Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) thinks he is a friend of Israel by mattsteinglass
June 5, 2009, 2:19 pm
Filed under: Israel, Jews

If Gary Ackerman thinks he’s helping anyone in Israel out with statements like this, he’d better think again:

“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. Telling people not to have children is unthinkable and inhumane.”

This is ridiculous. If Israeli settlers want to have kids and need a bigger house, they can do what people in America do: move. Nobody has a God-given right to build an extension on their house, as people in Cape Cod will be happy to tell you. You especially don’t have a right to build an extension on your house if you’re squatting on land that doesn’t belong to you. And if you’re squatting on land that doesn’t belong to you in a fashion that drives the people you stole it from to engage in guerrilla warfare against your country, you should leave, not build an extension on your house.

Ackerman needs to ask himself the age-old question: is this good for the Jews? Is it good for the Jews to have fanatical theocons stealing more and more land from Palestinians? No. That’s not good for the Jews.


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The only problem is, if you subscribe to the theory whereby the only way of measuring what is good for Israel is to simply ignore the negative consequences of any Israeli action (sort of like the guys interviewed here: ) then expansion becomes a sort of “free beer” of which you’ll never have enough. It is only when you allow that Israel is not a direct extension of America and should not be treated as such, and that Israel is a small country which cannot afford to engage in such actions if it is ever to stand on its own feet. This is not to excuse the policies of the Palestinian leadership, however.

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