March 27, 2009, - 12:41 pm

About Those Israeli “Settlements” . . . Again (Groan)

By Debbie Schlussel
A top American military official sent me an article decrying an alleged “secret plan” by future Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to “expand Israeli settlements.”
The article goes on to talk about how Netanyahu supposedly plans to actually allow developers to build neighborhoods and housing in suburban Jerusalem. Yup, these so-called “settlements” are actually homes on Jewish-owned land in suburban Jerusalem, as they usually are–not some distant encroachment on land held by anyone else in the distant nomadic Arabian desert.
The nerve of those Jews actually wanting to live in and around their capital. You know, the capital that has that famous Temple envisioned by King Dawud? and ultimately built by King Suleman? for some religion that apparently must be anything but Judaism.
The military official asked for my response to the article, and here’s what I wrote. It echoes what I’ve repeatedly written on this site about this absurd apartheid-housing position that apparently the world believes must apply to the Jews and the Jews only:
Conventional Wisdom: This–BAD . . .


. . . This–GOOD, VERY GOOD:

Beware! There Are Jews in This Town!

I see no problem with this [the building of these homes] whatsoever. I don’t believe in redlining Jews and telling them they can’t live in certain neighborhoods. That’s, as you know, against the law here in America. So now that these Palestinians are supposed to be such “democrats” and “liberals” with their “free elections,” why are they are allowed to tell Jews where they can and cannot live?
In most of history, to the winners of war go the spoils of victory. As a military man, I’m sure you know this. Apparently, there is an exception to this rule when the winners of the war are Jews, since Israel has been forced to constantly give up land it won when i’s neighbors started wars against it. I don’t see us telling non-Hispanics they can’t live in certain parts of Texas and California, etc. These “controversial West Bank settlements” are actually neighborhoods in suburban Jerusalem. I don’t recall us telling the White gentrifiers of the Georgetown and Adams Morgan areas of Washington, DC that they can’t live there b/c it’s Black and Hispanic land. These “settlements” are homes within a stone’s throw of the Jewish Temple/the Western Wall and a little farther away, the cave holding the bodies/graves of the Jewish patriarchs. It’s incredible that anyone would claim they are not allowed to live there or that it’s “not their land.” Eugene V. Rostow, who helped negotiate various UN partitions and resolutions regarding Israel ,crafted language specifically vague on the so-called “settlements” (which weren’t called that back then) because he was afraid of the redlining against Jews that is now attempted to be exercised with protestations such as that implied in this article. [There is nothing illegal–contrary to frequent public outrage–about Jewish so-called settlements.]
I look forward to the day when people like you send me articles about the redlining of Palestinians in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt, where those that are allowed to live there are forced to live in refugee camps and can’t own land anywhere else in those countries. (The same goes for Kuwait where there are so many Palestinians and they are discriminated against by their fellow Arabs.) That’s what we should be concerned about. It’s the real reason there is even a “Palestinian problem” to begin with–that and the fact that they can’t stand any non-Muslims having a country in their midst, esp. the Jews.
If Israel would have immediately annexed all of this land, built homes on it, and expelled the Palestinians (as the Arab Muslim countries all did with 1 million Jews), it wouldn’t have this festering problem in its midst and this exploding birth rate bomb which will eventually explode from this enemy within. The difference is that Israel absorbed many of the million Jews and their families who were expelled by the Muslim countries and the Muslim countries used their Palestinians (whom they refused to absorb) as a political football stuck in refugee camps. That is other than King Hussein, whose Jordan is the real Palestine. The late King Hussein murdered, as you should know, 10,000 Palestinians (you’ve heard of “Black September”?) rather than give them their land. And the world allowed this, unlike the way they won’t allow Jews to live in Jerusalem and its suburbs without hassling them about “settlements.”

When we as Americans support redlining in a country not our own, we support it anywhere, including our own country.
When we support Nazi-style policies restricting Jews to certain ghettos, telling them where they can and can’t live, we’re on the path to more such fascism.
**** UPDATE: I forgot to link, earlier today, to Eugene V. Rostow’s important 1991 New Republic article, “Resolved: Are the Settlements Legal? Israeli West Bank Policies,” documenting how the Israeli settlements are completely legal and why. It is an important read.

15 Responses

If the Israelis had listened to Rabbi Meir Kahane, Z”tl, they wouldn’t be in this problem.
Self hatred, corruption, and guilt ridden squawkings will be the end of the Jewish people.

Underzog on March 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I fail to see the problem with building.
Last time I checked the Bible, G-d gave that land to the Jews.

mplumb on March 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm

The only people against whom racism its politically correct to harbor are the Jews. Treating any other nation the way Israel is treated is unthinkable. I believe Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat when he says Israel upholds the law in capital equally with respect to Jews and Arabs. Such a common sense and reasonable position is scorned and mocked by American officialdom. Israel is not doing anything any other country is doing differently: building homes, business, schools, synagogues and roads – all the things that make habitation in the city possible. When Jews do it in their own country, its suddenly “controversial” and out of bounds. The anti-Israel crowd likes to talk about Israel as an apartheid state yet they have no problem with applying apartheid rules to the Jews. In short, its not Israel that is racist; as noted at the outset of my comments, its her critics that are because they judge Israel by standards they would never dream of holding to themselves.

NormanF on March 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm

“A top American military official sent me an article”….”The military official asked for my response”
Debbie – I fear that you have blown this official’s ‘cover’….it will be a simple matter for his ultimate boss to identify and neutralize his influence….

Nick Fury on March 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Israel needs to tell the rest of the world to STFU and clean out all the muzzies from Jerusalem – it’s about time they took back their country.

silkcat on March 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I predict that in the next 4 years we will be seeing more and more of this type of harassment of Israel through the Obama admninstration which will be reminiscent of the GHW Bush and Jimmy Carter year. “Settlements” not terrorism, Islamofascism, and rejectionism will be seen as the major obstacle to peace. “Settlers” will be demonized far and above Hamas, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Iran, etc. WTF have we done electing Obama?

Ripper on March 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm

It takes an anti-Semite to turn the act of a Jew building a home into a capital crime.

There is NO Santa Claus on March 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I think one quote from the article illustrates how ridiculous this whole “peace” process is.
“Palestinians bitterly oppose the project as it effectively cuts the occupied West Bank in two, making the creation of a viable Palestinian state highly problematic.”
If the “palestinian?” state is to be comprised of Gaza and the “West Bank” (actually Yehuda v’Shomron – Judea and Samaria), just how are they going to do that without cutting that state into two unless they slice and dice Israel up?

i_am_me on March 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm

All these F-ing libtards want Israel to give away their land, allow the palestinians to move in and destroy everything. My answer to them is: The US can turn over all its land back to the Native Americans, whom we stole it from and slaughtered in the process. Once they do that, then they can tell Israel what to do. Before that point happens, SHUT THE F CK UP!

wolf2012 on March 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm

For sheer arrogance and malice, nothing beats today’s New York Times editorial. It dispenses patronizing advice to Israel more akin to that dished out to a colony than what ought to be addressed to a sovereign state. Its in marked contrast to the mutual respect and outreach shown to Iran. Jews bad, America-hating Iranian Islamists, good. I won’t bother linking to it here because such a vile piece of Israel-hating trash doesn’t deserve wider circulation. The only reason I mentioned it at all is to show just what of reception Israel’s new government can expect to receive from Washington over the months and years ahead.

NormanF on March 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Mordechai Keder says . . .

sonofsheldon on March 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Many years ago, when all this fuss was going on about Israel building settlements on the West Bank, I wrote a check and mailed it to the State of Israel.
On the check, I wrote that the money was to be used specifically for building Jewish settlements on the West Bank.
I received a nice “Thank You!” letter from the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Years went by, and once again, this same old issue was front page news.
Again, I wrote a check and mailed it to the State of Israel, stating that it was to be used for building Jewish settlements on the West Bank.
But, this time, my check was returned, and the Israeli government said they couldn’t accept donations for that purpose.
I don’t understand this.
Didn’t Israel obtain that land when they won the 1967 war?
Then, by the international laws of war, that land is now part of Israel, right?
So, what’s the problem?
Israel should be able to build anything they wish on any land that they choose.
I remember that prior to the 1967 war, when the Arabs controlled East Jerusalem, no Jews were permitted to visit the Temple Mount.
After the 1967 war, with the Temple Mount firmly under Jewish control, people of all faiths, including Islam, were permitted free access to all of the sacred and historic places, and the Moslems were allowed to retain their mosques.
So, now, the government of Israel is considering giving up part of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount to the Arabs?
Is their memory really that short?
Don’t they remember that when the Arabs had that property, they wouldn’t allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount?
Does the Israeli government think the Arabs have changed and become more civilized?
Now, I’m hard core American, firmly believing in the old saying, “My country – – – Right or wrong, but MY country!”, and I won’t apologize for any of my own bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic, (have I left any group out?) “politically incorrect” opinions.
But, isn’t Israel a sovereign independent nation?
Then, why does the State of Israel allow the United States of America to dictate or control its national policies?
George Washington warned us to “avoid foreign entanglements”, and I really wish we would.
Ah, but it isn’t just Israel and the Arabs.
Look at all the other foreign intrigues the United States of America is entangled with, all over the globe.
And look at how far we Americans have strayed from our own Constitution, and all of the “politically incorrect” ideals espoused and promoted by our White Christian forebearers.
Thank you.
John Robert Mallernee
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

writesong on March 27, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Kind of like a moving target. Now the dread israeli settlements are the reason for the ‘lack of peace’ in the Mideast. Yesterday, it was the dread Israeli ‘incursions’ into Gaza. The day before it was something else. It is one thing after another, but always Israel’s fault, not the terrorists/dictatorships that rule the rest of the Mideast.
Sadly, this presure will probably sway Netanyahu as it has in the past. Of course his ‘unity’ government was predictable, and the constant pressure by the terrorists, dicatorships and their allies in the leadereship of the western countries is meant ultimately to destroy Israel, and, in the short term, to demoralize it, and scare as many jewish people as possible into ‘identification with the aggressor’. Judging from the lack of widespread Jewish opposition to U.S. pro-terrorist policies, much less opposition from most others, Israel’s enemies are meeting with significant success.

c f on March 28, 2009 at 3:03 pm

How did Jews building homes turn into such a big problem?
IMHO, I don’t think it’s a big problem. The people who can’t stand the site of Jews building homes in a Jewish State have a problem with the national empowerment of Jews. They will rationalize it into a problem no matter what.
At some point, there’s no sense trying to make them happy because their problem has nothing to do with Jews building homes.

There is NO Santa Claus on March 29, 2009 at 12:15 am

Congratulations to the New Prime Minister for being a LEADER who FULLY GRASPS the threats from Muslim Extremists/Terrorists.
Unlike Obama/Pelosi/Reid (aka: the three legged IDIOT stool) who, between the THREE OF THEM, can’t muster the SPINE to use real words like: Muslim Extremist, Muslim Terrorist, and/or ILLEGAL ALIENS.
Yet, they CRY (in their Mansions counting the MILLIONS OF DOLLARS they “earmark” to their “friends, family members, and Extremist Groups like ACORN and Planned Parenthood (both of which commit FELONYS 24/7) about the POSSIBILITY of Terrorists getting “wet”.
Even though they SAY they dont’ “know when life begins” they all agree to allow the MURDER of the unborn child up to and INCLUDING the 9th month with NO restrictions…ever.
Isn’t it AMAZING that they FIGHT to allow TERRORISTS to have “rights” and yet the most innocent/vunerable of ALL human life (i.e. the unborn child) gets NO rights and NO protections under these POLITICAL PARTISANS.
If America EVER got a REAL LEADER, like Israel has now (and again), then we could live up to the POTENTIAL that America has IN SPITE of (currently) being “emasculated” by the Three Amigos and their CORRUPT/POWERFUL positions/friends/etc.
God Bless America and God Bless Israel…now and forever!
Jeffrey Schrembs, American Citizen

Nostradamus on March 29, 2009 at 12:23 am

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