Mort Klein is at it again. His latest outrage is to ridicule the two-state solution in overtly racist terms according to this YouTube video. Note also the outright lies contained in Klein’s timorous high-pitched whiny rant:
What is this “two-state solution?” You all understand that by using that phrase we all intuitively understand that the Arabs refuse to accept Israel as a Jewish state. That’s why we call it a two-state solution, because really it’s a 23rd Arab state solution. But in fact the Arab world and the Palestinian Authority doesn’t accept Israel’s right to exist. They haven’t since it began. They haven’t since Oslo. They don’t to this very day.
…Has any population been less suited for statehood? Their culture, the whole Palestinian-Arab culture is drenched in violence, and murder and hatred. God forbid such a state comes into reality. The former head of the CIA Jim Woolsey warns that it might be decades before they might be ready.
And when we look at Gaza, it gives us a very good idea of what a Palestinian state will look like with armed gangs, and kidnapping and anarchy and the rest. We dare not establish such a state.
Only a deluded true believer like Klein would ignore decades of history which prove that the PA has already accepted Israel’s existence. That Saudi Arabia proposed doing so in 2002 while Sharon ignored their proposal. That Syria is proposing just such a thing in return for the Golan.
It’s also humorous that Klein uses that true blue neocon Jim Woolsey as the arbiter of when the Palestinians will be ready to create an independent state. Other than being an ideological soulmate, what credentials does Woolsey bring to the table that give him any credibility in this field?
As for Gaza, Klein once again is in cloud-cuckoo land. Hamas, no matter how much we may dislike its politics and violent history, has actually created law and order in Gaza where none existed under Dahlan and the Fatah thugs. It is convenient for Klein to confuse Fatah’s mafia like behavior with Jewish abhorrence of Hamas’ militancy as if there is no difference between them. That’s what political-intellectual bullies do. In fact, in a number of ways Mort Klein reminds me of a slightly more muted, slightly more sophisticated, slightly less apocalyptic version of Meir Kahane. But make no mistake, both their views will lead us and Israel to the same place. That is, off a cliff.
That’s why I call Klein’s rant against the two-state solution the “no-state solution.” Because it means there will be no Palestinian state and possibly no Jewish state as well. Or at least no Israel as we know it, since the bloodshed that ensues from Klein’s take no prisoners/scorched earth approach will make Israel untenable and unviable as an ongoing national enterprise.
So who has honored this embarrassment to the Jewish people? JTA of course. Yup, there’s Mort’s byline in the October 13th edition saying, what else, that Palestinians don’t deserve their own state. What does that tell you about the editorial judgment of JTA’s editors that they honor a Jewish racist with his very own byline?
One of the more humorous lines from Klein’s piece is:
It is simply a flat-earth statement to describe Judea, Samaria and Gaza as occupied.
If anyone holds “flat earth” views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict it would be Mort Klein. Kudos to JTA for letting Mort spread his poison under their auspices. And remember–this is the same guy who put out a press release which JTA quoted claiming Desmond Tutu likened Israel to the Nazis, which turned out to be a fraud. So what does the news agency do in the face of such reprobate behavior? It gives him another chance to spout his utter nonsense and lies. This makes JTA a laughingstock as a serious news organization.