Congressional Republicans who are trying to blow up U.S.-European diplomacy with Iran would desperately like Americans to believe that they have some alternative besides war to the Administration's multilateral efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran.
He's also not a very good writer.
Apartheid Forever: Israel’s Netanyahu rules out Palestinian Citizenship Rights
is the headline of today's article by Juan Cole - I added the bold
Millions of Palestinians whose families were violently expelled from their homes by Jewish settlers in Mandate Palestine in 1947-48 remain stateless. These include the people of Gaza, the West Bank (four million) and a million or more in diasporas in Lebanon, Syria, and other countries. A million Palestinians are now citizens in Israel, and others have rights of citizenship in far-flung places like Chile and Honduras, as well as the United States. But I figure five million at least remain stateless.
Statelessness is rare in today’s world, a result of reforms initiated by the international community after the horrors of World War II and its preceding decades. Franco rendered many on the Spanish Left stateless after his victory in the Civil War in 1939 (not to mention massacring tens of thousands of them). The White Russians lost citizenship after their revolt against the Communists failed. The Nazis took citizenship rights away from Jews, Gypsies and others in Europe. In fact, the Holocaust was made practically possible in part by the denial of citizenship to Jews, which left them with no access to courts or other levers of social power that might have combated the monstrous Nazi plans for genocide.
Millions were stateless in the 1930s and 1940s, and their lack of citizenship rights often exposed them to ethnic cleansing or loss of property and displacement.
The Palestinians are the last major stateless population. Stateless people do not have rights as most people understand the term. Their situation in some ways resembles slavery, since slaves also were denied the rights of citizenship. Stateless people’s property is insecure, since people with citizenship rights have better access to courts and to ruling authorities. Palestinians never really know what they own, and Israeli squatters routinely steal their property with impunity.......
The United States has never, ever been an honest broker regarding the Israeli-Palestinian debacle. Netanyahu is being his truly disgusting self. It's not surprising that he rejected independence, sovereignity and nation-statehood for the Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Here's hoping that the Israelis put Netanyahu out to pasture in their upcoming election.
At this point I would just as soon blow up treaties with Israel. Netanyahu coming to Capitol Hill was totally out of line.
It's hard to ignore the fact that Americans aren't getting the whole story. You need to know a little background. Look at a map of the Mideast. Israel is a tiny country, the sole Jewish nation on Earth, the historic and modern homeland of the Jews, surrounded by vast, oil-rich Arab nations. The Israeli Arabs -- a.k.a., Palestinians -- are within easy traveling distance of the borders of an Arab nation. Yet, they seem to be unwanted in any of those nations. Instead, they are used to commit acts of terrorism within Israel, and for international propaganda purposes. Now, where do they want to put a new Palestinian state? THAT is the issue. They demand yet another chunk of Israel. Israel has already ceded two large sections of the country as a result of "peace agreements." There just isn't much left. For Israel, this is about survival itself.
As for America's role: Israel serves as a vital landing base for troops fighting our periodic oil wars, and to protect the interests of US oil companies in the Mideast. As for being an ally of Israel... Consider that each of the Arab nations is heavily armed by China, Russia, AND the US. While most forms of bigotry are socially unacceptable in the US today, being anti-Jewish is still OK with many Americans.
At this point, I would just as soon blow up treaties with Israel. Netanyahu coming to Capitol Hill was totally out of line.
Imho, it's one thing for the United States and Israel to be friends and allies, which is okay.
The United, however should not be supporting Israel unconditionally. Inotherwords, the United States should not be giving Israel a blank check to continue their policies of occupation in West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.