Bipartisan Support of Israel: Say What?
“I support a two state solution and a divided Jerusalem”. This quote, paraphrased from Alan Dershowitz’s speech at an event organized by Harvard Hillel and Harvard Students for Israel examining Obama’s support (or lack thereof ) of Israel clearly demonstrates “bipartisan support of Israel”. As a big fan of Dershowitz’s wit and dry humor, sitting in the front row, expecting something at least somewhat moderate, I couldn’t believe my ears. Is this what bipartisan support of Israel means? Is this the Democrat version of support?
I could stomach the two state solution, (although it is still a tad unclear to me why there needs to be 23th Arab state for the oh so distinct Palestinian people, when for some strange reason Jews from all over the world seem to be doing just fine in one Jewish state), but a divided Jerusalem, this was just too much. The world seems to be operating under this strange assumption that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel and is a like a pie that we have a right to divide. But see here is where the analogy breaks: Jerusalem isn’t a pie where everyone can fight as to how to divide it, and even if it were a pie, it would be an Israeli pie. Not an American one, not an alien one, not a terrorist one, and not even my pie.
Since we are so keen on dividing capitals, why don’t we divide Washington DC? Anyone have any ideas for where the divide should be? Or maybe we should reconsider our choice of capital altogether. Perhaps the rest of the world would prefer if the capital of the USA were New York?