I appreciate the thoughtful anonymous comment regarding my views on the allocation of scarce health resources, especially the research dollars that go to AIDS. Based upon the relative mortality figures of Cancer, Heart Disease, and Alzheimer’s versus AIDS, and the fact that the latter is so often self-inflicted (secondary to an immoral life style that includes multiple partners, unprotected sex and drug usage), it is time to stop POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and reapportion those funds.
I also take note that JEWISHWHISTLEBLOWER.BLOGSPOT.COM picked up my comment on one or two meningitis cases following MEZIZAH B’PEH (oral suction of penile blood during a brit milah) that I was involved with during my medical career.
It is a known fact that politicians lie and embellish their words. This is a universal finding. Thus, when Prime Minister Sharon advertised that as a result of the now famous June 24 statement of President Bush, in addition to personal communications with the President that the three major settlement blocs would be saved, it seemed like great news that required some verification.
Yes, Gaza would have to be abandoned and some settlements in addition to the so-called illegal ones would be sacrificed, but let us look at the end result. Maaleh Adumim, Ariel, and the Gush blocs with 180-195,000 Israelis would now have their homes and cities recognized by the U.S. as part of Israel.
Suddenly the lingering doubts that some of us have expressed have become more vocal. I am reminded of the “promise“ that President Clinton made to Bibi regarding Jonathan Pollard. Did he or didn’t he? We will never know until the secret papers will be released at some very future time. Nevertheless, the impression for public consumption was surely a bonus for Bibi while it lasted.
The comment of Sec Rice blasting the Maale Adumim project, the special emissaries who came to explore the issue, the alleged misquote of Ambassador Kurtzer and the President's Freudian comment about abandoning settlements are not the statements OR ACTIONS that bring reassurance. It is clear that the only reason why the Administration presently is as “diplomatic” as it is, surely is to protect the Prime Minister and prevent attacks on Sharon that could endanger disengagement. Remember once disengagement take place this summer, there is plenty of time to lower the boom on Israel in a heavy-handed attempt to stop construction.
Is it not wise to place disengagement on hold until the President clearly and unequivocally clears up American policy at the Texas ranch meeting with Sharon next month?
In the meantime, all of the Governments of Israel for the past 10 years or so deserve the blame for not pushing full steam ahead on this project. What were they waiting for? Arafat wanted Abu Dis as his Capital contiguous to the Temple Mount. Thank G-d for Ateret Kohanim that persisted in building RAS-A-LAMOUD which today stands as a blocking force. Together with the IYR DAVID project the face of Jerusalem has been changed.
Anyone who has visited or even driven by Maaleh Adumim realizes that this is a suburb of Jerusalem, and the security of Israel and the future of a Jewish Jerusalem depends upon the completion of this project. If there is a question by the Adminstration regarding Maaleh Adumim then the future U.S.- Israel relationship is in great doubt.
NO MATTER WHAT ADMINISTRATION PRESSURE OR PA CRITICISM THIS PROJECT MUST BE COMPLETED AS SOON AS POSIBLE TO CREATE THE FACTS ON THE GROUND. SIMILARLY, THE SECURITY FENCE MUST BE COMPLETED WITHOUT DELAY, FOR IT SURELY HAS SAVED MULTIPLE JEWISH LIVES .