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The United States repeatedly assured Israel that Jerusalem would in no way be endangered by the peace process. No less a personality than Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. co-sponsored three Senate resolutions urging that Jerusalem should remain Israel’s undivided capital. Then like all good politicians, he was horribly offended when the Israelis actually took him at his word.

Obama gave an election speech four years ago where he declared that Jerusalem should be undivided. A day later he explained that he meant “undivided” in some spiritual sense that did not preclude it from actually being divided.


UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has declared Israeli houses to be an “almost fatal blow” to the peace process. It is, of course, only an “almost fatal blow”  because the peace process, like Dracula, cannot be killed. Israeli houses, fearsome as they may be with their balconies and poor heating in winter, are never quite enough to kill it.

Like the monster of a horror movie, the peace process always comes back and no matter how many blows the Israeli house delivers to it, a year later there’s a sequel where the Israeli house is being stalked by the peace process monster all over again.

The army of lethal Israeli houses, which may not be built for another five years, if ever, seem formidable in the black newsprint of the New York Times, in the fulminations of Guardian columnists and the shrill talking-pointation of CNN talking heads, but its actual potency is limited to housing Jewish families and infuriating international diplomats and their media coat hangers.

Europe is furious, Obama is seething, the UN is energized, and somewhere in Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wipes the grease out of his mustache and wonders what he could do to get this much attention. He briefly scribbles down some thoughts on a napkin but then dismisses it as being too implausible. As much as it might get the world’s attention, there is just no way Iran can put up apartment buildings in Jerusalem.

Originally published at Sultan Knish.



  1. A global threat People if you want to see a global threat to housing. Visit the low income projects located in all 50 USA states. That is a global threat re. drug sales, gang control, prostitution, gun running ect. You know it’s bad if local police avoid going to these locations.

  2. lol…but I can tell you that no one can harangue my eardrums for 5 minutes let alone 2 hours over the telephone. No I wouldn't hang up, I would merely put the receiver under a pillow and let them rant on until they realize I'm not there. Perhaps that is what Netanyahu did.

  3. Yes, the housing situation in Israel does seem to garner the ire of the international community and the hypocrisy is so thick you can cut it with a knife. But, on a grander scale, it all comes down to one thing, Antisemitism. I feel very strongly that Israel must change its reactions to such injustice, forget about what others say, and base their decisions on how will something collectively effect Israel, not outsiders. For example, Israel has a right to build wherever and whenever they see fit and the decision to build should not be based on what the Europeans, the U.N., or even the U.S. thinks is best. This is why I was always against the "land for peace" tactics because it failed to bolster security for Israel. ln fact, land for peace has increased violence. Likewise, Israel made the mistake of pulling out of secure checkpoints like Gaza. If Israel remained in Gaza we wouldn't have all the trouble with the Palestinians and terrorist groups. But, Israel must turn a deaf ear to antisemitism in organizations like the U.N. this year once again, the U.N. levied all human rights and war crimes against Israel except for four other nations. The U.N. is a disgraceful and corrupt organization and personally I think Israel should completely pull out of the U.N. , it's nothing but a sewer. On occasions when the U.S. has a pro Arab president, like we do now, Israel needs to stand up for itself and say we will decide for ourselves what's best for us, not you. Israel should have told Hillary Clinton on her recent visit, thanks for stopping by, we appreciate your concern, but this operation against Hamas will continue until they are completely rooted out. Too many innocent Israelis have been killed by them and they have to go. It's very disturbing for me to see the most democratic and morally centered nation in the middle east and the world be treated with such contempt. But, Israel must learn to care of itself and make decisions on what is best for them and stop bowing to pressure of antisemitic nemesis stake holders, it's imperative for the survival of the Jewish state.

  4. Oh the irony to the American Christian!

    "…the ultimate weapon is a hammer and a fistful of nails in a Jewish hand. How can even the most talented Iranian nuclear scientist hope to compete with the humble tools of a Jewish carpenter?"

    Well stated, just the same.

  5. You don't see satire that cuts reality like that very often. I would have laughed several times if Mr. Greenfield hadn't cut so deeply. I'm not Jewish, but I never understood the hatred against Hebrews either. In fact, I was driving through the country today and saw a swastika painted over a road-sign that indicated the upcoming curve, and it should have bothered me more than it did. Repetition makes us callous I guess. The road-sign before the swastika was painted with bullet holes, which makes me think after reading the article…Is it possible that people who harbor such hatreds don't give a crap about anybody else? The nearby cornstalks, the birds, and the few drivers that pass that sign on occasion aren't Jewish, so what was the point?

    I'm taking a stand right now. Dreidels are not scary, made of clay or otherwise. Jewish homes are not scary, brick, wood, or concrete. Women being treated as equals are not scary. Respecting your neighbors is not scary. Educating your children so that they can live a peaceful life is not scary. Wanting to live in the lands of your ancestors is not scary.

    Here's what should scare the world:

    1. You can't predict the losses the world, as a whole, would suffer if you take the innovators out of the equation. Sorry if I'm the only one who notices a culture that breeds innovation because it respects the creator, education, elders, women, and family. Groups that focus on hate are more likely to cure life with death than they are to cure cancer or AIDS. I'm siding with the group that does the most good and respects their own mothers the most…and mothers who don't strap bombs to their own children, breaking one of the Creator's most sacred laws.

    2. Who do we think Hitler would have wiped out next once he got rid of the Jews? "Who's next?," said the nazi once the last Hebrew was gone. Christians? Honkies? Africans of African descent? Gypsies? Brits? Germans? French? Atheists? Chinese? And if God really wanted anybody dead, He'd kill them Himself. It's a form of blasphemy to think we have the right to erase any other group from the face of the planet, especially the ones who kept the faith alive long enough for the following religions to follow. IF God is so great and so determined to have them wiped out, wouldn't He do it Himself with the old bag of sticks?

    Only fools with suicidal tendencies bow before people who hold a bloodied sword over their heads. I have trust issues and a bit of history that tells me not to trust any man who just killed an entire race of people…I don't care how cool he thinks he looks with that little mustache. It almost happened once, and I'd rather bow before the swordsman than to see another try it again.

    Trust me. The guy that cures cancer isn't going to be the guy that blew himself up in a vain attempt to get some action in the afterlife. We are not meant to be tools of destruction. That's the territory of hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis…

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