Tough Love for Israel is another Nichola Kristoff op-ed that misunderstands Israel, misrepresents its situation and misleads those who wish to support it.
You can comment at his blog and my comment there read thus-
True, Jews have deep ties to Hebron, just as Christians do to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, but none of these bonds confer any right to live in these places or even visit them. If Israel were to bar American Christians from Jerusalem, that would not be grounds for the United States to send in paratroopers and establish settlements. And if Israel insists on controlling the West Bank, then it needs to give citizenship to Palestinians there so that they can vote just like the settlers.
Well, first off, using that Christian analogy, you, I must presume, deny that the Jewish religion and Jewish nationalism are one. While Christians might think they have rights (this is a made-up case) to the Temple Mount just because Jesus overturned some tables there, we have rights to Hebron and Shiloh not only because the Biblical history and archeology, too, attest to the Jewish people's presence there - a situation which permitted the entire civilized world 80 years ago this day to authorize, through a Mandate to Gt. Britain, the reconstitution of the Jewish national home in Palestine in a territory, surprise!, that included Judea and Samaria - today's "the territories". And since for over 30 years the Arabs of the area did absolutely little to actually prepare themselves for future statehood but rather attacked, killed, pillaged, raped and robbed Jews, and pressured Gt. Britain to declare Palestine off-limits to Jews just as Hitler went into Poland, Russia, etc. and killed 6 million Jews, potential immigrants, they never achieved any national goal and wouldn't even accept the 1947 Partition which, in addition to giving a Saudi Arabian refugee an eventual kingdom in the eastern portion of Palestine, gave them have of the left-over western section.
As for citizenship, well, I'd be for it if we can wait about 15 years to undo all the hate education instilled in Arab children by the PA's system for the last 15 years, have the Hamas disappear, have the Western world stop rewarding Arab terror by contributing monies to the PA which are promptly stolen and embezeled, and have Jews being allowed to pray on the Temple Mount just like Jews and Muslims can pray in Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs. That isn't so much to ask of peace-loving people, is it?
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