Tag: Israel

Who Are the Real Colonialists?

 

Last week, some of us got into a sort of side-conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, one in which it was suggested that Israel could be seen as a “settler-colony” of the United States because the US provides considerable aid to Israel.

The question then arose: if US aid equals colonization, there are an awful lot of colonies around the world that don’t seem to have gotten the memo that they’re part of America’s Colonial Empire … including the Palestinians themselves. Meanwhile, it strikes me that there is at least one situation in the world that does resemble settler-colonialism.

Humiliated and Embarrassed by World Opinion

 

You know what causes most of the world’s UN representatives to have conniption fits? Let’s see, would it be an endless civil war in Syria in which hundreds of thousands have been senselessly killed? No, not really. How about the endless nuclear threats emanating from the psycho-Marxist state of North Korea that endanger world stability? Actually, not so much. Well then, how about the collapse of oil-rich Venezuela into chaos and starvation due to government-imposed socialism? Nope, it’s all good.

Well, what then? Here’s a simple, one-word clue: Israel. That’s really all you need to know, isn’t it? The entire world could be collapsing due to simultaneously occurring wars and various apocalyptic events and the only thing that would get a rise out of this Jew-hating deliberative body is anything at all to do with Israel.

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In the dramatic closing moments of 2017, the following has happened: United States President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the Capital of Israel. Jerusalem, the heartbeat of the Jewish people, was described in the Old Testament as a gift from God. In the same week, the UN declared it null and void. One hundred and twenty-eight […]

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So, I just finished supper and sat down to check e-mail when what do I see in my newsfeed but an article from the Times of Israel linked by Freundschaft Deutschland-Israel. Here it is:  http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/un-resolution-against-us-jerusalem-move-passes-128-9/  Preview Open

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Hey, Media—You SUCK! And here on the Michael In The Morning podcast, we’ve got the numbers to prove it.

National Review’s Rich Lowry and Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs each weigh in on the costs and benefits of Trump’s first year.

A tragic train wreck in Seattle, while the GOP Congress appears to be avoiding one of their own on today’s tax bill vote.

Why are liberals obsessed with spending billions of tax dollars on the cutting edge technology of the 19th century?

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital: Now What?

 

The many opinions on Ricochet about Trump’s announcement to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital have been exasperating, delightful, and insightful. As in many of these discussions, a major change like this bodes danger, disaster, and mayhem. I felt compelled to create some perspective on the situation, as hourly the concerns and positions shift. I explain my thoughts on the effect of Trump’s action in seven points. See what you think

1. There never was a legitimate peace process. The Jews always had a presence in Israel, in spite of the Diaspora. Then in the 19th century, Jewish immigration began to increase; the Arabs in the region resented them and repeatedly attacked them, especially from the 1920s onward. The Arabs made sure that everyone knew they were not interested in negotiating anything and that their only intention was to destroy the Jews. There is nothing that any Arab or so-called Palestinian has said to change those facts in recent years. I see no reason these circumstances will change in the future.

Conclusion: Israel needs to pursue a one-state solution that will deal with the Palestinian people in a fair and just way (whether or not they agree with it). From the PA’s corrupt and inept governance over the years, we see they are not capable of structuring or managing their own country; they will only maintain their goal of destroying Israel.

Pope Francis’ Political Instincts Are Execrable

 

As a faithful, devout Catholic, I believe the pope to be infallible when he is pronouncing on matters of faith and doctrine. However, as I have told my own children many times, that does not mean that the pope is right about anything else. As a historian, I teach them of the history of the papacy, with all its lechers and weak-minded boobs, as well as its holy saints and wise and powerful leaders. In most of my lifetime, the pope has been someone whose wisdom I valued and whose reasoned statements on matters of international importance I could at least respect, even if I disagreed.

But, Pope Francis, as much as I pray for him as the leader of my church, has terrible political instincts. His self-important idea that if he doesn’t speak up, the Israelis will suddenly start oppressing religious worship, rather than being the only country in the Middle East that guarantees freedom of worship, makes me sick. The reality is that the threat of violence is not coming from the Israelis, and that only areas of Jerusalem that are under the control of the Israelis, not the Palestinians, are safe for people of all faiths.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America serve up all crazy martinis today.  First, they wonder why no Senate Democrats demanded Al Franken’s resignation after six allegations of misconduct but 33 suddenly decided that a seventh accuser was the last straw.  They also get a kick out of Democrats who have long called for the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but are now outraged that President Trump actually did it.  And they scratch their heads as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says it is an “open question” as to whether the United States will participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year due to security concerns.

Breaking: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Isn’t the End of the World

 

Remember way back to 10 days ago when scrapping Net Neutrality was The End of the World? That was until last weekend when the GOP tax reform bill was Literally The End Of The World. Nevermind. Today, President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is Really, Totally, and Literally The End of the World.

Left unmentioned is that Jerusalem has been the real, total, and literal capital of Israel since its foundation; the US merely accepted that fact today. Way back in 1995, the US Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which said the same but allowed presidents to delay implementation via six-month waivers, which they have done ever since.

Presidential candidates of both parties have long publically supported Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In 2008, Barack Obama said, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” When running for the Senate, Hillary Clinton said, “you can be sure that I will be an active, committed advocate for a strong and secure Israel, able to live in peace with its neighbors, with the United States Embassy located in its capital, Jerusalem.”

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This time of year seems to inspire a closer look at our human condition. As I clean up and organize in preparation for the holidays, tax season, acknowledging another year coming to a close, I seem to reflect on my spiritual condition more closely. Inspired by recent posts by @paddysiochain, @susanquinn, @skipsul, @curtnorth, @gilreich, @midge […]

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After Israel, Final Thoughts: What Does it Mean to be a Jew?

 

I’m home in sunny Poinciana, FL, and so glad to be back with my husband! This trip was life-changing for me in many ways — in small ways and (I hope this won’t sound like an exaggeration) existential ways. All these outcomes have transformed the fabric of my life.

The smaller ways include the fact that I can travel alone and feel safe. The first part of my trip I traveled with friends, but after that time I made my way alone. When I got lost, people offered to help; when I couldn’t decide how to travel, people made suggestions. Even when there was no one around, I sought help and found it. I learned that when I travel, even when I feel most vulnerable, I can find my way.

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I fully embrace my bus-riding ineptitude. It’s pretty major, since I don’t ride buses on a regular basis. Or hardly at all. So I knew I was in for a challenge going from place to place in Israel. And I quickly realized that drawing on my patience and sense of humor would go a long […]

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From Israel: Different but the Same

 

Irreverent and funny; devoted, kind, and humorous. The first description is of Menashe; the latter is Alizah. They are two lovely people who are making my first trip to Israel in 45 years sweet, informative, and engaged.

Let me tell you about Alizah. I met her on the telephone as a Torah study partner and the cell phone towers have kept us connected ever since. She has an East Coast accent that colors her Hebrew comments. So, meeting her in person was a delightful experience. She somehow fit the voice that I had learned to appreciate for the past year and a half. She has a wry sense of humor, and we definitely connect on that level — our rejoinders come naturally.

Alizah is a Haredi Jew — ultra-Orthodox. Some people were concerned about my coming to Beitar-Illit because it is a very religious community. Men walk rapidly in their black clothes, kipas, and black hats, many with flowing beards and flying payos. Like most of the women, Alizah wears longish skirts and a wig; much of her clothing, however, is colorful with lots of purple. (She also enjoys wearing her tennis shoes which are color coordinated.)

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I suspect that @susanquinn’s very moving post about her upcoming solo journey to Israel may have inspired some of you to make your own trip to the Holy Land. If you are interested in traveling to Israel with a Middle East history teacher, I’d like to invite you to join the study tour that I […]

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Can the Saudis Lead the Middle East into the Future?

 

Slowly but surely, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is trying to bring the Saudis into the 21st century. It is happening in fits and starts, and there are still many signs that the country has a long way to go, but I am cautiously optimistic.

Just last Tuesday, the Crown Prince talked about moderating Saudi Arabia’s practice of radical Sunni Islam at an economic forum in Riyadh:

We are returning to what we were before — a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world.

Traveling, Alone

 

I am not only taking a momentous trip abroad by myself, but there is an aloneness that will accompany it. I’m still processing that idea as my travel time approaches.

It’s not like I never travel alone. But when I was young, my international travel was with others. Since I’ve been married, I have traveled alone for week-long retreats. My husband and I have always traveled together, although I threatened to go to the U.K. without him, because he couldn’t make up his mind about going. But even then, I had family over there. And he decided to accompany me after all.

This time I am going to Israel. For two weeks. I’ve made all the appropriate plans, have all the documentation I need, and even have Ricochet meet-ups planned. I also will be staying the first two-thirds of the trip with my Torah study partner and also with a friend. But I still feel like I’m traveling alone.

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I give up. Of course, I don’t have a lot of patience with things technical. So I’m turning to all of you for the very best, easiest, most practical and efficient solution. (Maybe there are overlaps in those adjectives, but it is what it is.) As some of you know, I’m going to Israel for […]

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