San Francisco Mayor Defends Maskless Nightclub Party as Rest of City Lives Under Strict Mandates, Hints Rules Don’t Apply to Her

San Francisco Mayor London Breed is being slammed by supporters and critics alike after she was caught on camera singing and dancing at a jazz club with no mask on — in defiance of her own city mask ordinance.

To make matters worse, she’s hotly defending herself and by so doing, further underscoring not only her own hypocrisy but also the absurdity of her city’s extreme mask mandates.

In a since-deleted Instagram post from the Black Cat Nightclub’s Instagram page, Fox News reported, as well as a tweet from a Chronicle reporter who happened to be in attendance as Breed partied maskless, Madame Mayor can be seen dancing and singing and clearly not eating or drinking, the only circumstances in which, under her city’s current mask requirements, it would have been OK for her to breathe freely.

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“While I’m eating and drinking I’m going to keep my mask off,” the Democratic mayor told reporters, according to Fox News. “And yes, in the time while we’re drinking like everyone else there, we were all having a good time and again all vaccinated.”

“My drink was sitting at the table. I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask,” Breed explained. “I was thinking about having a good time and in the process I was following the health orders.”

The majority of the other patrons in the club seem to also have not been thinking about masks, because few were wearing theirs, having either forgotten that they live in a post-pandemic progressive dystopia of Breed’s own making or feeling they too, like their own mayor, were not subject to the plebian health requirements.

Still, Breed’s city ordinance for masking applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents. Despite all appearances, it presumably doesn’t exempt mayors from being held to the same standard.

Do leftist leaders think they’re exempt from their own ordinances?

Breed nonetheless dismissed the criticism as a “distraction,” saying that the “fact that this is even a story is sad.”

Apparently intent on digging her own grave, the mayor went on to declare, hilariously, that she and the other patrons “don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” also saying that it wasn’t “realistic” to put on a mask between eating and drinking.

So she doesn’t need the “fun police” micromanaging her life, now?

As it happens, many would agree with Mayor Breed that putting on a mask between eating and drinking indeed is not “realistic.” In fact, many of her own pandemic-related ordinances have been unrealistic to the extreme, so it’s amazing that this was the defense she went with.

She’s been fine with the plethora of extreme measures that she’s taken: fine with the heavy blows to the city’s many small businesses, fine with students being forced to keep bacteria-laden rags across their face throughout the school day, fine with young children struggling to grasp basic language skills because they can’t see a teacher’s mouth moving during reading lessons.

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She was fine with San Francisco becoming one of the nation’s first “papers, please” cities.

But being expected to adhere to her own mask ordinance while dancing at a jazz club — that’s just a step too far?

Clearly, Breed is tone-deaf to the criticism, as she is the “fun police” that has been micromanaging the lives of her city’s residents.

San Francisco, under her leadership, has set a trend for extreme, far-reaching COVID-19 measures that micromanage life for her city’s residents. Now she objects to the idea that she should have to follow her own ordinance.

This is a story, obviously, because Breed is a big, fat hypocrite. She articulated that plainly with her defiant response to the criticism.

Breed is being slammed by her own side, mind you, because they actually believe in the ordinance that she imposed as well as other extreme measures introduced to stop the spread.

“She’s been very clear that everybody needs to do their part, we’re not out of the woods. San Francisco’s rules have been very restrictive, and I don’t see her playing her part in that photo,” a local gym owner told local KNTV-TV.

“I am a registered Democrat and I voted for her,” one Twitter user wrote, as reported by KPIX-TV. “I love you Madame Mayor, but its all over the news. … You’ll need to address the public.”

Yup, Mayor Breed definitely has egg on her maskless face.

Democrats and Republicans alike, as well as everyone in between and beyond, is right to slam her for her failure to adhere to her own protocol, because she’s one of the many who have called for extreme measures such as being required to wear a mask in a club when you’re doing anything other than actively eating or drinking.

She owns this — and whether you believe in those extreme measures or not, Breed is clearly a fraud, a hypocrite and a stuck-up “freedom for me, but not for thee” elitist who clearly doesn’t have any interest in practicing what she preaches.





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Mayim Bialik And Ken Jennings To Host ‘Jeopardy!’ Rest Of Season, No More Guests

Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will split “Jeopardy!” hosting duties the rest of the season and there will be no more guests following Mike Richards’ departure.

The 45-year-old actress will host the remaining episodes of the popular game show from Sept. 20 through Nov. 5. with the former “Jeopardy!” champion helping out through the end of the year as each of their schedules allow, Variety magazine reported in a piece published Thursday. The show confirmed the news with a post on Twitter. (RELATED: Report: Aaron Rodgers’ ‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Hosting Gave Show A Huge Spike In Ratings)

The search for a permanent host will continue despite the fact there will be no more guest hosts coming in, TMZ noted.

Bialik was previously named by the company to host “Jeopardy!” prime-time specials with Richards taking over for the daily hosting duties for the late Alex Trebek. (RELATED: LeVar Burton Confirms He Has His Sights Set On Being The Next Host Of ‘Jeopardy!’)

Richards stepped down from hosting duties following criticism from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) about allegedly “disparaging remarks” he made in the past “about Jews, women & Asians.”

After Trebek lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, a large group of celebrities stepped in to help guest host the show, with several vying for the permanent gig. The list of guest hosts include Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, “Jeopardy!” champion Jennings, LeVar Burton, Savannah Guthrie, Bialik and many more.





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Disney to debut rest of 2021 films exclusively in theaters

FILE PHOTO: A screen shows the logo and a ticker symbol for the Walt Disney Company on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

September 11, 2021

(Corrects spelling of Colombia in paragraph 3)

By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -Walt Disney Co said on Friday it will release “Eternals,” “West Side Story” and the rest of its 2021 films exclusively in theaters before sending them to streaming, a show of confidence that moviegoing will rebound.

The company had experimented during the pandemic with debuting some movies on the Disney+ streaming service at the same time they ran in theaters. Cinema operators have been closely watching how Disney, which has dominated movie box offices in recent years, would handle its upcoming slate as the Delta variant slowed audiences’ return to multiplexes.

Disney said in a statement that animated musical “Encanto” will play in theaters for 30 days starting Nov. 24 and head to Disney+ just before Christmas. The film tells the story of a family who live in a magical house in the mountains of Colombia. It includes music written by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

All other Disney releases, including Marvel movie “Eternals” in November and Steven Spielberg’s revival of “West Side Story” in December, will play exclusively in cinemas for at least 45 days, the company said.

Disney’s most recent film, Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” just set a Labor Day weekend record with $94.7 million in ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters. The film, featuring a predominantly Asian cast including Simu Liu and Awkwafina, played only at cinemas.

But moviegoing for the year remains well below pre-pandemic levels. Theater chains including AMC Entertainment, Cineworld Plc and Cinemark Holdings Inc are counting on big fall and winter titles to lure customers back.

Disney’s other 2021 films are historical drama “The Last Duel” and animated comedy “Ron’s Gone Wrong” in October, and action spy film “The King’s Man” in December.

(Reporting by Lisa RichwineEditing by Chris Reese and David Gregorio)





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Late-Night Host Ghoulishly Mocks Sick and Unvaccinated: ‘Rest in Peace, Wheezy’

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, those on the left have argued for draconian restrictions, vaccine and mask mandates and other efforts to control the actions of others. Their justification for that behavior has been that they are supposedly trying to care for people’s health.

As we already know, that purported compassion extends only so far. When it comes to people who disagree with their views, many leftists do not hesitate to throw that compassion straight out the window.

The latest example of this hatred came from Jimmy Kimmel, one of the least-compassionate leftists of them all.

The ABC late-night host returned from a months-long summer break to host “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday, and he came out with guns blazing.

Kimmel started off by talking about an increase in COVID-19 cases compared with Labor Day 2020 and mocking the use of the drug ivermectin by coronavirus patients.

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“I leave you people alone for two months, you start taking horse worm medicine?” he said. (The Food and Drug Administration has approved ivermectin for humans but not as a COVID-19 treatment.)

He proceeded to suggest unvaccinated people deserve to die.

“Dr. Fauci said that if hospitals get any more overcrowded they’re going to have to make some very tough choices about who gets an ICU bed,” Kimmel said.

“I don’t know, that choice doesn’t seem so tough to me. Vaccinated person having a heart attack? Yes, come right on in, we’ll take care of you. Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy.’”

His throng of leftist lemmings responded with laughter and cheering, revealing their inner feelings.

You see, the left’s pitch that Democrats represent the more caring and compassionate party is a lie. People who care about others don’t cheer for their deaths simply because those people made a personal medical decision with which they disagree.

For radical leftists, compassion for conservatives is nonexistent. Instead, their insistence on controlling every American comes from a place of selfishness.

Conservative commentator Carmine Sabia took his argument one step further on Twitter. He said leftists are not just indifferent to the health of conservatives but actually want them to suffer.

“I’m fully vaccinated,” he wrote. “But what I have noticed is that the pandemic has allowed liberals to say what they really want. They want conservatives to die. Jimmy Kimmel and the others do not care about your vaccinated status. They want you dead.”

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While this is a serious allegation, it certainly has some merit. It’s clear that the left’s disdain for conservatives is a deeper issue that goes beyond the question of vaccination status. To ignore that truth would be naive.

Did you think Jimmy Kimmel is funny?

With his typical smug attitude, Kimmel went on to further trash anyone who used ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19.

“We’ve still got a lot of pan-dimwits out there,” he said. “People are still taking this ivermectin. This, you know, the poison control centers have seen a spike in calls from people taking this livestock medicine to fight the coronavirus, but they won’t take the vaccine.”

In addition to the fact that the ABC host’s condescending tone is simply insufferable to listen to, the content of his monologue is also untrue. While one doctor in Oklahoma made the claim that hospitals were overrun with patients who had overdosed on ivermectin, it was subsequently debunked after he was revealed to have been out of work for months.

That did not matter to Kimmel, who saw an opportunity to mock free-thinking Americans and jumped on it.

This is not the first time he has lied about conservatives in regard to COVID-19 just to get a few laughs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kimmel showed an edited video of then-Vice President Mike Pence carrying boxes of health supplies in May 2020.

During the video, Pence jokingly said he was carrying empty boxes as a publicity stunt. A simple examination of context could have shown the comment was a joke, but Kimmel could not be burdened to do that kind of research.

“I had only watched part of the video,” Kimmel said. “It turns out there were 29 minutes of this on C-SPAN that apparently indicate he was joking about carrying the empty boxes for the cameras.

“Which again, I didn’t know because I don’t have the mental endurance it requires to watch Mike Pence deliver boxes for 29 minutes on C-SPAN. But I should have watched the whole thing, I guess. Bottom line is, I was wrong. He was joking.”

Even in his apology, Kimmel could not resist taking shots at Pence and the Trump administration. He went on to compare his apology to “apologizing to Barry Bonds for using steroids,” and he said the fact that people held him accountable for his lie was “stupid” and “disgusting.”

As this incident makes clear, Kimmel and many others on the left do not care about the truth nearly as much as they care about mocking conservatives. They wish to bludgeon Republicans with whatever club they can find, and they don’t want to be inconvenienced by those pesky things we call facts.

No matter how many times the left claims to have compassion for everyone, it is still categorically untrue.





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‘Rest In Peace, Wheezy’: Jimmy Kimmel Says ICU Beds Should Only Be For Vaccinated

Jimmy Kimmel said the unvaccinated shouldn’t have access to beds in the Intensive Care Unit in hospitals and instead the beds should only go to those who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It was not a fun Labor Day weekend COVID-wise,” Kimmel shared on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show following his return to the show after a lengthy summer hiatus. The comments were noted by Fox News in a piece published Wednesday.

During the monologue, the host noted the number of new coronavirus cases are up “300%” compared to last year.

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“Dr. Fauci said if hospitals get any more overcrowded they’re going to have to make some very tough choices about who gets an ICU bed,” Kimmel shared. “That choice doesn’t seem so tough to me. Vaccinated person having a heart attack? ‘Yes, come right on in, we’ll take care of you.’ Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy.” (RELATED: ‘Ignorant A-Hole’: Jimmy Kimmel Rails Against Caitlyn Jenner Following Hannity Interview On CA Homeless Population)

The “horse goo” the host noted had to do with reports of people taking ivermectin to treat COVID-19. CNN and others have referred to the drug as a “horse dewormer.”

“We’ve still got a lot of pan-dimwits out there,” the 53-year-old talk show host said. “People are still taking this ivermectin. The poison control center have seen a spike in calls from people taking this livestock medicine to fight the coronavirus, but they won’t take the vaccine. It’s like if you’re a vegan and you’re like, ‘No, I don’t want a hamburger, give me that can of Alpo instead.’”

And Kimmel wasn’t the only one to roast people for taking the drug instead of getting the vaccine. (RELATED: ‘He’s Right’: Stephen Colbert Backs Biden, Compares ‘Radicals’ On Jan. 6 To Taliban In Afghanistan)

Stephen Colbert returned to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” with a “Mister Ed” parody titled “Doctor Ed” and a video that mocked those who were reportedly using ivermectin after testing positive for the coronavirus, the Huffington Post noted.

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In the opening, we see black-and-white footage from the classic TV show about a talking horse. It also included a new twist on the classic theme song from the show.

“A horse is a horse, of course, of course/don’t trust it as a medical source/that is of course unless the horse/is the famous Doctor Ed,” the song went.

“Ivermectin is ineffective against COVID, and when used incorrectly, it can kill you,” Colbert shared. “Worst of all, it tastes yucky.”

“The terrible taste led one Facebook user to ask, ‘Can I squeeze the paste into my anus instead of my mouth?’” he added. “Last time I checked, this was America. You bet you can! It says right on the label: for a horse’s ass.”





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Jimmy Kimmel Says Hospitals Should Turn Away the Unvaccinated and Tell Them ‘Rest in Peace’

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel made his return to television Tuesday by suggesting that anyone not vaccinated against the coronavirus should be turned away from a hospital to go die.

“I hope you had a relaxing Labor Day,” Kimmel said as he began his COVID-19-themed first monologue back from his summer vacation. “It was not a fun Labor Day weekend, COVID-wise. The number of new cases is up more than 300 percent from a year ago.”

Kimmel then cited White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci as saying the increase means not everyone can get an intensive care bed.

“Dr. Fauci said that if hospitals get any more overcrowded they’re going to have to make some very tough choices about who gets an ICU bed,” he said. “That choice doesn’t seem so tough to me. ‘Vaccinated person having a heart attack? Yes, come right on in, we’ll take care of you.’”

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“Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy,’” he said before the audience gushed over the comment.

Some said Kimmel was out of line.

After wishing death to the unvaccinated, Kimmel then launched into a sermonette trashing ivermectin, a drug that some believe can treat COVID-19, despite the medical establishment saying that it should not be used for that purpose.

“We’ve still got a lot of pan-dimwits out there,” Kimmel said. “People are still taking this ivermectin. … The poison control centers have seen a spike in calls from people taking this livestock medicine to fight the coronavirus, but they won’t take the vaccine. Which is craz — it’s like if you’re a vegan and you’re like, ‘No, I don’t want a hamburger, give me that can of Alpo instead.’”

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Although one media report claimed that ivermectin poisoning cases were running rampant, the report was subsequently proven to be false.

“One of the reasons these Sea Biscuits are opting for ivermectin is because they don’t trust big pharma, which is fine, I guess. Except for the fact that ivermectin is made by Merck, which is the fourth-largest pharmaceutical company in the world,” he said.

“And even Merck is telling people to cut it out. They released a statement saying ivermectin has ‘no scientific basis for potential therapeutic effect against COVID.’ There’s ‘No meaningful evidence for clinical activity or clinical efficacy in patients with COVID-19 disease.’ And there is ‘a concerning lack of safety data in the majority of studies,’” Kimmel said.

As he spoke, Kimmel displayed comments from a February statement issued by Merck about the drug.

“If a pharmaceutical company says, ‘please don’t take the drug we’re selling,’ you should probably listen to them. Or you could just go with a TikTok posted by a disgraced veterinarian instead,” he said.

“Meanwhile, these poor horses are like, ‘Hey, I have worms. I need that stuff,”’ Kimmel said.

Some groups of dissenting doctors, including the U.S.-based nonprofit Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance and the British Ivermectin Recommendation Development group, have promoted the off-label use of ivermectin to prevent and treat COVID-19.

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FLCCC reviewed meta-analyses of 18 randomized controlled trials on COVID-19 treatment with ivermectin. The group reported in the May/June 2021 issue of the American Journal of Therapeutics that it found “large, statistically significant reductions in mortality, time to clinical recovery, and time to viral clearance” connected with the use of ivermectin in COVID patients.

The alliance also reported that “numerous” trials showed significantly reduced risks of the disease when the drug was taken as a preventive.





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Jimmy Kimmel says unvaccinated Americans who’ve taken ivermectin should be denied ICU beds and left to die: ‘Rest in peace, wheezy’

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel gave his first post-summer vacation monologue Tuesday and wasted no time taking pot shots at unvaccinated Americans — particularly those who’ve taken the drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19.

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“I leave you people alone for two months, and you start taking horse worm medicine?” he asked the crowd in reference to ivermectin.

Minutes later, Kimmel upped the monologue ante from “pot shots” to a far more deplorable statement.

“Dr. [Anthony] Fauci said that if hospitals get any more overcrowded, they’re gonna have to make some very tough choices about who gets an ICU bed,” Kimmel said, before adding a witty gut-buster.

“That choice doesn’t seem so tough to me,” he continued. “Vaccinated person having a heart attack? Yes, come right on in, we’ll take care of ya. Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy.”

The pro-Kimmel woke crowd not surprisingly cheered and clapped loudly for the joke attempt saying certain citizens should be left to die.

But Kimmel was far from done.

‘A lotta pam-dimwits out there’

“We still got a lotta pam-dimwits out there,” Kimmel added. “People are still taking this ivermectin. The poison control centers have seen this spike in calls from people taking this livestock medicine to fight the coronavirus. But they won’t take the vaccine … it’s like you’re a vegan, and you’re like, ‘No, I don’t wanna hamburger; gimme that can of Alpo instead.’ One of the reasons these Seabiscuits are opting for ivermectin is because they don’t trust Big Pharma, which is fine I guess except for the fact that ivermectin is made by Merck, which is the fourth largest pharmaceutical company in the world. And even Merck is telling people to cut it out.”

The host then flashed a statement from Merck discouraging ivermectin’s use for treating COVID-19 and then told the audience, “Listen, if a pharmaceutical company says, ‘Please don’t take the drug we’re selling,’ you should probably listen to them — or you can just go with the Tik-Tok posted by the disgraced veterinarian instead. Meanwhile these poor horses are like, ‘Hey, I have worms; I need that stuff. There are worms in my butt, you understand?'”


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What Kimmel left out

As for Merck’s statement against ivermectin’s use for COVID-19, Kimmel failed to mention that Merck is working on a “COVID pill” that could help treat people with the virus who are not at risk of developing severe illness.

And for some reason Kimmel also failed to note the huge news about Joe Rogan recently recovering from COVID-19 and his statement that ivermectin was one of the medications a doctor prescribed for him and he took to fight the virus.

Maybe Kimmel skipped a Rogan quip since Rogan also floated the idea of suing CNN and host Jim Acosta for their reaction to his recovery.

“CNN is saying I’m taking horse dewormer,” Rogan said on his podcast Tuesday. “They must know that’s a lie.”

And while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised against using ivermectin to treat COVID-19, Rogan also brought up how a treatment for COVID-19 would spell disaster for the three vaccines and the drug companies making billions of dollars from them.

“You know, there is a lot of speculation,” he said. “One of the speculations involves the emergency use authorization for the vaccines. That, in order for there to be an emergency use authorization, there has to be no treatment for a disease.”





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Why It’s Time To Lay The ‘Two-State Solution’ To Rest For Good

Newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett paid a visit to Washington last week for his first high-level meetings with President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, leading Mideast pundits to once again reverberate with echoes of advancing a “Two-State Solution.” However, the “Two-State Solution” that was floated during decades past is now permanently dead and impossible. How do some Mideast experts not grasp its demise?

The ‘West Bank’ Is a Semantic Fiction

First, an important semantic clarification. In Israel, the land west of the Jordan River is called “Judea and Samaria.” The alternative term some use for the land — “West Bank” — is a misnomer, born of manifest geographic fiction and no Arab nomenclature for that region. Jersey City arguably may be the west bank of the Hudson River because much of lower Manhattan indeed can be seen from that city’s downtown, but the vast majority of Judea and Samaria are many miles from the Jordan river bank.

Judean cities like Hebron, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem; and Samarian cities like Shechem (Nablus), Karnei Shomron, and Shiloh are nowhere near a riverbank and are actual cities. For example, Ariel, a Jewish community in central Judea-Samaria, is a city of more than 20,000 people and is 21 miles west of the river. The city of Ma’aleh Adumim in Judea, seven miles from Jerusalem, has a population of nearly 40,000.

Semantics matter, because a discrete population on the “west bank” of a river presumably can be evacuated easily as part of a negotiated deal. Not so with the more than 130 Jewish communities established throughout Judea and Samaria.

As of January 2, 2021, approximately 325,000 Jews were living in Jerusalem’s Old City and in other eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem that Israel liberated in June 1967 during the Six-Day War. Equally striking, the Jewish population throughout the rest of Judea and Samaria on that date was reported at 475,481. Thus, more than 800,000 Jews now live quite permanently in Judea and Samaria.

They live in houses, permanent structures they have built over the past half-century. They pay monthly mortgages, refinance their home loans, furnish their houses and villas with couches, dining tables and chairs, beds and armoires, sinks and faucets, and related sanitary items. In other words, the nearly 1 million of them are not going anywhere.

Uprooting 800,000 People Is a Terrible Idea

A “Two-State Solution” that contemplates uprooting nearly 1 million Jews from their homes, workplaces, and lives is not only unrealistic and impracticable but is absurd and impossible.

Back in 1982 Israel evacuated Yamit, a community of 2,500 Jews, from the Sinai region as part of its 1979 peace agreement with Egypt. In 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon evacuated 8,600 Jews from Gush Katif when he decided to hand over Gaza unilaterally to its resident Arab government.

While the Hamas terrorist group soon gained control of the ceded territory, most missed what transpired meantime in Israel with the Jewish evacuees. Even a decade later, many still had not found permanent new homes and employment economically comparable to what they had enjoyed.

Accordingly, now consider that, for Israel to evacuate its Jewish population from Judea and Samaria, it would have to undertake displacing a population almost 100 times that of Gush Katif — indeed, more than 11 percent of the country’s entire Jewish population of nearly seven million. Israel would need to relocate some 800,000 Jews to new houses and new jobs, and their children to new schools, all in a country 8,019 square miles, an area smaller than Vermont and a bit larger than New Jersey.

The Two-State Idea Does Not Fit Geopolitical Realities

Dating back to the inception of the dispute, one of several unequivocal Arab demands from Yasser Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas on Israel’s east, and similarly non-negotiable from Hamas in Gaza, is that no Jew remains behind anywhere in Judea and Samaria. Thus, the issue not only is intractable but impossible.

Somehow the Trump administration, breaking with more than half a century of State Department orthodoxy, figured this out. They walked away from a “Two-State Solution” that had become a pipe dream and instead managed to forge new alliances for Israel with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco by building on new Middle Eastern realities. They grasped that Iran, a Shiite Islamic society now led by messianically zealous imams intent on acquiring nuclear power, is bent on taking down Sunni Muslim polities no less than to obliterate the Jewish government of Israel.

The proxy civil war in Yemen, now in its seventh year, is but one manifestation of the Shiite-Sunni internecine life-and-death struggle. Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government they are fighting have killed more than 100,000 of each other since September 2014, with no end in sight.

For Sunni Arab governments fighting for their survival and to preserve their ways of life, a strong Israel in the neighborhood, prepared to take on Iran, is a bulwark — even more now that the Biden-Blinken foreign policy, punctuated by disastrous miscalculations in retreating from Afghanistan, seems focused on returning America to appeasing Iran’s mullahs. Consequently, for those on the front lines of Mideast reality, a “Two-State Solution” is nothing more than an apparition.

There Aren’t Even Two States to Deal With

Nor, in fact, are the parties to the “solution” actually “two states.” Again, semantics matter. Oklahoma and Wyoming are “states.” By contrast, England, France, Germany, and even Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein are “countries.” It seems easier to work things out between, say, Idaho and Montana than between India and Pakistan.

Israel is not a Rhode Island. Rather, it is called a “state” because of a biblical linguistic quirk. The Hebrew word for “country” is “eretz,” which also means “land.” Thus, the term “Eretz Israel” has two meanings: It could mean “Country of Israel,” but it also could mean the biblical “Land of Israel” that extends either from “Dan to Beersheba” (Judges 20:1) or from the Nile to the Euphrates (Genesis 15:18). To avoid confusion and to assure observers that the Jewish polity has no designs on biblical conquest, Israel’s founders opted to use a synonym that would avoid misconceptions, so they opted for “Medinat Israel,” which means “State of Israel.”

Nonetheless, Israel is not a Delaware or Connecticut. Thus, Mideast peace challenges are not akin to persuading the governors of West Virginia and Kentucky to back off from ordering their respective National Guard troops to invade each other’s states amid the Hatfield-McCoy cross-border tensions that ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court. There is no “Two-State Solution,” and a “Two Country Solution” that would force Israel out of the Jewish patrimony and would create a new Afghanistan in the evacuated territory is not going to happen.

Middle East Harmony Is Best Pursued Other Ways

Peace in the Middle East is strategically important for America. Countries like Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, and Israel are important anchors for our national interests. Israel offers America a democratically stable, cost-effective, battle-tested outpost in a region that oversees the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf.

Israel’s advanced technological leadership has enabled her to leverage her military experiences to share with U.S. defense department and weapons manufacturers research and development information of incalculable value. She provides us reliable intelligence that urgently supplements our agencies’ blind spots in a region we often have assessed erroneously at a terrible cost. Such instances include the 1973 Arab oil boycott; the rise of the Khomeini revolution that ousted our ally, the Shah of Iran; the 1983 South Lebanon bombing that took 241 U.S. Marines’ lives; and continuing to the present failures that saw us wrongly assess the “Arab Spring,” catastrophically “lead from behind” in Libya, and now exit Afghanistan.

We do not help ourselves by continuing to resurrect century-old Mideast “solutions” that no longer bear any relationship to reality but distract our allies and give succor to those searching for strategic weak spots in the new administrations in Washington and Jerusalem.

Dov Fischer, formerly Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review and an adjunct professor of law at two Southern California law schools, is Senior Contributing Editor at The American Spectator and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Coalition for Jewish Values.





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