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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 05:18 PM
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At last, ‘Occupation Zionists’ and Israel-loathing U.S. Jews can agree
Both extremists on the right and radicals on the left have contempt for liberals and the two-state solution they seek.
By Bradley Burston

We're a people that can appreciate nasty, us Jews. Chalk it up to survivor guilt or oppressor guilt, put it down to a legacy of Talmudic and tribal disputation, to a legacy of abuse, or to a tradition of stand-up, the evidence is clear: Two Jews, Three Zingers – barbed, caustic, and intentionally so.

This may go to explain why members of two groups that would seem to have no common ground - the pro-settlement, pro-occupation Jewish hard right in America on one hand, and, on the other, the loose community of hard left American Jews who loathe Israel and all it does – could come together to heap scorn and bile on a common enemy: The Two-State Jews.

Hated by activists of both sides as a yefeh nefesh, a lily-liver, a person of limp and literally negotiable values, the Jew who still believes that such a thing can and should happen - an independent Palestine next to an independent, truly democratic Jewish state – merits the nastiest common curse the hard right and hard left can summon: Liberal.

"Why are they so angry?" writer Gershom Gorenberg, an avowed two-state dove, asks in an account of an evening in which he recently addressed an Orthodox congregation in New York on threats to Israeli democracy: among them, the hair-trigger issues of contemporary Orthodoxy, settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/at...
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AverageJoe90 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 05:53 PM
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1. I can agree with much of this..........
But ultimately, I doubt a 2-state solution will work in the long term.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:07 PM
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3. I'm not sure it will work; but I am very sure that nothing else will.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:07 PM
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2. Great article
The Israeli Left, and the seekers of a two-state solution more generally, tend to 'get it' from the hardliners of both sides.
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