Tuesday, January 02, 2018

I'm so old I remember Jimmy Carter was branded a bigot for trying to warn against what is actually happening

Now that the U.S. is no longer trying to pressure the Israelis to participate in an endless peace process, Israeli leaders get to drop any pretense that they want anything other than a formal annexation and apartheid system in the West Bank.

It's also kind of funny how the Israelis are so adverse to the word "apartheid" (it is referred to as the "a-word" in the NYT article linked above), even as they don't have a problem with openly discussing plans to extending Israeli law to only Jews in West Bank, redraw the boundaries of Jerusalem to exclude Palestinian neighborhoods so they can't vote in municipal elections, etc. I guess "apartheid" evokes the history of world-wide condemnation, economic sanctions, and the ultimate failure of the South African legal regime, while all that other stuff is just run-of-the-mill legally enforced ethnic discrimination.