Rebuttal of Boston Herald’s Painstakingly Factually Incorrect Editorial

I recently sent in an editorial to the Boston Herald and was turned down for this article here. This article might take the cake as one of the worst articles I have read in a week and believe me I read plenty of bad ones. The Boston Herald is known for being right wing so it comes at no surprise to see this article, but if this is all it takes to get an article in the Boston Herald, I guess I should take it as a compliment they did not take mine. It starts by saying:

“It is one thing for Israel in the course of its face-to-face negotiations with the Palestinian Authority to willingly give up land for peace. It is quite another for President Barack Obama to give it up for them and well ahead of any progress at the bargaining table.”

“Giving up land” is common Zionist speak for giving back internationally recognized Palestinian territory. This sort of speak is used to make it seem that Israel has legitimate claims to the West Bank and Gaza which no international court or body has ever recognized. This is cut and dry in academic circles but I know how hard it can be to open up a book or read a UN resolution Boston Herald, don’t worry, I understand. Next the editorial said:

“While insisting, “As for Israel, our friendship is rooted deeply in a shared history and shared values” and that “our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakable,” he proceeded to lay out a plan that could jeopardize that security”

Again I touched upon this issue on “Obama still does not understand the Middle East Part II” that Israel first can not claim security while it is conducting a military occupation, it is obscene. Second, Israel’s threats are jokes at best. If you believe in the State System you must believe in the right of the state protecting its citizens, what serious, and I mean this with whole heartedness, SERIOUS threat, does Israel fear from a Palestinian state? You can check my referenced Le Monde article here. It is a joke, why do we have to respect the security of the 4th largest military power in the world who occupies millions of people and yet do not even think of affording that same right to equal human beings? Simply racist and obscene. Next it stated:

“Insisting that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed upon swaps . . . That means, of course, giving up the Golan Heights — something Israel has long insisted it might be willing to do at the bargaining table, even though that leaves its northern border vulnerable to the whims of Syrian-backed Hezbollah terrorists”

This is amazing of course because Hizballah has not attacked Israel from the Golan Heights…ever. Look it up if you do not believe me. The Golan Heights is one of the most landmined and patrolled regions in the world. Hizballah attacked Israel (not the sovereign territory itself mostly) when Israel was illegally occupying and carrying out atrocities in the south of Lebanon. If you want to refer to 2006 Hizballah captured two soldiers to try and trade them for Lebanese illegally held in Israeli prisons, which Israel then invaded and Hizballah retaliated., again not once from the Golan Heights. In addition the Golan Heights have nothing to do with the Palestinians and are to be negotiated with the Syrians and Lebanese, 99% the Syrians. It is just so mindblowing that this author could not even check what land Obama is referring to. They continue with:

“But there are many others who fear that giving up the Golan and the West Bank will end up no better than ending the Israeli presence in Gaza. There, more than 8,000 Jewish settlers left behind homes and businesses and for what? So that Hamas could take over and terrorists could continue the shelling of southern Israel unobstructed”

Israel did take settlers out of Gaza, I do admit that is the most accurate statement in this article. BUT Gaza is still occupied, it loses 1/3 of its agricultural land by the 300m Israeli buffer zone on its border, Gazans can not fish more than 3 nautical miles off their cost, have no land border they are in charge of, and do not have sovereignty over their airspace…but you know, the rockets.

Dear Boston Herald; if this is what you call an editorial worthy of your newspaper, thank you for not choosing mine. It would be an extreme insult to me to be put next to this fallacy called an editorial. Signed Chris

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