Israellycool » United States http://www.israellycool.com Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:51:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Zion Mike Presents…The Price Is Right http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/09/zion-mike-presents-the-price-is-right/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/09/zion-mike-presents-the-price-is-right/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:39:26 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78182 price is right

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Are Iranian Talks Just a Crutch? http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/09/are-iranian-talks-just-a-crutch/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/09/are-iranian-talks-just-a-crutch/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:54:54 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78176 The US-Iran talks are set to continue past their deadline, according to US Secretary of State Lurch Herman Munster John Kerry.

“Some tough issues remain unresolved,” Kerry told reporters, adding that “we will not rush and we will not be rushed.”

He certainly won’t. He’s on crutches.

A fact that has not gone unnoticed.

Which also begs the question: are the headline writers for real, or making fun?

jpost headlinetoi headline

And my favorite:

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Israel Needs To Stop Comparing Itself To The United States http://www.israellycool.com/2015/06/01/israel-needs-to-stop-comparing-itself-to-the-united-states/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/06/01/israel-needs-to-stop-comparing-itself-to-the-united-states/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:46:34 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=77028 One thing pro-Israel advocates love to do is boast about how “Western” we are, especially when juxtaposed with the “Eastern savages” and “barbarians” with whom we share a continent. We proudly embrace the mantle of “Western values”, and routinely compare ourselves to the United States without fully understanding what this means or how it may be perceived by others. The general idea behind it is that we are a progressive, tolerant democracy in a sea of oppressive, racist, homophobic, and sexist dictatorships, which are very similar to the values America purports to champion. And although these are wonderful virtues to celebrate on their own merits, it is equally imperative that we choose our language carefully.

There are several flaws with this comparison. The most obvious being the stark difference between America’s founding in 1776, and Israel’s rebirth in 1948. The United States is a European colony built on the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Native peoples. It is estimated that North America had 65 million people prior to the arrival of Europeans, and since then that number has been drastically reduced to about 3 million.

indigenous resistanceIn this sense, the United States is the very last country we should ever compare ourselves to, because we’re not colonial occupiers oppressing aboriginal peoples. We ARE the aboriginal people, oppressed and marginalized by one of the most successful colonial empires in the world. We have origins in the Levant going back thousands of years which, contrary to the Biblical narrative, stems from the Canaanites, not conquerors from the East. The Palestinians may claim (incorrectly) that they are the “true Jews” who were subjugated, cleansed, and massacred by impostors from Europe, but these claims are undermined by a wealth of historical, archaeological, genetic, and cultural evidence.

Expounding on this point a bit further, European colonists saw indigenous tribes in the New World as inferior “savages”, lacking both the intelligence and sophistication of the West. The parallels between colonial Europe and the Arab world in this instance are rather striking. For example, the Arab world has a long and documented history of designating the tribes they’ve conquered (including the Jews themselves) as inferior cultures, either forcing them into second/third class status (e.g. dhimmitude) or exterminating them outright. And just as the Europeans often referred to aboriginal tribes as “animals” and therefore subhuman, the Arabs regularly engage in the same behavior, calling us pigs, monkeys, rats, snakes, and roaches. Another prominent example would be the behavior of the Dutch and British in Southern Africa, where they often had to deny that the land even had a history before their arrival. Again, this is precisely what is being done to us at this very moment. The Arab empire denies that there was any Jewish presence in the land before the 19th century, and they have gone to great lengths to ensure that nobody discovers the truth, even going as far as rebranding Jesus as a “Palestinian Arab” and eliminating all archaeological evidence of the Jewish Temple under the Temple Mount. As you can see, the tables can be turned on them just as easily. In the meantime, we should avoid adopting the language of colonialism, which is so frequently used against us.

The second flaw with this comparison is that it is helping to turn Zionist advocacy into an increasingly partisan (read: Republican/right wing) issue, because the language we tend to employ is extremely off putting to moderates, progressives, and left wingers. Zionism is not a right wing issue, and it never was. It is about human rights, and indigenous rights in particular. It has nothing whatsoever to do with asserting the alleged superiority of “the West”, hating “commies”, or bashing “Muzzies”. In fact, the Zionist movement was overwhelmingly left wing (and oftentimes even socialist) for most of its history, up until a few decades ago. Israel itself was reborn as a semi-socialist state, with the kibbutzim in particular enjoying considerable praise among the European far left. Furthermore, Israel has a stellar track record on LGBT rights and the environment, and a decent one on gender equality, values that the right wing (at least in the United States) tends to balk at.

Another thing to remember is that we are not part of the West. Israel is a Middle Eastern (or Asian, if you prefer) country, not a European one. Although we are influenced by the West to a certain degree as far as our democracy is concerned, we aren’t the only ones. By and large, we are a people of the Orient, and we should be careful that we don’t unwittingly put ourselves in bed with people who, just 70 years ago, would have thrown all of us in ovens for that very reason. We must not allow our movement to become nothing more than a den of xenophobes, fundamentalists, and warmongering hawks.

The third and final reason is that identifying as Western, especially in contrast to our “Eastern” neighbors, only reinforces the idea that we are a foreign implant in the Middle East. Associating ourselves more closely with foreigners with a history of colonialism in the Middle East than the people who live right next door to us is a recipe for suicide. You don’t have to condone or embrace terrorism, suicide bombings, or the totalitarian Islamist ideology to acknowledge that our closest cultural and genetic kin are not Europeans, but non-Jewish Middle Easterners.

Jews: you are not a European/Western colony. Stop speaking like one.

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Video: Palestinians Thank UK Parliament For Backing Palestinian Statehood, In Style http://www.israellycool.com/2015/01/03/video-palestinians-thank-uk-parliament-for-backing-palestinian-statehood-in-style/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/01/03/video-palestinians-thank-uk-parliament-for-backing-palestinian-statehood-in-style/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 19:26:56 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=71705 As well as the US for their monetary support, the way they know how.

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They don’t just bite the hand that feeds them. They take a chainsaw to it.

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Chickensh*t-Gate: No Apology For You! http://www.israellycool.com/2014/10/31/chickensht-gate-no-apology-for-you/ http://www.israellycool.com/2014/10/31/chickensht-gate-no-apology-for-you/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:53:45 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=69013 State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki confirms the US administration will not apologize for chickenshit-gate.

There’s only one word that comes to mind when hearing this, and seeing her avoid answering the question.

Chicken-Shit

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Observations From Today’s Netanyahu And Obama Press Conference http://www.israellycool.com/2014/10/01/observations-from-todays-netanyahu-and-obama-press-conference/ http://www.israellycool.com/2014/10/01/observations-from-todays-netanyahu-and-obama-press-conference/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:34:41 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=68042

Observations:

  • When speaking of meeting Bibi, Obama seems to start to say Bibi Nut..Netanyahu (0.23)
  • I could not help and look at the Abe Lincoln bust behind Obama when he spoke of Israel being in a “very turbulent neighborhood” (0.17) Not because of who Lincoln was, but because I was reminded of the ISIS beheadings.
  • Obama mentioning the US’ “iron-clad commitment” to Israel’s security, before mentioning the Iron Dome program. I see what he did there.
  • Bibi directly addressing Obama, after Obama spoke of Bibi in the third person
  • Bibi telling Obama Israel fully supports his effort and leadership to defeat ISIS (4:05) was a class touch. And perhaps a little cheeky, given the White House’s less-than-full support for Israel to do the same to Hamas.
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Reader Post: Why EU Is Worthless And Why US Should Be Concerned http://www.israellycool.com/2014/07/07/reader-post-why-eu-is-worthless-and-why-us-should-be-concerned/ http://www.israellycool.com/2014/07/07/reader-post-why-eu-is-worthless-and-why-us-should-be-concerned/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:15:14 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=62890 euIn response to the ongoing violence in Israel, the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, has shown the utter incompetence of the EU to the Middle East.

“As promised in the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, it would immediately lead to Israel’s recognition by the Arab world.”

Has anyone ever believed an Arab country in regards to recognition of Israel – considering that Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah, PLO, ISIS and other “Israel-friendly” terror groups all openly call for terrorist activities toward Israel, as well as a complete annihilation of the State.

To further the problem, the EU has recognized a Palestinian state, when no such entity exists, offering it a MEMBERSHIP in the European Union.

“The EU understands that it is essential for Israel to ensure that the future Palestinian state will not be a failed state. Therefore, all 28 EU foreign ministers have offered an unprecedented and tailor-made package of support for a peace agreement in the form of a Special Privileged Partnership. This could include, depending on Israeli aspirations, enhanced market access or even progressive market integration, security cooperation or institutionalized political dialogue. In short, it could take EU-Israel relations to a level that is next to EU membership, similar to the EU’s relations with Norway or Switzerland. The EU extended a similar offer to the Palestinians, fully aware that there is no one-size-fits-all solution and that the future partnership would be negotiated with both partners according to needs and ambitions, in order to stretch the potential for cooperation to the maximum, including trilateral European-Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.”

In essence, the European Union has made the decision for the UN, United States and Israel that “Palestine” exists. It’s good to know. Except it doesn’t. The governing body known as the Palestinian Authority is autonomous within Israel and it’s borders (Israel’s borders to be discussed in a later article). It self governs parts of Israel. As of now, there is no disastrous Two-State Solution. Israel’s security is at major risk.

The reader may ask, “Why should the US be concerned?” Excellent question. When other governing bodies make rash decisions and offer recognition to terrorist backed non-States, its gives the legitimacy to terrorists. As well, when the EU offered this “package” deal, the US has no choice but to comply. Does the US really want to start trading with a terrorist country, threatening its only ally in the Middle East? What happens with the American-Israel relationship when a fully fledged entity known as “Palestine” actually exists?

As Americans, this path should concern you. As human beings, this path should make you cry.

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Cruz Control http://www.israellycool.com/2014/06/27/cruz-control/ http://www.israellycool.com/2014/06/27/cruz-control/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:23:31 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=62507 Ted Cruz goes in to bat for our kidnapped boys.

It’s a shame we are not hearing such words from POTUS.

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Reader Post: Israeli Government to Change Name of Jerusalem to… http://www.israellycool.com/2014/04/07/reader-post-israeli-government-to-change-name-of-jerusalem-to/ http://www.israellycool.com/2014/04/07/reader-post-israeli-government-to-change-name-of-jerusalem-to/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:50:32 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=59936 jerusalem logoRecently, the U.S. Court of Appeals invalidated a law that allowed American citizens born in Jerusalem—a population numbering around 50,000—to list Israel as their home country on their passports. In response, the Israeli government is seeking to deflate the negative connotations long associated with its capital city by submitting a referendum to the citizens of Israel that will decide on a new name and motto for the current ‘Jerusalem’.

Approximately 5.6 million elligible Israeli voters will have the following options to choose from:

J-Town:Where the Streets Have Three Names

J-Pad: Birthplace of the Brick

Special J: Go on a Journey, Stay for the Trip

J-Spot: Proud Sponsor of Western Civilization Since Year 0.

J-Nizzle: A Former Mayor Became Prime Minister…And Was Then Convicted of Bribery

J-Crib: Historic Site of Beauty & The Geek, Season 4

J’s Place: Hummus Wishes and Shawarma Dreams

J-Spread: Where Bar Refaeli Would Stay if Her Car Broke Down

J-Crew: GMT + 2

J-Mile: Living On a Prayer

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US Nuclear Launch Code Was As Easy As Pie http://www.israellycool.com/2013/12/01/us-nuclear-launch-code-was-as-easy-as-pie/ http://www.israellycool.com/2013/12/01/us-nuclear-launch-code-was-as-easy-as-pie/#comments Sun, 01 Dec 2013 13:15:14 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=56054 Actually, pi would have been a heck of a lot better than this.

pal deviceFor nearly 20 years, the secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles, and starting World War III, was terrifyingly simple and even noted down on a checklist.

From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000.

This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible, as reported by Today I Found Out.

Yeah, I’m sure I am not the only one to think of this:

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