“The American demand to prevent natural growth is unreasonable, and brings to mind pharaoh, who said, ‘Every son that is born you shall cast into the river,'” Science and Technology Minister Daniel Herschkowitz (Habayit Hayehudi) said.
“If there is a family that expands from one child to four or five, what should we tell them – to ship the children off to Petah Tikva?” Herschkowitz added. “This is an unacceptable demand, even if it comes from the Americans, and Israel should reject it decisively.”
Interior Minister Eli Yishai said, “The American demand to freeze construction means expulsion for young people living in large locales. I hope the US administration understands that. If not, I don’t want to be an apocalyptic prophet saying we’re facing struggle and confrontation.”
He added that “the concessions they’re demanding of us are a security impediment we cannot tolerate.”
I’m Jewish. I want Israel to be safe and secure. My people have suffered greatly throughout history, and I cannot forget the value of having a place to be a Jew among Jews. But, seriously? Obama’s just as bad as the biblical Pharaoh? For this?
President Obama and our Congress are showing a pretty united front against the expansion of the settlements. I am completely and utterly on board with such a stance. There cannot be a durable peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians if the Israelis continue to grab ever more land in the West Bank. It won’t work. It cannot work.
Zealots are zealots, whether they are my people or someone else’s. I am an American. I support my president, but all the more so because he is right here. This hyperbole, even in private in the halls of power….well…
The Israelis may not come to their senses until some kind of loss drives home the point that they have to make sane concessions. I do not want this to happen. I will do nothing to further such a thing. I am not advocating or wishing for hard times for the Israelis. All that being true, I sit in awe at the rank stupidity of the portions I quoted. I am not sympathetic to the “plight” of the settlers. Get the FUCK back into Israel proper. The settlers are making the longterm survival of Israel far less likely that it would otherwise be.
Religion is a dangerous thing if it isn’t mated with reason and intellect. Such a match is possible, really anywhere with any religion. I’d like to think my fellow Jews have a history of doing precisely this. But I worry for the Israelis.