Or so I seem to keep hearing….
Which I find funny, as in strange, because while politicians on both sides of the aisle have long bent over backwards for Israel- their reasoning has been much different. The right has long supported Israel, but for largely dubious reasons. Remember- this is the party backed by the right of christianity. Those who truly believe that the jews killed the son of their god. But who also know Israel controls the holy sites that they believe will be the second coming of their lord and savior. So better to ensure these sites remain in the control of the jews, for the time being, rather in the hands of arabs.
Converseley, the left, yes those socialists and communists (who believe in Society and Community) seem to have a more altrustic support- these people have a right to their faith, and they have been through hell which buys them some latitude. But ultimately, they need to act in good faith on some very real issues.
So yes, Obama, like Clinton before him, have actually tried to force israel and the palenstinians to negotiate in good faith, and have had the audacity to suggest that Israel needs to start these negotiations with their old boundaries- rather then starting negotiations with their current position of power. The audacity….
But anyway- what got me started on this really (other then the multitude of “obama/the left is anti israel posts) was the Israelli courts decision this past week granting a two month extension/ reprieve to the destruction of (just a small fraction) of the illegal israelli settlements. You see- the right wing of the israellis believe ALL the land in the area is theirs. And so they continue to push well beyond Israels already much expanded borders building new settlements and pushing the palestinians further away by force.
So anti-israel- I think not. But anti israel right wing…rightly so. No one- christian, muslim, jew, etc has the right to be an extremist because “god is on their side”…because they are the “chosen ones”.
Reason, sanity, and compassion must prevail in our world- because the unbending belief of superiority leads only one place…