As regular readers know, I don’t poke my nose into international affairs very often; I don’t pretend to understand all the nuances and issues going back generations. I barely understand nuances in my own country (and that is pointed out to often enough with gun culture and those square states, and… and…), but the on-going shit show of the embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is broad enough that even a numbskull like myself can grasp the thread:
“Death in Gaza, New Embassy in Jerusalem, and Peace as Distant as Ever”:“Across the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, loudspeakers on minarets urged Palestinians to rush the fence bordering Israel, where they were met by army snipers. At least 58 were killed and thousands injured, local officials said — the worst day of carnage there since Israel invaded Gaza in 2014.”
We hope that the fetus-fondling fundamentalists who encouraged and empowered Prznint Stupid to do this hair-brained stunt realize that they have blood on their hands. I suspect that they see it as a feature and not as a bug.
Anyway, the gossip/society portion of the morning’s Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie had this little related gem in it and it jumped out for several reasons:
“SPOTTED AT THE DAVID CITADEL HOTEL IN JERUSALEM at a reception hosted by Christians United for Israel and the Republican Jewish Coalition following the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. Embassy: U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Joe Lieberman, Sheldon Adelson, Jason Greenblatt, Alan Dershowitz, Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.), Steve Knight (R-Calif.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Scott Taylor (R-Va.) George Holding (R-N.C.), Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz Balart (R-Fla.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Mike Huckabee, Michael Oren, Daniel Ayalon, Israeli Ministers Naftali Bennett, Haim Katz, Ze’ev Elkin and Yuval Steinitz, Gregg Roman, Josh Block, Mark Levin, Ralph Reed and Jay Sekulow.”
- the return of Traitor Joe Lieberman, who is feeling relevant again
- no Democrats were there at all, but look at all the Republicans
- Casino-owning, GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson; you made this, Shelly
- the few Israeli ministers are all hard-core conservatives
- assorted theocrats and grifters: Ralph Reed, Jack Abramoff’s glabrous grifting pool boy
- Jay Sekulow, Comrade Stupid’s legal counsel, who, as it turns out, is a board member of Jews for Jesus
We can rationalize all day what the embassy move was all about, but this Society Page item really makes it obvious, and it has almost nothing to do with Israel itself, but more with American Fundamentalists’ death-grip on the GOP. This has almost nothing to do with foreign policy, and even less with Judaism. This is extremely related to the 2018 Pie Fight and 2020 Goat Rodeo, and it is why I feel comfortable blogging about it.
We’ll close with this tweet, which really says it all:
When we asked SecState Pompeo if he had anything to say –anything– on the violence in Israel right now… he turned his back, and walked away.
— Michelle Kosinski (@MichLKosinski) May 14, 2018
WH spokesman says responsibility for deaths of Palestinians rests “squarely with Hamas” for inciting protests rather than with Israeli troops for shooting them
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 14, 2018