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Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Just In: Five U.S. Presidential Candidates Discuss Their Views of Israel

As reported here, the Jerusalem Post has published the responses of 5 U.S. presidential hopefuls to questions about how they view U.S.-Israeli relations. All champion Israel, and only a few mention the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.  We need to press candidates more on what they would do to restart this process and bring about a just two-state peace in Israel-Palestine –as well as their overall views on Middle East peace.  Candidates who blindly support Israel in everything should not be rewarded with votes.  Hat tip to Melissa Rogers for this item.

May 25, 2007 - Posted by | foreign policy, Israel, Israel-Palestine, just peacemaking, U.S. politics

3 Comments

  1. Michael,

    I have really become interested in Israeli-American relations, especially since the war with Lebanon last summer. What has intrigued me most is how so many conservative Christian politicos are obsessed with Israeli statehood in order to justify their apocalyptic/eschatological ideas. In addition, it always bothers me that whenever anyone mentions anything negative regarding Israel they are branded an anti-Semite. Granted, at times this may be true, but at others, maybe some are just simply question how Israel is given a free ticket.

    Comment by Dustin | May 26, 2007

  2. Dustin,

    I find it helpful to remember that both Jews as well as Arabs are Semitic peoples. Technically, one could accuse those who support pro-Israel policies that are harmful to Palestinian Arabs of being anti-Semitic too. In my experience, though, most folks who are advocates for the rights of Palestinians generally recognize the need to respect the rights of Israeli Jews whereas the converse is rarely the case.

    Comment by haitianministries | May 26, 2007

  3. haitianministries,

    I appreciate your insight. I guess I was carrying over a narrow view of what “Semitic” meant. You are correct, though, in asserting that those who advocate for Palestinian rights still believe Israeli Jews should have their rights respected as well.

    Comment by Dustin | May 26, 2007


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