Day 23 of the Omer yadda yadda blah blah etc.
JTA reports on some strange, unsubstantiated stuff sometimes and often refuses to intelligently question what people in positions of power feed to them. That aside, I usually find their blog, the The Telegraph (“Odds & ends from the staff of JTA”) to be fairly interesting, englightening, whatever, etc. And yet, today, one of its contributors, Ami Eden posted a couple of pieces of nonesense, causing me to have an aneurism.
First, Eden tries to argue that Bush is really the man for the job as far as Mideast peace goes. I dunno where Eden’s been these last two presidential terms, but are you kidding me? In what universe does that make sense. And, by the way, “I believe, for reasons that I don’t want to go into, that for Syria, the road to Washington must cross Jerusalem. I know what I’m talking about” is really not enough to convince me. “I know what I’m talking about”? Really? What are you talking about? If you know, could you perhaps enlighten the rest of us? This sound like the kind of half-asses nonesense I write sometimes. Here’s the difference: I’m a 19-year-old with a WordPress account; Ami Eden is a professional writer for a real-life news outlet.
Second, Eden quotes Saree Makdisi, professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA and the author of “Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation”, trying to convince us that two-state solution is no longer a viable option. What’s changed according to Eden and Makdisi? “Israel has irreversibly cemented its grip on the land on which a Palestinian state might have been created.” What the hell is irreversible about it? I’m just confused on this point, I guess.