Helen Thomas go home

Dateline: Mon 07 Jun 2010

 

 

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Talking Point [unverified] said:

Helen Thomas didn't say anything new.

Those who established Israel in the wake of the Holocaust displaced the contemporaneous residents of the region (no matter what their religion) and led to the creation of the Palestinian diaspora. (Its persistence a half-century later is yet another topic.)

They did come from Germany, Poland, and elsewhere: they were not born in what is now Israel.

The Middle East has always been a contested region, and suzerainty has passed from ruler to ruler for eons. Israel's half-century is but a blink in the eye of history.

2010-06-07 18:26:37

Marycatherine Barton [unverified] said:

Ms. Thomas has always reminded me of my second mother, LaVonne Maloof Rashid, may she rest in peace.

2010-06-07 19:01:23

Tom Greenacres [unverified] said:

"They did come from Germany, Poland, and elsewhere: they were not born in what is now Israel."

Suggesting, what? That only nativists have the right to remain in a region?

Misguided Jews did attempt to return to Poland after WW2, where they were killed by anti-semitic or covetous and unrepentant Poles, who took a page from the Nazis. Even today there are very few Jews in Poland.
Same in Hungary. And why would any German Jew want to return to the Fatherland?

70% of Israelis are native born.

2010-06-08 07:19:23

Talking Point [unverified] said:

The mistreatment of the Jews over the centuries does not excuse the mistreatment by the Jews of those who lived in what is now Israel.

2010-06-08 14:03:10

Tom Greenacres [unverified] said:

"The mistreatment of the Jews over the centuries does not excuse the mistreatment by the Jews of those who lived in what is now Israel."

Upon Israel statehood, mandated by the UN, many Palestinians remained in Israel and became citizens. Others, to their misfortune, were misused by Hamas and Hezbollah and
others, encouraged by a promise of the right of return if they took a hard line toward Israel.

It didn't help that Lebanon, Syria and Egypt went to war against Israel, or that Iran continues supporting terrorism against Jews. Eventually, Israaelis concluded that being a hard-ass was the only posture to assure national survival. There have been missteps and sometimes our only friend in the middle East is a hard friend to like. (It's too bad the promised land doesn't have an ocean of oil underneath its rocky soil.)

It is ironic that Israel's population closely approximates the number of Jews murdered in the most unimaginably inhuman ways during WW2. That kind of thing could tend to make a people a bit hard assed.

2010-06-08 18:19:28

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