Those of us unfortunate enough to be on the email list of Cecilie Surasky, Deputy Director Jewish Voice for Peace received this whiny missive today. (My comments in bold)
I was stunned to see that our entire U.S. Congress gave Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu 29 standing ovations on Tuesday. Twenty-nine. Unbelievable, given what his speech contained.
Cecilie- how does it feel to be irrelevant? After 15 years of providing cover for anti-Semites, look how little impact you 've had. America still loves Israel and supports Israel, our only true ally in the Middle east.
The speech that Netanyahu gave that day will go down in history as an extraordinary embarrassment to Americans and Israelis alike. Read on to find out what he said and why we cannot let it go unanswered.
It will go down in history as the day America's elected representatives stood for peace, and stood with Israel. On both sides of the aisle.
To put it simply, Netanyahu proved yet again that he prefers settlement expansion and Jewish domination of Palestinians to any kind of true peace agreement that would benefit both peoples. He claimed that Israel isn’t occupying anyone—ignoring nearly 44 years of increasingly brutal Israeli control over the lives of millions of Palestinians.
No, Cecilie. He said: "Two years ago, I publicly committed to a solution of two states for two peoples -- a Palestinian state alongside a Jewish state. I'm willing to make painful compromises to achieve this historic peace. As the leader of Israel, it's my responsibility to lead my people to peace". He also said "The Palestinians share this small land with us. We seek a peace in which they'll be neither Israel's subjects nor its citizens. They should enjoy a national life of dignity as a free, viable and independent people living in their own state. They should enjoy a prosperous economy, where their creativity and initiative can flourish." He said " Israel will not be the last country to welcome a Palestinian state as a new member of the United Nations; it will be the first to do so." If you could put aside your hate for just a moment Cecilie, you would have heard it too.
He stated that Israel had no need for American military assistance—ignoring the $3 billion in military equipment and aid the U.S. provides Israel each year.
No, Cecilie, he said "You've been very generous in giving us tools to do the job of defending Israel on our own. Thank you all, and thank you, President Obama, for your steadfast commitment to Israel's security. I know economic times are tough. I deeply appreciate this."
He said Israel supports the desire of Arab peoples to live free—saying nothing about the ongoing Israeli shootings and arrests of Palestinians who nonviolently protest for their right to be free.
These non-violent protesters?
Is targeting a yellow school Israeli school bus "non-violent resistance"?
Is firing thousands of rockets at civilians in Israel "non-violent resistance"?
What makes this so outrageous is that Netanyahu’s speech found a shockingly sympathetic audience in the U.S. Congress while people like you and me could only watch in disbelief.
No, Cecilie. I've never been prouder to be an American, or to be a Zionist. Cecilie- Jewish Voice for Peace(JVP) has repeatedly aligned itself with some of the most viciously anti-Israel groups in the world. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has provided political, legal and physical cover for anti-Semitism. Jewish Voice for Peace represents hypocrisy, and nothing more. Netanyahu said " I stood before my people -- and I told you, it wasn't easy for me -- I stood before my people and I said, "I will accept a Palestinian state." Cecilie- will you, will Jewish Voice for Peace ever say , "I will accept a Jewish state." ?
Until the moment comes that you can, Cecilie, JVP will always be a fringe group of haters and extremists.