if Kerry loves Israel it is tough love. Because every time he speaks on the issue it is with a demand the Israelis make nice with a bunch of Muslim terrorists while not trying to extract even the most minor of concessions from the Muslims- let alone a commitment to recognizing a Jewish state!

Par for the course in an administration where the United States is calling for right of return and reversion to the 1968 borders (both suicidal demands that will never happen).

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

He wrote for CNN that the hysterical reaction to the word “apartheid” missed the fact that Kerry is, in fact, Israel’s best friend

Jeremy Ben-Ami should be working for Sterling: Sterling is the Black Man’s “best friend”!

socalcon on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

It isn’t a secret at this point that Obama is an anti-Semite and a muslim sympathizer.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I agree and wish I could apologize for these morons. All I can say is I didn’t vote for them and the view of this administration towards Israel is not a majority view. Plus Kerry and his President are wussies.

neyney on May 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Jeremy Ben-Ami should be working for Sterling: Sterling is the Black Man’s “best friend”!

socalcon on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Actually, Sterling considers Planned Parenthood the black man’s best friend.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 10:56 AM

It isn’t a secret at this point that Obama is an anti-Semite and a muslim sympathizer.

ConstantineXI on May 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Obama- Jew-hater who spent two decades in an anti-Semitic church. The Muslim sympathizer is obvious from the name and time spent in an Indonesian Madrasssa.

John Kerry- committed Jew Hater.

Samantha Power- Jew Hater who has writen on the elimination of the Jewish state.

Chuck Hagel- Jew-hater who blames the Jewish lobby for America’s problems.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Anyone who thinks that a two State solution in Israel is going to work, is deceiving themselves. The only way a two state solution will work, is if the Palestinians quit trying to destroy Israel. Otherwise what will happen is that as soon as the Palestinians get their own genuine bona fide state, and launches an attack on Israel, Israel will be forced to declare war on therm and destroy the Palestinians State. And we will be right back to where we are now.

oscarwilde on May 1, 2014 at 11:01 AM

This is exactly why I was so adamantly opposed to John Kerry being President in 2004. His mindset is stuck in the 1980s, and he has just substituted the Palestinians for the Sandinistas as his most-favored Third World darlings that have to be saved from evil Western Imperialism. Anyone who has followed his career can see that he speaks of the Palestinians and Israelis in exactly the same tone and language he used in the 1980s when discussing the Nicaraguan government and its opposition. It is a leftist mindset that is hard for non-leftists to understand.

Kerry is incapable of seeing Israel as anything but an oppressor of the saintly Palestinians. In his worldview there is always a good guy and a bad guy, and the civilized Western nation is always the bad guy. He will never be able to be an honset broker in the Middle East and it’s dumb to expect him to change his stripes now when he has had this mindset for 40 years.

He is the worst possible person to be our Secretary of State, not just now but any other time.

rockmom on May 1, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Caroline Glick has far too many awards and positions of credibility to be dismissed as “kooky”.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Caroline Glick? Her name has come up recently as someone I should read. Is she really kooky, I thought Mark Levin was hyping her book?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Mr defense minister, give us our money ( we can use it) and your countrymen can do whatever you like. Good riddance.

AmlissVess on May 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM

The Arabs already have a state, it’s called Jordan. The only solution is the actual 2 state solution: Israel for the Jews, Jordan for the Arabs.

ebrawer on May 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Israel should set the agenda here, rather than depend on the US to play mediator.

Netanyahu should state his nation’s pre-conditions to any negotiations:

1) “Palestinian state” will formally and officially recognize Israel and its right to exist
2) “Palestinian state” will cease declaring the destruction of Israel as a cause in its national charter
3) “Palestinian state” will cease all hostile actions towards its neighbor, including stepping in to halt the firing of rockets into populated areas by terrorists

Unless and until all of those pre-conditions are met, there will be no negotiations. Period.

Put the burden on the “state” which must prove that it deserves to join the civilized world.

Alien on May 1, 2014 at 11:12 AM

So I click on “kooky book” and find that the writer of linked article states up front that she is a good writer (humorless? because Israel’s situation is a howler)he tells you HE HASN’T READ IT. But then starts tearing it apart. I don’t know which is correct but I’d be willing to beat that she knows more about his views on the situation than he does of hers but that’s not going to stop him.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Anyway, Kerry’s an ass! Surprise!!!

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Kerri is getting ever more desperate in his efforts to create some kind of ‘legacy’ before this admin craps out. He, like his boss, is tied up in the seeking of short term ‘gains’ at the expense of long term viability, unless their goals are the eventual destruction of both Israel and the US.

vnvet on May 1, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Yeah, I think Glick is an intelligent writer. I don’t agree with everything she writes, but she’s far from “kooky.”

Ed Morrissey on May 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I wonder if his wife tells him what to do in the background.

upinak on May 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Caroline Glick:

She immigrated to Israel in 1991 and joined the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).[5]

She worked in the IDF’s Judge Advocate General division during the First Intifada in 1992, and while there edited and co-authored an IDF-published book, Israel, the Intifada and the Rule of Law. Following the Oslo Accords, she worked as coordinator of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. She retired from the military with the rank of captain at the end of 1996. She worked for about a year as the assistant to the director general of the Israel Antiquities Authority. She then served as assistant foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She returned to the US to get her Master of Arts in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2000.[4]

Upon her return to Israel, she became, and remains, the chief diplomatic correspondent for the Makor Rishon newspaper, for which she writes a weekly column in Hebrew. She is also the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post for which she writes two weekly syndicated columns. Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the National Review, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Times, Maariv, Moment, and other newspapers found worldwide. She has also contributed to many online journals.[4] Along with Israel’s major television networks, she has appeared on US television programs seen on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel.[6] She makes frequent radio appearances both in the US and Israel.

In 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Glick was embedded with the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and filed front-line reports for The Jerusalem Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.[4] She also reported daily from the front lines, via satellite phone, for the Israeli Channel 1 news. Glick was on the scene when US forces took the Baghdad International Airport. She was awarded a distinguished civilian service award from the U.S. Secretary of the Army for her battlefield reporting.[7]

She is the Senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy[4] and is one of several co-authors of the Center’s latest book, War Footing. She has been a senior researcher at the IDF’s Operational Theory Research Institute (the Israel Defense establishment’s most prestigious think tank).[7] She has also worked as an adjunct lecturer in tactical warfare at the IDF’s Command and Staff College.[6]

In its Israeli Independence Day supplement in 2003, Israeli newspaper Maariv named her the most prominent woman in Israel.[8] She was the 2005 recipient of the Zionist Organization of America’s Ben Hecht award for Outstanding Journalism (previous recipients have included A. M. Rosenthal, Sidney Zion and Daniel Pipes).[4] She has also been awarded the Abramowitz Prize for Media Criticism by Israel Media Watch. A representative for the organization praised Glick’s high degree of professionalism and her critical reporting after Glick wrote a series of articles accusing the Israeli media of blatantly rallying support for carrying out the disengagement plan.[6][9] On May 31, 2009 she received the Guardian of Zion Award from the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar Ilan University.[8]

She is an editor of the political satire website Latma TV.[10]

In July of 2012 The David Horowitz Freedom Center announced the hiring of Caroline Glick as the Director of its Israel Security Project.

“Kooky”? Really? With those credentials?

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

“Kooky”? Really? With those credentials?

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Okay, but did she serve in Vietnam?……………….

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

I think Israel could and should state that they are willing to give Palestine a state. But that they will treat them as a state. Which means any attack from Palestine towards Israel would be considered an act of war, and be treated as such. With full military reprisal, economic blockade, etc.

That means blocking and seizing all aid to Palestine, providing none themselves, until unconditional surrender of all Hamas, Fatah, etc terrorists.

I guarantee that Palestine would be worse off if they were to be recognized as a state. Because they can’t help themselves-they would attack Israel, and Israel would be totally justified in wiping them off the face of the earth.

Vanceone on May 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Okay, but did she serve in Vietnam?……………….

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Oh, and definitely no offense to those here who did.

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Back on John Kerry – I have no idea what he was thinking, or even if he was thinking at all.

If he did think before he spoke, how could he not realize that he would immediately have to reverse himself and apologize, and accept scoldings? There was no other possible outcome.

Formally, he is America’s top diplomat. In terms of skill, he isn’t.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Ed Morrissey on May 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM

In the big picture of this man’s article it is probably unfair to latch onto this point but he might have considered his own credibility when he decided to take a swipe at something he hasn’t read just because it doesn’t fall into the accepted correct solution. You know, the accepted correct solution that hasn’t been accepted in decades upon decades and for some reason appears to be the Holy Grail of diplomacy.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

All the lies, deception and rhetoric spewed by this Administration is not fooling the foreign leaders who recognize their incompetence and failures!

rjoco1 on May 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Okay, but did she serve in Vietnam?……………….

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Caroline Glick (born 1969)… She was on John Kerry’s secret Christmas mission deep in Cambodia, just as much as he was.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Caroline Glick (born 1969)… She was on John Kerry’s secret Christmas mission deep in Cambodia, just as much as he was.

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Seared into her memory?

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Caroline Glick? Her name has come up recently as someone I should read. Is she really kooky, I thought Mark Levin was hyping her book?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Read this.

Vince on May 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I have never understood the hatred of Jews. They seem like remarkable people to me. How does this happen and how is it sustained for thousands of years?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

With BFFs like Kerry…
The left screws up again and reveals it’s true mindset.

Kissmygrits on May 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Of course it’s a pattern. Israeli PMs and Presidents have said essentially the same thing.

lexhamfox on May 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

… and this little spat affect America’s national interest how, exactly?

corona79 on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I guarantee that Palestine would be worse off if they were to be recognized as a state. Because they can’t help themselves-they would attack Israel, and Israel would be totally justified in wiping them off the face of the earth.

Vanceone on May 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Justified in whose eyes, though? The international community takes offense every time Israel orders the construction of an apartment building in its own capital city. So naturally, Israel would be condemned for taking any military action (no matter how slight) against the future Palestinian state. And if followers of the Obama-Kerry-Samantha Power-Chuck Hagel line are leading the U.S. government at the time, the U.S. will condemn Israel too.

J.S.K. on May 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I have never understood the hatred of Jews. They seem like remarkable people to me. How does this happen and how is it sustained for thousands of years?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

If you do not believe in God, you cannot and never will understand, if you do believe in God, the explanation is painfully simple, Satan has a very special hatred for Israel, because of prophecy that says that one of Adam’s decedents will crush the serpents head. That decedent was a Jewish man named Jesus Christ.

oscarwilde on May 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I have never understood the hatred of Jews. They seem like remarkable people to me. How does this happen and how is it sustained for thousands of years?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Simplistic maybe but with Hitler I believe it came down to the fact that he couldn’t sway them with his nationalistic bs and he wanted their assets.

In the middle east it comes down to the “religion of peace.” That and the fact that the corrupt leaders can control their people by focusing blame and hate on the Jews.

Vince on May 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Seared into her memory?

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Seared!

David Blue on May 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

… and this little spat affect America’s national interest how, exactly?

corona79 on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Is this a rhetorical question sarcastically put forth?

Vince on May 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

This scenario, the “one state solution”, is as likely to occur as it is for Texas to secede from the Union.

Hey, they did it once.

bgoldman on May 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

… and this little spat affect America’s national interest how, exactly?

corona79 on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Is this a rhetorical question sarcastically put forth?

Vince on May 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I don’t think so. I’ve seen this poster before.

VegasRick on May 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

oscarwilde on May 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I figured it was a cross between them being God’s chosen people or those who believe that they killed Jesus Christ. In a world of low info voters, I have to believe it’s just bad habit.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Israeli deputy defense minister: Kerry’s apartheid comments a pattern, not a gaffe

…it sure… hasn’t been forty years…of “gaffes”!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I have never understood the hatred of Jews. They seem like remarkable people to me. How does this happen and how is it sustained for thousands of years?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

It’s quite easy to understand, really. Who are the two world religions that are permitted to be persecuted? That would be the Jews and the Christians. Why? Because they serve the One True God. And Satan is actively seeking to destroy them.

That’s why Jews have been persecuted and killed from the beginning.

John Hitchcock on May 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Roles reversed, many Democrats would have called Kerry’s comments about Israel “Anti-Semitic” or “Racist”.

I believe Secretary Kerry is simply “Anti-Israel”. I find it odd that anyone is surprised he would make these types of comments, especially after the long pattern of abuses this administration has shown against Israel.

Perspicacious on May 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I have never understood the hatred of Jews. They seem like remarkable people to me. How does this happen and how is it sustained for thousands of years?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Jealousy.

Muslims have never understood why these people, who worship the “wrong” God in the “wrong” way, seem to effortlessly get ahead and make something out of nothing, a gift that seems to have eluded our brothers and sisters in the Religion of Pieces.

Jews spend their time fixing their problems, Muslims spend their time blaming others for their problems. There is an analogy here in the U.S., but so far this has been a Libfree-free post and it’s best to keep it that way.

Maddie on May 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Caroline Glick? Her name has come up recently as someone I should read. Is she really kooky

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Caroline Glick is a brilliant, level headed journalist and author. However, that doesn’t mean she never gets anything wrong. She has, several times.

Shy Guy on May 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Apartheid in Israel? Have You No Decency, Secretary of State, John Forbes Kerry? At Long Last, Have You No Sense of Decency?

Resist We Much on May 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I’m so glad you’re back, RWM/Sophie

22044 on May 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Caroline Glick? Her name has come up recently as someone I should read. Is she really kooky, I thought Mark Levin was hyping her book?
Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Well I haven’t seen any infowar postings from her so that’s a bonus

Brock Robamney on May 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Without doubt, Israel needs to offer concessions on the location of the wall and travel restrictions surrounding it, and on its settlements and water use in the West Bank.

Yeah, I take a more “hawkish” line to this. Israel should’ve deported all of the Palestinians 40 years ago.

We wouldn’t have terrorists trying to create their own state, and the anti-semetic left wouldn’t be able to make comparisons to “apartheid”

MWC_RS on May 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I have almost no familiarity with Caroline Glick, other than that PJTV used to interview her and post videos of the interviews. Maybe they still do – it’s been a long time since I’ve watched PJTV.
Take that as you will.

22044 on May 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

They won’t surrender and commit suicide to make peace, though, and so far that’s the only option that nearly 50 years of negotiations have presented to them, including from their “best friend” Kerry.

Suicidal compromise and complicity in it’s own destruction is Obama’s plan for Israel. They should treat Obama as an enemy, because he is their enemy.

If he didn’t openly avow his support for the position that Israel is not a legitimate state, i.e., the Palestinian position, why is Rashid Khalidi tape still being suppressed? If Obama is a supporter of Israel and ssid nothing to contradict that position, why wouldn’t he “suggest” the LA Times release that tape?

novaculus on May 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Muslims have never understood why these people, who worship the “wrong” God in the “wrong” way, seem to effortlessly get ahead and make something out of nothing, a gift that seems to have eluded our brothers and sisters in the Religion of Pieces.

They certainly wasted no time into turning the Israeli made oases in the Gaza strip back into a desert. A desert rocket launching pad.

DimsdalePiranha on May 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

… and this little spat affect America’s national interest how, exactly?
corona79 on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

We have been infiltrated by Bundycans

Brock Robamney on May 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Yeah, I take a more “hawkish” line to this. Israel should’ve deported all of the Palestinians 40 years ago.

Thus completing the theft that started Israel so long ago.

Tlaloc on May 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Maddie on May 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

It’s not as if their fundamental problem isn’t known.

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the
Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”

Winston Churchill

novaculus on May 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

She has, several times.

Shy Guy on May 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Who hasn’t and it didn’t stop this guy from labeling her book without reading it.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Thus completing the theft that started Israel so long ago.

Tlaloc on May 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I need clarification. Israel should not exist?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Thus completing the theft that started Israel so long ago.

Tlaloc on May 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Stick that BS up your oubliette.

Palestinians weren’t dispossessed. (In fact, they didn’t even identify as “Palestinians” but as Arabs and members of one tribe or another, citizens of Jordan and Egypt for the most part.) Most fled when their Arab pals told them to clear out while they exterminated the Jews, after which they could return and have their land plus all the land that Jews had there even before the state of Israel. Didn’t work out for them, and they became pawns of those who led them down the path to disaster in the first place.

Some stayed, and their descendants are now citizens of the Jewish state and most are very successful. Some are members of the government, representatives, administrators, lawyers and judges.

The “Palestinians” created their own problems and left the legacy of their hateful stupidity to their children.. The power to change their future for the better is in their own hands, but they are genocidal maniacs incapable of dealing with the realities.

novaculus on May 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Thus completing the theft that started Israel so long ago.

Tlaloc on May 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Ug.

Shy Guy on May 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I have never understood the hatred of Jews. They seem like remarkable people to me. How does this happen and how is it sustained for thousands of years?

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

It’s an interesting thing, this meld between earthly dynamics and spiritual dynamics; this interplay. When viewed from a strictly political point of view you come away with a political explanation and when viewed from strictly a Biblical perspective you come away with a religious explanation. But there’s no denying that there are inescapable connections between the two and the best explanation for the symmetry is that the Biblical view is the correct one and the political explanation is merely the way these things are playing out in real, that is, earthly, time.

Cleombrotus on May 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

It’s an interesting thing, this meld between earthly dynamics and spiritual dynamics; this interplay. When viewed from a strictly political human point of view you come away with a political explanation and when viewed from strictly a Biblical perspective you come away with a religious explanation. But there’s no denying that there are inescapable connections between the two and the best explanation for the symmetry is that the Biblical view is the correct one and the political explanation is merely the way these things are playing out in real, that is, earthly, time.

Cleombrotus on May 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Cleombrotus on May 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Caroline Glick? Her name has come up recently as someone I should read. Is she really kooky, I thought Mark Levin was hyping her book?
Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Read her editorials on Townhall, they’re all archived. Look under “Columnists”

Cleombrotus on May 1, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Brock Robamney on May 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I can’t tell, are you mocking those who stood up for Mr. Bundy.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I prefer the Davidic borders to the Israeli state. That would provide the most security and the most liberty and the most economic opportunity for the biggest possible number of people in the Middle East.

Arabs are brothers who always fight and kill each other. They only band together when they are trying to annihilate the Jews. Otherwise, they are annihilating each other.

The Davidic border of Israel would provide more safety than any other border, for the most people possible.

John Hitchcock on May 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

But those borders will only happen in a minimum of 7 years plus 1 day.

And certain of you people understand exactly what I mean by 7 years plus 1 day.

John Hitchcock on May 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM

John Hitchcock on May 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I think we should give Louisiana back to France, Texas back to Mexico, and California back to Spain

Brock Robamney on May 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Brock, “You should open your mouth a little wider when you speak.”

John Hitchcock on May 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

John Hitchcock on May 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Mr. Robamney seems to want to hover on the edge of jackassery.

Cindy Munford on May 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

I think we should give Louisiana back to France, Texas back to Mexico, and California back to Spain

Brock Robamney on May 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Withdrawal from occupied territories (1977)

Shy Guy on May 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Withdrawal from occupied territories (1977)

Shy Guy on May 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

It seems like there are some anti Semitic folks that expect Israel to give up land they gained in war, when no other country is being asked to do this.

Brock Robamney on May 1, 2014 at 8:29 PM