Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I Hate The Way Israel Makes Me Feel

I want to just love it forever and ever.

But the hard-liners there, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, they make me sick.

I know in my heart that my family comes from a people of wisdom and empathy.

From the Toronto Star:

"As far as I'm concerned, the residents of Gaza can walk," Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday, after his government decided last week to shut off all fuel supplies to the impoverished territory and to close all border crossings. "And they will not get gasoline because they have a murderous, terrorist regime that does not allow the residents of southern Israel to live in peace."

Today, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip blew up part of the border with Egypt and tens of thousands streamed South to buy food and supplies. From the NPR story:

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that he had ordered his troops to allow the Palestinians to cross into Egypt from the Gaza Strip because they were starving.

Mubarak told reporters at the Cairo International Book fair that when Palestinians began breaking through border in force, he told his men to let them in to buy food before escorting them out.

"I told them to let them come in and eat and buy food and then return them later as long as they were not carrying weapons," he said.

It makes Mr. Mubarak, usually a jerk, sound like a humanitarian.

It makes the leader of Israel seem like a callous fool. His commentary is shameful and his consistent decisions to equate ordinary Palestinians with a minute percentage of terrorists are counterproductive and hateful.

I wish more people would consider the implications of evangelical, neoconservative support for a hard line stance by the Israelis. It is a stupid, fantastical, anti-semitic foreign policy.

They wish to eradicate Palestine so that Jesus will eradicate the Jews.

Really. In 2008, this is how we base our foreign policy. The world is round and I have an iPod.

Unfortunately, those that criticize that policy are too often the ones that are labeled as anti-semitic.

Human beings should not be denied access to food supplies under any circumstance. That this is lost on the Israeli leadership is beyond my comprehension this morning.

I want to be filled with pride, I really do. Prime Minister Olmert makes this impossible.

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