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Secretary Kerry: Israel Is Democratic Because It Is Jewish

Don’t worry Secretary Kerry. The hard truths will come out. They usually do, even if they have to fight their way through hypocritical, hate-filled narratives. So let’s take a trip, Secretary Kerry, heading East through what is called the MENA region. You know, of course, what that stands for: Middle East and North Africa.

First stop: Morocco. Actually, that's the Kingdom of Morocco. Yes, there's an elected parliament. No, the parliament does not have the final say. The King does. Next stop: Algeria. Like Morocco it has seen centuries and centuries of history, including piracy and slavery, and fought a war of independence to gain sovereignty half a century ago. A bloody conflict in which tens of thousands of Europeans died, as well as those on the Muslim side. State-controlled socialism was followed by civil war, with radical islamic terrorism assuming a leading role in the violence. The country still teeters between authoritarian rule and radical islamic terror.

Next stop: Tunisia which is claimed to be a democracy. Corruption, authoritarian rule in practice, riots, elections, more protests. Tunisia reminds one of Latin America's former stuggles with representative democracy.

Next: Libya. Ok ...

Next: Egypt. From Nasser to the military's ending of the Arab spring in 2014 with death sentences for hundreds of those who supported the elected Islamic government, Egypt can never be said to have had true democracy. Or even anything that close to it.

Jordan? Moderate, reasonably friendly, or less hostile, to the West. But there's this King, descended directly from Muhammad. Yes it's a constitutional monarchy, but the King's powers are far greater than say in Sweden or the U.K. And with an enormous influx of refugees, extremist violence is gaining a foothold.

Next: Syria? ...

Iraq? A coaltion of tribal fiefdoms who do their best to ensure the impending complete collapse of this war-torn nation. Despite America's spending blood and treasure, year after year.

Turkey? An elected moderate Muslim president! Yay! Too bad he's turning out to a radical autocrat who's cosying up to Putin.

The Gulf States? Saudi Arabia? Yemen? Oman?

Please.

So we have one nation left standing in our quick march through the region, Secretary Kerry. One democracy. With multiple political parties. Coalitions made and unmade. And free and fair elections. And we have the Palestinian territories. You want a two-state solution? What would that actually look like? If Israel submitted to the will of the United Nations?

There is only one true goal behind these resolutions: the dismantling of the nation of Israel and the dispersing of its people (yet again) around the world. The only difference between, say, ISIL and Germany's government, is in the methods used. ISIL would chop off heads, while Germany would post eviction notices on the doors of Israeli citizens' homes.

America and its allies, like Australia and Canada, came too late to save the millions who died horrifying deaths in the concentration camps of the Nazi regime. Israel was the only possible solution to the holocaust, and America has been Israel's ally and friend for nearly 70 years now. Your President's disastrous foreign policy has done much damage, Secretary Kerry, but it will not be able to weaken the ties that bind Israel and America. Your time, thank God, is almost up. Why don't you and your boss just go quietly. And let me leave you with this rejoinder, Secretary Kerry:

Israel is democratic because it is Jewish. And that will remain true until Islam reforms itslef in ways that it has been unable or unwilling to do.

Posted by AllardK at December 28, 2016 3:12 PM
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Comment #411682

Many thanks for sharing your insights into the MENA region.

Most of us understand why the state of Israel is hated around the world, and by our current president and his yes-man mouthpiece Kerry.

Posted by: Royal Flush at December 28, 2016 6:19 PM
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Right Wingers the world over want to believe they are the saviors of their particular nations. It makes me want to puke, though. They are, in no uncertain terms, nostalgic fools. They want a return to times they never had to suffer the negative aspects of.

The main difference between some of the governments in the Arab World and the Israelis at this point, is that the Arab Governments are already at the place where the Likudniks are dragging the Israeli government towards.

The basic philosophical premise, that we must be as harsh and inhumane as our opponents to win is a poisonous fallacy, and a corrupter of the West’s best values. We triumph by being agents of order, supporters of moral behavior, bringers of good fortune. Otherwise, what is there to recommend the West?

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at December 29, 2016 2:48 PM
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Mr. Daugherty desires to ignore the freedom found in Israel. Nearly a quarter of their citizens are Arab.

Posted by: Royal Flush at December 29, 2016 2:55 PM
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I understand the temptation to give Israel a blank check to do whatever they want. They are a beacon of Western Civilization in a region beset with autocracy and violence. I has the opportunity to visit Israel last summer and it is certainly an oasis of liberalism in a tumultuous corner of the world. I am always comforted by the knowledge that as bad as things might get in the US or elsewhere, there will always be a home for me if I choose to make aliyah. However, the rule of law is also a cornerstone of western values and must be upheld. Israel, as a signatory to the Geneva Treaty, has a legal obligation to refrain from transferring its populace to the territory it occupied in 1967.

The rights enjoyed by Arab Israeli citizens does not abrogate the subjugation of the non-citizen Arab population. Remember, Israel does not grant citizenship to these people and they have no voice in the government that occupies their land. They face restrictions on their movement and many have had their property seized. There may be justifications for this state of affairs, but it still remains the truth that most of the native inhabitants of that territory continue to suffer greatly as a result of Israeli occupation of their homeland.

Posted by: Warren Porter at December 29, 2016 6:00 PM
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Warren wrote; “Israel does not grant citizenship to these people and they have no voice in the government that occupies their land.”

Israel does not consider itself an occupier of these lands and justifiably so. Fully twenty-five percent of their citizens are Arabs. Who in the UN gives them credit for that? No one.

“Israeli occupation of their homeland.”

This is the homeland of Israel.

“The rule of law is also a cornerstone of western values and must be upheld.”

Oh Really Warren? How about laws right here in the United States that you advocate being disobeyed or ignored? Do sanctuary cities come to mind?

Who is so out of touch as to believe the United Nations is a bastion of Western values? Do you believe that Warren?

Simply because many Lefties in the U.S. declare our borders open to all comers doesn’t mean that Israel is that stupid.
They have borders and they defend them.

Obama, in a childish “hissy-fit”, decided to punish Israel for not kissing his arse and deliberately ordered our UN ambassador to abstain from voting which allowed this contemptible resolution to pass. Past presidents have not participated in such low conduct with regard to our friend Israel.

The UN is not a place friendly to the idea of freedom and liberty which we hold dear. It is a mostly corrupt institution unworthy of its original ideals. We should have a serious conversation about continuing our membership in that organization.

Posted by: Royal Flush at December 29, 2016 6:42 PM
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Israel does not consider itself an occupier of these lands and justifiably so. Fully twenty-five percent of their citizens are Arabs. Who in the UN gives them credit for that? No one.
Neither the West Bank nor the Gaza Strip have been annexed to Israel, yet they remain under Israeli administrative control. This is the very definition of occupied territory. Some might try to construe Palestine as some sort of “Terra Nullis”, a vacant land awaiting Jewish settlement, but that is contrary to the truth, which is that Arabs have been the overwhelmingly dominant demographic since the twelfth century.

Granting citizenship to a rump population of Arab residents does not deserve much credit when the brethren of those Arabs are stateless and subjugated by a foreign army occupying their homeland each and every day.

This is the homeland of Israel.

It is the homeland of both Palestinians and Jews. Hence the conflict. The Jews were there first, but Palestinians have spent most of the past millennium living there whereas most Jews spent that time living elsewhere.

How about laws right here in the United States that you advocate being disobeyed or ignored
Last I checked, I clearly said that it is my preferance that immigration laws be changed or repealed, not disobeyed or ignored. If Israel wants to take a similar position with respect to the Geneva treaty it should say so.
Who is so out of touch as to believe the United Nations is a bastion of Western values
The United Nations is a worldwide organization. It encapsulates the values of both the West and other cultures.
They have borders and they defend them.
Israel has borders with neither Lebanon, Syria nor Palestine. This is why there is a conflict.
borders open to all comers doesn’t mean that Israel is that stupid.
Please understand that there would be no Israel today if Palestine had been allowed to defend its own borders during the British Mandatory period as other nations do.
Past presidents have not participated in such low conduct with regard to our friend Israel.

False.

The UN is not a place friendly to the idea of freedom and liberty which we hold dear. It is a mostly corrupt institution unworthy of its original ideals. We should have a serious conversation about continuing our membership in that organization.

The UN has its flaws, but it remains the best international institution for advancing the cause of freedom and liberty that has ever existed. Understand that resettling civilian populations into conquered territory is contrary to those ideas of freedom and liberty that we hold dear.

Posted by: Warren Porter at December 29, 2016 8:37 PM
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wp

You should take the time to read the UN Charter. That would be an eye opener and a good education for you.

Posted by: tom humes at December 30, 2016 1:40 AM
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