Monday, April 6, 2015

Who Will Protect the Jews this Time from Growing Anti-Semitic Backlash?

Israel has gone rogue.  Its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has allied himself with the collapsing GOP. He has called President Barack Obama, "unAmerican" in public and is doing everything this side of dancing in black-face, to undermine the authority of the White House and demolish the newly negotiated nuclear arms agreement with Iran.  Meanwhile, public opinion in the Jewish state has repudiated the two-state solution, which would create a Palestinian nation for the four million Arabs currently living under Israeli military occupation.

Some members of the United States Congress are being showered by pro-Israel lobbyists with millions of dollars in donations (see New York Times: GOP's Israel Support Deepens as Political Contributions Shift)  and they just so happen to be the ones hinting at going to war with Iran. Neo-conservatives like John R. Bolton are even more blunt.  The headline of his recent column declared: To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran.

 A majority of American Jews vote Democratic and according to recent polls still support the President,  However, it appears that virtually all of the major Jewish organizations in the U.S. are pushing the Netanyahu-GOP narrative.   Even the once highly-respected Anti-Defamation League has dismissed the bigoted remarks of Netanyahu about Arabs "going to the polls in droves" as well as his disavowal of the two -state solution as meaningless electioneereing.   

Most Americans find the notion of fighting another war in the Middle East detestable.   While they  cannot stop the moneyed juggernaut from paying off politicians, they can certainly resent it.  We all know that there are bigots who lurk in the shadows of our society, awaiting opportune moments to fling around their  vitriol.  And what ethnic group in particular do you think they will target with their fury?  I am addressing this issue in plain English only because everyone else seems to be pretending that nothing is amiss.  

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