Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ireland should be taught an economic lesson

During the" Zionism is Racism" debate years ago, Mexico voted to support that anti-Semitic resolution. American Jews and friends of Israel responded by cancelling their winter vacations in Acapulco and other Mexican resorts. They abstained from purchasing Mexican products, until the government cried "uncle". and they changed their vote.
Yesterday the Irish Senate voted 25-20 to advance a bill that would criminalize any Irish trade with any part of Israel beyond the 1967 border.
This would include East Jerusalem.
No other area of the world including the escapades of Russia into neighboring countries, have elicited a similar response
The prime negative beneficiaries of this move will be the Palestinian workers who toil in the industrial zones. However the long term results would be a strengthening of the BDS  movement.

As supporters of Israel and opponents of BDS we have 2 economic possibilities
1- DO NOT VISIT OR CANCEL YOUR SCHEDULED TRIPS TO IRELAND
2-IF YOU ARE ALREADY BOOKED FOR A CRUISE OR VISIT-WALK INTO A STORE AND TELL THE PROPRIETER THAT "HAD IRELAND NOT BOYCOTTED ISRAELI PRODUCTS, YOU WOULD HAVE PURCHASED SAID ITEM."
We cannot sit still and remain silent.  We should urge Jewish organizations to speak up

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MARCHING AGAINST TRUMP

I am truly impressed that even before the President announced his SC  decision the marchers were out with their signs -simple leaving space to add the name of the nominee.
Similarly on certain days the marchers are at the border with  Mexico.
My question is =who pays these people? who arranges their transportation-food etc?
Are they all retired and living on a pension- OR is there a group of READY_TO MARCH  AND DEMONSTRATE FOR OR AGAINST ANY ENEMY OF THE LEFT ?
I have been involved most of my life with public policy issues primarily to protect the safety of Israel. In all of my adult life, no person or group  never asked me to join a public demonstration-except once in Yeshiva College. the students  went to the pier in Bayonne N J , where they were loading US tanks to be shipped to Jordan , then at war with Israel.
The students charted a bus, and  we made a "statement"  worthy of 2-3 lines in the next days newspaper.
I truly support the right of people to express their opinions in a public manner. I do not support paying for demonstrators to clog the streets ,or to fill up a chamber of a legislature and prevent the orderly passage of legislation.
Certainly, I abhor interfering with the ability of political office holders from going about their normal daily routines either alone or with their families.
Threatening Republicans for wearing a Trump hat should be objectionable to every Democrat no matter what their political views are.

Monday, July 09, 2018

PART 2==HATE A POOR SUBSTITUTE....

Thus whatever the issue, even if the Dems supported it in previous votes, or even if the facts show that the majority of citizens will benefit ( the tax bill)  (border security)- if it come from Trump= attack it.
An example of Dem hypocrisy is the demand that if an agreement is reached with N Korea (a big ? )  it should be referred to the Senate for approval. Funny, I  do not recall a similar demand on the Obama cash give-away with Iran.
The decision a few months ago to close the government to protect illegals was a foolish gesture to embarrass Trump on the anniversary of  his  inaugural.
Aside from character assassination, where is an honest discussion from the left on the issues.All we hear is scare tactics on abortion, LGBT's etc
Examine the faces and expressions of CNN and MSNBC commentators-their smirks and insults permeate the screen-I feel that they believe anyone who supports Trump cannot be educated or informed and is a neo-racist..
The Rasmussen poll  shows American do not blame the President for family separations at the border.Mothers and women who bring in children that may not be their own-for bribe money are to blame.What do illegals expect  when they violate the laws of any country that has warned them about the path they are undertaking. A country without laws or borders is NOT a country
 Of course our immigration policy is archaic. What are we doing to deport the millions  who have overstayed their visas or those who do not show up for immigration hearings?

The Democrats do not have a single leader to unite them or the country. Are they socialists  or capitalists? Are they for unlimited immigration-NO BORDERS-NO ICE-NO COUNTRY?
THEY SHOULD NOT BE FOOLED BY POLLS THAT PREDICT A BLUE WAVE A LA 2016
Enough hate-mature political discourse is what is needed on both sides.

Finally those who compare Trump to Hitler, or the separation of children at the border to the Holocaust, bring great shame on themselves. As they trivialize the  Holocaust , they admit their ignorance and lack of sensitivity for that horrendous period. If they are serious they should visit the Holocaust museum in Washington or Yad Veshem in Jerusalem and publicly apologize for their gross ignorance. Such ad-hominem attacks only energize the Republican and conservative base.