June 17, 2004

HOW MUCH MORE ZIONIST COULD AMERICA GET?:

Four questions and one answer (Ellis Shuman June 14, 2004, Israel Insider)

In the book [How Israel Lost: The Four Questions], which admittedly reads well and is full of anecdotes and a very personal style, Cramer asks four questions, but in reality, he only asks one, central question and to that provides one sole answer. The four questions which account for the four divisions of the book are:

Why do we care about Israel?

Why don't the Palestinians have a state?

What is a Jewish State?

Why is there no peace?

Cramer contends that the reason Americans care about Israel was due to the highly competent Israeli public relations machine, which "convinced us that Israelis are like us." But after 35 years of occupying Palestinian territories, Israel no longer seems like home to many Americans. "Or to put it another way: somewhere along the line, we got the feeling, 'they aren't like us.' Or maybe we don't want to be like them. And this is just one of the ways - one big one - how Israel lost," Cramer writes. [...]

The way to end the Middle East conflict, to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and between Israel and its Arab neighbors, is very simple in Cramer's eyes. "No Israeli government has ever tried to make peace on the formula everybody knows is a winner: Give back the land," he writes.


Obviously the answer is to give them the land and declare it Palestine, but the idea that Israel has lost ground with Americans seems awfully odd given polling to the contrary and the most unequivocally pro-Israel administration we've ever had. 9-11 gave us a taste of what the Israelis put up with and you've got to figure most Americans wonder why the Occupied Territories haven't just been irradiated.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2004 4:17 PM
Comments

Right!
I can tell you, going by the lunchtime discussions at work, if Israel flattened the West Bank and Gaza, the overall American reaction will be "It's about time---what took them so long?"

Posted by: ray at June 17, 2004 8:30 PM

and make the rubble bounce just in case any are alive in the wreckage

Posted by: oj at June 17, 2004 8:32 PM

We lost 3000 citizens in one attack, launched two wars, overthrew two governments half way around the world, sent armed forces into many other countries, ripped up a couple of 50 year old alliances and, so my lefty friends tell me, tortured scores and killed tens of thousands of people. I don't really think our problem with the Israelis is that they've been too tough.

Posted by: David Cohen at June 17, 2004 11:39 PM
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