Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Secretary Of State Kerry Says Israel Can't Be Both Jewish And Democratic

                Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech today in Washington, D.C., in which he addressed Israel, the Palestinians and “one-state” or “two-state” options for both parties. He said: “They can choose to live together in one state or they can separate into two states. If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both.”
                This is a preposterous statement, showing a stupefying lack of awareness and recognition, insofar as Israel is currently Jewish and democratic…and has been for nearly 70 years. These are the types of subtleties that one would think a Secretary of State would pick up on.
                But the Silver Fox wasn’t done.
                Kerry also opined: "In fact, this administration has been Israel's greatest friend and supporter with an absolutely unwavering commitment to advancing Israel's security and protecting its legitimacy. On this point, I want to be very clear. No American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama's.”
                He should be appearing at a comedy club near you soon.
                In light of the continually heightening animosity between the Obama and Netanyahu governments, I post here a truncated list of American Presidents the considers to have been the most supportive of Israel. (But what would they know?).

1)      Richard Nixon: “His support for Israel was not as sentimental as that of Lyndon Johnson or as heartfelt as that of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, but the bottom line is he saved the state from catastrophe in the 1973 Yom Kippur War with a massive month-long arms airlift in the face of European non-cooperation and a retaliatory oil embargo imposed on the U.S. by Arab states (emphasis mine). That alone qualifies him for the number one spot on a list of this kind.”
2)      George W. Bush: “Despite being the first U.S. president to call unambiguously for an independent Palestinian state, he had a visceral affection for Israel. Former treasury secretary Paul O’Neill disclosed that just ten days after his inauguration Bush met with his national security team and declared: ‘We’re going to correct the imbalances of the [Clinton] administration on the Mideast conflict. We’re going to tilt back towards Israel.’”
3)      Lyndon Johnson: “Dramatically increased economic aid and upgraded military sales to Israel.”

4)      Ronald Reagan: “Probably felt personally closer to Israel than any other president save George W. Bush… U.S.-Israel ties grew immeasurably stronger during his two terms in office.”
(What is inarguable, is that no nation can observe Sharia law and be democratic. Don't wait for the Obama administration to mention that, however).

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