Fred (Facebook friend, who was responding to a timely piece in Salon
about how when it came to the war in Gaza, everybody suddenly is a Middle-East expert, not to mention a strident critic of Israel),
Yep. and isn't it interesting these critics of Israel crawling out of the woodwork are whole hog: they don't just focus on Israeli overkill, as in Gaza, or on West Bank settlements. Nooo. They think the whole idea of Israel stinks. The very existence of the Jewish state bothers them no end. They act as if the very existence of Israel might, unless they act quick, cause cancer.
Nor, it should be said plainly, do they betray any sense of why such a Jewish State came into being, what drove it into being, and, in addition, why it ain't going away.
Such critics stand with Omar Barghouti, founder and boss of BDS, when he screams and yells about Pope Francis visiting Herzl's grave, what an insult that was to the Palestinian people, to their cause, on the same trip the Pope visited with Mahmoud Abbas, clearly signaling his support for a Palestinian state.
So let me go whole counter-hog (why not, since I don't keep kosher, and have never chowed down on a counter-hog, though look forward): BDS — no, not everybody in it, it's not a centralized organization, and yet there is a leadership, namely Omar Bargouti — has damned George Soros on account of how he bought stock in Sodastream.
Sodastream, remember, the carbonated water maker Scarlett Johansson touted? Sodastream, built on West Bank land, which I still believe should not have happened. Sodastream, which nevertheless does in fact gainfully and respectfully employ some 500 Palestinians. . .
Sodastream: so who do you love, Scarlett Johansen or Omar Barghouti? Ok, not fair.
Who do you love, George Soros or Omar Barghouti.
That's more like it.
George Soros is a great liberal lion of a billionaire. The best really big money can buy.
Omar Barghouti would like to dig up Herzl and cast him out.
And the answer is!?
(Spoiler, not Barghouti.)
These facebook fights get wild. I have invested too much energy in them. But they have clarified certain things for me as to where I stand with regard to many critics of Israel (the staunch stalwart and uncompromising critics not only of Netanyahu and his works but of Herzl and his.)
Sodastream or not.
Soros or Barghouti.
Went to my local hardware store, to look into Sodastream.
They had been leafleted by opponents of Sodastream, proponents of Barghouti.
I had been waffling about this for a long time.
Arguments on facebook helped me make a decision, and in the end, a purchase.
Soros v. Barghouti.
Give me a break.