House Rep. Hank Johnson (D – GA), already famous for once worrying that too many soldiers on Guam could “capsize” the island and lead to thousands of deaths, is back in the news with another idiotic proclamation. This time, Johnson is under fire for his comments on Jewish settlers in Israel.
“There has been a steady, almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming,” said Johnson at an anti-Israel event in Philadelphia.
“We’ve gotten to the point where the thought of a Palestinian homeland gets further and further removed from reality,” he added.
Well, yes, that’s because Palestinians won’t stop firing missiles at Israel. It’s because terrorists go on stabbing rampages every so often, spreading fear and misery throughout Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It’s because you have organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas who want nothing more than to keep the violence going for as long as possible. When there is peace, there is no more cash coming in from Iran, after all.
Democrats like Johnson were upset that the official party platform has eliminated verbiage accusing Israel of “occupying” the Palestinian territory. They want a new platform from Democrats that will take sides against our strongest Middle Eastern ally and put the United States in line with the UN, which has consistently treated Israel like a terrorist state.
The ramifications of that mistake would echo throughout history, which is why not even liberals like Obama and Hillary Clinton will cross that line. This has hardly been a pro-Israel administration, but Obama knows better than to abandon ties with the powerful democracy. We need all the help we can get in that region.
No matter what, it would be a miracle if we were to see peace between Israel and their Arab neighbors in our lifetime. Rhetoric like this, though, will make it even harder to find a lasting solution.