The main problem is that Israel is undermining the friendship of America and the
rest of the world.
""One of my main missions as prime minister of Israel is to bolster the
status of the State of Israel as the national state of our people,"
Netanyahu said in a speech in Tel Aviv, a transcript of which was provided by
his office."To this end, it is my intention to submit a basic
law to the Knesset (parliament) that would provide a constitutional anchor for
Israel's status as the national state of the Jewish people."This is the problem.... he wants to make Jewish law the law of the land - aka
just like Muslims want to create religious states. If he does this, Christians
and Muslims alike will have second class status in the nation... making
Kerry's comments... unfortunately..... accurate. I wonder how
Netanyahu would react if the US were to pass such a law, codifying that this is
officially a Christian only nation, and that other groups would then have second
class status - including Jews. The amazing thing about the States
is our ability to live together as a very diverse society...peacefully.... where
you have others trying to create separation and contention between people.
So because the Jewish people were once persecuted through the use of apartheid
they are immune from ever being accused of doing the same thing to others? I am
no sure I totally agree with the analogy Kerry made but he really is not far
off. Israel has broken agreement after agreement further confining the Palestine
people to a smaller and smaller region increasingly isolated from needed
resources. I understand that Palestine is not purely an innocent victim here but
lets not pretend Israel is either. Its about time we be honest with our friends
and not just tell them how great we think they are when they behave poorly,
thats not being a friend.
"Thus we see even liberals can say stupid and racist things but when they
do, its a "misunderstanding", right?"No... Kerry
admitted he was wrong, and apologized. Imagine that. I know to some an apology
is a sign of weakness... but it does from time to time calm things down.Imagine that.... right?
RE There You Go AgainYou are welcome
@Iron RodThank you for your entire comment.
In regard to Secretary Kerry's comment many politicians are attacking the
messenger rather than attacking the message.I feel we should have a
discussion on reexamining our "Special Relationship" with Israel and if
it is to our advantage or disadvantage.It would be nice if we could
have a polite discussion about if Apartheid exists in Israel with out emotions
and name calling.In regard to Apartheid exists in Israel occupied
lands I would like to offer two examples and get some feed back.Discrimination in Housing. Could an upper middle class Palestinian family
move in to one of the new government sponsored settlement apartments currently
being build in the occupied lands? If not does this not smack a little of the
Apartheid policy of South Africa and in the South in the 1930's and
1940's?Discrimination in Transportation. Is it true that in
the occupied lands there are highways that are "Settler Only" and
Palestinians are banned from using them? Does this sound a little bit like
"White Only" from the South.Voting. If the occupied lands
are absorbed by Israel with settlements what is going to happened when their are
more Palestinians than Jewish voters?
Imagine what would be said by liberals if a conservative had made the same
"gaffe" as Kerry just did! Even Kerry himself would be hyperventilating
the "R" word! Some people are willing to accept a different
"truth" from their ideological twins but demand a far different standard
from those whom their ideology differs. In other words, some people have two
sets rules for truth; one very loose, very liberal set for themselves but a
completely different, much more restrictive set for others. More dangerous is
that they get our allies confused with our enemies.
We can afford to put some distance between ourselves and Israel. They need us
way more than we need them.
Some people define a gaffe as when a politician accidentally tells the truth.
That is the case here.
Oh did Kerry touch a nerve, perhaps if it wasn't so close to the truth, it
wouldn't have been an issue, as it would be easily dismissed.
Thus we see even liberals can say stupid and racist things but when they do, its
a "misunderstanding", right?
Kerry's comments were poorly chosen and unfortunate - and he apologized for
their use. He surely could have been a little more delicate in his wording.But lets be really clear here, We as best friends with Israel need to
hold our friend to the highest standards of behavior, as they should us. As our
friends, we need to call them out when they do wrong or are on a path that is
counter productive. And there are certain policies by the current leadership in
Israel that do make dialog or peace difficult. Culpability is not
solely on Israel's part, of course. Be the other side is clearly not our
friend right now, and not our responsibility.
Kerry is parroting the line from the White House. He is only saying what the
Dear Leader wants him to say.