Back in high school, I took a world religions class in which we toured the houses of worship of several different religions/denominations in the area. At each stop, the clergyman gave a talk to the students. The one thing that stood out for me (besides the over powering incense at the Greek Orthodox church) was the talk the rabbi at the synagogue we visited. He talked about Israel became a country and the problems between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He was very much in favor of forcing Israel to honor the 1947 UN resolution, shrinking Israel back to the 1947 borders, returning Jerusalem to the status of an “international” city, and recognizing Palestinian statehood.
That stuck with me all these years and formed the basis of my opinion on the matter. Anyone wanting to accuse me of being antisemitic for my condemnation of Israel’s human rights abuses and my support of Palestinian statehood can kiss my @$$. And while I’m at it, MN Rep Omar is correct. The undue influence pro-Israeli lobbyists have in Congress really is “all about the Benjamins”… literally. That’s the whole point of influence pedaling.
April 11, 2017