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Palestinian Statehood

Friday, September 23, 2011

Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund and the Palestine Center, talks about the latest plans for the Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the U.N.

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Comments [66]

I totally agree with Chris from Brooklyn Heights - Mahmoud Abbas speech was dissapointing, his intention is to make himself look good to the Palestinians as elections are coming soon. His speech does not support the main goal the world seeks for the future of the MIddle East countries. PEACE, and Abbas does not talk about peace, in the opposite hand, he spoke with hatred and brought all the resentment the Palestinian people had been embracing for hundreds of years. His speech is about making the world feel sorry for his people, but not only them had been suffering. Lots of countries had suffered because of war. Many countries had lost land. Thats is what happens when you LOOSE the WAR. For that matter give the American Indians and all the countries who had lost their land back.
Enough of making people feel pitty, before Palestine is granted the request to be recognized, they should give the example to recognize that Israel is there and it will Always be there. Resume peace talks, instead of ignoring them, even an enemy can show honor and dignity by showing respect to one another. As a leader, you must give the example. Palestine is not ready to be a State, as they are not looking for PEACE, they are seeking to destroy and make Israel and the Jewish people dissapear from the map. So, tell me. What does this tell us? As long as hatred is there, there will never be PEACE.
Israel's only goal, is to protect their people, and if Palestine continues to attack Israel, Israel will continue to occupy and build more. The people who are suffering are the people that don't want to accept what already happened. People have to be accountable for their actions. Stop blaming Israel, resume peace talks. Israel is willing to make an agreement, without talk there will never be Peace. Palestine must make the people who are causing terrrorism accountable for their actions. So, Palestine and Israel come to an agreement, strive for Peace and well being of the land you represent.
I only wish both Peace. Stop living in the past, make tomorrow a Peaceful future.

Sep. 29 2011 05:58 PM
Lama from Brooklyn

You know they are doing the right thing when the Israeli and the US government are so terrified of it.

Sep. 26 2011 12:35 PM
At Last from Brooklyn

Finally. The Palestinians have suffered for long enough.

They attempted peace talks and they've lost more of their land than they should. They are working with dishonest brokers and biased mediators.

They've attempted violence, and that has not improved the situation and only lead to further death due to Israel's amazingly disproportionate responses.

At last. Brave move Abbas.

Sep. 26 2011 12:34 PM
wawawa

So, turning the tables, if the jews had lost all those wars the arabs started, the plo would now be embracing a jewish state recognized by "the un?"

my advice to any group that wants to take over a country -- shoot straight. That's the way the lines on the map are drawn.

Sep. 23 2011 03:09 PM
Chris from Brooklyn Heights


United Nations, Sept. 23 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas presented a bid for full membership in the United Nations on Friday, knowing that he lacked the votes to bring the matter to the Security Council. He then delivered a harsh, distorted, hate-filled speech to the General Assembly.
Abbas blamed the failure of the peace process entirely on Israel. He said he would not return to negotiations unless Israel freezes building in the territories. Israel is ready to renew negotiations immediately – but without preconditions.
Abbas shocked observers with the harshness of his speech. He stated that a future Palestine should include East Jerusalem, including the Jewish Quarter of the city and the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. And he called for a return to the 1967 lines – which security experts say are impossible to defend.
Abbas also mentioned that he came from the Holy Land, a place holy to Muslims and Christians. He totally omitted any mention of Jewish links to the land of the Bible.
In his 40-minute speech, Abbas also said he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
He condemned the security fence that has saved countless lives, both Palestinian and Jewish, as a “racist annexation wall.”
He called for the release of terrorists held in Israeli jails.
He even condemned archaeology that has uncovered much evidence of the ancient Jewish kingdoms of Israel and Judea.
Abbas also praised his “reconciliation” with Iran-backed Hamas terrorists in Gaza. He condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza but did not mention the thousands of rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians.
Despite his harsh rhetoric, Abbas does not have the votes to pass his resolution. The United States, Germany, Italy and many other key nations oppose granting Palestinian statehood without negotiations with Israel – the only way to reach a final peace agreement.
“This was a counterproductive and harsh speech that offered nothing to Israelis,” said former National Security Council official Richard Haas. “It was a very disappointing speech.”
"Israel wants peace and a Palestinian state," said The Israel Project's Founder & President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi. "Sadly, sometimes they seem to want it more than the Palestinians. I deeply hope that President Abbas will recognize that the issues of security, borders, water and refugees need to be resolved with mutual respect and agreements...and cannot be imposed by the United Nations. He should drop his preconditions and hate and come to peace talks right away. Israel is ready for this conflict to end so both sides can have a better future."

Sep. 23 2011 02:35 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Firstly there already is a "palestine".

It is better known as Jordan.

So the calls for a two-state solution would be more accurately calls for a three or four state solution

As for reparations, Jews who fled for their lives from Arab/Islamist countries need to be reimbursed for their loses as do the Arabs who left Israel under the understanding that the invading Arab armies would not have to take care to differentiate Arabs from Jews and could slaughter the "sons of pigs and apes" at will.

Here is a video of Arafats uncle, Husseni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem with Socialist Hiterl.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSUEx1cKUlg

Sep. 23 2011 02:17 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The tiny Jewish homeland is not the business of "the world" to dispose of as they wish! The Jewish nation and its army has liberated Jewish land from foreign, Arab occupation! Not completely, but in part. We have offered the Arabs who have occupied our homeland a little state of their own, a 23rd Arab state, but that is not their goal.Their goal is to delegitimize and eventually dismantle the Jewish state. LEt there be no doubt about that! They have lots of time and patience. Americans are an impatient lot. They think there are quick solutions to everything. Well, not everything can be solved to everyone's satisfaction, and certainly not quickly.

Sep. 23 2011 12:59 PM
chris from Astoria

Palestinians have the right to have their own state just as israelis does. If US is going to veto, it would be just another example of the duplicity on foreign policies and a spit on the face of the rest of the world. Their credibility would be totally compromise in the arab world and that won't help much in the war against terror.

Sep. 23 2011 11:57 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Elaine from Baltimore
To Elaine

A slight correction. Palestine was NEVER a British colony! Woodrow Wilson after WWI demanded there be no more colonies. So the LEAGUE OF NATIONS gave Britain the MANDATE (i.e., the order to administer Palestine) for the PURPOSE of creating a Jewish National Home there! However, over time, the British on the ground began to act like as if it was a British colony. That is why when they issued the White Paper 1939 ILLEGALLY overturning the decision of the Council of the League of Nations, the Jews in Palestine began to fight the British. The British were now treating the country as if it were a colony rather than a MANDATE. And eventually, the Jews forced 100,000 British troops and police to want to leave by 1947!

Sep. 23 2011 11:39 AM
Elaine from Baltimore

cwebba1 from Astoria
You misuse the term "colonize"
No country sent Jews to Palestine in order to exploit the area’s natural resources, trade with the home country, or derive economic benefit. Jews went there because of the tremendous anti-semitism at the time and the fact that the area of Palestine accepted the Jews and that was their ancient homeland. Palestine, at that time, was a malaria infested wasteland.

Palestine in 1947 was a British Colony, 79% of which was given to the Arabs as Transjordan. Last time the area you’re calling Palestine had any autonomy, the Romans suppressed the Jews, burnt down the Second Temple, and gave Judea a new name. There has not been a country of “Palestine” -- the word was coined immediately after the Jews lost the last country it ever held.

I have family who lived in British Palestine who called themselves “Palestinians” and were the Jewish inhabitants. That’s why the “Palestine Post” was the paper that became the “Jerusalem Post”, and why the Arabs of Haifa asked leadership in Damascus for instruction during the war of ‘48.

When I studied in Israel in 1974, NOBODY, not even the Israeli Arabs or Arabs in other countries, called it the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Because at that time, the concept of a Palestinian nation did not exist. It was the ARAB/Israeli conflict. Goes to prove, if you repeat a lie long enough, most people will believe it.

Sep. 23 2011 11:32 AM

... sorry, not "nuts"... I meant PSYCHOTIC.

Sep. 23 2011 11:29 AM
Alvin from Manhattan

Brian, this is a poorly-conceived segment. If the big issue is U.S. opposition to this move, why isn't the U.S. position represented in this segment? And you make a poor devil's advocate, possibly due to your lack of knowledge of the subject: That the PA's UN move violates US-sponsored agreements, that Hamas opposes this UN move, guest's misrepresentation of Gaza situation (Israel's blocade is legal, per UN; Egypt's state of siege not mentioned), etc. Brian, you blew it.

Sep. 23 2011 11:24 AM
henry from nj

Why has this problem not been solved"? Here are a few things that no one has talked about:
1. The Palestinian refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish State.
2. The Palestinian insistence on their so-called "right of return" which would end the existence of Israel as the only Jewish State in the world.

In actual fact an equal number, if not more, of Jews were compelled to leave Arab countries. For some reason I have never understood no one considers the plight of these Jews.

By the way the claim that Israel 'has not really left the Gaza strip.' Well, Hamas has declared its intention to destroy the Jewish State. As long as Hamas continues this state of enmity Israel should not be blamed for taking all measures to ensure the safety of its citizens.

Sep. 23 2011 11:23 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Tom

About Lehi and the Irgun, etc. First off all, those small undergound Jewish terrorist groups only came about late around 1939 AFTER

(a) the Arabs had been killing Jews in Palestine for 20 years, without suffering any retaliation, and

(b) because as WWII was nearing, the British sold out the Jews in the White Paper of 1939, where they scuttled all the promises that they and the League of Nations had made to the Jews, just as Jews were beginning to run from Hitler!

And, as I said, they were few and hunted down not only by the British, but also by Ben Gurion and his Hagana who were aiding the British. Ben Gurion and his Haganah were socialist left wingers who hated the RIGHT WING nationalist JEws, like Menachem Begin, who believed in "eye for an eye" and to fight fire with fire. That is, Arab terror with Jewish terror. War is war.

Sep. 23 2011 11:23 AM
Vered from Tel Aviv

Throwing Peace Under Abbas
Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:30 AM
The writer has strong words for Abbas, the PA and all those who want to see an end to Israel - which he suggests that they take to heart.
This is really all ridiculous. We are playing a game here, are we not?
The Palestinian Authority. "Peace talks." Blah blah blah, as simultaneously, PA head Mahmoud Abbas uses his Arabic television and radio stations to whip up hatred and encourage his minions to kill and maim Jews of all ages and both sexes.
Two teenaged youths hear this incitement and enter a home in a Jewish community. They use knives to slaughter two parents, two children and a baby in their sleep. They do not express remorse, only regret that they didn't kill all the family's children.
Who killed the Fogels? It was you, Mr. Abbas.
Nu, as we say here in Israel. Nu – enough of this game. You don’t want a state. You want us dead.
Our Talmudic sages tell us clearly and simply what to do in a case where someone approaches us and wants us dead. "Kill him first," they say, in plain Hebrew. And so does common sense, by the way.
Arabs, Iranians, and all other kinds of Muslims who come out and say they want us dead, should expect nothing else in return. From the sky, from the sea, by land – when you least expect it. You should know that the IDF is going to get you.
It may take a year or a decade or two decades. But what you wish upon us will be visited upon you a hundredfold. Because that is who we are. We are not losers. We are winners.
We came back to our ancestral homeland after centuries upon centuries of wandering and unspeakable strife. We came back, against all odds, after the nations of the world saw us as no more than dead men walking, a remnant doomed to eternal perambulation. They even named a plant for us wandering Jews.
We came back, not in order to be bled to death by rabble. And rabble you are, whether you number in the millions or the tens of millions or the hundreds of millions. Nothing but rabble. Nothing positive has come from your culture to bless the world in hundreds of years. No invention, no morality, no literature, hardly any form of art worth speaking of.
You are good for one thing: blood and hate speech and fear-mongering. You have gone as low as any fighting nation can go, and then took it lower. You fire at babies and then cower under hospitals. You incinerate thousands inside flaming buildings and hoot for joy. You use video cameras designed by Jews to tape yourselves beheading Jews.
You have a word in Arabic – aib. It means shame. Aib upon you, Muslims the world over. Do not think we fear you. We are back and if this neighborhood isn’t big enough for the two of us, you're the ones who will have to go.

Sep. 23 2011 11:22 AM

Wow... this was one hell of a show... a true mascaraed!

Yousef Munayyer - clearly has no understand of the history... none whatsoever!

I really don't respect people who speak about a subject without having the slightest clue of the history, reality and on the ground issues! Shame on you!

I live in Ashdod, Israel for the past 2 years, I have experienced the missile attacks already 3 times within the past 2 years... people are dying, kids, woman, old people, and it goes on and on...

If any of you "smart" people would only look into reality of things you would truly understand the issue, here are a few simple facts of the reality and history behind it:

back in 1999 when Barak was the PM of Israel and had a meeting with Arafat, he told him "you know what, here, have your country tomorrow! but! we will cut you off the water, hydro, gas and any other supply... you are your own country, deal with these issues on your own..." and Arafat said "NO! you are violating human rights..." What?!

Again... back in a day Palestine officials said to Israel "Pull out of Lebanon, and we'll make peace" did that happen? NO! and the list goes one and on... no matter what Israel would provide Palestinians on their requests, they never respect their deal side and keep asking for more and more, when does this ends???

Besides, how can you make a peace treaty with people who keep Israeli hostage for over 5 FREAKING YEARS NOW! And as it seems, done really care and dont really rushing to give Gilad Shalit back to Israel...

PEOPLE WAKE UP! SPEECHES ARE NICE AND CAN BE VERY CONVINCING... BUT REALLY, PEACE WILL NEVER HAPPEN AND PALESTINE WILL NEVER STOP UNTILL ISRAELIS ARE COMPLETELY VANISHED FROM THIS ENTIRE PIECE OF LAND...

They were offered by UN to have their own country back in 1947... and what did they do??? They REJECTED IT!

You can all see the history here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnGbxwuF3DM

PEOPLE WAKE UP!

Sep. 23 2011 11:19 AM

jagerbutts

your racism and hatred are boiling over.

Sep. 23 2011 11:18 AM
Michael Shacham from Totowa

Brian, you did a good thing by inviting a spokesman from the Arab side. why are you bringing one from the Israeli side? is that because you yourself are biased? Your guest spoke about the 1967 war, Well if the Arab side was not trying to destroy Israel the was would never have happened. I know because i was there at the time. The same is true for the Israeli war of independence. The idea of a Palestinian people is new only since the 1967 war have they decided to call themselves that.
The problem with all the well meaning people writing here is that they are ignorant of the real facts!

Sep. 23 2011 11:16 AM

jagerbutts

you should get over there and kill as many as you can!

It's within your G_d-given right!!

You're wasting your talents, here in the USA.

Sep. 23 2011 11:14 AM
tom

What about Israel's history of violence and terrorism?

Lehi? Please explain this.

Sep. 23 2011 11:13 AM
Rafi from Brooklyn, NY

I agree with Susan's comment. I am also disappointed, Brian, in the guest you chose. It was a one-sided view and there should have been another viewpoint to counterbalance it. My problem, is that most Americans have NEVER been to the Middle East or even to Israel. They don't understand the complexity. It's not one side is 'bad' and the other is 'good'. There is tons of grey area and it is sentitive for both Israelis, Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Palestinians. Saying that 'Israel is to blame for its increased isolation' is just leftist progoganda and unfortunately lots of Weterners are marching in that parade. Ask the Arab countries what they've done with their own people. The Arab nations' patriachal oppresive governments don't care about what happens to even their own people. A lot of angst and anger is against Israel. However, if someone shot rockets into your backyard endangering your children, what would you do? Do nothing? Israel has a right to defend itself though Palestinians deserve living with dignity. Neither side is perfect, but we CANNOT blame all of the problems of the Middle East on Israel. Frankly, most of the people who agree with your guest probably want to see Israel drop into the ocean. I am just so disgusted and disappointed!

Sep. 23 2011 11:12 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Hey DBOY

Get your Arab "hamullahs" off our Jewish land and 5 million of us will go to our promised land, and make the richest country on the planet! 5.5 million Arabs living on Jewish land are in our way. That is the problem. They have only 22 other Arabs states but they like living close the Jews. Occasionally they need jobs, because their wives no longer work in the fields for them! I remember back in 1970 all those Arab women clothed from head to toe stooped over the melons while the husband was in some cafe drinking Turkish coffee, drawing on the water pipe, and playing "shesh besh" (backgammon).

Sep. 23 2011 11:11 AM
John A.

Carlos V,
These people are killed by leveling apartment buildings days later. Pure state sponsored terrorism, deserving of Zero US dollars.

Sep. 23 2011 11:08 AM
Chris from Brooklyn Heights

I'm sick and tired of the American media whitewashing Palestinian/Islamist daily atrocities for the last 3 decades.
I know why, but you can’t say it.
I any case, here’s a lovely example of the Arab quest for peace. Palestinian Arab children trade "martyr cards" instead of Pokemon cards.
This is a key indicator of the PA's true intentions.

Sep. 23 2011 11:08 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

So let the so-called "Palestinians" go to the UN and get their state! When the JEws did that in 1947, over 5 Arab armies attacked the Jewish state. SO there is no reason why Israel shouldn't attack and try to totally destroy the UN-authorized Palestinian state too. The precendent was set in 1948! Actually in 1920, The League of Nations declares a Jewsh homeland in Palestine, and the Arabs begin to riot and attack to kill Jews! Again in 1948, when the UN authorized the Jewish state, again the Arabs attacked in forced but failed.So I see no reason why Israel should not wipe the Palestinian state out.

Sep. 23 2011 11:07 AM

Let's help you resolve your quandary by taking up a collection for a one-way ticket to the "promised" land!

Sep. 23 2011 11:06 AM

Ahwww... the "blessed", "g_d-choosen", more special than all others, Israelites...

G_d-sanctioned atrocities.

The Taliban have a very similar policy...

Sep. 23 2011 11:04 AM
Susan

Brian, I was greatly disappointed by this segment today. As I am sure you know, this is a tremendously sensitive and upsetting issue. Watching the news the other night I saw the palestinians cheering for this un resolution but also chanting comments about down eith Israel. To choose a guest to discuss this highly complicated and sensitive issue who only represents the perspective of the Palestinians only serves to perpetuate the perspective (to be kind) of one side. As I am sure you know, Israel is continually faced with both conscious and unconscious expectations often laced with antisemitism. It would have served your viewers best to have a balanced person to explain BOTH sides of the issue. Organizations such as AJC have worked tirelessly to do this. Again, I as I supporter of NPR and your show am deeply disappointed by your lack of clarity in choosing your guest.

Sep. 23 2011 11:03 AM
Carlos V. from Jackson Heights

John A.

that's an old fallacy - measuring morality by death tolls.

If 5 come to kill you and you kill them in defense, but in the process your wife gets killed. So are you going to argue that you’re morally inferior?
Not.

Sep. 23 2011 11:02 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

to John A

Check how many American civilians were bombed to death by Japanese and German bombers, versus how many Germans and Japanese civilians were killed by American bombs in WWII.
When you are fighting a war to suvived, since when do you try to die more than your enemies?

There are over 140 times more Muslims than Jews, so why should Jews die at the same rate as their enemies. WEren't enough Jewish civilians murdered in WWII? We Jews want to live, and only kill those who are coming to steal our JEwish homeland.

Sep. 23 2011 11:02 AM
Mike from Manhattan

Brian, congratulations! Out of the 10's of hours of commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict broadcast every week in the US, you gave almost 10 minutes of an honest description of why the Palestinian authority is going to the UN. What's this world coming to?

Sep. 23 2011 11:00 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

cwebba1

What are doing in Indian country. Don't you have an ancient homeland somewhere else? WHy are you occupying indian lands?What native American gave you that right? YOur ancient ancestors are not from this continent?What are you doing here?

Sep. 23 2011 10:58 AM
John A.

A thing that sticks in my head was an old graph in the NY Times where the deaths from Palestinian acts (bombs,rockets,guns) were charted next to deaths from Israeli counterstrikes (rockets,etc). If I recall, the Israelis would always outdo the Palestinians by a good margin. This was all done extra-Judicial. Did not speak well of a culture that was better financed, educated, and among the best at "looking" peaceful on talk-TV.

Sep. 23 2011 10:57 AM
Chris from Brooklyn Heights

Joh from the office.
You have it wrong. America's support and eep relationship with Israel is not due to the 4%. Americans' views toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict held fairly steady over the past year, with a near record-high 63% continuing to say their sympathies lie more with the Israelis.

For me it was the video of PAlestinians dancing with joy on 9/11. That prompted to read a lot more about the Middle East. The more you read about the terror and hatred infused culture of Hamas and the other ruiling groups in the area, the more you side with Israel and it's shared values with the US.

Sep. 23 2011 10:56 AM
Jim

No. Mean = Average. Median = above/below.

Sep. 23 2011 10:56 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Clear facts?Clear as MUD. ONly clear to the utterly ignorant under totally uneducated, who can buy into this "Palestinian" propaganda!

The only people that EVER had an independent state in ancient times on that land were the Israelites! Judah is where the name "JEW" comes from! The Arabs are SETTLERS on Jewish land, just I, a Jew, am a settler on indigenous "indian" land right now! In fact, the SIoux, and the Iroquois and the other native nations have more of an ancient claim to statehood than do those so-called "Palestinian" propagandists, who are very clever with their tongues.,

Sep. 23 2011 10:55 AM
cwebba1 from Astoria

remember reading propaganda about Israel in Scholastic magazine as a boy in school 40 years ago. I'm sick of hearing about America's supposedly "unshakable friendship" with the Israel hegemony. Israel is a militarized racist apartheid terrorist regime. The idea that people are entitled to invade, colonize and displace others from their home because of an old dis-proven mythology is a crime against humanity. The time for a two-party state is passing and will very soon no longer be possible. There will be one Palestine. The only question is will it be a puristic society with equal opportunity for all based on secular democratic principles or will it continue to be an apartheid state based on defending a "jewish" separatist state.

Sep. 23 2011 10:53 AM

jagerbutts... you are NUTS!!

Sep. 23 2011 10:52 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Robert Goldman

YOu are a colonist on "indian" land. YOu have no right to be here, and neither do I. Just because white settlers set up a government here and then went to expropriate the entire continent for whites and their black slaves to exploit, does not mean you have the permission of the true natives to be here. You are a settler. The Jews in ISrael have come home to JUDEA and SAMARIA, the birthplace and homeland of those who claim to be "JEws>" Those who are not Jews but are going under a false flag, should join another tribe, if someone wants them.

Sep. 23 2011 10:51 AM

Robert Goldman from Manhattan

Thanks for for your clear thinking!!

Sep. 23 2011 10:51 AM
Carlos V. from Jackson Heights

It's time to rethink the fundamental desirability of a Palestinian state so long as the Palestinians remain more interested in tearing down their neighbor than in building a decent political culture of their own.

Sep. 23 2011 10:49 AM

There goes "jagerbutts" again, deflecting and obfuscating the VERY clear facts.

Someone else's injustice does not justify more of your own injustice!!!

Sep. 23 2011 10:49 AM
sg from Brooklyn NY

Finally Brian Leher not interrupting someone that does not present the one sided pro Israel side. I was listening to the BBC earlier what a stark contrast. I wish there was more balanced reporting on the issue here in the USA. The oppression of the Palestinians is always downplayed for the safety of the Israeli / Israeli children. But about the multitude of Palestinian children killed as collateral damage? Someone could bring up the safety of the Palestinian children as well. Too many of them get killed too often by military operations.

Sep. 23 2011 10:48 AM
Robert Goldman from Manhattan

I am Jewish, and I agree with this guest's characterization of the so called "settlers" as colonists, which is what they are as they destroy the possibility of peace. Colonial occupation causes resistance. Israel has many convoluted arguments to justify their occupation, but dreams are dreams and facts are facts.

Sep. 23 2011 10:48 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Jews did a lot for America, already forgotten as Pharaoh forgot Joseph, but the "Palestinians" have been allowed by liberal Jews to come here in order to destroy it. Jacob Javits and his ilk changed the immigration laws in 1965 that allowed this influx of people who really don't care about, and actually hate this country.

Sep. 23 2011 10:48 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

America has been an enabler of right-wing Likud settlement policy for over 20 years. We all know why, we just can't say.

Sep. 23 2011 10:47 AM
jane from Harlem

This guy is slick, but keep on sending rockets from Gaza to kill Israelis and from the other side of your mouth blame the West.

"even handed brokerage" doesn’t mean turning a blind eye towards:
--Palestinian Authority (PA) killing Israelis through its terror gangs like Palestinian Jihad and Fatah
--Gaza rockets targeting the murder of innocent civilians
--Inciting kids to hatred of Christians, Jews and Israelis through TV & schools
--PA supported mosques and schools calling non-Muslims dogs, pigs and monkeys
--PA propagandists lying about basic historical facts
--Phony “peaceful” speeches and the same political screaming in Arabic about “jihad” and fighting the Zionists for blood etc…
-- Hamas atrocities including torture of members of the LGBT community

Sep. 23 2011 10:47 AM
Robert from NYC

In all fairness to Brian, he is just presenting what American Jews are saying about Obama. He brings that up to the guest to get his response to this.

Sep. 23 2011 10:46 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Bottom line. Israel is Jewish land from the Jordan river to the sea, and this proved by the fact that Arabic is a foreign improted languge from Arabia, and ISlam is a foreign religion imported from Arabia as well. The Arabs are the true occupiers and settlers on Jewish land, but NPR will NEVER put on anyone who dares the tell the real truth! NEVER!

Sep. 23 2011 10:46 AM
John from office

Sharon, look at who leads and runs for office in this country. Jews play a large role in government, business, holywood, academia and the press. That is not a plot, they just tend to out proform the Goyem.

Sep. 23 2011 10:43 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

NPR or National Palestinian Radio has been the major mouthpiece for the "Palestinian cause" for decades, supported by left wing Jews who don't particular care for a Jewish state either. So far they have it good on the Upper West Side. Who needs an ancient Jewish state anyway, when you have Manhattan, Miami and LA?

Sep. 23 2011 10:43 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

@ Sharon

Exactly (to the first part). Obama seems very pro-Israel in keeping with other presidents so I really really don't get this stupid narrative that he somehow isn't and I begin to suspect that if he were white and doing the same thing, this narrative would not even exist

And Brian continues to spread this ridiculous FOX news narrative as if it is somehow a valid viewpoint

Sep. 23 2011 10:43 AM
Elaine from Baltimore

Oh please Yousef, as soon as Israel pulled out the greenhouses that were generously left for your brethren were destroyed and replaced with rocket launchers with daily attacks on southern Israel! Israel has a track record for land for peace, witness the Sinai which Israel gave back to Egypt.

What track record do the Palestinians have? Keeping Israel off there maps? Naming public squares of their "martyrs?

Sep. 23 2011 10:42 AM

Israel should have been dragged before the ICC a very long time ago!! Along, with it's oversized lapdog, the US.

Sep. 23 2011 10:42 AM
Robert from NYC

This guy is the first I've heard who states it as it is. He's got it right. It's about time you had someone who can articulate this as it really is.

Sep. 23 2011 10:41 AM
Soubie from NYC

Wow Brian I'm impressed, you are actually listening to the other side.

GO PALESTINE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Israel did this to themselves, they have no one to blame.

Sep. 23 2011 10:41 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Why the "Palestinians?" Why not the Lakota sioux who declared independence from the US in 2008. I hope the Lakota Sioux go to the UN to bid for statehood too! When the Jewish state was authorized in the UN in 1947, that did not stop 5 Arab armies from attacking it! Israel WON its War of Independece at a cost of 6,000 Jewish lives. The UN did not come to aid ISrael in the War after the UN recognized it? There is no right for the so-called "Palestinians" for a state! The Lakota sioux have much more arguments to get European settlers off their land in the Dakotas!!

Sep. 23 2011 10:41 AM
Peter from Bronx

It is ironic that the U.S. is saying that the there should be direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians (like that has been really productive), and that the U.N. is not the place to establish Palestinian statehood when Israel was created by the U.N., not direct negotiations.

Sep. 23 2011 10:40 AM
john from office

I have always supported Israel, but I am amazed how 4% of the USA population is so influential.

Sep. 23 2011 10:39 AM
tom

Just want to thank Brian for having a level-headed guest on.

Sep. 23 2011 10:39 AM
Morley from toronto

why not have the UN set up a 'wall' between the 2 nations, just like cyprus, separating turkey and greece. don't make it israel's responsibility, make it the UN's.

Sep. 23 2011 10:39 AM

Israelis moved out of Gaza???

In what reality!?!?!

Sep. 23 2011 10:39 AM
Sharon from LES

Brian I don't understand why you perpetuate the talking points that "american jews are frustrated with Obama. His is just as pro-Israel as Bush.

Sorry but you the mainstream media paint this as something it is not.

That all said, Jewish Americans make up such a small percentage of our population, I just don't get why all this attention is paid.

Sep. 23 2011 10:38 AM
Yousif Ibrahim from Ramallah

www.unwatch.org

Sep. 23 2011 10:36 AM
Omatunde from Hamilton Heights

Glad many are beginning to support the veto of this latest Arab publicity stunt.

I just saw this headline
In UN, PA Maps Erase All of Israel
www.israelnationalnews.com
Palestinian Authority representatives in the United Nations are handing out maps that show "Palestine" as including Tel Aviv...

What the world really doesn't need is a 57th Islamic/23rd Arab country that will be a failed terrorist state.

No one honest believes that the Islamist/Arab world has any other intnetion but using this terror state to destroy its neghbor.

Sep. 23 2011 10:33 AM
Jeff Pappas from Dumbo

It's So Sad that even with Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize He is being a true Hypocrite and is totally controlled by Israel .
I mean he drank the coolaid that is mandatory for any US President regarding the Middle east. Lets hope the US Press can be neutral on this ( although isnt Democracy and freedom something the Press should want ? )
Israel is the elephant in the room that Most people and news outlets are afraid to call on their arrogant, Jingoistic actions, because long ago an Evil empire tried to Exterminate the Jews, so now they act like a Gang and worst of all is how the USA preaches Democracy but at the same time supports the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia and Israels Hardliners !
Oh and BTW All countries and groups have some" Bad People " , who can be called Terrorists, Serial Killers, corrupt police,criminal priests, the Mafia, etc, but they also have peace loving and sane people.
I think the real crime here is the spin that the coolaid puts on the facts.

Sep. 23 2011 10:25 AM

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