Sometimes, after writing one of my politically incorrect columns,
I get e-mail.lots and lots of email. Most times, they arrive after
my dissertations of how I cannot, no way, no how understand how
the government in Israel continues to cow-tow to the American State
Dept.'s and European Union's demands by acting like a banana republic.
Truly, it amazes me how the same band of old and destructive men
continue to call the shots in the Israeli government. However, then
again, as big as our country is, it is a wonder that the Democrats
could not find anybody other than Kerry to save the party. On the
other hand, how is it that the Republicans could not do any better
with what they came up with? Truly, we had slim pickings.
Yet, as bad as our decisions are, and they are sometimes very bad,
I sit amazed how the citizens of Israel are not demonstrating by
the millions their discontent with the appalling lack of leadership
that continues to be heaped upon them daily by the powers that be.
Shimon Peres? Good Lord! How are people still listening to him after
the other fiascos this man has caused over the decades?
I think it's time to 'get the hook' as they did in the old vaudeville
days and drag Peres off the international stage before he causes
his usual destruction while pretending to be a "statesman".
Correct me if I am wrong. Isn't Shimon Peres the same man who is
the perennial Prime Minister and/or holder of various other appointed
key positions who has never won an election by the citizens of Israel?
Naw, this isn't possible. Is it? Could this be a man who is appointed
by his Likud counterpart, Ariel Sharon, in what seems to be on a
regular basis from the opposing party (Labor) to keep the band-aid
of unity on Sharon's government and it is allowed to happen. Truly,
I do not understand it (but I know that Israel does not have a written
constitution or direct election of government leaders and Knesset
members by the people themselves).
Has nobody remembered the thousands of Oslo-related murders of innocent
civilians in Israel and the many more thousands of maimed or wounded
Israelis by actions initiated by Peres and his self-serving commentaries?
Well, for one thing, it is obvious the current Prime Minister, Ariel
Sharon, is suffering from dementia and complete loss of memory.
How does it work? It seems that every time the Likud gets into
trouble, they do the "appease" dance and rush to bring
back the very same politicians who got them into that situation
in the first place. Then Labor comes to the rescue and they both
celebrate by re-opening the jails and releasing a couple of hundred
terrorists as another 'good-will' gesture.
So, I read and I listen to the news. And, frankly, I was a little
surprised to read in today's Los Angeles Times a headline "Labor
OK's Alliance with Sharon". Ok, that didn't surprise me. They
are always sharing these alliances with Sharon. We have all seen
them do this dance before. What does surprise me, though, is how
there is not more outrage and how these same men keep being voted
in or appointed to power positions decade after decade. How long
are they going to play musical chairs with the same tired old men
before letting fresh blood make some of the decisions? And, they
talk about the old Palestinian leadership?
Now, what do I know? I am just an American interloper sitting
in the comfort of my Marina del Rey home watching the same savages
on our television who have been bombing and terrorizing the citizens
of Israel for years. Silly American me. I actually thought at one
time that if a defeated party such as Labor were roundly defeated
by the electorate, then that's it. However, that's not how it works
>From what I understand, only as an outsider mind you, is that
socialism is so entrenched in the culture of Israel that no matter
how many times the Likud is actually voted in by the country, Shimon
Peres will always be there to pick up the pieces for Sharon. They
will never have to worry about having a date for the prom, as they
always seem to have each other. The hell with the voters!
Which reminds me, how come nobody notices that though the majority
of Sharon's parties voted overwhelmingly against the establishment
of a Palestinian state a couple of years ago and again over two-thirds
majority against his unilateral disengagement plan, he is still
able to proceed on his merry way?
Hey, what do I, as a tourist know? It seems to me that refusing
to allow your own people the right to go to the polls by way of
a referendum before this disastrous disengagement plan leads you
guys to the brink of civil war might be the way to go. I don't think
that dividing and wounding your constituents is the way to go, other
than making a lot of people in my State Dept. happy.
I know if George W. would wake up one day and say he wants to
turn California over to Mexico, we'd need a vote. Although, come
to think of it, I think that's already happened. And, folks, to
me it looks like this is only the first step of a further withdrawal
from most of the Jews ancient land, from Judea and Samaria. I wouldn't
be surprised it the next step would broaching the thought of how
Tel Aviv or Haifa is Muslim-based. Hey, they've already staked a
claim as Jerusalem as their capital. Maybe you could move Abraham
and the rest of the family to Toledo since Islam has already set
it up for destruction in the holy name of Allah?
However, just a thought, even though I'm only a 'tourist' from
America. I like the fact that the nine million of us Jews who are
living like me, outside Israel, have a place to find refuge. In
fact, silly as this sounds, I consider myself as an American-born
Israeli. Hey, if the blacks, most of which have never even set eyes
on Africa are called African-Americans, then why not the Jews? And,
with anti-Semitism at an all-time high, it might be a prudent thing
So, shouldn't the million plus European Jews who are once again
facing dangers from Jew-hating have a place to go when the time
comes? Does Sharon really have the right to give away to the sworn
enemies of the Jews part of the land that will lead to the end of
their and our home and refuge?
Incidentally, the same article in the L.A.Times quoted the front
runner in the upcoming election, Mahmoud Abbas: "Arafat will
remain the beacon that will lead us in the struggle for the end
of the Israeli occupation of our land occupied in 1967, where we
will build our independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its
capital and by fairly solving the refugee problem, which is the
heart of the Palestinian issue." Ain't that grand? I wonder
if he thinks anything should be done about the million or so Jews
who were forced out of Muslim nations?
I'm not even very religious, but, somehow it's important to me
that the Muslims aren't given this Palestinian state which is obviously
going to be an Islamic springboard to remove what will be left of
Israel. But, then, what do I know?
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