Anatomy of a crisis
Daniel Laufer
Published: 18.03.10, 00:16
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1. US getting 'tough' on Israel
Shlomo ,   California, USA   (03.18.10)
Perhaps Israelis need to read some of the comments in the US press to see how out of touch with reality their government officials really are. I suggest the following CNN site: http://caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/17/time-for-the-u-s-to-get-tougher-with-israel-2/#comments. If the majority of American sentiment is running against Israel, what good will sticking to this hard line serve?
2. Vice President Joe Biden ...
Christy ,   Boston, US   (03.18.10)
is a grown-up. If he was offended or humiliated in any way, he should have learned, by now, how to get over these things. Grown-ups don't stamp their feet and have tantrums. They learn to roll with the punches and carry on. Maybe he needs to realize that Jerusalem, of all places, is not the business of the US. Jerusalem belongs to Israel and Israeli leaders should decide what to do in Jerusalem. The US wouldn't like it if other countries told us what to do with Washington, DC. We should butt out of telling Israel what to do with its own capitol city!!
3. #1 Comments
Ralph Levy ,   USA   (03.18.10)
So if the US and Cafferty say jump Israel should jump and commit suicide. That is a very imperialistic view of the world. No that's not how the world works. Israel is not a 51st state no amount of foreign aid will change that. If you say then cut off aid then I say OK I am sure that the folks at Lockheed Boeing and McDonald Douglas will be happy with the lost business and employment that the aid would have bought since 95% is used to buy US Built and made military items for defense. http://ralphsrant1.blogspot.com
5. Try Fox
daat y ,   ISRAEL   (03.18.10)
No.1 -You are quoting CNN-HOW ABOUT TRYING FOX NEWS.
6. al-masjid al-aqsa had nothing to do with Jerusalem, but ...
Ron B. ,   Lod   (03.18.10)
al-masjid al-aqsa had nothing to do with Jerusalem, but was in fact the mosque in Madina. Politics, not religious sensibility, has fueled the Muslim attachment to Jerusalem for nearly fourteen centuries; what the historian Bernard Wasserstein has written about the growth of Muslim feeling in the course of the Countercrusade applies through the centuries: “often in the history of Jerusalem, heightened religious fervour may be explained in large part by political necessity.” This pattern has three main implications. First, Jerusalem will never be more than a secondary city for Muslims; “belief in the sanctity of Jerusalem,” Sivan rightly concludes, “cannot be said to have been widely diffused nor deeply rooted in Islam.” Second, the Muslim interest lies not so much in controlling Jerusalem as it does in denying control over the city to anyone else. Third, the Islamic connection to the city is weaker than the Jewish one because it arises as much from transitory and mundane considerations as from the immutable claims of faith. More about Jerusalem at : http://xrl.us/bjheo
7. to 1
muna ,   jerusalem   (03.18.10)
yesterday he said the time is changed ... it was the agreements betweer goverments rule the world .. now people has a role in usa. or israil or palastinians as all ..it is the real on ground .. but constructions ..as land canot defened itselfe ... it is the after 11th of septemper ..... ...people defened its land its constructions and its souls .. it is allover the world ..i think in america they get it before its goverment
8. Obama wants Netanyahu's government out, this is the idea
m   (03.18.10)
Embarass him as much as possible, make him look weak (apologize, grovel, regret, apologize again) and destroy the coalition. Of course they mostly dislike Lieberman and now Eli Ishai is the one responsible for the problems too (from the media)
9. Biden again?
Brad ,   USA   (03.18.10)
Biden knows all about humiliation. His mouth is the prime mover in it. Hey Joe, how's that foot taste?
10. #1 and #5
yankev ,   ColumbusOH USA   (03.18.10)
daaty, this time around Fox has been as bad as anyone. But Shlomo is still wrong. The US press is ignorant and lazy. But senators and congressmen from both parties have spoken out that the White House needs to tone down the rhetoric and that this is no way to address a disagreement between friends. Maybe "the people" Shlomo associates with feel Israel had it coming, but thousands and thousands of Americans have contacted the White House and the State Dept to say lo zu haderech. Christians who support Israel mobilized to voice their support. Even the ADL and the Nat. Jewish Democartic Leadership Council abandoned their normal role as Obama's lap dogs to protest the way the White House created a false and unnecessary "crisis".
11. #1 63 percent of Americans support Israel
Sue ,   Los Angeles   (03.19.10)
A poll taken a few weeks ago showed "more than 6 in 10 Americans -- 63% -- say their sympathies in the Middle East situation lie more with the Israelis than with the Palestinians." http://www.gallup.com/poll/126155/support-israel-near-record-high.aspx CNN is a leftist network that is biased against Israel - as seen in their despicable anti-Semitic program "God's Jewish Warriors." The recent Israel-bashing is going to backfire "big time" on Obama and his followers.
12. Israelis - don't grovel before Obama
Craig ,   L.A., USA   (03.19.10)
You are God's very own, you don't need to grovel in obedience before the pathetic likes of Obama and Clinton. Israel, you must, MUST assert yourselves and your right of self determination. Obama is held in contempt by ever greater percentages of the American populace...his approval numbers are dropping like a rock. If he alienates our Israeli allies by his one-sided dictatorial behaviour, he will lose even more support in America. Netanyahu must demonstrate that Israel bows to no nation. I realize it is tough to go against your greatest benefactor, but you are not dependent on America. Better to make a stand and let the chips fall where they may. Other nations, like India will come to your aid. The Islamics will take every concession and spit in your faces...then they will try and kill you all. Make a stand and don't back down. You have nuclear weapons - make it clear you are quite prepared to use them. What a predicament you are in Israel...I fear your leaders will feel they have no choice but to cow-tow to Obama - but that is exactly what you must not do; such capitulation will eventually lead you to make a deal with the Devil himself.
13. Question..
Mikesailor ,   Miami, FL   (03.19.10)
Again we hear the same refrain. We hear that Zionism is somehow not a racist philosophy. Of course it is. Any ideology predicated upon the belief that one group of people is somehow more 'deserving' of rights and privileges than another group due to ethnicity or religion or ideology is inherently racist. Or is bigoted a better term?
14. Re: Mikesailor
David ,   Jerusalem, IL   (03.20.10)
Zionism says that Jews are equally deserving as other ethnic and religious groups to national-determination. Those who focus post-nationalist arguments exclusively at the Jews should reexamine the integrity of their own positions.
15. Facts on the gound?
Charles ,   Los Angeles   (03.22.10)
The ultimate facts on the ground are quite simple: the United States withdraws all support from Israel because it believes Israeli policies are against the interest of the United States, the Israeli government rallies it's pro Israel American Jews to counter this administrations Palestinian policy. That is all you need to understand, because that is all there is to understand. The author's sophomoric rhetoric is meant to obfuscate the obvious.
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