Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hard Not To Be Angry With Israel.

The Democratic party might still be falling over itself to proclaim every Israeli action legal and understandable, but the American left wing in general is finding Israel's recent actions "indefensible" to quote Cenk Uygur.

I remember the day when very few US left wingers would ever speak out against Israel, but this recent assault seems to have been a PR disaster for the Israelis.

Cenk seems horrified that punishing the Palestinians might be the point of Israel's actions. Perhaps he has not been following the statements of Dov Weisglass, an adviser to Ehud Olmert:

'The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.'
Starving the Palestinians has actually been official Israeli policy for more than eighteen months now.

Cenk then gives his reaction to Jimmy Carter's recent article in The Washington Post and admits, "Had you told me this stuff two weeks ago, I wouldn't have believed it."
Carter: We knew that the 1.5 million inhabitants of Gaza were being starved, as the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food had found that acute malnutrition in Gaza was on the same scale as in the poorest nations in the southern Sahara, with more than half of all Palestinian families eating only one meal a day.
Cenk concludes he has been naive in the way he has viewed this dispute up until now. When left wing American commentators start talking in this way, it is safe to say that this is a PR disaster on an unprecedented scale for the Israelis.

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