Posts Tagged ‘Israeli settlements’

Deep Stupid

November 18, 2009

It’s shooting fish in a barrel — actually, it’s more like shooting a pumpkin in a barrel — but today’s winner is Sarah Palin.

The Israeli government is again expanding Jewish settlements in territory that belongs to the Palestinians.  Basically, they’re making any kind of peace treaty with the Palestinians impossible.

Ms. Palin’s response to that is that Israel should be allowed to expand these settlements as much as they want, because:

that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead.

First off, I’m not sure what special insight into “that” worldwide Jewish population Ms. Palin has, such that she knows flocks of them will move to Israel in the next few days, weeks, or months.  Maybe it’s part of that whole End Times nuttiness.

Second, and this is the stupid part: what the heck does she think “that” Palestinian population is going to do?  Shrink?  I know she doesn’t think they’re going to get Raptured away, since they’re evil Canaanites.  Where does she think they’re going to go?

And as Matt Yglesias points out, the population of every country on Earth is growing.  According to Palin’s logic, that means they’re all entitled to poach as much land as they need from neighboring countries, which . . . well, you know.

Heck, that population of Terry’s house is expanding.  I guess he’s entitled to snag his neighbor’s house to keep a roof over his burgeoning horde.

Deep Stupid

June 5, 2009

[Please see crucial update, below.]

Today’s winner is Rep. Gary Ackerman, Democrat of New York.

The Obama administration has drawn a line in the sand on Israeli settlements in the West Bank: no increase in settlement.  At all.  Including no growth of existing settlements.

This has long been the official, public policy of the American government, but there was an off-the-books, brother-in-law arrangement between the Bush administration and the government of Israel that we didn’t really mean it.

The Obama administration ended that brother-in-law deal, and now the Israeli government and its allies in Washington are saying, “Wha? But but but . . . but Bush said it was okay!”  Why an Israeli government would expect/demand that an off-the-books policy of one administration — a policy that ran counter to America’s official policy — continue into the next isn’t clear to me, but apparently they did.  (Maybe they called ‘no backsies’?)

Anyhoo, Rep. Ackerman, though a Democrat, is among the best friends of the conservative Israel lobby in DC, led by AIPAC.  He no likey the new policy:

I do not believe in, and I do not support a settlement freeze that calls on Israeli families not to grow, get married, or forces them to throw away their grandparents.

Nice.  Is it wise to outsource your press releases to Operation Rescue, Congressman?

Update (6/5/09 6:03 pm): It seems Rep. Ackerman issued a statement today, correcting or clarifying his position (it’s not quite clear to me which).  He supports the Obama administration’s position.