Friday, April 15, 2016

What Bernie Sanders gets wrong about Israel

In the Democratic Debate in Brooklyn last night, Israel and the fate of the Palestinians became the subject of a feisty showdown between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
In this wedge issue, I support Israel for logical reasons. Israel is the bulwark nation in the fight against Islam(ism) and the gates of western civilization begins in Jerusalem. Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East that has freedom of belief, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech; where Bahai’s, Christians, Druze, Jews, Muslims, atheists, gays, women, and other minorities have refuge and are equally protected under the law and where over a million Arab Israelis live better off than their counterparts across the Arab World. Science and secularism are things that are cherished in Israel but do not exist in Gaza and the West Bank and can never be implemented in territories governed by sharia.
So I can’t tell you how perturbed by Bernie Sanders ignorance and naiveté about the dynamics at play in this regional conflict between Zionism vs. Islam.
In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Sanders arguably made the most defamatory factual error when he called Israel’s actions during the 2014 war in Gaza “disproportionate,” and inaccurately said that more than 10,000 innocent people were killed when, in fact, 2,100 Gazans were killed in the Gaza war, half of which were terrorist and the other half civilians women and children used by Hamas as human shields or other Gazans who ignored Israeli military’s warnings to evacuate battlegrounds.
How does Sanders think he can wave his magic wand and bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians when Iran and Israel’s Arab neighbors:
-Refuse to normalize relations with Israel
-Transfer arms to Palestinians to use in their attacks on Israel
-Radicalize Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank
-Use Palestinians as pawns in a proxy war against Israel.
How is Sanders going to get Hamas, the democratically elected leaders of Gaza, (which have openly declared in their charter that they wish to Israel and kill Jews everywhere) to negotiate a peace deal with Israel? 
I’m sorry to inform all of the BernieBros and other vocal Sanders supporters who’ve aligned themselves with the ‪#‎FreePalestine‬ and the ‪#‎BDS‬ (Boycott Divest and Sanction Israel) campaigns. Free Palestine is a code word for death to Israel and the focus on the BDS campaign (which hurts the economy of the West Bank so dependent on trade with Israel) and the complete ignoring of sharia violence and jihadi terrorism across the Muslim World that breeds anti-Semitism, makes it’s obvious Sanders is wrong both intellectually and morally even if his intentions are well-meaning.
Most Americans, democrat and republican, sympathetize with Israel. Numbers wise there are more Zionists in the United States than in Israel or any other country in the world. So even if a fraction of Judenrat Jews betray Israel and surrender to the will of Marxist Islamists, we have plenty of Christian Zionists, Log Cabin Zionists, Neocon Zionists and the up-and-coming Ex-Muslim Zionists, (East) Indian Zionists, New Atheist Zionists and Stonewall Zionists to not only make up for the loss but actually grow America’s unshakeable commitment with the State of Israel.
There can and should be peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors. I believe Hillary Clinton’s pragmatic approach is more realistic and viable. This is yet another reason why ‪#‎ImWithHer‬.

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