Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, now exhale slowly… That was easy, wasn’t it? Not for everyone…
Gary Ackerman hasn’t had a word to say about that.
If you’re important enough for him to talk to you, Ackerman will probably recite the mantra about his commitment to Israel and its security, and about what a great friend of Israel our president really is. Ackerman may even boast about how many times he’s visited Israel.
Instead of the usual tired platitudes, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia should set the record straight about the future of Jerusalem. Will he “let the world know that Jerusalem will never, ever again be divided?”
Or – as alluded to in Obama’s speech in Cairo – should Jerusalem be given away, chopped up, and parceled out?
The answer – which must be presented with “no shticks” and “no tricks” – will tell you whether Gary Ackerman comes to Washington and to his congressional district in Queens and Long Island as a Jew, or as a politician.
About the Author: Joseph Schick is producer of “Jerusalem ’67” (www.jerusalem67.com), a narrative feature film currently in development. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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