Thursday, April 28, 2005

Siding with the Enemy

Naomi Ragen, who lives in Israel, once again writes an interesting article with her take on what is happening with the Gaza Disengagement. Check it out.


At 4:23 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

"Years of brainwashing from the BBC, CNN, and The New
York Times (and almost every other media source) that have painted
Israeli Jews living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza as some species of
subhuman, who can justifiably and morally be shot at, blown up,
orphaned and widowed have done a remarkable job."

How true, and of course this has even stronger impact on the Europeans or even Americans.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

""Get out of there already. Go find
yourself someplace else!'"

Are those quotes from Israelis?

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Esther said...

true enough, felis.

gindy, they were comments to the Ynet site -- so I'm guessing they could have been from anyone. That said, it wouldn't shock me if it was Israelis. Sigh.

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I wouldn't be shocked either. There are always different views in a free society.

At 4:37 AM, Anonymous Rory said...

Esther and Gindy, you're right not to be shocked. We need look no further than Ilan Pappe, the University of Haifa professor, who was one of the leading proponents of the boycott by those British "academics" against the university that's paying his salary. Of course, one can only wonder why he doesn't have the decency to resign his position there, if he finds the university deserving of such a boycott.

At 1:34 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Naomi is a fantastic writer, and once paid me the signal honor of emailing me to compliment a column I had in Arutz Sheva.

And she is right. Right on the money and right in her analysis.

I've also wondered why American Jews continue to toe the Democratic party line without reservation. I'm not saying they should do the same thing with Republicans, but it sometimes seems that the "fanatical right-wing whackos" are truly concerned about Israel's welfare, whereas the left is tepid, at best, with their support.

At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Rory said...

Patrick, in order to understand the long and complicated love affair between American Jews and the Democratic party, we'd probably have to go back in time to when the right wing stood for everything that was anathema to Jews. Also, the truth is that, for many American Jews, Israel isn't a priority. They tend to be more concerned with social policy issues, hence their loyalty to the Democrats. Then, of course, there are those of us who become positively schizophrenic on Election Day because we support the left on social policy and the right on national security, and we're forced to decide what's going to take precedence. Personally, my feeling is that after 9/11, that's pretty much a no-brainer.


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