I posted this reply to a blog posting by Adam Lebor on Jewcy.
I wanted to write this in light of the fact that President Bush is making his first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Thanks for your original post and this thoughtful response. One would like to believe that peace in the
I am half Jewish, though I do not practice the religion. I won't pretend to be a great defender of Jews. I believe that there must be room in this world and that region for a Jewish homeland, safe and secure. But I reject the notion that
The wall is bad. Settlements are bad. Pursuing policies that punish all Palestinians for the crimes of extremists is bad. The Israeli people want peace, many are willing to give a little to get a little. But it won’t happen as long as the
I don’t apologize for the extremists. The poverty and oppression they suffered does not excuse their hateful ideology. But I also do not believe that analyzing the situation and trying to understand the roots of that hatred is tantamount to condoning or excusing. I believe that it is the first step in developing an effective strategy for combating that ideology.
Does anyone truly believe that an ideology was defeated using violent force? Ideologies are defeated by attacking their root cause.
Lastly, let’s put to rest this bogus notion that Barack Hussein Obama is in some way a Muslim. He was born of a Kenyan father and white American mother raised by white family in