A divided US Jewish community

In the pages of today’s ‘New York Times’ [19 May 2011] the reader’s eye will spot a half page ad by the ADL [American Defamation League], a full page ad by J Street, a Jewish lobby, and an opinion peace by Likud’s deputy speaker in the Knesset Danny Danon.
The ADL strongly condemns Hamas as a terrorist group, which is not remarkable, since it has not departed from its characterisation of that Palestinian group. It, however, highlights how much the ADL, the ‘Simon Wiesenthal’ of seeing anti Semitism any and everywhere, is off the radar in the rush of events in the Middle East.
On the other hand, J Street is calling for the US to call for a two state solution based on 1967 borders, which Israel until now has firmly rejected. Will president Obama’s speechifying on the Middle East today reverse US Israelocentric oars? The US president may suggest that but the touts are giving wide odds that he will.
And finally, as a loyal Revisionist Zionist, Danon is calling for the immediate incorporation of the illegal occupied Jewish settlements into Israel as part and parcel of Israeli’s biblical irredentist claims to restore Samaria and Judea to the Jews. A romantic notion nonetheless, but one which sinks any viable Palestinian state or eradicates any acknowledgement of Palestinian legitimate claims for a state of their own.
Which makes the move to petition the UN by a united Palestinian Authority and Hamas, for ‘de jure’ and ‘de facto’ recognition of a Palestinian state.
And that recognition will give Israel and its pro consul protector the US more trouble than its worth, and will pour cold water on any warm words Obama may make on Arabs, Muslims, and making the Israeli lion lie down with the Palestinian ‘lambs’.

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