Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Another Reality Check

Dear Friend, There was a debate on New York's Upper West Side between J-Street's Jeremy Ben-Ami and right-wing Israeli supporter Bill Kristol. (With thanks to John Bosma and Jake Terpstra for news of this debate) Kristol admitted he was a supporter of the ruling Likud-Kadima coalition in Isr/Pal now. The question is simply: What do you intend to happen if [Isr] do[es] not end the occupation? For the left – for Jeremy Ben-Ami in the debate in New York – the answer is starkly clear. The Palestinians will demand one-man-one-vote. Israel will be unable to withstand that demand. Israel will lose its character as the Jewish sovereign state and will become, in effect, a bi-national state. The 'one-state solution.' For the right, the question is invariably an occasion for obfuscating blather. For the religious right, that blather includes vague but menacing invocations of Divine providence and/or intervention. But Kristol is not one to dissemble or blather. His answer is chillingly straightforward: We can withstand a Palestinian demand for one-man-one-vote. The indefinite maintenance of the current status quo “is also an option." At once, with breathtaking simplicity, our [USA] national debate is framed in truthful terms. At its core it is about one's assessment of the feasibility of this 'indefinite maintenance' option. The left assesses it unfeasible – and says so. The right assesses it is feasible – and obfuscates. What Kristol said is what Bibi believes. But Bibi would never say it, would never admit to believing it, because it is so politically incorrect. Kristol is under no such deceitful inhibitions. Meanwhile, Gush Shalom (part of the peace movement in Isr/Pal, led by Adam Keller and Uri Avnery) sends us this press release today, to join in the demonstration by Palestinians at the Damascus Gate tomorrow evening May 20: PressRelease May 19 2012 Gush Shalom calls forabolition of "JerusalemDay". This is a holiday only to settlers and racists, who get a license toprovoke and harass Palestinians . . The real 'JerusalemDay' - when Jerusalembecomes the capital of two states living in peace. A lie does not become a truth, even if repeated forty-five times. Jerusalem is a not a united city, and has never been a united city in the forty-five years since 1967. East Jerusalem is a Palestinian area under occupation rule. Just so is it treated by the governmental and municipal authorities of the State of Israel, and by the settlers who are dispossessing the Palestinian inhabitants, with the funding and backing of these authorities- as recently happened again in the Beit Hanina Neighborhood. "Jerusalem Day" is not a holiday to Israel's citizens or to residents of Jerusalem.It is a holiday only for the young settlers, who are given by the Jerusalem Police a free hand to hold a provocative "Flag Dance" throughout East Jerusalem – even though in previous years this "dance"developed into an ongoing chain of racist harassment and violence against Palestinian inhabitants. It is time to end the lie and erase this ugly stain from the calendar of the State of Israel. The real Jerusalem Day will be the day when the occupation ends and Jerusalem becomes the capital of two states- West Jerusalem the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine. Only then can Jerusalem truly be a united city, by the free will of all its inhabitants - Israelis and Palestinians alike. Contact:Adam Keller, Gush Shalom Spokesperson 054-2340749


Mark CoffmAN said...

Almighty God has promised that whoever divides the land of Israel will be cursed. Dividing His Holy city (Jerusalem) will also provoke His wrath. When so called christians defend the squatters (Arabs/Palestinians) it makes one wonder who their Christ is.
My Savior, when He walked this earth as a human, was a Torah quoting, Kosher eating Jew. He was, He is, and He always be Jewish, for Salvation come from the Jew.
So you FPI numbnuts get it through your thick skulls that to call yourselves "christians" and continue to slander,deride and criticize Israel and the Jewish people is to continually side with Satan, and will bring God's curse upon your heads.
To continue your replacement theology/anti Semite rhetoric casts a disparaging light on who the Messiah is, and ultimately does not bring anyone to the Gospel.
So please once again I ask that you get right with our Savior, beg His forgiveness and cease and desist your erroneous spouting of the lies propigated by those that Hate.

John R. Kleinheksel, Sr. said...

Hello Mark, John Kleinheksel here. Thank you for your comment and complaint. I am listening. i hear your cry. I sense your love for the Jewish Messiah who has come to bless and enfrancise the Jewish nation-state (at the expense of Arab Palestinians who have lived on that land for centuries. The Messiah about whom I read appears in the New Testament and brings a universal message of salvation that transcends the land and nation of God's ancient people. Peace to you as well. JRK

LSG said...

John, it would seem that you aren't reading carefully. IIRC, He said' I come for the lost sheep of the house of Israel'. If you want in on the deal, you have to attach your self to Israel. If you continue to ally yourself with His opponents, you'll be burned up with the weeds. LSG