The Mystery of America: An Israeli Perspective

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I don’t know Gideon Levy, but his piece today in Haaretz reads like highly effective paint remover, sheering the shabby veneer of the Bush administration’s absence of strategy in the Middle East. It is one of the most sensible takes on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s trip that I have read — and this ran in Tel Aviv.
While Levy is considered by some to be too close to Palestinian players, it does impress me that his views are being aired in a robust public debate inside Israel.
One wonders if such an article about the state of the Israel-Palestine ulcer could run in Washington. Perhaps soon, but until then — read Gideon Levy’s entire essay.
Here is a teaser:

It happens once every few months. Like a periodic visit by an especially annoying relative from overseas, Condoleezza Rice was here again. The same declarations, the same texts devoid of content, the same sycophancy, the same official aircraft heading back to where it came from. The results were also the same: Israel promised in December, after a stormy night of discussions, to open the “safe passage” between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. This time, in what was considered the “achievement” of the current visit, Israel also promised to open the Karni crossing. Karni will be open, one can assume, only slightly more than the “safe passage,” which never opened following the previous futile visit.
Rice has been here six times in the course of a year and a half, and what has come of it? Has anyone asked her about this? Does she ask herself?
It is hard to understand how the secretary of state allows herself to be so humiliated. It is even harder to understand how the superpower she represents allows itself to act in such a hollow and useless way. The mystery of America remains unsolved: How is it that the United States is doing nothing to advance a solution to the most dangerous and lengthiest conflict in our world? How is it that the world’s only superpower, which has the power to quickly facilitate a solution, does not lift a finger to promote it?

For the record, I’m less critical of Rice’s efforts. I think she knows, to some degree, what needs to be done in the Middle East and does not have the leverage at 1600 Pennsylvania to pull off her own road map.
I think that her trip to the Middle East may have been as much about getting outside petitions for action as anything else — and she may be using these petitions of America-friendly Arab states to try and balance Cheney’s and Elliott Abrams’ reluctance to move forward on any plan.
— Steve Clemons

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29 comments on “The Mystery of America: An Israeli Perspective

  1. ... says:

    …and your self-righteous indignation about one of the unfortunate results of wars SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME shows just how stupid you are.
    ya’ think the israelis are the first combatants to “raze” land while while fighting a war?! if so, you don’t know ANYTHING about military history!
    oh, and as far as israel’s lack of “regard” for the palestinians, are you implying that the palestinians have any greater “regard” for the israelis.
    your hypicrasy and ignorance makes ME want to puke.

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  2. Pissed Off American says:

    WHAT PURPOSE IS SERVED BY RAZING PALESTINIAN FARMLANDS???
    “Israel is AT WAR with the palestinians. This is exactly the type of bullshit that happens in war.”
    posted by an Israel firster.
    Heres the deal. A systematic campaign of destroying Palestinian farmlands and orchards can hardly be chalked up to just an unfortunate consequence of the heat of war. Your answer only serves to underscore how absolutely slimey some of you Israel apologists are, and what little regard you have for the Palestinians. To be frank, you make me wanna puke.

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  3. ... says:

    “WHAT PURPOSE IS SERVED BY RAZING PALESTINIAN FARMLANDS???”
    Israel is AT WAR with the palestinians. This is exactly the type of bullshit that happens in war. It’s bad stuff for sure. although, many attacks are launched and staged in palestinian “farmlands” also.
    “Give me an answer, or STFU, because if you can’t answer, there is no excuse for your blathering.”
    What about you refuting the the information that eric presented above??
    So often people like yourself act as if Israel is prosecuting a war against arabs for no reason. BUT PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THE PALESTINIANS AND HEZBOLLAH AND MANY OTHER ARMED ARAB MILITIAS ARE ALSO PROSECUTING A WAR AGAINST ISRAEL.

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  4. Pissed Off American says:

    Hey Eric, you want to compare dead bodies, Pals against Israelis??? The stats tell the TRUE story, don’t they?
    Tell me, what purpose is served by razing farmlands? Or carpeting Lebanon with cluster munitions? Do sick bigoted fanatics like yourself REALLY think that is the answer?
    Give me an answer, or STFU, because if you can’t answer, there is no excuse for your blathering.
    WHAT PURPOSE IS SERVED BY RAZING PALESTINIAN FARMLANDS???

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  5. Eric says:

    Pissed Off American:
    Israel has always accepted medical cases from the terrotories. Sometimes the PALS are not appreciative:
    ‘My dream was to be a suicide bomber. I wanted to kill 20, 50 Jews. Yes, even babies’
    It was about midday when a young Palestinian woman from the refugee camp of Jabalya in Gaza approached an Israeli checkpoint clutching a special permit to visit a doctor on the other side of the border.
    The girl had big, brown eyes and her black hair was tied in a ponytail, but it was the strangeness of her gait that attracted the attention of the security officials at the Erez crossing, the main transit point between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
    When a soldier asked her to remove her long, dark cloak, she turned to face him. All her movements were taped by the military surveillance camera at the checkpoint: calmly, deliberately, she took off her clothing, item by item, until she looked like any normal young woman in T-shirt and jeans. It was then that she tried to set off the belt containing 20lb of explosives hidden beneath her trousers. To her horror, she did not succeed. Desperate, she clawed at her face, screaming. She was still alive, she realised. She had failed her martyrdom mission.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/06/26/wmid26.xml

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  6. Pissed Off American says:

    “Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian movement, such as curfews and closures, have resulted in skyrocketing unemployment and poverty rates. This has caused a drastic decline in children’s health as families are unable to adequately feed their children or access to food is restricted. A January 2003 report by CARE International noted that chronic malnutrition among children under five has reached emergency rates and over 40 percent of children in that age group are anemic.””
    “The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Jean Ziegler, confirmed these trends in an October 2003 report. His report noted that the Palestinian population of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is on the verge of a manmade “humanitarian catastrophe.” Over 50 percent of Palestinians are completely dependent on food aid and severe malnutrition rates among children in the Gaza Strip have reached those found in sub-Saharan Africa.”
    “Perhaps the gravest impact of Israel’s occupation policies has been to children’s mental health. Since September 2000, Palestinian children have lived in an environment of continuous violence and uncertainty, which has led to a high rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. An April 2003 survey by the Gaza Community Mental Health Program found that 33 percent of children surveyed require psychological intervention and 49 percent suffered from moderate level PTSD symptoms. Only 2.5 percent of the children surveyed had no symptoms of the disorder.”
    “A March 2003 Save the Children Sweden and United Kingdom study noted that parents report that their children under five exhibit disturbing behavioural symptoms, including increased violence and aggression, lack of concentration, failure to eat properly and maintain good hygiene, bed-wetting and nightmares. According to a July 2003 joint study by Save the Children US and the Secretariat of the National Plan of Action for Palestinian Children, 90 percent of parents reported that their children exhibit similar, traumatic stress-related symptoms.”
    http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/chil-cook.html

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  7. Pissed Off American says:

    “Above all, one of the most imminent beneficiaries of Israel’s progressive society is the Palestinians who live close by and receive top flight medical and social services from Israel.”
    Thats pure unmitigated horseshit. A bald faced lie.
    Why not give us another quote?

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  8. Pissed Off American says:

    “Israel is the only country on earth which has developed flourishing agriculture on an arid land.”
    Have you ever visited central and southern California????? Idiot.

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  9. ... says:

    I haven’t seen anyone dispute the information that eric beckerman presented above. Only the same old, uninformed drivel from Carrol who evidently doesn’t know that AIPAC is an ISRAELI lobby NOT a JEWISH lobby.
    Everything Israel has it’s gotten from “begging?” that is a ridiculous statement which shows just how little you know.
    The truth from Georgia as Carroll sees it. oy

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  10. vwcat says:

    This should be copied and mailed to all the people running for president.
    this one won’t listen to anyone but, the hopefuls will read with interest.
    What an illuminating and fascinating article.

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  11. Hyperion says:

    Arun said: “The long term viability of Israel and the safety of Israelis lies in ….”
    I say: reaching some sort of settlement with the Palestinians. I don’t know if the US *can* be an “honest broker for peace” now. But I agree that, absent a negotiated settlement, eternal war looms. Amazingly that seems to be the choice of the folks “in charge”.

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  12. Pissed Off American says:

    Demand an Immediate International Criminal Tribunal for Israel to Stop Global War.
    http://tinyurl.com/o9pmf

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  13. Pissed Off American says:

    Were it not for Condi ignoring clear warnings that we were about to be attacked, most recently as described in Woodward’s book, our nation might well have been at peace today, and well over a hundred thousand human beings might still be alive. History is not going to be kind to the Bush Administration.

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  14. Arun says:

    The long term viability of Israel and the safety of Israelis lies in letting the US be a honest broker for peace. Sometimes this means offending Israeli sentiments.
    The alternative is that no peace is possible, and there will be eternal war (well, at least until the Messiah or Mahdi arrives).

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  15. Pissed Off American says:

    I thought the Jungle Ride would keep him occupied for awhile. Anyone got any extra E-Tickets???

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  16. Carroll says:

    Oh those crafty Jews. Ever so CABAListic.
    Posted by Eric at October 9, 2006 03:09 PM
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Well at last you said something accurate…we do have a CABAListic group of israelis like yourself and AIPAC. But it won’t last, it never has.

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  17. profmarcus says:

    every once in a while, somebody comes up behind you, and, with a sword so fine and sharp, severs your head right off without you feeling a thing… condi probably won’t even notice hers missing until she reads levy…
    http://takeitpersonally.blogspot.com/

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  18. Carroll says:

    90% of what Israel has it has begged, stolen or borrowed from the US, Germany and Jews abroad.
    It is a parasite on the elephants ass and number one in industrial spying in the US. Even the military tech it sold to China came from the US.
    This Israeli routine of monkeys beating their chest pretending to be silverbacks is old and a typical carnard of the zionist activist who praise themselves because no one else in the world does.
    Israel has accomplished nothing, but are tireless theives. And that is the best anyone can say about them.
    http://www.adc.org/IB85066.pdf
    Congressional Research Report on Israel: US Foreign Assistance by Clyde Mark (213K pdf file)

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  19. Eric says:

    Oh those crafty Jews. Ever so CABAListic. Can you imagine. They wanted a speaker to not address his pet-subject. The elimination of a Jewish Israel. What will they do next?
    Washington Post Article (see prior URL):
    “The solution, he argues, lies in a slow and tortuous walk toward a binational and secular state.”

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  20. Neal says:

    Israel is a welfare state dependent upon the kindness of the United States and it’s military. Israeli’s are not all bad, like every other country in the world they are home to smart, resourceful people. I don’t believe in the Bush meme of “responding in a uniquely American way” any more than believing in the exceptionalism of Israelis. I’m interested in the day when the dreams of God’s chosen people in Ireael run headlong into God’s chosen people in America. Perhaps it will become clear that God’s people are indeed the homeless, dispossed and powerless. Hmm, sounds like the Palastinians to me.

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  21. Eric Beckerman says:

    Attn. Carol & Fellow Travelers / What Israel has done for its Ally America:
    Israel?s Contributions to the US Military
    For years, Israel has been America’s secret weapon in defending the interests and lives of Americans for the United States. The problem is that, while the U.S. wants and needs Israel’s assistance in securing (Huminit) on-ground Intelligence about what Arab Terrorists and Arab Rogue Nations nations are planning against America, it does not want to admit that Israel is its irreplaceable source for deep Intel. Israel reluctantly accepts this policy because America is Israel’s ally and friend but, resents this effort to appease Arab nations.
    General George Keegan (now deceased), head of America’s Air Force Intelligence unabashedly and repeatedly stated publically during his life that: “Israel is worth 5 CIAs” with respect to the Intelligence passed to their American counterparts. This wasn’t intended as an insult to the CIA but, rather that Israel needed and was capable of deep penetration into Rogue Arab nations and Terror cells whom the CIA will never reach.
    Some may recall the extraordinary assistance Israel rendered to America’s military as they were mobilizing their forces to invade Saddam’s Iraq in 1990. Israel briefed America’s Military Intelligence on what they had learned through Israeli agents planted deep in Iraq’s regime.
    Additionally, Israel provided an air umbrella of their aircraft giving cover for the vulnerable incoming air cargo as part of the Desert Shield build-up to Desert Storm. Believe me, it wasn’t the Saudi Air Force that was called upon to protect U.S. transport aircraft carrying American soldiers for the 6 months needed by our reluctant foot-dragging Colin Powell (then head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) to prepare for the war with Saddam.`
    During the first Gulf War, Desert Storm which began January 16, 1991, Israel had rescue units planted in the Iraqi deserts to pick up downed American or Israeli pilots (who were prepared to fight) should they be hit by Saddam’s SAM missiles. As it turned out, Israeli pilots were forcibly kept on the ground because Bush and Baker refused to give Israel the (IFF) code frequencies that identified Friend from Foe – lest it offend Syria and Egypt.
    For all this invaluable assistance, Bush, Sr., and James Baker fired Gen. Dugan who was the top military authority overseeing the U.S. build-up because he publically acknowledged Israel’s military assistance.
    Bush, Baker and Colin Powell had formed a fake coalition of Arab nations who did virtually nothing to assist the American and British forces. All they did was to loan their names but, they refused any fighting role against a fellow Arab nation. For showing up, unarmed and staying far away from battle, Syria and Egypt were gifted with hundreds of millions of American tax-payers’ dollars worth of tanks, planes, helicopters, munitions left over after the war.
    I recall that a spokesman for the military at the University of Chicago explaining that they pushed supposedly worn out attack helicopters off the deck of homebound aircraft carriers because they were not worth even being used for spare parts. I expect those helicopters really ended up being gifted to Egypt and Syria, without advising Congress or the GAO. Tricking Congress and the American people seems to be the policy of that Bush/Baker Administration.
    As 39 SCUDs hit Israel, she, for her very real contributrition, got a phoney promise that the U.S. Administration would task their pilots to hit the SCUD missile launchers. The American Administration lied and never assigned their pilots that mission – according to the GAO (Governement Accounting Office) report long after the war. That ruse was the product of Bush, Baker and Powell displaying their preferred alliance with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and other rogue anti-American Arab nations.
    The Chief of Israel’s Air Force said over and over that there were no American sorties against the SCUD launchers but, no one believed him. Had the Israelis been allowed to send their own pilots against the launchers, perhaps the SCUD missile wouldn’t have hit the American barracks in Saudia Arabia, killing 28 Marines who didn’t have to die.
    One could go back further in Israel’s assistance to her ally, America, when she captured Soviet missile systems, radar systems and planes – all of which were sent back to America for inspection. Billions of dollars would have been spent on reverse engineering to learn how to defend against them had U.S. industry NOT had the captured Soviet equipment which Israel sent to America. Israel’s assistance shortened the number of man-hours and money to develop counter-measures against Soviet technology, missiles, radar frequencies and more. Israel, despite her minuscule size, gave back to her ally, America, more than any other nation and, regrettably, receieved the back of a diplomatic hand in order to appease Saudi Arabia.
    Israel developed aircraft disposable fuel containers, allowing fighter aircraft to extend their flying and fighting range. As I recall, the ‘Thank You’ they received from then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, was the transfer of this technology to Saudi Arabia and Egypt – despite America’s promise to Israel not to. Weinberger, like Baker, was well known for his visceral hatred for the Jewish State – not to mention his (their) connections to Arab oil nations which is still on-going.
    The homily: “No good deed goes unpunished” comes to mind when it comes to appreciating Israel’s assistance to its ally, America. The American people have always supported Israel and Israel has always been truly grateful for their support. Regrettably, Israel usually believed that the various Administrations also supported Israel – when, in fact, the Arabist U.S. State Department and some high ranking politicians, who had unholy cash ties to Arab nations, often ran a different and pro-Arab foreign policy.
    I recall when the American M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, then in first production, using a turbine engine was failing in every phase of its construction. It sucked up sand; its suspension could not take the punishment; its bearings ate sand; its firing systems on the run were inadequate, etc. Then they called upon Israel’s Gen. Israel Tal, who had fathered the Merkava to assist in de-bugging the M1A1 (denials by the U.S. manufacturers notwithstanding).
    The ‘Thank You’ that followed was to charge Israel with stealing the U.S. technology of chrome-plated tank gun barrels (which was later disproved). This technology was available in at least 3 other countries, namely, America, Sweden and Germany. Israel had asked for bids on available chrome plating from Sweden’s Bofor Company and Germany’s Rementhal Company, both of whom had developed chrome plating for gun barrels. It was a phoney accusation inspired by the hostile U.S. State Department – enemies of Israel and it did make it to the front pages as planned but, when proven wrong, there was never any printed apology either by the Media or the State Department.
    The same charge was made about the Merkava’s other superior systems – at which point it was decided by General Israel Tal to no longer accept American tanks bids, eliminating the opportunity by the Arabist State Department to raise false claims against Israel.
    Israel has developed the Arrow missile system, funded in part by U.S. grants. This is the first and only reliable system that can encrypt incoming missiles with a high degree of probable hits. The U.S. has spent hundreds of Billions of dollars in trying to develop local operational intercept missiles but, nothing matches the Israeli Arrow. This system will be bonded with an American manufacturer (Boeing) for production in the U.S. Here again, this tiny country of Israel has proven to be a giant contributor to the American military.
    Israel has been the first and most competent developer of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), now used by America’s Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force in battle. These UAVs were especially effective in Kosovo and Iraq. UAVs now being developed for local production in America or Europe often costing twice to five times the Israeli systems.
    Presently, American troops are being trained by Israelis on fighting techniques in urban combat, saving American lives. The Israelis learned the hard way how to fight Terrorists for over 50 years in Gaza, Jenin, Hebron and was pleased to share their experience with American soldiers.
    So what does Israel get out of her assistance as the only democracy in the Middle East and America’s most helpful ally?
    President George W. Bush in deferrence to Arab rogue nations and Islamic Terrorists, has ordered Israel to create what will be another Arab State of Palestine which will be an instant Terrorist center in the Middle East. The American Administration’s foreign policy is led by the pro-Arab State Department. The State Department re-designed the Bush Road Map for Israel to re-divide Jerusalem, abrogate her ancient claim to Solomon’s Temple – upon which the Muslim built their Al Aksa mosque thousands of years later. Israel has been ordered to give up to Arafat (or his successors) 30% of her fresh water resources from the acquifers under the Judean Hills. Israel has been ordered to abandon the Jordan Valley which is a natural barrier to tanks coming from Jordan. Powell, leading Bush, wants Israel to allow in a large number of Arabs called ‘Palestinians’ as permanent residents – as well as workers. With the workers will come the Terrorists, as always.
    This is the State Department and Bush family expression of ‘Thank You’ for Israel’s years of assistance.
    Israel will, no doubt, continue to develop technology from weapons to pharmaceuticals and Bush, in deference to the Saudis, Egyptians will continue to bury Israel’s contribution lest the backward Arabs get angry.
    What may be worse is that then State Department, Bush and family know that the mixture of Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians” will never be pacified by anything short of Israel’s demise and total occupation of the Jewish nation by Muslims.
    FURTHER:
    To Those Who Want to Boycott Israel – A Little Perspective
    Shalom.
    OK. I understand that you are ticked off at Israel, and in love with the Palestinians. That’s fine with me, as long as you have truly weighed up all the facts. So, you want to boycott Israel? I’ll be sorry to miss you, but if you are doing it – do it properly. Let me help you.
    Check all your medications. Make sure that you do not have tablets, drops, lotions, etc., made by Abic or Teva. It may mean that you will suffer from colds and flu this winter but, hey, that’s a small price for you to pay in your campaign against Israel, isn’t it?
    While we are on the subject of your Israeli boycott, and the medical contributions to the world made by Israeli doctors and scientists, how about telling your pals to boycott the following…..
    An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of Multiple Sclerosis. So, if you know anyone suffering from MS, tell them to ignore the Israeli patent that may, more accurately, diagnose their symptoms. An Israeli-made device helps restore the use of paralysed hands. This device electrically stimulates the hand muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries.
    If you wish to remove this hope of a better quality of life to these people, go ahead and boycott Israel.
    Young children with breathing problems will soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israeli device called the Child Hood. This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug delivery system that provides relief for child and parent. Please tell anxious mothers that they shouldn’t use this device because of your passionate cause.
    These are just a few examples of how people have benefited medically from the Israeli know-how you wish toblock. Boycotts often affect research.
    A new research center in Israel hopes to throw light on brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease. The Joseph Sangol Neuroscience Center in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer Hospital aims to bring thousands of scientists and doctors to focus on brain research.
    A researcher at Israel’s Ben Gurion University has succeeded in creating human monoclonal antibodies, which can neutralise the highly contagious smallpox virus without inducing the dangerous side effects of the existing vaccine.
    Two Israelis received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Doctors Ciechanover and Hershko’s research and discovery of one of the human cells most important cyclical processes will lead the way to DNA repair, control of newly produced proteins, and immune defense systems. The Movement Disorder Surgery program at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center has successfully eliminated the physical manifestations of Parkinson’s disease in a select group of patients with a deep brain stimulation technique.
    For women who undergo hysterectomies each year for the treatment of uterine fibroids, the development in Israel of the ExAblate 2000 System is a welcome breakthrough, offering a non-invasive alternative to surgery. Israel is developing a nose drop that will provide a five-year flu vaccine. ‘Given Imaging’ in Yokneam, Israel, was awarded The 2004 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for its new PillCam, a tiny camera in a pill hat allows doctors to view the digestive tracts when swallowed by patients.
    These are just a few of the medical projects that you can help stop with your Israeli boycott. But let’s NOT get too obsessed with medical research, there are other ways you can make a personal sacrifice with your anti-Israel boycott.
    Set a personal example. Throw away your computer! Most of Windows operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.
    The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed at Intel in Israel. Both the Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel. Voice mail technology was developed in Israel. The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 in Israel by four young Israeli whiz kids. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R.& D. facilities outside the US in Israel. So, due to your complete boycott of anything Israeli, you now have poorer health and no computer. But your bad news does not end there.
    Get rid of your cellular phone too! Cell phone technology was also developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its biggest development center in Israel. Most of the latest technology in your mobile phone was developed by Israeli scientists.
    Feeling unsettled? You should be. Part of your personal security rests with Israeli inventiveness, borne out of our urgent necessity to protect and defend our lives from the terrorists you support. A phone can remotely activate a bomb, or be used for tactical communications by terrorists, bank robbers, or hostage-takers. It is vital that official security and law enforcement authorities have access to cellular jamming and detection solutions. Enter Israel’s Netline Communications Technologies with their security expertise to help the fight against terror.
    A joint, non-profit, venture between Israel and Maryland will result in a > 5 day Business Development and Planning Conference in March 2005.Selected Israeli companies will partner with Maryland firms to provide innovation to the US need for homeland security. I also want you to know that Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita – 109 per 10,000 – than any other nation.
    Israel has the highest number of start-up companies per rata. Even in absolute terms, the second highest number, after the US. Israel has the highest ratio of patents filed. Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies outside of Silicon Valley. Israel has more museums per capita than any other nation. Israel has the second highest publication of new books per capita. Relative to population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. These immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom or expression, economic opportunity, and quality of life.
    Believe it or not, Israel is the only country in the world, which had a net gain in the number of trees both in the 20th century and last year.
    Israel is the only country on earth which has developed flourishing agriculture on an arid land. And the only one transferring its unique agricultural and irrigating technologies gratis to neighboring and African developing countries. So, you can vilify and demonize the State of Israel. You can continue your silly boycott, if you wish. But I wish you would consider the consequences, and the truth.
    Think of the massive contribution that Israel is giving to the world, including the Palestinians – and to you – in science, medicine, communications, security. Above all, one of the most imminent beneficiaries of Israel’s progressive society is the Palestinians who live close by and receive top flight medical and social services from Israel.
    This service and attention to the medical, technological, and communication needs of the Palestinians would be put in jeopardy by your boycott.
    Pro rata for population we, in Israel, are probably making a greater contribution than any other nation on earth.
    We can’t be all bad…..
    So, please think again!

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  22. Carroll says:

    The Left continues to ignore reality on the ground while vilifying Israel, Bush, and Condi. How disingenuous! No wonder you picked the POV of an Israeli extreme-Leftist.
    Posted by Eric Beckerman at October 9, 2006 01:02 PM
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    Go sell crazy elsewhere, we are full up here.

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  23. Carroll says:

    Why does the US political system support Israel? It has gone on since long before Bush II and Condi is nothing but a flack and show pony for the same old, same old.
    The Jewish Lobby – money and votes
    The ponzi aid scheme weapons industry – campaign money
    Are there any other reasons?
    I don’t see any.
    What Israel has done, is doing is both morally wrong and illegal and the US political system knows that and continues to support it anyway.
    And please, no one insult my intelligence by saying Israel is a democracy and a security asset to the US in the ME.
    And what have Americans gotten for it?
    A reputation for aiding and abetting an illegal occupation and growing genocide?
    A reputation for supporting Israel’s violations of international law?
    A reputation for being the co-criminal who shipped them the cluster bombbs that now litter Lebanon?
    This has to end. The Israeli lobby and all who support them and every politican and administration who supports this blood and money political industry has to be wiped out.
    Israel and America have to be seperated and it starts with breaking up the jewish lobby and the weapons industry influence and strangehold on our political system.
    Vote them out.

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  24. Anwar al-Insurgent says:

    Aw, Condi’s kind of cute. You know, in that denial and cover up sort of cute. Poor baby, she has such a hard time bringing sanity to an administration gone comprehensively insane. Almost leaves one feeling sort of well, ambivalent about the Condi. What a silly lying cow she in fact is. Yes, poor Condi. Poor war criminal Condi. According to the “inside source” at Orrin Hatch’s office, Condi was knee deep in congressional pages sort of like the rest of Washington. Golly, if ruling Washington could just pull their appetites out of the rears of congressional pages, maybe America could find itself back on the road to Middle East Peace. But then again, sodomy is a full time job.

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  25. Reader says:

    Condoleeza Rice is an articulate but incompetent mediocrity when it comes to knowledge of Middle East affairs. She has been an abject failure in her service as a pawn of the Bush administration’s pretend effort at diplomacy in conflicts where military approaches alone are always preferred by the true decision-makers. If she has any integrity or self-respect, she should resign. Immediately.

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  26. Eric Beckerman says:

    Disinformation!!
    Have we all conveniently forgotten that:
    + Every time the Clinton Administration sent-in a new ME Czar, the PALS sent in a suacide-bomber to neutralize any possibility for compromise
    +Once removed from Gaza, the only IDF target for the various PAL terror groups was, and continues to be, the crossing-points
    +Upon the kidnapping of Shalit, Israel rightfully ceased open-borders in the hope of preventing the PAL terrorists from removing him from Gaza
    +The current PAL regime is dedicated to destroying Israel, while smuggling arms and ammo into Gaza…..through tunnels and the cited crossing-points
    The Left continues to ignore reality on the ground while vilifying Israel, Bush, and Condi. How disingenuous! No wonder you picked the POV of an Israeli extreme-Leftist.

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  27. cheeto says:

    Mr. Levy observes: “It is hard to understand how the secretary of state allows herself to be so humiliated.”
    The secretary of state enables Cheney, Bush, and their dwindling list of allies to humiliate her. When they aren’t humiliating her, she’s busy doing it to herself: “No one could have imagined” sounds distressingly categorical, coming from someone at the top of government. It’s especially distressing when it turns out — over and over, like a recurring nightmare — to be a lie.
    And her humiliations are ours.
    The “how” is easy to understand. For the “why,” we’ll never know.

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  28. janinsanfran says:

    If, as you suggest, Condi knows that the Likudnik policy of Cheney and Abrams is harmful to US interests (not to mention the interests of people who have to live with the results), she should resign. This behavior is pathetic.

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