J-Street in DC, the wrong road for Israel

by Datechguy | March 30th, 2012

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J-Street in DC, the wrong road for Israel

As I was walk­ing toward the Supreme Court to cover the Oba­macare protests on day 2 I noticed sev­eral peo­ple in seem­ingly Pro-​Israeli shirts. Being a sup­porter of Israel I instantly asked for an inter­view and to my sur­prise found that it was J-​Street

I didn’t think any­thing much about the encounter as more than an odd­ity until later in the day. The group I came down with was sched­uled to meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Sen­a­tor Scott Brown. I arrived early and sat down to wait read­ing the paper copies of Politico, the Hill & the Wash­ing­ton Exam­iner (yes I’d rather read the print ver­sion than the online ones any day).

Much to my sur­prise a large con­tin­gent of peo­ple from J-​Street showed up. Appar­ently they were the Mass­a­chu­setts con­tin­gent that the con­ven­tion of about 35 and they had sched­uled a meet­ing with Brown’s folks at 11 as well.

I engaged one of the young men who argued for the two state solu­tion, say­ing that once the Palestinian’s had a state they would lose their fear of the Israeli’s which causes the prob­lem I asked if the “Pales­tin­ian” state was to be Juden­rein. He seemed vis­i­bly taken aback by my ques­tion ask­ing why I used that word. I pointed out that the Arab/​Islamic world was becom­ing effec­tively Juden­rein point­ing out the prob­lem wasn’t Pales­tin­ian fear, it was Palestinian/​Arab/​Islamic hatred of Jews that is prop­a­gated in their media and culture.

He insisted that a Pales­tin­ian state would assuage this prob­lem but I con­tended that until the Arab/​Islamic peo­ple actu­ally changed it would only mean one more offi­cial launch­ing ground for new attacks on Israel.

At this point the time came for the meet­ing and the entire group went into the con­fer­ence room, while a sec­ond Brown aide shortly after­wards spoke to us in the hallway.

There is noth­ing odd about Sen Brown or his staff meet­ing with these guys, they’re all Mass­a­chu­setts men and women and they have just as proper a claim on his time as any­one else in the state.

What I do have a prob­lem with is what their argu­ment means.

I am not a Jew, my par­ents are not Jews, I am not acquainted with a sin­gle ances­tor of mine who is Jew­ish. My only con­nec­tion to any­thing Jew­ish besides my appear­ance is a sin­gle nephew out of 12 who mar­ried a Jew­ish girl. One might say I don’t have much of a dog in this fight, but I’m mak­ing it my fight because in my opin­ion J-Street’s pro­posed solu­tions, no mat­ter what they actu­ally intend, leads back to the final solution.

From the votes in Egypt to the slay­ings in France the issue is not the board­ers of a Jew­ish state, it is the Exis­tence of the Jew­ish state in gen­eral and Jews in par­tic­u­lar as any­thing other than an under­class in Arab/​Islamic lands and beyond.

I don’t know if these peo­ple are ide­al­is­tic, unre­al­is­tic or play­ing the game of intel­lec­tu­als that Vic­tor Davis Han­son described:

For many intel­lec­tu­als, the choice of laud­ing or dis­lik­ing Israel was not just based on careerist self-​interest, but also on a care­ful cal­cu­lus that West­ern nations, for all their talk of free speech, were as ter­ri­fied of ter­ror­ists as were the lat­ters’ tar­gets. Crit­i­cize or car­i­ca­ture rad­i­cal Islam, and a ter­ror­ist was more likely to get you than your fear­ful West­ern gov­ern­ment was to pro­tect you. Ask Salman Rushdie or Kurt Westergaard.

What­ever their motive it doesn’t mat­ter. In the end the Arab world and those who cel­e­brate dead Jews will be happy to sup­port their sta­tus as use­ful idiots…

…right up until the time they are no longer use­ful and dis­cover to their shock that the fate reserved for those who resist or warn oth­ers such as Pam Geller, belongs to them as well.

As I was walking toward the Supreme Court to cover the Obamacare protests on day 2 I noticed several people in seemingly Pro-Israeli shirts. Being a supporter of Israel I instantly asked for an interview and to my surprise found that it was J-Street

I didn’t think anything much about the encounter as more than an oddity until later in the day. The group I came down with was scheduled to meet with representative of Senator Scott Brown. I arrived early and sat down to wait reading the paper copies of Politico, the Hill & the Washington Examiner (yes I’d rather read the print version than the online ones any day).

Much to my surprise a large contingent of people from J-Street showed up. Apparently they were the Massachusetts contingent that the convention of about 35 and they had scheduled a meeting with Brown’s folks at 11 as well.

I engaged one of the young men who argued for the two state solution, saying that once the Palestinian’s had a state they would lose their fear of the Israeli’s which causes the problem I asked if the “Palestinian” state was to be Judenrein. He seemed visibly taken aback by my question asking why I used that word. I pointed out that the Arab/Islamic world was becoming effectively Judenrein pointing out the problem wasn’t Palestinian fear, it was Palestinian/Arab/Islamic hatred of Jews that is propagated in their media and culture.

He insisted that a Palestinian state would assuage this problem but I contended that until the Arab/Islamic people actually changed it would only mean one more official launching ground for new attacks on Israel.

At this point the time came for the meeting and the entire group went into the conference room, while a second Brown aide shortly afterwards spoke to us in the hallway.

There is nothing odd about Sen Brown or his staff meeting with these guys, they’re all Massachusetts men and women and they have just as proper a claim on his time as anyone else in the state.

What I do have a problem with is what their argument means.

I am not a Jew, my parents are not Jews, I am not acquainted with a single ancestor of mine who is Jewish. My only connection to anything Jewish besides my appearance is a single nephew out of 12 who married a Jewish girl. One might say I don’t have much of a dog in this fight, but I’m making it my fight because in my opinion J-Street’s proposed solutions, no matter what they actually intend, leads back to the final solution.

From the votes in Egypt to the slayings in France the issue is not the boarders of a Jewish state, it is the Existence of the Jewish state in general and Jews in particular as anything other than an underclass in Arab/Islamic lands and beyond.

I don’t know if these people are idealistic, unrealistic or playing the game of intellectuals that Victor Davis Hanson described:

For many intellectuals, the choice of lauding or disliking Israel was not just based on careerist self-interest, but also on a careful calculus that Western nations, for all their talk of free speech, were as terrified of terrorists as were the latters’ targets. Criticize or caricature radical Islam, and a terrorist was more likely to get you than your fearful Western government was to protect you. Ask Salman Rushdie or Kurt Westergaard.

Whatever their motive it doesn’t matter. In the end the Arab world and those who celebrate dead Jews will be happy to support their status as useful idiots…

…right up until the time they are no longer useful and discover to their shock that the fate reserved for those who resist or warn others such as Pam Geller, belongs to them as well.

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