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Who Gave Bibi Permission to Own Palestine? Where Do we Start?

March 21, 2010


(note: I’ve been reading James Wall for some time. He writes a weekly column on issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with an emphasis on US policy. There is a link to his blog `Wall Writings’ on the right – rjp. I don’t know if he would agree with the characterization of being a `progressive Christian’ voice but that is how I understand his viewpoint. )

by James M. Wall

Christopher Dickey currently serves as Newsweek’s Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor. In a recent Newsweek online column, Dickey recalled a story from 1996.

“Back when Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu was elected Israel’s prime minister for the first time, in 1996, a Jordanian political scientist with a grim sense of humor said the only way to describe him was like a villain out of an old Western: “He’s a lyin’, cheatin’, deceitin’ son of a bitch!””

This is not meant to malign Bibi, alone. Any observer of the political class knows Dickey could find any number of politicians who deserve that same description. You know who I am talking about.

Think of all those Democratic members of Congress who piously waited until the final moment to say how they would vote on the health care bill. They said they were meticulously studying the bill, all 2000 plus pages of it, to see how it would best serve their “constituents”.

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