by Nidra Poller
The airwaves are thick with the sound of raucous voices and clashing swords. O Jerusalem — well, ok,
At the slightest twinge of international pain from a geographical region known as the "
The Obama administration bares its fangs and the troops go into action. General Petraeus warns that the unresolved Israel-Palestine conflict is disturbing Muslim nations, stimulating extremism, and putting our boys in danger. Walt & Mearsheimer point the finger at homegrown Zionists who are twisting the arm of this vast nation, bringing it to its knees, and forcing
And just when we start to catch on, the president and his hired guns speak from the other side of their mouths. They were only kidding. Treating Prime Minister Netanyahu like a vacuum cleaner salesman at the White House was a sign of unfailing friendship.
THE "TWO-STATE SOLUTION that everyone knows will resolve the conflict" is brandished like a scimitar: Israeli withdrawal to the '67 ('49 armistice) lines, dismantlement of settlements, a mini territorial tradeoff, a "solution" to the refugee problem, and the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital... Why is this "everyone knows the solution" religiously repeated when it has been amply demonstrated that neither
On what grounds can Islam lay claim to any part of
If Muslim claims to
The lethal narrative carries a double secular-religious warhead. Topography trumps chronology in a dazzling Muslim claim to the centrality of Jerusalem staked on the Al Aqsa mosque and the gilded Dome of the Rock that dominate the Temple Mount (the French call it l'esplanade des mosquées). That's not centrality, it's replacement theology! If that claim is granted, the heart of our civilization will be broken. The precedent established in
But the belated, timid European awakening pales in the face of an American president who has raised anti-Zionism to new heights. Take this sequence: Last month, mosque-goers threw rocks down from the
The faulty religious justification for the division of
Hillary Clinton's "tough love" AIPAC speech concluded with a Passover homily. Moses led the children of
Was there a rabbi in the house?
THE LESSON OF PESACH is that the children of
The emissaries sent to
The values they forged during that period of apprenticeship are at the heart of Western civilization. The most salutary lesson of the current crisis is that
Nidra Poller in author, novelist, translator and journalist. She is based in
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