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Ron Radosh

As David Horovitz, editor of The Times of Israel, explains:

Why the need to “resist” an Israel that has no presence in Gaza, and that has long since internalized the imperative to seek an accommodation with the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank if this can only be achieved without imperiling Israel’s own existence? Why? Because, for Hamas, hostility to the very fact of Israel’s existence still far outweighs any and all other interests.

Turning to our president’s own op-ed, Obama begins with the usual reaffirmation of how he and his administration are Israel’s greatest friends and says that he is doing all he can “to ensure that Iran does not ever possess a nuclear weapon.” Then he turns to yet another plea for a “comprehensive negotiated settlement,” when reality on the ground makes it crystal clear that is the last thing the Palestinian leadership — including Abbas and Fatah — wants. Finally, the moral equivalence: “All parties must be willing to take chances for peace.” There is no acknowledgment that while Israel has made clear its continued willingness to do just that, the Palestinian leadership has shown the opposite over and over.

The administration’s real hostility to Israel was most obvious in the remarks of its spokesman, Philip Gordon. What Gordon did in his speech to the so-called peace conference sponsored by Haaretz is praise Mahmoud Abbas as a peace partner at a time when the Hamas government, with which Abbas has signed a unity pact, is raining missiles down on Israel.

Abbas is seeking to bring Israel to the International Criminal Court to hold hearings to condemn Israel for war crimes. At the very same time, he has refused to condemn the wanton bombings of Israeli civilians carried out by his partners in Hamas. Nor has he said anything to contradict those in his own group, Fatah, that praise the unity with Hamas and its pledge to destroy Israel.

For Gordon to shower praise on Abbas at this time while urging restraint from Israel is the mark of ultimate hypocrisy. Moreover, to speak these words at the exact moment that Hamas was hitting Israel with rockets is obscene.

Abbas, rather than being the best hope for a peace partner that Israel has had, has proved to be a leader who cannot even restrain his partners in Hamas, as if he ever even sought that aim. Indeed, as reports indicate, Abbas now has condemned Israel for “genocide” and for emulating Auschwitz.

Ironically, the Haaretz peace conference — which features panels such as one including both Peter Beinart and J-Street chief Jeremy Ben-Ami, stalwart proponents of pressuring Israel who regularly put the blame for failure to attain peace on the Jewish state they purport to defend — suddenly found themselves having to stop in the middle of the proceedings to run to their bomb shelters in Tel Aviv. As Max Fisher reports:

It was a coincidence, yes; the rockets are barely accurate enough to be aimed at a single city, let alone a single building holding an Israel-Palestine peace conference, and no one was hurt. But it is a moment of profoundly tragic symbolism, exceptional even in a conflict that produces many such moments, that a Palestinian militant group with the desire of ending the Israeli occupation would fire rockets at Israeli civilians who had themselves gathered with the express purpose of ending the occupation.

This reporter, himself part of the delusional Israeli far-left wing, could not resist pointing out the obvious, although he does not seem to comprehend that to Hamas and Fatah, there is no difference between a peacenik Israeli on the left end of the political spectrum and any other Israeli. All are citizens of a state which in their eyes is completely illegitimate.

So Hamas continues to fight Israel with more rockets, and as Israel defends itself, we can expect more and more comments urging Israel to withdraw, condemning Israel for harming innocent Palestinian civilians, and urging Israel to make a real commitment to peace. Moral equivalence is the starting point for condemning Israel for sole guilt for the crisis in the Middle East.

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As Hamas Attacks Israel with Rockets, the Obama Administration and Liberals Call for Israeli ‘Restraint’

It doesn't seem to me that any fair minded person should be calling for restraint on the part of those being attacked rather than those doing the attacking. I remember when a couple of gentlemen, actually they weren't really gentlemen at all, were attacking one women with all manner of verbal rockets and missiles, things like "McCarthy! McCarthy! McCarthy!" and "conspiracy theorist! conspiracy theorist! conspiracy theorist!" and "take down! take down! take down!" and all manner of foul and juvenile crap and some actually called on her to exercise restraint.
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I hope the 75% of the American Jewish community who
Helped elect Obama twice are doing some serious soul
Searching.
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The media seems reluctant to admitt that there was a reason the Palistinians were kicked out of Jordan after WWII.
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That Taqqia is something huh? Especially as practiced by Obama to destroy Israel, America and The Constitution.
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When the Arab nations were nation states whether kingdoms (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Gulfies) or military dictatorships (Egypt) or secular socialist dictatorships (Syria, Iraq). This is becoming something more in name as the Muslim world crumbles before our eyes. In the old days Yasser (I need a good shave) Arafat may have had a point. He espoused a Palestinian state in one form or another. Now that more and more Muslims are eschewing an old fashion nation-state created under the old Sykes-Picot model in favor of the Ummah lead by a caliph, the idea of a Palestinian state becomes more and more of a joke and a "peace process" something people in government can add to their resumes --nothing of substance. The idea that Israel can exist amongst people who think like this is folly. Ummah lovers of all shapes and sizes want to drive the Jews and the remaining Christians into oblivion. Bibi, stick to your guns regardless of what the Golfer in Chief tells you.
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Obama's "Domestic Agenda" on full display: 1)Decimate Judeo-Christian MORALITY and RELIGIOSITY in both America and Israel. 2) decimate American education to one of merely INDOCTRINATION a la 'SOVIET UNION.' 3) alter completely American Capitalism through redundant rules , regulations, policies and procedures choking-off innovation and manufacturing expansion. 4) finally, morphing federal, state and local governance into a single, top-down/bottom-up and inside out unifying "command and control" executive. This is POTUS' current two year plan for "Hope (to) Change' and "transform" America towards a "democratic collective." That's why Israel must be destroyed...per Valerie Jarrett, Axelrod, John Podesta and Cass Sustein. Pray. Amen. God Bless America.
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Must read on the nexus between the Left and Jew/Israel
Hatred:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0803240767?pc_redir=1404887619&robot_redir=1
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This is a very good article and I agree with everything stated in it. It certainly meets the academic standards of the professor of history that Mr Radosh is.
As usual however, it is dry, and lacks the passion, that, in my opinion, the situation calls for. Perhaps the author can find some inspiration for passion in the writings of Diana West,
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Wish a Hamas rocket roars right up his leftist arse.
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As Hamas Attacks Israel with Rockets, the Obama Administration and Liberals Call for Israeli ‘Restraint’

It doesn't seem to me that any fair minded person should be calling for restraint on the part of those being attacked rather than those doing the attacking. I remember when a couple of gentlemen, actually they weren't really gentlemen at all, were attacking one women with all manner of verbal rockets and missiles, things like "McCarthy! McCarthy! McCarthy!" and "conspiracy theorist! conspiracy theorist! conspiracy theorist!" and "take down! take down! take down!" and all manner of foul and juvenile crap and some actually called on her to exercise restraint.
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I gave some thought to Reagan this morning and value of leadership.
Now, propaganda rules the day with a 'restraint' policy, a sharp thumbnail scratch contrast to the reality as people are bombed for years because of how they look.

Restraint is not a policy when one party does not care about their children, when parents offer them up because then the parents are honored for a day in the streets. Its an illness, Munchausen by proxy syndrome.

Restraint is not a policy when one party does not care about creating schools, hospitals, utilities for the future of their children and instead buys missiles.
I remembered the Sting song.
Mr. Krushchev said we will bury you
There's no such thing as a winnable war
Mr. Reagan says we will protect you
I don't prescribe to that point of view
What might save us, me, and you
Is if the Russians love their children too

Restraint as a policy offered up by a failed president who has no idea on how to solve or address any issue, not even his own, is a sad sad joke.
Guess he was unable to proffer up a new propaganda spin to suit his next campaign fund raiser.

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Oh, and (bleep) the environment. Obama has been a failed incrementalist on global environmental action, and if the KXL Pipeline becomes operational from the Tar Sands of Alberta, he will have committed an environmental catastrophe.

And he will have done it in conjunction with one of the most right-wing prime ministers in the Western world, Stephen Harper. I don't know how Canadians, who are by and large culturally and socially liberal folks, keep electing him!

With Fukushima looming (I mean, the world is just waiting for the next 7-point earthquake in Japan that splits that damaged facility open like a rotten egg), Obama could be a leader and call unequivocally for massive international response to it.

But no, he's content to play whatever deep geopolitical game he and Kerry think they're playing, which ends up with grotesque realities like ISIS as our ally against Assad and our enemy in Iraq! Incompetence AND cynicism, though I can't remotely see what Obama's self-interest is in it beyond his well-documented general enjoyment of the playing of games.

The Influential American Left Wing? Ron Radosh, what America are you looking at, sir?
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Yoroscoe, No matter how loyally Jewish they might be, they have brains, and the idea of voting for John McCain, a 40-plus-year case of untreated PTSD from Vietnam, and SARAH PALIN, was out of the question for most Americans of good will, Jewish or not.

Then from 2008 through 2012 Obama proceeded to give away the liberal farm, becoming more and more a neocon to the point that for his second term he has hired the non-diplomat John Kerry as his chief diplomat.

But vote for a known financial predator heir to fortune whose wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs"? Yoroscoe, I voted for a Jew in that election, Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party.

I am a lifetime leftist, an original Vietnam Veteran Against the War. But I am utterly disenfranchised. There is no Left Wing in the United States as Europeans understand it. There never has been. There has never been any significant Leftwing influence WITHIN the American political system comparable to a Germany, or Italy, or England (before Tony Blair gutted Old Labour). American government is a center-right/hard-right affair, no matter which Party is in power. The Green Party is a factor in Europe and other places. Not in America.

And American mainstream media is rightist. The most-watched/listened talk show hosts are all rightists. There are zero socialists of any kind having the remotest influence upon American foreign or domestic policy.

I am not sure how Mr. Radosh comes by calling the American Left Wing "influential." It barely qualifies as vestigial!

Americans, more than citizens of all other countries, particularly Western countries, have been behaviorally modified to have a knee-jerk reaction against any idea, or meme, to say nothing of actual political action, that might SUGGEST (gasp!) communism or socialism. Even for those who are ground under the weight and fall through the cracks of our tottering post-industrial tertiary-service economy, capitalism must be maintained because otherwise the country might "go communist."
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" the idea of voting for John McCain, a 40-plus-year case of untreated PTSD from Vietnam, and SARAH PALIN, was out of the question for most Americans of good will, Jewish or not. "

It seems that most Americans of goodwill had no idea of the choice they were making.
Ignorant to a degree that they voted twice for the same empty suit based on "Reality Show" hysterics.
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Thank you for the unneeded proof that stupidity has no natural limit.

Thank you for demonstrating that your factually untrue assertions cannot stand upon their own merits.

May your support for tyranny and evil be appropriately 'rewarded' in the afterlife.
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