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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Andrew Sullivan misses the elephants

Blinded by his liberal obsession with Israel, Andrew Sullivan misses the elephants in the room.
A revolt along three borders puts Jerusalem in the company of other Middle Eastern states with large, restive Arab populations:


Will Jerusalem follow Cairo's lead and allow true democracy for the residents of the West Bank and Gaza, allowing them to forge their own destiny? And how will Washington cope with an important Middle Eastern ally bent on repressing the people whose land it occupies?

The logic of the Arab Spring - self-determination and democracy as a fundamental right - cannot but involve Israel's occupation and continued settlement of the West Bank at some point. Israel is, after all, no longer the only democracy in the Middle East. It is just the only democracy forcibly occupying a foreign land and refusing to give the occupants full civil or political rights.
How much did Sullivan miss? Well, for starters, the 'Arab spring' is supposed to be about people taking their own countries back, not about destroying another country. For seconds, the attempts to invade Israel from Syria and Lebanon (and Egypt and Jordan, although there the local armies stopped them) have nothing to do with the 'Palestinians' in the 'West Bank' and everything to do with an attempt to destroy the State of Israel. Third, the 'Palestinians' feel so 'repressed' in Judea and Samaria that all they really want is to be part of Israel, and not part of 'Palestine' should such an entity ever - God forbid - be formed. Fourth, even if we wanted to give up the 'West Bank,' no one would take it without also getting a 'right of return' to what would be left of Israel, which would destroy what is left of the Jewish state via demographics. Fifth, what country is Sullivan counting as a democracy in this region other than Israel? Egypt? Let's see what happens after the Muslim Brotherhood wins the elections before making that judgment.

Andrew is so blinded by his obsession with Israel that he can't see the elephants in the room. And you thought it was only Sarah Palin's bustline that did that to him.

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At 10:44 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Arab Spring? get it? they jump the border... SPRING! All the other rebellions in the Muslim world are no longer an Arab Spring.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The biggest elephant in the room is existential.

Prime Minister Netanyahu mentioned this in his Knesset address.

He did point out Israel would agree to a Palestinian state if certain conditions were met.

That is exactly why it will never happen.

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew knows or actively wishes not to know that the "Arab Spring" is Arab PR Madison Avenue bs and that its "logic" is merely replay of the periodic tribal agitations which shake Arabic societies without removing the core of anti-Semitic hatred manipulated by those who organized the riots by infiltrators. The saccharine multiple lies embedded in the intellectually corrupt inversion of "follow Cairo's lead and allow true democracy for residents of the West Bank and Gaza" (one salient point: Israel can't do anything for Hamastan's democracy--it ain't there) indicates how debased this asinine blovator has become--they are also another warning that Israel and its supporters should forget about appeasing Western anti-Zionist self-righteous bien pensant mendacity. The response to Andrew and his ilk is simple: GFY.

At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...it's not only Sarah's bustline body parts that has Andrew in a dither as he tracks down the natal mysteries of her child Trig...


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