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Monday, May 23, 2011

AIPACosaurus


As expected, the dinosaurs are roaming at the AIPAC conference. Here's executive director Howard Kohr providing the voice over to AIPAC's version of Jurassic Park:
"In a world which is demonstrably on the side of the Palestinians and Arabs - where Israel stands virtually alone - the United States has a special role to play," said the AIPAC director. "When the United States is even-handed, Israel is automatically at a disadvantage, tilting the diplomatic playing field overwhelmingly toward the Palestinians and Arabs."
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“If Israel's foes come to believe that there is diplomatic daylight between the United States and Israel, they will have every incentive to try to exploit those differences and shun peace with the Jewish state," warned the AIPAC director. 
“There is still time for a Palestinian leader to be bold and creative: to turn back from the current dead end; to reject Hamas; to reject the international path; to reject the road to unilateral recognition at the United Nations and instead to embrace the chance to sit down with Israel to negotiate a real peace," said Kohr.
"To say to those who profess to stand for peace: There can be no end to strife for the Palestinian people unless their leaders pursue a partnership in peace with Israel," he added.
Nice words and all, but they still don't get it. These are yesterday's arguments, which are not relevant in today's reality. Blaming the Palestinians ain't going to preserve Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state. Time is on their side, not Israel's. Israel, as Josh Marshall says, needs a deal more than anyone else.

AIPAC is roaming in a world that no longer exists. We follow at our own peril.

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