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America's political system suffers from "permanent campaign syndrome," which causes candidates to never stop running for office. But right now, in that little window of time between the election and inauguration, most of us have taken a break from electioneering. Which might explain why Tea Party enthusiast Chuck Norris is busy endorsing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ahead of the Jan. 22 election. (Who can use all the help he can get, after allegations surfaced today that he was spending billions preparing for a "fake war.") Not only is Bibi a friend of right-wingers over here, but apparently Chuck Norris
Less than a year after publicly lecturing Barack Obama on the subject of Palestinian statehood, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was back in Washington over the weekend, determined to convince the American president and congressional lawmakers that a preemptive military strike offers the last, best hope for stopping the Iranian regime from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
This week the Republican Jewish Coalition held its presidential candidates forum, and the visiting contenders engaged in transparently obsequious rhetoric to demonstrate their love of Israel. Media accounts made the event sound rather embarrassing, but it's almost poignant, if you think about it. Because despite groups like the RJC, the reality is that Jews vote overwhelmingly for Democrats and identify overwhelmingly as either Democrats or Independents. All the groveling about Israel is unlikely to shift the balance if the GOP doesn't get smart about one crucial issue: religion.
Jimmy Carter has it right
[caption id="attachment_22255" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Pro-Israeli marchers confront Jewish peace activists during a parade on the Ben Franklin Parkway commemorating the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel. (May 2008) PHOTO: Christopher Moraff"][/caption]In 2006, former president and Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter drew the scorn of the Israeli government and its supporters when he published a book outlining a plan for peace in Palestine that equated Israel's policies in the occupied territories with South African “apartheid.”For context, the International Criminal Court classifies apartheid as one of 11 “crimes against humanity” and defines it as an act “committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.”In other words, it's not an accusation to be made lightly.
The Israel debate
There he was on TV again, with his shiny bald pate, his taut red skin, and his antic smile recalling an unreal blend of Popeye the Sailorman and a Gerber baby. It was Ed Koch, former mayor of New York, undeviating gadfly, raising Republican Bob Turner’s hand in triumph after the latter won New York’s 9th congressional district by eight percentage points.This was the seat Anthony Weiner gave up ... for what? Some overheated nookie with a randy Twitter-using constituent in the back of a Town Car on a dimly lit street near the creaking masts of New York Harbor? What a putz.Koch’s role in Turner’s campaign sets the stage for what National Public Radio is calling an "Ed Koch Factor" in 2012. And he certainly is gearing up. Sunday he published a lengthy editorial in the New York Daily News in an effort to clarify the reason he got behind Turner: to send President Obama a message on the subject of Israel. He writes: