Common guys, where is your (Jewish) self-respect?! They said openly that a good way to fight the Jewish state is to boycott part of our products and isolate us financially. And such people would get a pass because they are US lawmakers? Everyone else who hates us is banned.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said it very well. Promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel (BDS) is “no less than economic warfare designed to delegitimize and ultimately destroy the Jewish State.”
Especially US politicians who are our staunch friends disappointed me. Your US Freedom of Speech fetish is exactly what makes for the rise in Internet and after that, in-the-street and in-your-face violence. There’s a limit to freedom: when it’s used to limit the freedom of, oppress others!
It’s not blocking these Israel haters that will lower Israel’s standing in the world but rather the critics who can make themselves support it.
But, if they would see for themselves and would be treated well …. Hatred for Jews was never caused by Jews misbehaving; love for Jews never by Jews acting at their best. This is just a form of blaming Jews for anti-Semitism. Just like asking if women assaulted maybe asked for it.
And why are opponents silent on Bibi’s humanitarian exception clause? That, after all, the gesture is not made use of is clearly because it wasn’t possible to exploit such a visit for hateful purposes. Bonus point for Deri.
We also don’t need them to return to the US and then say: We saw for ourselves and it was worse than we thought. And the idea that we have nothing to lose is beside the point. You don’t celebrate sworn enemies.
To compare this ban to Trump’s “Muslim ban” does not hold. Look at Israel’s international airports. Many Muslims continuously come and go. It’s hostility to Israel that would get you into trouble. As it should.
They are welcome when they better themselves. When they, equally to most other US lawmakers, start feeling unconditionally responsible to irradiate hatred for Jews and Israel. Until that time, who needs them?
It’s not that we have a hard time with disagreements. We have one of the most vibrant democracies in the world. But there is a gigantic difference between voicing dissent and being hateful and oppressive.
Surely, it doesn’t look good that Trump attacks them for racist reasons (why do the media still quote him?) and now we don’t want them either. (I don’t believe, it’s immaterial that Trump would have had anything to do with the ban and we don’t need a blame game on something good.) But when anti-Zionist (=anti-Jewish) publications go against Bibi about this, who do you choose for? I vote for Bibi. Reactionary, capitalist but proud and humanistic Bibi.
The Israeli public, cured by the ludicrous “peace process,” has for long already given up on foreign-promoted prospects and pipedreams of pending peace. It will award Bibi with two extra seats for this maneuver.
Dignity is not optional for Jews (or anyone else).