Saturday, June 11, 2005

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Blinders On

(The following is a response to an email I received today as a member of the U.S. Republican Jewish Coalition.)

Dear Republican Jewish Coalition:

As an RJC member, to your article "Bush Remains Israel's Strong, Consistent Friend", the only thing I have to say is CHARA!

(That's Hebrew for an American expression comparing a statement to the fecal output of a bovine.)

You further state, "George W. Bush is not flip-flopping on Israel. Some critics of the President's May 26th meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have alleged that he is. But that is a false description of the President whose numerous statements of support for Israel, expressed philosophy and vision for the greater Middle East, and more than four years of unparalleled, tangible support for Israel remain unmatched in American history."

CHAROT! (That's a compounding of CHARA, a double measure.)

The following is part of the _Whitehouse Press Release_ of the words of President Bush during the press conference with Abbas...

"Any final status agreement must be reached between the two parties, and changes to the 1949 Armistice lines must be mutually agreed to. A viable two-state solution must ensure contiguity of the West Bank, and a state of scattered territories will not work. There must also be meaningful linkages between the West Bank and Gaza. This is the position of the United States today, it will be the position of the United States at the time of final status negotiations."

Clearly President Bush has significantly changed his previous positions. Your article quotes from a 2004 statement of Mr. Bush, unfortunately it's now 2005 and the statement above has clearly become the new position of the government of the United States.

I am a staunch Republican, a member of the Republican party, a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition (and a member of Blogs for Bush and GOP Bloggers), but that does not blind me to the fact that the President is clearly either strongly supporting or actually forcing Israel into positions that put her very existance at serious risk.

It should not blind you either.

I will be working against Mr. Bush's position, will you?

...Akiva

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