Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This is how absurd the subject of Israel is in American politics

The Secretary of State makes a statement that echoes what former Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Ohlmert have said, and what the current Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has also said. So naturally, Americans across the political spectrum freak out, and Kerry is forced to back away from his statement.

On top of that, Kerry's original statement is correct. It is hard to see Hebron right now and not think of apartheid. Outside the occupied territories things are not so stark. Hebron will be the future for all of Israel unless the Israeli leadership starts making vastly different choices. That's all that Kerry was trying to say. But he dared to use the A-word and so everyone lost their shit.