The Lobby should shut up.
by Blue In SC and MD, Fri Feb 27, 2009 at 06:30:31 AM EST
I struggle mightily with the current humanitarian dilemma in Gaza - I understand Israel's reluctance to do anything that empowers Hamas, but share with many people the frustration of seeing innocent people suffer.
And, apparently, a frustration that Secretary of State Clinton also has. So when a friend of Israel - as she has long been - expresses concern that Israel is dragging her feet on getting aid to those who need it most, I think it merits serious consideration.
What is does NOT merit is shreiking and finger-pointing from Israel's supporters in the US. It's one thing to be worried that Hamas gains strength for every dollar or shekel that crosses one of the Gaza checkpoints, but it's quite another to scream invectives and cast aspersions upon someone who very clearly has Israel's well-being in her expressions and deeds.
The subject of how to deal with the Middle East broadly and the Israel-Palestine conflict more specifically has been elevated to the highest offices, and the presence of someone like Hillary Clinton smack in the middle of the discussion should be a point of comfort for the Lobby. Don't let her concern for the plight of those who suffer distract or distort from what is an impeccable record on Israel, nor let it serve as a wedge on an issue that everyone can agree upon - needless suffering is just that: needless. Whether Jew or Muslim, Arab or Israeli, NO ONE'S interests are served by the suffering of the innocent.
So do all of us who love and support Israel a favor - shut up.