January 10, 2008, - 12:35 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I need your help. You see, I’m confused after having read this morning’s newspapers. I can’t really figure out what happened in the Middle East during Bush’s trip to Israel, yesterday. Maybe you can help me figure it out.
First I read the Wall Street Journal, where the headline is this:
Bush Gives Israel Scope for Antiterror Acts
And the article says this:
President Bush signaled he would give Israel broad leeway to continue raids targeting Palestinian militants and to develop settlements in disputed parts of Jerusalem, despite international pressure to curb such actions.
But then I read an article from Associated Press, which appeared in today’s Detroit Free Press, with this headline:
Bush’s Orders: No Settlements, Terrorist Havens
It features this text:
President Bush, in the Mideast to push along a peace deal by the end of his presidency, gave orders to both sides on Wednesday. He told Israelis that “illegal” outposts in disputed land must go. . . .
Of unauthorized Jewish outposts in the West Bank, Bush said simply: “The agreement was get rid of outposts — illegal outposts. And they ought to go.”
Well, first of all, the adjective “unauthorized” is incorrect. The land is owned by Jews, and they have every right to build on it.
But the two stories–or, at least, their headlines–are contradictory. So, which do you think is Bush’s true position? The story the Free Press claims says “No Settlements” is actually not Bush’s order. He differentiates between “settlements” (neighborhoods of Jerusalem) and “outposts” (suburbs nearby in the rest of the so-called “West Bank.” It’s a silly distinction, which basically says, Jews can live in suburbs bordering Detroit, but not in the outlying suburbs. There, no Jews or dogs allowed.
So, it’s quite clear to me, from everything Bush and Condi Clueless have been saying over the last year or so, that the latter story reflects the Bush apartheid position.
And then there’s this from today:
Bush also called for the end of the “occupation” of Arab land by the IDF [Israel Defense Forces].
Bush also called for the end of the “occupation of Mexican land by California, Texas, Arizona, etc. Well, no, he didn’t do that because that wouldn’t get him a Nobel and some sort of legacy for his failed Presidency. It would be his epitaph, as this should be.
Oh, and by the way, check out this welcome Bush got from HAMAS. Does it look to you like Israel will ever get peace from them by ceding them more land? . . .
Compare that to the way the kids treat him in Israel. . . .
Which group of these people would you reward . . . and which would you punish? Too bad dopey Bush is doing the opposite.
Yup, sadly, the posters above–which some Israelis used in protests prior to Bush’s visit–are accurate, indeed.
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