In a world where Arab regimes are collapsing, or not collapsing because they're bribing their people (Bahrain) or conciliating them (Jordan); where they are murdering their citizens (Libya) or not murdering them (Egypt); intimidating them into silence (Iran) or not intimidating them and letting them speak (Iraq) -- no-one claims to know what the Arab world thinks or where it is headed.The Arab world (a morass of tyranny and fecklessness that suffers from Charlie Sheen-like delusions of innate superiority--and that, like Charlie, is currently undergoing full-blown melt-down) doesn't give a rat's fart about a Jewish/Palestinian State twosome. It wants Israel gone--RIGHT NOW.
And yet, in the middle of this storm there is one unalterable fact: the solution to Israel's problems (whatever they may be), to the Arab world's problems -- and for many denizens of J Street, the solution to most of the world's ills -- is simply and only the creation, RIGHT NOW, of a Palestinian State. If that one thing happens then all will be well with the Jewish world, the Arab world, and much of the entire world; the lion (6 million Israeli Jews) will lie down with the lamb (338 million Arabs); the Muslims of France will eat croissants and stop setting fire to cars; the Muslims of London will drink tea and stop setting fire to the underground; and the Muslims of Chechnya will drink vodka and stop trying to set fire to Russia...
Friday, March 4, 2011
J Streeters' Obsession With the 'Quick Fix'
Lori Lowenthal Marcus attended the J Street conference (kudos to her for being able to stomach it) and brings back a report from the domain of delusion: