Friday, January 27, 2012

Mittens, Newt and Little Ricky are all neo-conservative.

A Palestinian-American who is Republican asked a question at the Jacksonville debate today. 

"As a Palestinian-American Republican, I can tell you that such people do exist," a member of the audience told the GOP candidates at Thursday's debate, referring to Newt Gingrich's comments in December that the Palestinians are an "invented people."

The responses of Mott Romney and Newt Gingrich were predictable.

"The reason there's not peace between the Palestinians and Israel" is that the Palestinian leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza "have the intent to eliminate Israel," Mitt Romney said.

Romney added that Obama "threw Israel under the bus" by calling for a two-state solution that would be based on Israel's borders before the 1967 War, which resulted in Israel's annexing all of Jerusalem and occupying the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The 1967 borders have long been the basis for the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The 1967 borders are the position of the UN.

Israel generally insists on its right to exist as the basis for negotiations and Palestine wants the Israeli construction in the West Bank to stop. 

Newt took the hardline neo-conservative position. 

Newt Gingrich explained his earlier comments by saying that the Palestinian people was "technically an invention of the 1970s," which he claimed supplanted a general Arab identification that had been prevalent in the region.

The term Palestine is derived from “Plesheth”, a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as “Philistine”.

Plesheth, (root palash) was a general term meaning rolling or migratory. This referred to the Philistine’s invasion and conquest of the coast from the sea. The Philistines were not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks and possibly the Minoan culture. 
Some archaeologists believe the Philistines were the Sea People the Egyptians also encountered.

After the diaspora in which the Romans forced Jews 1900 years ago from The Levant, the Romans called the area Palestine.

Hebrew has not been spoken for 1900 years after the diaspora. 

Near the end of the 19th century the Jewish activist Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, recreated Hebrew as a modern spoken language. This was a result of the local movement he had created and due to new groups of immigrants called the Second Aliyah. His new modern Hebrew replaced a score of languages spoken by Jews at that time.

Ben-Yehuda efforts  resulted in a a lexical modernization of Hebrew. So in many respects, the Jewish people who now live in The Levant, are the invented people. 

Geneticists have also pointed out that that most modern Jews do not descend from the ancient Land of Israel but from groups that took on Jewish identities long afterward. On the other hand, Harry Ostrer of the New York University School of Medicine concludes today that are three genetically distinct Jewish groups: Middle Eastern, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi.

In recent weeks, Gingrich-supporting super PACs have received $10 million from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife. Adelson is known for his hard-right views on Israel and strong support for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama said, "Our ironclad commitment — and I mean ironclad — to Israel’s security has meant the closest military cooperation between our two countries in history."

Rick Santorum didn't get directly involved in the question about Palestine, but his Christo-fascist views on Israel are well known. During a discussion on immigration, he kept talking about how the Obama administration needed to do more in Latin and South America. 

However, his discussion keep drifting to the middle east where he lamented about jihadists and terrorists. Clearly Santorum lacks a basic understanding of foreign affairs and his foreign policy would center around appeasing Israeli hawks like Bibi Netanyahu. Santorum's foreign policy views appear to be colored by his religious views. 

Santorum said another curious thing that all American rights were granted by God. Santorum is probably refereeing to the Declaration of Independence:

all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights

Of course, the Declaration of Independence was written before the United States became a nation. It is a historical document, not a legal document.

The rights of Americans are written in the Bill of Rights. James Madison based much of the Bill of Rights on George Mason's Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776) which itself had been written with Madison's input.

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ChasVoice said...

Are you a Neoconservative Republican?

What’s a Neoconservative?

Rightardia said...

You have got to be kidding! Rightardia is a progressive web site.

Rightardia said...

A Chuck Hagel quote may help on the definition of neoconservative: "So why did we invade Iraq? I believe it was the triumph of the so-called neo-conservative ideology, as well as Bush administration arrogance and incompetence that took America into this war of choice."

Early in the Bush administration, some neoconservatives criticized his administration as insufficiently supportive of Israel.