WARNING : This site is not for you if you cannot see the otherness of other and sufferings of both sides of the party in the conflict. Security for Israel and Justice for the Palestinians are interdependent, one will not happen without the other. My view focuses on building cohesive societies where no one has to live in apprehension or fear of the other. I hope and pray a sense of justice to prevail. Amen. Website www.IsraelPalestineDialogue.com | Also Check Israel Palestine Confederation a pragmatic solution

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Does Romney give a flip about Israel?

Peace hinges on hopes for the Palestinians and security for the Israelis, anything short of justice will not produce sustainable peace. If Jews and Palestinians can take the position that we cannot have peace when others around us don't, and work on first removing bias and stereotyping from their own minds, the conflicts will fade and solutions will emerge.

What has Romney got to lose? 

He will say anything to get elected, including, “as a President I will declare war on Iran on day one in my office and bombard them to smithereens.” When they hear elimination of their perceived enemy, men like Adelson and their likes will write big checks, they are good business men, the know the money will recycle back to them via Aid to Israel, if Romney gets elected. Who are the losers? It is the Average Israeli, Iranian, Palestinian, you and I who will pay the price.

I have always taken a stand for the Jews and their security, not at the cost of Justice to the Palestinians, like some of my fellow Republican do, instead stand for what is right and uphold the human rights.

I wonder if men like Netanyahu, Bill Crystal, Adleson and their likes existed before and if they did, were their attitudes responsible for uprooting Jews in Spain, Germany and other places?  These men are short-sighted and their actions are directly responsible for building up Antisemitism around the world. All of us should  stand up against  Anti-Semitism, Apartheid, racism, Islamophobia, Gayphobia and other evils of the society. 

There is a shameful amount of Anti-Semitism brewing, because Jews are perceived as taking advantages of others like illegally grabbing the lands from Palestinians. However, it is not Jews, who are wrong, it is a few right wingers among them. Indeed, they are causing damage to Jews in decades to come.

They know what is wrong; the violations of international laws, building settlements, throwing people out of their homes and building their own homes  by vacating and murdering the rightful owners of the land.  Whether God exists or not, the people around the world know it is wrong and someone has to pay for it someday'; it will be the ordinary, innocent Jews, as they have paid many times before, and It is time to say enough is enough.

Men like Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and others will say anything to get elected and tap in the Jewish money, the cheap men will compete in licking Netanyahu's boots. It is so embarrassing to read our nominees licking the prime minister's boots. Each one is eager to give away more  (that’s what support means) than the other.

Men like Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and others will say anything to get elected and tap in the Jewish money, the cheap men will compete in licking Netanyahu's boots. It is so embarrassing to read our nominees licking the prime minister's boots. Each one is eager to give away more  (that’s what support means) than the other.

Romney blames Obama for spending money on the health of Americans, whereas he is willing to spend the money on war and destruction. Who will pay for it stupid?

We cannot afford another war and Romney is either duping the Israelis or does not give a flip about what happens to American economy.

The Israelis need to wake up from these fakes who are ruining their future. Netanyahu can bully around and kill many more Palestinians or Iranians, but the blood of the people will have a price; protracted insecurity to Jews living in Israel. I don't think the Right wing Jews see that, they are determined to teach a lesson without worrying about the consequences. 

The law of karma works very well, they will get away with murders today, but will pay for it in terms of insecurity. Their attitudes is screw the ordinary Israelis and Americans, they will have their reserve funds and security, why should they bother about the ordinary.

Instead of spending every one's time, money and energy in destroying Iran, if they can spend the same on developing good relations with others, hostilities will mitigate. There is a Chinese saying, if you want to take the enemy out for good, make friends with them, on the other hand, if you overpower them today, you will not sleep well worried sick about your own vulnerability. That is how the law of karma works.

The few hawks do not want to make peace with Iran or the Palestinians, which means they will have to stop the aggressive theft of the Palestinian land, and stop the settlements as alluded by Dani Dayan and stop milking America.

In the past, the tyrant missionaries got away massacring the native tribes, the Hitlers,  Ferdinands, Saddams, Asads and those crooks got away too. Are the Israeli hawks thinking of doing the same to the Palestinians? Is the world going to sit by and do nothing? Indeed they did nothing to stop the Holocaust till the tail end of it. Are we going to pass the problems to over next generation?

If Israelis and Palestinians can demand accountability from their leaders measurable by peace and security for both the peoples, then a lasting sustainable peace is possible. The problem in not Jews or the Palestinians, it is the right wing hawks on both sides.

A personal note: As a Republican, I am leaning towards Obama again, Romney seems to be an opportunist and not good for America, Israel, Palestine or any one. He is not a man of his own conscience, there was another one like him who played to someone else's tunes. Obama has blundered, but he will not ruin America with another war. 

Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on the topics of Pluralism, Coexistence, politics, interfaith, Islam and cohesive societies. He is committed to building a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.


Dear Mike,
It was quite the weekend for American politics and Israel.

On Friday, Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan brought his vision of Israel’s future to America’s editorial pages, proclaiming that “the international community [should relinquish] its vain attempts to attain the unattainable two-state solution,” and acknowledge that Israeli “presence in all of Judea and Samaria – not just in the so-called settlement blocs – is an irreversible fact.”
Then, over the weekend, Israel had a visitor of its own – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, pledging allegiance to the politics of Sheldon Adelson and the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu.

For the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, these two events crystallized the deeply troubling point we’ve reached. In Israel, the settlers are declaring victory, proclaiming the two-state solution dead and with it any hope for Israel to be the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. 
Here in the US, the political forces backing Mitt Romney, from Sheldon Adelson to the Republican Jewish Coalition and Bill Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel, are claiming victory as well. 

Cynically using Israel as a political wedge, they’re trying to shave a couple of points from President Obama’s support in the Jewish community this election by jettisoning decades of bipartisanship on issues such as Jerusalem and shamelessly beating the drums for another war in the Middle East.

This weekend afforded a glimpse of what failure looks like: what Israel looks like when the most extreme settlers win and what American politics looks like when Jewish political opinion is defined by the most hawkish in our community.

J Street can’t accept a future for Israel defined by Dani Dayan or for American Jewish politics defined by Sheldon Adelson.

The majority of Jewish Americans don’t share either their vision or their politics. So our task is clear: organize, fight back and win.

At our 2012 national conference this past Spring, under the banner of “Making History,” we spoke of how history is defined by the choices people make at critical crossroads.

Israel’s choice is clear. After 45 years of controlling the territories, it either follows the path to Dani Dayan’s future of unending settlement over the Green Line or it seizes a last opportunity to reach a two-state solution to its conflict with the Palestinian people. 

Our choice in the States is clear as well. We either follow the path of Sheldon Adelson and what we’ve begun to call the One-State Caucus (the Congressional chorus endorsing the vision of Dayan and the settlers), or we stand up for the values and principles on which Israel was founded and from which the US-Israel relationship draws its strength.

Our challenge in the remaining months of this campaign is to make clear to America’s politicians and our community’s leaders just where the majority of Jews and Israel’s supporters in this country stand.

Dayan’s op-ed triggered a wave of responses from J Street supporters. We’ll be sharing the best of these in the coming days with you and with the broader community.

But we need to do far more than respond passionately to one op-ed. 

Have you signed up yet to be part of our 2012 Future of Pro-Israel Campaign? Are you part of an FPI Action Team, ready to campaign in your community for our vision of what it means to be pro-Israel?

Have you signed up for our Rapid Response Network where you’ll get will the tools to stand up to the smears, lies and misrepresentations that are running rampant in 2012 American politics?

Are you a member of J Street – providing financial support to political candidates willing to stand up to the One-State Caucus and for a smart American policy in the Middle East grounded in our best interests and our values?

Remember what failure looks like: a world in which settlers like Dani Dayan define what Israel is and where Sheldon Adelson and his allies define what it means to be pro-Israel in American politics.

Is this the future that we want for us and for Israel? Is this what we want for our children and grandchildren?

We are in a fight for the heart and soul of our community. 

And we need you with us on the front lines in the months ahead.
Thank you for all that you do,
Jeremy Ben-Ami

Monday, July 2, 2012

Myth of Zionist control on the US

Whether it is a myth, truth or propaganda, the idea that Zionists control the United States exists. Bulldozing or cursing it won’t go away, but finding a lasting solution will.

I am for Jews and Palestinians, and I am for Israel and Palestine, it’s not an irreconcilable thought, it has been floating since the creation of Israel. If we follow all the rules and resolutions, it will result in it.

A majority of Jews, Palestinian Muslims and Palestinian Christians want to move on, while a few like to continue with the status quo, obviously there is benefit in it for this tiny weeny number of people to continue the conflict. They are either control freaks or they mint money through American generosity which is recycled to our senators and congress persons, everyone makes the money while the average American loses it, and average Israeli lives in continued fear.

A few among the rightwing Jews, Christians, Muslims and Hindus, do not give a crap about Judaism/ Israel, Christianity, Islam or Hinduism respectively. Their only interest is how to enrich themselves and control others. There's sadism in there.

These handfuls of men are really screwing up ordinary Jews and Israel by faking to protect them. None of their actions and talk will bring security to Jews or Justice to the Palestinians, it has not happened in 64 years.

The law of Karma works this way; you frighten someone around you, they may be frightened to obedience, but deep in their hearts there is resentment, and deep in your heart there is fear that they might get you in a vulnerable moment. Neither of you can live in peace and security. Everything balances out itself, that is the law of nature.

I am keeping up with this conflict, the mother of all conflicts in the world, if we can find a resolution to this, the bottom of conflicts will fall and a peaceful world will emerge.

You must read this article to fully understand the situation, http://israel-palestine-dialogue.blogspot.com/2009/09/solutions-for-israel-and-palestine.html, it prevents you from falling into the trap of prejudice.

The United States and Arabs together have messed up the situation, when there was a conflict between the Jews and Palestinians, instead of getting them to talk, we supported one or the other, armed them to fight and kill each other, and caused them to dig in their heels and deepen the chasm. Who are the losers? Of course it is the Jews and the Palestinians!

The senators and congress persons were paid off to approve the funding and supplies to Israel on a continual basis, as opposed to preventing an aggression on Israel. Right now, these few men get their funds and pay a percentage towards these corrupt representatives. It’s a scheme to make money and certainly they benefit.

Peace means, no more monies to these rascals.

The Jews and Palestinians, and above all, the Americans need to wake up to this. We the people, the people of America, Israel and Palestinians are the losers, we are not funding Israel, but funding a few men, who in turn control us.

These few men have isolated America and Israel, in the name of protecting Israel. Much of the resentment they are breeding around the world morphs into anti-Semitism, we are goddamned alone in the community of nations. Even in the United States, the latent Anti-Semitism is caused by what people see; injustice to the Palestinians and the war trumpeting, illegal settlements and human rights violations.

When the world condemns settlements, we veto it, when the world wants to stop bombing Gaza, we remain silent, look at our record in the United Nations we have always gone against the world… we have gotten away with it because we are a powerful nation and bully or pay others to obedience. We have not done the investigation as to who is benefiting from the funding to Israel – is it serving its purpose?

The Senators and congresspersons can be bought off, but the informed public remains resentful and it is not good.

The best policy is to be just, and when you follow justice and the rule of law, you cannot go wrong. Your (individual or nation) safety hinges on justice to the people around you. When you take advantage of the weak, the equation goes off balance, you continue to live in the fear of your vulnerable moment, and they will continue to wait for the moment to get even or humiliate you in any fashion they can. The more injustice you do to others, the more vulnerable you become.

The Israeli public needs to demand that their leaders need to show progress they make in peace, and not get away by blaming the others, and on the other hand, the Palestinians public needs to demand the exact same from their leaders. Israel will continue to live in fears, as long as it pursues the current policies. The ordinary Jews need to demand a regime change. The Israeli problem is their leaders and not the Palestinians, and the Palestinian problem is same; their leaders and not the Palestinian people.

Peace hinges on hope and justice for the Palestinians and security for the Israelis, anything short of justice will not produce sustainable peace" - If Jews and Palestinians can take the position that we cannot have peace when others around us don't and work on first removing bias and stereotyping from their own minds, conflicts will fade and solutions emerge.

The following video is in circulation, instead of banning it, or ordering off you tube, we all need to find lasting solutions, when we do this, this will be a meaningless video. By the way, both sides do their propaganda.

Zionist control on the U.S.

Presbyterians will possibly be divesting in Israel, long before more will join.

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 MikeGhouse is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a professional speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, civic affairs, Islam, India, Israel, peace and justice. Mike is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News and regularly at Huffington post, and several other periodicals across the world. The blog www.TheGhousediary.com is updated daily.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

TIMELINE: Remembering Yitzhak Shamir

TIMELINE: Remembering Yitzhak Shamir TIMELINE: Remembering Yitzhak Shamir By JTA Staff · July 1, 2012 http://blogs.jta.org/thearchiveblog/article/2012/07/01/3099591/remembering-yitzhak-shamir Yitzhak Shamir, the seventh Prime Minister of Israel, passed away June 30, 2012 at the age of 96. Below is a brief biographical timeline featuring relevant articles from JTA Jewish Daily Bulletin reports, pieced together from items mentioned in various obituaries: Oct. 22, 1915: Born Icchak Jaziernicki in Ruzinov, Poland. (alternate sp. Yezternitsky) 1935: Yezternitsky leaves Warsaw, where he was studying law, to move to Palestine. Continues study at Hebrew University. (In November 1935, reports of agitation emerged from Warsaw University. 1937: Yezternitsky joins Irgun Tzvai Leumi. 1942: Avraham Stern, leader of Stern gang, is assassinated by British. Yezternitsky becomes one of a triumverate to fill the leadership void in the group. July 1946: Following the bombing of the King David Hotel, Yezternitsky is arrested by British during mass searches for Stern Gang and Irgun members and identified as one of 35 'extremely important' members of said groups. Menachem Begin was identified by the British as a prime target in these raids. 1955: Shamir Joins Mossad. 1961-1964: Involved in Operation Damocles, targeting German scientists engineering rockets for Egypt. 1970: Joins Herut Party, led by Begin 1973: Elected to 8th Knesset, sworn in in January. 1975: Elected Chairman of the Herut Executive, becomes party's number two man. June 1975: Shamir present when Israel releases 20 convicted terrorists in exchange for the bodies of two Stern gang members. The two were hanged on March 23, 1945 for the murder of Lord Moyne, British Resident Minister in the Middle East 1977: Elected Speaker of the Knesset. 1979: Moshe Dayan resigns from the Cabinet; Shamir replaces him as Foreign Minister. 1980: Uzi Benziman profiles Shamir for JTA. A month later, Shamir is sworn in as Foreign Minister. 1981: Foreign Minister Shamir warns that U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia could ‘cloud’ U.S.-Israel relations December 1981: Shamir says Egypt has no basis for complaining about the Golan Law April 1982: Following murder of an Israeli diplomat in Paris, Shamir warns, "we will use our force to crush these terrorist organizations, their leaders, their centers and their bases everywhere our long arm reaches. We will hit them without mercy because we have decided to live." February 1983: Following Lebanon War, Kahan Commission report is released, saying Shamir "erred in not taking any measures" to help prevent the massacres at Sabra and Shatila. 1983: Gil Sedan profiles Shamir for JTA. 1983: Begin resigns as PM; Shamir assumes premiership. 1983: Shortly after the swearing in of his cabinet, Shamir is thrust into national economic crisis, implements austerity measures December 1983: On 40th anniversary of Irgun's declaration of rebellion, PM Shamir says that peace on Israel's borders would be assured by a renewal of the old underground fighting spirit. January 1984: Shamir meeting with Israeli-Arabs is first of its kind held by a Likud leader. September 1984: As part of PM Shimon Peres's new coalition government deal, Shamir is tapped for role of premier in second half of government's tenure. September 1985: Shamir denounces AJCongress mission to Cairo and Amman, Bronfman mission to Moscow April 1986: Addressing Irgun veterans, Foreign Minister Shamir declares Hebron a "liberated" Jewish city that "will never be given back." March 1988: Shamir warns American Jewish leaders on a mission to Israel that criticism by diaspora Jewish organizations of Israeli policies "does much more harm than any...violent demonstrations in Gaza and elsewhere." June 1988: With guarded optimism towards the U.S.S.R.'s diplomatic overtures offering to restore diplomatic relations with Israel for the first time since 1967, Shamir meets with Soviet Foreign Minister. September 1988: A former Stern Gang member confesses to 1948 assassination of Swedish U.N. mediator Count Folke Bernadotte but says Shamir was not one of the four men involved. Sweden demands a renewed apology, but Israel refuses. November 1988: PM Shamir butts heads with American Jewish leaders, refuses to take 'Who is a Jew' question off the national agenda. 1991: After a warm send-off to the Reagan administration in 1989, Shamir has a harder time warming up to President Bush and Secretary of State James Baker leading up to his first official visit. The Gulf War marks the first time in history that a foreign military (the U.S.) would land on Israeli soil to partake in its defense, putting Shamir on the defensive. Shamir's policy of restraint in the face of Iraqi SCUD missiles is welcomed by the U.S., but angrily rejected by others in Israel, including Ariel Sharon. June 1991: One month after Operation Solomon, Jewish Agency chairman Simcha Dinitz discloses that PM Shamir decided to leave 3,000 Falash Mura converts behind in Addis Ababa. June 1992: After Labor party upsets Likud in Israel's elections, Shamir steps down, announcing, ""I am at the end of the road." 1998: Shamir and Peres call on lawmakers to repeal a law that created a direct election of prime minister separate from the Knesset. July 29, 2011: Shamir's wife, Shulamit, dies at age 88. June 30, 2012: Shamir dies at age 96, after living with Alzheimer's disease for six years.