The idea of risking an HR and being ostracized or banned really does give me pause, DK community has grown on me a bit. Note the above is the reported gist of what Rahm reportedly said, not an actual quote.
I've been following the Israel/Palestine conflict for years, and there's generally been a reticence to call a spade a spade. Power corrupts and Israel hasn't always treated Palestine fairly. Bibi's overreach with latest settlements has Time magazine coming out front with
an article that lays out details about the conflict that I thought unmentionable in American main stream media. It looks like Bibi might win over the likud but lose America. The tea party has been corrosive here but it's equivalent in Israel may be more destructive of what they claim to protect. Hopefully, the new settlement plan is election year posturing. It apparently cuts the West Bank in half, making it and a two state solution untenable.
The money paragraph is here check it out in which the wonderfully quotable Emmanuel gave us the nugget:
In Israel, both the right and left wing of the Hebrew press asked why, after losing the U.N. vote 138 to 9, an Israeli government would announce a move sure to further its international isolation. (Technically, the way Palestine is run hasn’t changed because of the vote; the Palestinian Authority simply has a different status — which happens to have the word state in it — within the international organization, with a few new legal prerogatives.) In Ma’ariv, the conservative columnist Ben-Dror Yemini called Netanyahu’s move “Pavlovian” and wrote, “Rather than thank the American administration for its amazing support on Thursday at the U.N. vote, the slap in the face came on Friday with the announcement of the construction of thousands of additional housing units.” In Yedioth Ahronoth, Nahum Barnea reported from the Saban Forum, a Washington, D.C., gathering of prominent Israeli and Americans in which the rules constrain attendees from saying who said what. The gist of a speech by a prominent American politician (identified in the same paper the next day as Obama’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel) was: “You Israelis are ingrates. You’ve screwed yourselves.” Barnea’s conclusion: “Something bad has happened over the years to the production line in Israeli politics.”
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God bless Israel, the Palestinians and all in the Middle East. May the future have flowers and trees and respect for all.