I've held off commenting on this but can bite my tongue only so long: I support the U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements on the West Bank, and the historic United States decision not to veto that resolution.
What it comes to is this: I believe completely and profoundly in Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, and at the same time refuse to equate that with the right of the settler movement to annex West Bank land. I am a Jew, but the religious nationalism that fuels the land grab is as ugly and nearly as alien to me as other forms of religious nationalism.
A bit more: Netanyahu et al are screaming the United States did not merely abstain from a veto but helped push forth the resolution. I don't know if that's true, but if it is I support Obama in, very belatedly, stepping up on this question.
Yet another bit: some of those supporting Israeli expansion to the West Bank have found a neat formula with which to chastise and, so they hope, rhetorically throttle opponents; they deride the critics as belonging to the "cult of the occupation."
A formulation nearly as ugly as the occupation itself.
"Cult of occupation?"
What cult do I need to subscribe to in order to denounce a land grab? Even if, especially if, it's done in the name of the Messiah?
And I do denounce it. I dis-identify and want no part of it.
The Netanyahu regime is saying that to support this condemnation of Israeli's policy is to be anti-Israeli.
I think it's important, whether you are Jewish or not, to speak out for the Security Council, and against Israeli interests as destructively and self-destructively defined by Netanyahu.