More Throwing Israel under the Bus

"We must give up Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem and return to the core of the territory that is the State of Israel prior to 1967, with minor corrections dictated by the reality created since then,”—Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, 2008 (source).

It seems to me that some folks need to get a little perspective.

(Thanks to a comment by ratufa).

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Obviously Olmert is an anti-Semite who wants to see Israel destroyed.

  2. Southern Hoosier says:

    In May 2007, Olmert’s approval rating fell to 3 percent, and he became the subject of a Google Bomb for the Hebrew for “miserable failure”

    On 2 May 2007, the Winograd Commission accused Olmert of failing to properly manage the 2006 Lebanese War, which prompted a mass rally of over 100,000 people calling for his resignation

    In October 2007, Prime Minister Olmert indicated that he would be willing to give parts of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as part of a broader peace settlement at Annapolis, drawing considerable criticism from right-wing Israeli and foreign Jewish organizations and Christian Zionists.

    On November 27, 2007, Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party, announced that his party would leave the government coalition, thereby ending the coalition’s majority in the Knesset, if Ehud Olmert agreed to divide Jerusalem. Shas minister Eli Yishai explained: “Jerusalem is above all political considerations. I will not help enable concessions on Jerusalem.

    Doug Mataconis says:
    Friday, May 20, 2011 at 20:20

    Obviously Olmert is an anti-Semite who wants to see Israel destroyed.

    His ideas don’t exactly sound mainstream Israeli.

  3. Dave Schuler says:

    His ideas don’t exactly sound mainstream Israeli.

    Israeli right wing = mainstream Israelis?

  4. And yet, Olmert’s party, Kadima, won the most seats in the Knesset in 2009 elections and was almost able to form the government instead of Netanyahu. In short, this is not the fringe of Israeli politics.

  5. Israeli right wing = mainstream Israelis?

    According to a lot of people on the American right, this seems to be what they think.

  6. Southern Hoosier says:

    Steven L. Taylor says: Friday, May 20, 2011 at 20:43
    In short, this is not the fringe of Israeli politics.

    True, but his plan to give up East Jerusalem did not seem to sit well with the population.

  7. Yet another disillusioned pawn says:

    Dr. Taylor,

    I think you fell into the brier patch again. I grew up in Michelle Bachmann land (referring to a previous post) with dispensationalists who cannot not see the schizophrenic qualities of believing that
    a) “The Church” has displaced Israel as the vehicle through which the Promise of God is delivered to the world,
    b) the US (or UK or ROK as there are many versions of dispensationalism ) is synonymous with “The Church” and is the vehicle through which God directs all current prophetic and judgemental actions, and
    c) “The Church” (and its government in the US or…) must remain inflexibly and arbitrarily loyal to whatever secular government Israel may have at any given moment because “Israel is still God’s Chosen People and the vehicle through which prophecy is fulfilled for all time.”

    The fact that those three beliefs cannot occupy the same space at the same time is simply treated as a mystery similar to the Trinity–it cannot be true and yet it is; it is a mystery.

    When Olmert was in office, Evangelicals (there were a few radicals who recognized him as the agent of Satan right away, but they were in the minority) praised him as the man who had been sent by God to resolve the issue. “That was then, this is now, and by the way, what has he done for us lately?”

  8. john personna says:

    Sometimes I think we live in a better world than the one laid out in Kevin Phillips’ Theocracy … maybe I can dream good dreams tonight, and forget all about it.

  9. CB says:

    i wanna see a birth certificate, dammit

  10. John Burgess says:

    Here’s a piece I wrote with David Perlmutter, back in 2006…

    For Mideast Peace: Both Sides Must “Swallow Poison”

    It was published in the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat

    There’s nothing all that new in Obama’s speech. It’s just that the solutions to the problem are unpalatable politically.

  11. @Yet: Yes, I am aware of theology in question and do think that it drives a rather remarkable amount of our foreign policy vis-a-vis Israel and the Middle East. I have this semi-delusional hope that I can maybe convince a few folks to at least think about the situation.

    @John: thanks for the link, I will check it out.

  12. anjin-san says:

    I have this semi-delusional hope that I can maybe convince a few folks to at least think about the situation.

    Steven… put the bong down.

  13. ponce says:

    it drives a rather remarkable amount of our foreign policy

    Which is really, really weird when you think about it.

    It’s hard to get people to admit the biblical influence on their Middle East thinking, but it usually comes out as a last resort.

  14. Greedy Banker says:

    Why should America have this, “unbreakable” bond with the racist apartheid state of israel? What do we owe the zionist for this privilege?

    America can and should not have a FAVORITE country with SPECIAL relations (billions of dollars of our hard-earned TAXES goes to the zionists) just as it CANNOT have a SPECIAL relationship with a specific American ETHNIC GROUP that is bestowed with SPECIAL RIGHTS OVER the rest of us in this country.

    What is good for Americans should be good for other countries!!!!

    America doesn’t even have a legal treaty with israel! If we did, it would define the zionist’s borders, but those murdering racist aparthied zionists are still in the progress of stealing MORE ARAB LANDS.

    If it doesn’t work like that in America it shouldn’t work like that in our relations with other countries. Treat every country the same. It’s pure baloney to maintain a SPECIAL relation with the zionists.

    Ask yourselves if it would be ok to send your sons and daughters to war to defend a bunch of ex-communists thugs from Eastern Europe, so they can continue hogging land that doesn’t belong to them?

    This thinking of having a SPECIAL BOND with the zionists has to change! Look where this special bond has gotten us. We losing our rights over it. Remember it the next time you’re hassled at the airport.

    What we have gotten from this special bond is 9/11 and the killing of our people and the Iraq war that designed by zionists with dual American and israeli citizenships. George Washington is turning in his grave!!!

    What a shame! The war on terror is designed to keep the zionists happy spending our money while our children die for them. Now they want us to attack Iran.

    Americans are not slaves to zionists!!