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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

White House Chief of Staff calls Israel's existence 'occupation'

On Monday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who was representing his boss, told the J Street convention that Israel must end 'more than 50 years of occupation (Hat Tip: Eliyahu P).'
McDonough then described the alternate to a two-state agreement: a one-state solution based on unilateral annexation and abandonment of democratic rights for Palestinians that, he warned, “would only contribute to Israel’s further isolation.” In other words, he said, more divestment, boycotts and efforts to delegitimize Israel in the international community.
“An occupation that has lasted more than 50 years must end,” McDonough said, one of several times he brought the crowd to its feet.
While I have occasionally heard American officials refer to an Israeli 'occupation,' this is the first time I have ever heard an American official refer to an 'occupation' starting before 1967 (2015 - 50 = 1965). 

Is the Obama administration now asserting - as Fatah and Hamas do - that Israel's very creation constitutes an 'occupation' of Arab land? 

If yes, that's not likely to bring about a whole lot of trust for the Obama administration. And that's the least of the problems.

As to 'pro-Israel' J Street, no one should be surprised to see them applauding that assertion. 

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At 3:22 PM, Blogger OnlineCommentingGuy said...

The "occupation" is nonsense in any case, but clearly he was just rounding up. If he'd really meant all of Israel he'd have said 60 years at least.

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Avi Lion said...

I think they just have a problem with:
- simple math and/or
- ME history

This Badministration is simple unbelievable.

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

And he said "more than 50 years." So, the JStreet types and the Left in Israel, who seemingly also consider the country of Israel as an "occupation"... I'm figuring that, since it is the U.S. elite and the Israeli elite (unfortunately, including a bunch of the Start Up Nation people), they have a thorough evacuation plan for their adherents.. Which makes this delegitimization program a massive WAR ON THE POOR, because the Israeli (of all religions) will not have the resources or connections to get out and make a living somewhere else. The BRILLIANT LEFT at work. (BTW I still vote for the establishment of COUNTIES and for a Land Title County Clerk system. Haha, since I'm not Israeli, I don't have a vote!! Just the peanut gallery.)

At 10:10 PM, Blogger YMedad said...

you misquoted him, as the official record has "almost 50 years"

At 9:32 PM, Blogger TMay said...

No. The ambassador of Israel to the US referred to 50 years in a video interview so it means that people are just rounding off.


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