In Defense Of Chris Christie

Judging by the reaction of the thought police you'd think Chris Christie stood before the Adelson acolytes in Sin City and did a full Sieg Heil.  The outrage was palpable, the room gasped.  When informed of his transgression, he practically fell to his knees to genuflect to King Sheldon in abject apology.

What was his sin?  He used the O word. Apparently the O word is now in the same category as the N word and the F word for some folks.

The O is for "occupation" as in "occupied territories" to refer to the territories occupied by Israel since the 1967 war.

At a minimum they apparently expected him to use the term "West Bank," but they'd have been happier if he'd said Judea and Samaria, or at least "disputed territories."

Self-anointed thought policeman Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, was mortified and virtually declared Christie's presidential ambitions dead. 

Of course, Gov. Christie was already damaged goods.  No, not because of the George Washington Bridge sandal; he's laid that off on misguided aides.  His original and unpardonable sin was saying something nice about the man King Sheldon spent nearly $100 million trying to destroy – Barack Obama – and then being seen in public with the enemy surveying damage of Hurricane Sandy and expressing appreciation for federal recovery aid.

As part of his rehab, Christie flew to the Sheldon Primary at Adelson's Las Vegas casino to pledge loyalty and seek his blessing in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC). 

When informed of his offensive phrase Christie "didn't want to listen," Klein said.  The ZOA leader claims many others at the RJC event also expressed "shock" and "surprise" that "Christie wasn't a friend of Israel."

Adelson, a major financial backer of ZOA and RJC, is an outspoken opponent of Palestinian statehood, as is Klein, which puts them to the right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Who would use such a word as "occupation" to describe the lands Israel has controlled since the 1967 war?

Ariel Sharon, for one.  At a Likud meeting, with Benjamin Netanyahu sitting next to him, the then-prime minister said it several times and even called the occupation "a very bad thing."  In his own words:

"I think the idea that we can continue to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation, and it is an occupation, you might not like this word, but it's really an occupation."

Can Klein have him excommunicated posthumously?

Netanyahu, speaking of the source of the conflict, recently said "the standard answer is the occupation, the territories, the settlements,"  but "the issue was and remains the Jewish state" and goes back to 1947 when "then there was no occupation."

Every U.S. administration as well as most countries counted as friends of Israel also refer to it as the "occupied territories."  So do many Israelis. 

A group of nearly 50 draft age Israeli youths this week wrote a letter to Netanyahu saying they did not want to serve in the "Palestinian territories."   I guess they won't be joining ZOA either.

Politico and others reported Sheldon the Magnificent forgave the knave from Jersey for his sin, but not thought policeman and enforcer Klein of the ZOA.  He said, “[Christie] was really unpleasant, condescending, rude, dismissive. He was bullying me. I’ve never had a politician speak to me that way.”


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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.