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Hey Barack!

What part of 'illegal' don't you understand?

As the spat between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Obama administration continues over Israeli plans to build 1,600 new homes in occupied East Jerusalem, we need to take a step back and look at the big picture.

Forget for a moment the construction of new Israeli settlements and remember that almost 500,000 Israelis live in more than 100 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

It is illegal to build settlements on conquered territory and the continued existence of these communities is a slap in the face. Despite this glaring reality, the notion that the US should urge Israel to remove existing settlements hasn’t even entered the equation.

The prospects for peace have grown so distant and the discourse so convoluted that we are now at a point where Israel agreeing to stop for a moment its continuing theft of Palestinian land is somehow viewed as a concession that requires Palestinian reciprocity.

One would think that a Harvard-trained lawyer who seeks to restore America’s reputation abroad and act as an honest broker for peace in the Middle East would be troubled by Israel’s continued flouting of international law.

But even if Obama doesn’t want to concern himself with this inconvenient detail he might want to listen to the man he relies on to run his wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and all other American operations underway in the Middle East.

US General David Petraeus warned that the continuing occupation of Palestinian land aids Al Qaeda, calling the conflict one of the “root causes of instability” in the Middle East.

If there is any hope of realizing peace through a two-state solution it will require immediate and meaningful efforts to pull back the web of settlements, checkpoints and Israeli-only roads fracturing the occupied territories before it is too late.

In a recent speech to the powerful Israel lobby group AIPAC, Benjamin Netanyahu declared defiantly, “Jerusalem is not a settlement. It’s our capital.”

"Everyone knows that these neighborhoods will be part of Israel in any peace settlement,” he said.

The Palestinians don’t know that, the international community doesn’t know that, and the Americans aren’t supposed to know that either.

But in an address to the same pro-Israel lobbyists Hillary Clinton promised that America’s support for Israel is “rock solid, unwavering, enduring and forever.”

Considering that Israel’s ultranationalist settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are politically powerful and armed to the teeth, it is questionable whether they could actually be removed. But as long as the US bickers with Israel about future settlements instead of demanding the removal of existing ones, no progress will be made toward a two-state solution. The situation will only spiral down faster toward intractable apartheid.


-Blake Sifton

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Tom Pich

I love you!! This is so sad and you are so funny! Yes it is possible fore me to hate the state of israel without being an antisemite. israel is such a murderous terror state I don't even feel compelled to make an obligatory statement about the existance of my Jewish friends.

Tom Pich

I love you!! This is so sad and you are so funny! Yes it is possible fore me to hate the state of israel without being an antisemite. israel is such a murderous terror state I don't even feel compelled to make an obligatory statement about the existance of my Jewish friends.

Ken Vallario

yes it is possible for you to hate the state of israel...but it is not wise...
it is not wise to hate any nation, because a nation is comprised of a diverse group of people, often in wide disagreement over state policy.
it is better for you to hate a policy and to focus on that alone, because that strengthens you whereas hatred of a people will ultimately corrupt your heart...

Ken Vallario

yes it is possible for you to hate the state of israel...but it is not wise...
it is not wise to hate any nation, because a nation is comprised of a diverse group of people, often in wide disagreement over state policy.
it is better for you to hate a policy and to focus on that alone, because that strengthens you whereas hatred of a people will ultimately corrupt your heart...

Anonymous

The world thinks that the elimination of the Nazi regime was the final battle against a world power that believed in being a different “chosen” kind of homo sapien because of their race, but they are wrong.

One groups still exists. The Jewish people of the world are taught from childhood that they are the chosen people of God. This kind of inane brainwashing is a celebrated and concrete part of an entire culture.

Human beings will never be free from their torturing wars until we realize that we are the same. And until a country exists on this planet dedicated to the ideal that they are a different kind of human being; that their blood makes them different, you will NEVER see peace.

That is the simple fact of how this world has worked for the past 10,000 years. For Homo Sapien to stop this infantile consumeristic existence and move on to bigger and more important things like living in balance with it’s home planet and moving beyond Earth and spreading life to the far reaches of our Solar System and hopefully our galaxy, we are going to need the eradication of the last ignorant forms of human culture. Religion of course must be removed, but beyond the discussion of religion is the topic of the Jewish faith since this is more than a religion.

You can easily become a Christian if you accept Christ as your savior. Or you can easily become Muslim if you accept the teachings of the Koran and live your life according to its principals. But you can never become a Jew. You can convert, but you will not be a Jew. Your blood is not Jewish.

The idea is not absolutely obscene. Our scientific knowledge today has shown that our connection to our ancestors is traced via our Mitochondrial DNA. This genetic material is only passed on by the mother, so the ancient Jewish founders could have had some abstract knowledge of this basic point. Hence if your mother is Jewish you are considered a Jew. The issue is that they have applied a cultural ideal to a genetic lineage and that is absolutely absurd.

This idea stands right in the face of modern scientific thought and spits in it’s eyes. Just like the Israeli President stands in front of the rest of the 6 Billion Homo Sapiens on this planet and spits in their faces because they expect human rights to be respected regardless of the country.

If you people on this site REALLY want to change the world and get rid of consumerism, you need to start at the root of it all. Educate yourselves about history and stop worrying about if your shoes are Blackspot.

Anonymous

The world thinks that the elimination of the Nazi regime was the final battle against a world power that believed in being a different “chosen” kind of homo sapien because of their race, but they are wrong.

One groups still exists. The Jewish people of the world are taught from childhood that they are the chosen people of God. This kind of inane brainwashing is a celebrated and concrete part of an entire culture.

Human beings will never be free from their torturing wars until we realize that we are the same. And until a country exists on this planet dedicated to the ideal that they are a different kind of human being; that their blood makes them different, you will NEVER see peace.

That is the simple fact of how this world has worked for the past 10,000 years. For Homo Sapien to stop this infantile consumeristic existence and move on to bigger and more important things like living in balance with it’s home planet and moving beyond Earth and spreading life to the far reaches of our Solar System and hopefully our galaxy, we are going to need the eradication of the last ignorant forms of human culture. Religion of course must be removed, but beyond the discussion of religion is the topic of the Jewish faith since this is more than a religion.

You can easily become a Christian if you accept Christ as your savior. Or you can easily become Muslim if you accept the teachings of the Koran and live your life according to its principals. But you can never become a Jew. You can convert, but you will not be a Jew. Your blood is not Jewish.

The idea is not absolutely obscene. Our scientific knowledge today has shown that our connection to our ancestors is traced via our Mitochondrial DNA. This genetic material is only passed on by the mother, so the ancient Jewish founders could have had some abstract knowledge of this basic point. Hence if your mother is Jewish you are considered a Jew. The issue is that they have applied a cultural ideal to a genetic lineage and that is absolutely absurd.

This idea stands right in the face of modern scientific thought and spits in it’s eyes. Just like the Israeli President stands in front of the rest of the 6 Billion Homo Sapiens on this planet and spits in their faces because they expect human rights to be respected regardless of the country.

If you people on this site REALLY want to change the world and get rid of consumerism, you need to start at the root of it all. Educate yourselves about history and stop worrying about if your shoes are Blackspot.

ken vallario

your views of jews is simplistic...
i live in a country that teaches its youth that we are the greatest country on earth.
this form of ignorance is in every culture. focusing on jews specifically is scapegoating.
the political situation in the middle east is horrible, and most people are in agreement that the Israeli settlements are unjust. however, we are dealing with forms of aggression, and such forms of aggression are everywhere. i agree with you that we need to find a way out of the aggressive nature of man, but there has yet to be an adequate theory for doing so.
as popular as it is to be a religion hater, there are aspects of the religious life that coincide well with the aims of peace. the religious perspective needs some evolutionary step, agreed, it is time for a new monotheism, one god that we all share, universally...but let's not throw the baby out with the manger....
on another note, i have always found it strange how the middle east has been a hotbed for violence and religiosity for all of history, and it makes me wonder about the affect of geography on a people, if somehow the land itself compels a personality type...this is slightly a poetic impulse, but i live in one of those rare places that has a kind of spiritual energy to it, and i find it strange to be saying that...perhaps there are places with a negative spiritual energy.

ken vallario

your views of jews is simplistic...
i live in a country that teaches its youth that we are the greatest country on earth.
this form of ignorance is in every culture. focusing on jews specifically is scapegoating.
the political situation in the middle east is horrible, and most people are in agreement that the Israeli settlements are unjust. however, we are dealing with forms of aggression, and such forms of aggression are everywhere. i agree with you that we need to find a way out of the aggressive nature of man, but there has yet to be an adequate theory for doing so.
as popular as it is to be a religion hater, there are aspects of the religious life that coincide well with the aims of peace. the religious perspective needs some evolutionary step, agreed, it is time for a new monotheism, one god that we all share, universally...but let's not throw the baby out with the manger....
on another note, i have always found it strange how the middle east has been a hotbed for violence and religiosity for all of history, and it makes me wonder about the affect of geography on a people, if somehow the land itself compels a personality type...this is slightly a poetic impulse, but i live in one of those rare places that has a kind of spiritual energy to it, and i find it strange to be saying that...perhaps there are places with a negative spiritual energy.

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