Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Some of what Tom's smoking

It's always even worse when you feel a certain amount of sympathy with what Friedman wants to communicate, and yearning for a world where his fantasies would have a chance of coming true.

Moustache Fleuri, via.

Shorter Tom Friedman, "President Trump. Will You Save the Jews?", New York Times, February 15 2016:
Dear Mr. President, I implore you, by all that's sacred, you must stop Prime Minister Netanyahu from allowing any more illegal Jewish settlements from being built in the Palestinian West Bank where even President Rivlin is saying that Israel's behavior is making a legal cacophony and causing Israel to be seen as an apartheid state, which of course it isn't, seen as an apartheid state I tell you, and destroying forever the chance of a two-state solution. The projected land grab is an act of moral turpitude that will undermine the moral foundations of the state! It is about right versus wrong! It could tear apart every Jewish synagogue, charitable organization, campus club, and Jewry around the world, the way Woodmont Golf Club was almost torn apart when President Obama wanted to join and the board thought he was too pro-Palestinian because of the administration's failure to veto the UN Security Council resolution condemning the settlements only fortunately the decent members prevailed! Please consider your legacy and do the right thing!

Conjectural Donald J. Trump, in response:
Huh? Snarf! Sniff! What? You think I can't get into Woodmont if I want? Jews love me! I have so much money I'm sick of money! I'm doing great with the Jews!


I didn't predict the exact wording there, but I think I pretty much nailed the sentiment:
In an apparent break with two decades of US commitment to closely shepherding the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Donald Trump has said he was unconcerned whether an eventual deal involved the creation of a Palestinian state or a single state....
“The United States will encourage peace and really a great peace deal,” the US president said. “We will be working on it very, very diligently. But it is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement.”
“To be honest, if Bibi [Netanyahu] and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy - I’m happy with the one they like the best.”
....Asked about settlement building at the press conference, Trump addressed Netanyahu and said: “I would like to see you hold back for a little bit.” (Guardian)
Like,"Oh, Bibi, I forgot I was supposed to tell you. About those settlements." And for a little bit until when, exactly? Until some kind of time when it won't interfere with the "great peace deal" and the happiness of the Palestians, which he cares about such a lot? Or until nobody's paying attention?

But if you don't care whether there's a one-state or a two-state solution that means you don't care whether there's ever a deal or not. Because the deal for a one-state solution requires either that a non-Jewish majority (not a majority yet but it will be) agree to live as a second-class population in a Jewish state, or a Jewish minority agree to surrender its to define the country. Either outcome won't arise from negotiation, from from a long and sometimes violent civil struggle (which is now more than ever what we have to expect).

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