Category Archives: Israel

Let’s Blame Obama-Who Else?

Michael Oren used to be the Israel ambassador to the United States of America. I assume that during his tenure in that position, there were many occasions when he spoke with the President of the USA. He wrote an article, naturally in the Wall Street Journal,in which the claim issued that any and all problems between this nation and Israel are the fault of the American black dude. He now charges that Obama is responsible for conflict with Bibi Netanyahu because he forsake two important principles of this relationship–“avoid public discord and do not pull surprises.” He also claims that after the first inaugural,Obama “put daylight between Israel and America.”

1. During the first Obama term he made certain that Israel received TWENTY BILLION DOLLARS OF MILITARY AID>

2. The US helped to fund the Dome which shoots down incoming missiles.

3. As I recall, Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu accepted an invitation from Republicans and blasted the Obama foreign policy in Congress.

4. Secretary of State John Kerry has been in Israel at least twenty times seeking to assist in negotiating a resolution of problems between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Some distancing of relations with Israel!

On Academic Freedom

At one time I was a college administrator and at another I was chair of our American Association of University Professors local unit. This placed me constantly in the arena of what constitutes academic freedom. The University of Illinois discussed a position with a professor who already has a tenured job at another university. After assuring the man(we will not note his name) that he would be hired, the institution later decided not to hire him. This information came after he had notified his own college that he was leaving and thus ended his career at that institution.

The University of Illinois charged that he had sent “anti-Semitic emails.” He did send one that said: “Zionists transformed anti-Semitism from something honorable into something horrible.” This is a blatant anti-Semitic statement. There are the policies of Israel which one can challenge, but one cannot equate Jews with the policies of Israel.

To sum up. The professor did have his rights violated because he was encouraged to end his tenure position at another college. Sorry, once an institution informs a professor that he will be hired and he can quit his job, there is no reason to change minds because of a tweet.

Recep The Great Erdogan

Given the madness that currently envelops the Middle East it is wonderful to receive some good news. The people of Turkey have turned their backs on authoritarian rule and hate by rejecting the attempt by President Recep Erdogan to establish a modified version of the authoritarian state. He wanted to receive 60% of the vote in order to end democracy in Turkey and wound up with 41%. The people of Turkey sent a message that Israelis might learn– a modern society does not need leaders who preach hate nor does it need leaders who use the media to destroy those ho oppose.

It is now clear that a coalition of women, gays, free speech advocates, and journalists combined to ensure that Turkey returned to the path of democracy and ended the Erdogan attempt to stifle free speech and restore religion to a prominent place in society. This was a victory for secular forces. How about a similar coalition in Israel to end the theocracy that increasingly exerts power??

Oh Dem Anti-Semites!

Any and all statements or actions that involve the state of Israel which do not praise the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be classified by most American Jews as another example of anti-Semitism. Most probably this comment will be followed by some reference to the Holocaust. This is simply an example of ‘playing the anti-Semitism card.” The European Union is demanding that Israel label any products grown on the West Bank as coming from that area. Technically speaking, the United Nations allocated the area now known as the “West Bank” as part of a new Palestinian state. Sorry, that is simply a matter of record.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is upset. He now insists such action will encourage Mahmoud Abbas, head of Palestine, to “refuse to talk.” Why should he talk” He can get by without talking.” Let me get this clear. Somehow President Abbas has a strong position if he refuses to talk. Palestine needs its own nation, it needs to work with Israel in a cooperative manner and forge new economic relations. Abbas HAS to talk.

How about proving that Abbas is wrong by TALKING AND NEGOTIATING WITH HIM?” Ok, negotiations have failed in the past, try over and over until they succeed. THAT is the only hope for peace.

More Anti-Semitism?

There is no doubt many Jews in America are convinced that Barack Obama “hates Israel.” Despite the fact under his administration, Israel has been given over $20 billion and support for creation of the Dome which takes out incoming missiles, the prevailing wisdom is that Barack Obama “hates Israel.” The US Supreme Court just ruled that a boy who was born in Jerusalem cannot have placed on his passport, born in Jerusalem,Israel because the administration adheres to international law which regards Jerusalem as belonging both to Israel and Palestine.

Congress had passed a bill which made Jerusalem belong to Israel, but the Court ruled that only the President of the United States decides which country is recognized and which area is recognized as belonging to that country.

Oh well, just another example of “hating Israel.”

Bibi -Check Reality!

I do understand that among all too many Jews in this country if anyone makes any negative comment about the mouth that roars in Israel, one Benjamin Netanyahu, then one is guilty of “hating Jews” or “hating Israel.” However, each day it becomes increasingly clear that Bibi Netanyahu has lost any contact with reality in the Middle East. The Interdisciplinary Center in Hevzilya, which is an Israel center of academic study, recently conducted a secret survey in Saudi Arabia. They wanted to know how typical Saudi Arabia inhabitants thought about current issues. Here are the results:

53% named Iran as their main enemy.
22% named the Islamic State as an enemy.
18% named Israel as an enemy.

Oh, 85% supported the Saudi Peace Initiative which offered recognition of Israel in exchange for return to the 1967 borders.

One conclusion of this study is that Saudis have a great identify of interests with Israel and are ready to make peace. So, how about it, Bibi, work for peace?

Theology In Israel Grows Stronger

I am quite aware that Jews these days are rather upset at the Middle East and the country of Iran. They are very angry at Muslim religious fanatics, but for some strange reason have scant interest in Jewish religious fanatics. The original leaders of Israel were secular Jews who did NOT wish to have a nation that was under the control of a bunch of rabbis, particularly those of conservative bent. Each year in Israel there are more and more signs of growth of Orthodox views as the ones that will be imposed upon ordinary Jewish Israelis. A few months ago there were stories of little girls being hit by stones cast by Orthodox Jews due to their “inappropriate dress.” Orthodox Jews believe women are sort of not on the same level as we Jewish men. Their place is in the home and they should be producing lots and lots of babies, hopefully, most of them should be boys who could devote their lives to the study of the Torah.

Jewish girls in high school are forbidden to wear shorts because it is not appropriate attire. Some girls are furious that boys can wear shorts in the hot weather, but they must dress like nice little Orthodox Jewish females. It is the fault of girls since when they wear shorts, the boys gaze at their bodies. Perhaps if boys spent their time gazing at the Torah, girls could wear shorts. Of course, at the West Wall in Jerusalem they should know that women can not pray with men. They have an assigned place. So, what has happened to the dream of a modern secular Jewish state? I guess we Jews should check with Sheldon Adelson since his money increasingly controls what happens in Israel!

Israel Girls Are Shafted

I do realize that if one is an American Jew the last thing one should do is utter any words about a problem in Israel. To state the obvious about problems in Israel is to be termed a “self hating Jew” or one “who hates Israel.” Anyway, there area few problems in Israel and one concerns the rights of young Jewish females to dress as they like. Many Israel high schools have introduced dress codes that blatantly discriminate again young girls. For example, they are not allowed to wear shorts to school. Here is the issue described by the girl who is identified as “R.14.” “There is a situation here in which they are blaming the victim. They tell girls not to come with shorts because the boys look. WE are the victim and they are blaming us. We aren’t a Haredi high school. At one high school girls were detained and arrived late for impotent exams.

Perhaps, it is time for American reform Jews to recognize that Israel each year is drifting into a theocracy in which the Orthodox impose their medieval ideas upon the rest of the population. They control marriage, they claim that all land designated for Palestinians by the UN belongs to them because God himself said so. The original Israel which was a beacon of democracy has now become a theocracy which is more like Muslim nations than democratic ones in the world.

A Hamas “Discussion”

Every so often Muslim groups in the Middle East utter some words that leave one wondering if they ever read what they say. Mushafa al Sawwat is a Palestinian journalist who works for Hamas and he came out for a plea that his group should sit down with the Israel government and have a “discussion.” He wants the Israel government and the Hamas government to understand that it is better to jaw, jaw, then to war, war. “If the negotiations are aimed at achieving general interests, without recognizing or making aid to the enemy,m then why should Hamas be afraid of direct or indirect negotiations?” The goal of these negotiations are simple: Israel should agree to release all Palestinian prisoners, lift its blockade, and accept that Hamas has the right to end the state of Israel.

Now, these seem to be fair goals that any Israel government would agree to. Hamas destroys Israel and in return?? On which planet is this guy living? NEGOTIATIONS ordinarily among humans refers to some give and take on each side. No wonder Hamas is restricted to a small plot of land.

Netanyahu’s Buddy–Barack Obama?

For the past few years a common complaint of many American Jews is that President Obama does not “love Israel,” in fact, he “hates Israel.” Conservative Jews, particularly, Orthodox Jews are convinced their president has a hatred of the people of Israel and their government. So, what does the record show:

1. Under the Obama administration the DOME which destroys incoming missiles was heavily funded with American money.

2. Each year at least THREE BILLION DOLLARS was sen to Israel for its armed forces.

3. US intelligence has worked closely with the Mossad. They share information.


5. The US would help fund a $500,000,00o fund for joint military research.

With enemies such as these how can Israel even survive?