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May 15, 2018 2:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Congressman Lee Zeldin Attends Opening Of U.S. Embassy In Israel

Mr. Zeldin with Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife, Sara Netanyahu, First Daughter Ivanka Trump and White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner. COURTESY KATHLEEN VINCENTZ
May 15, 2018 2:11 PM

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin attended the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem earlier this week after meeting privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a congressional delegation visit.

On Monday, which marked the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding, the U.S. Embassy was moved from its previous location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the holy city, by President Donald Trump to recognize it as the country’s capital, a decision announced in December 2017, and a pledge he had made during the presidential campaign a year earlier.

The move sparked deadly protests along the Gaza border, which sits northwest of Israel, from Palestinians, who, like the Israelis, also refer to Jerusalem as their capital. Israel has controlled West Jerusalem, where their parliament and the prime minister’s home are, since 1949, and in 1967 captured East Jerusalem.

The Palestinians are rallying to take control of East Jerusalem and had been protesting the relocation of the American embassy for several weeks. On Monday, demonstrations turned deadly, and as of Tuesday 58 people had been killed and more than 2,700 injured by Israeli troops guarding the border, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

In a statement, Mr. Zeldin, who was one of 14 members to participate in the congressional delegation, referred to the embassy relocation as “long overdue” and said he was grateful for President Trump’s decision.

“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, and this is where our embassy should be located,” Mr. Zeldin said in a press release. “The support, pride and warm welcome from Israelis has been such a remarkable memory I will never want to forget. This is a historic day not only for the life of a nation but also for an alliance between nations that is second to none.”

In addition to the politicians from the Senate and House of Representatives, a presidential delegation was led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who is a special advisor.

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Good! We are a sovereign nation and will have our embassy where we choose
By bigfresh (3446), north sea on May 15, 18 3:11 PM
Lee Zeldin. Wonderful! Did he stop to say "Hi" to the folks of the dead baby or attend the funerals of dozens of murdered Palestinians on the Gaza strip? The picture here of Zeldin standing next to Netanyahu; who has been embroiled in his own corruption scandal, and the lesser Trump Ivanka and a Kushner in-law, tell me all I need to know about Zeldin. Please vote this overambitious Trump-lemming out of office.
By Jean (78), whb on May 15, 18 3:44 PM
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1. Who is stupid enough to bring a baby to a violent area and demonstrate.
2. The baby had a pre existing condition that caused it's death as per the Hamas medical examiner.
3. Israel has every right to defend itself, and the US could and shoild take notes. ALL Israelis are militarily trained at the age of 18,, unless they get a special exemption. 77% on average serve their country, and develope national pride, They are not sitting in mom's basement waiting for someone to do something for ...more
By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 15, 18 5:07 PM
"I believe that our right to the Land is absolute and unshakable and it that [sic] includes the entire Land [...] The correct policy, from the point of view of Israeli interests regarding our political ability at the moment, is to combine the attempt to hold the maximum amount of territory and apply sovereignty over the maximum amount of territory while keeping the Arab population within it to a minimum. This situation already exists in Area C, which is under our control; there are little more than ...more
May 15, 18 7:58 PM appended by Mr. Z
Does anyone else not the incredible level of irony regarding Israel engaging in ethnic cleansing?
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 15, 18 7:58 PM
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By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 15, 18 9:36 PM
“Killing, raping and looting have been common practices in religious societies, and often carried out with clerical sanction. The catalogue of notorious barbarities – wars and massacres, acts of terrorism, the Inquisition, the Crusades, the chopping off of thieves’ hands, the slicing off of clitorises and labia majora, the use of gang rape as punishment, and manifold other savageries committed in the name of one faith or another — attests to religion’s longstanding ...more
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 15, 18 10:42 PM
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By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 16, 18 8:22 PM
Y'know I meant to ask.

Where is that piece of parchment which outlines the land deal signed by "God"? Was it signed "Iaweh", or perhaps Ieshua after the former stepped away from the Chairmanship?
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 16, 18 8:50 PM
I'm wondering where the proof is that Arabs from Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have a right to live there and Jews do not ? Perhaps proof that the Arabs,not Jews, belong there is mentioned right next to Jerusalem in the Koran ? Or perhaps when the mosque was built on top of the Temple Mount the paperwork was lost ?
By Sturgis (349), Southampton on May 17, 18 9:48 AM
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Yeah, I always meant to ask you....since you so brilliantly defended your "belief in God" lie....

Prove there is NO God.

Good luck copy and paste.
By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 17, 18 10:22 AM
Has anyone ever laid eyes on "God"?

Has any scientist ever found proof of an omnipotent being?

The answer is "NO". The simple fact "God" has never personally shown his/her/it's face is proof enough that one does not exist.

The concept of an absentee God is no better than an absentee landlord.
May 17, 18 7:33 PM appended by Mr. Z
As I have stated before, does the Bible not say that it's god's will when it's time for a person to die? So thusly, "God" is responsible for every death when it's time comes. There's your proof, and it's written right there in your dogma. Even a blind man could have figured that out.
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 17, 18 7:33 PM
Has any scientist ever found proof that God does not exist?

Has anyone in the Bible ever laid eyes on God?

The answer is NO.

Is it explained in the Bible why?

That answer is yes. Do your homework.

I guess that means you are extremely brilliantly ignorant in my "dogma"

And your quote was

"Belief in a "God" is the single greatest cause of death and war in human history."

Stop trying to dodge the moronic statement and pony ...more
By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 17, 18 11:09 PM
When "God" shows him/itself on Earth, then there will be absolute proof of it's existence. Having proof something does not exist isn't how science and reality works. That's why believing in an omnipotent being which has never shown itself is a clinical psychotic delusion based on ignorance, superstition, and fear. That's science.

Your "Good Book" penned by human hands and it's deleted gospels were not written by a supernatural being. It was written by people who weren't advanced enough ...more
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 18, 18 3:12 AM
Is there anything you aren't a genius of?
By SlimeAlive (811), Southampton on May 18, 18 7:17 AM
So your answer to your completely asinine "Belief in God" nonsense is based on the Bible and God?

Hypocritical thinking of simple minds have done enormous damage to civilization. Sort of like placing a chimp in a room of fine china.

Did you see the "green marble"? If you didn't see it it never existed...your train of thought not mine.

And science believed the universe began in a "big bang".....then proved itself wrong,

Here are some more scientific lies for you. ...more
By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 18, 18 9:01 AM
No. There is wonderment at your disagreement to the statement. As everything is "God's Will", no?

Listen, we have technology. We have proven what spectra atoms reflect, or do not reflect. Via geology, we can glean not only the contents of the early atmosphere due to basic chemical processes; we can gauge atmospheric content in most any geological age. Thusly, we can determine the composition or the Earth's early atmosphere and what light it's composition would reflect. So yeah, we ...more
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 19, 18 12:12 AM
So it was green because your imperfect "science" says so? Some "scientists" wrote it down in a book and it's true?

Your defense of your "Belief in God" is shallow and ironic. To use God's "will" one would have to believe in God. You clearly do not, so your defense of that moronic statement laughable.

Placing that aside, let's move on to how God is the greatest cause of war.

I await your scientific response.
By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 19, 18 9:35 AM
A scientific response is wasted on you.
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 19, 18 4:55 PM
Pretty much what I figured, you have no answer, "scientific" or otherwise.

I did read that science is working on the impetuous nature of sleep depraved chimps, THAT I find interesting.
Smithsonian study.
By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 19, 18 10:08 PM
Nah, honestly is wasted effort.
May 19, 18 10:45 PM appended by Mr. Z
BTW, let me know if he/she/it ever comes around. First round is on me. Until then...
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 19, 18 10:45 PM
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By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 20, 18 8:34 AM
Your probably right,whatever "scientific' answer you pull out of the air will be proven wrong by "science" in 5 years.
By Bayman3142 (121), Southampton on May 20, 18 12:16 PM
Most likely not. But, an "answer" by science has tangibility. And they are still wasted in a debate with you. You will simply find whatever spider silk strand of information you can use to cling to a belief in something which has zero proof of existence.

I'd say peace, but as long as religion isn't a footnote in history it will not happen. I'll just say Ubuntu.
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 20, 18 4:52 PM
The last 5 Presidents all promised on multiple occasions to move the embassy and honor the capital of Israel as Jerusalem. Trump was the only one who wasn't lying.
By even flow (626), East Hampton on May 15, 18 8:33 PM
These aren't lies either:

Besides being built illegally [Israeli settlements] on private and public Palestinian land, settlements impact the day-to-day life of Palestinians in many ways.

In 2016, the UN found that the economy of the occupied Palestinian territories would be twice as large if the 50-year occupation were lifted.

Israel's policies of occupation and settlement have come to be seen as a purposeful strategy of de-development to weaken resistance to military ...more
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 15, 18 9:12 PM
My point is that we , as a sovereign nation, have the right too choose where we set up our Embassy.
By bigfresh (3446), north sea on May 16, 18 6:13 AM
Consequences be dammed, just like in 1948 when people were displaced to create Israel in the first place.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 16, 18 6:16 AM
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I have friends whose family was forcibly removed from their ancestral lands and understand the animosity towards Israel. That being said I stand by my post above.
By bigfresh (3446), north sea on May 16, 18 8:13 AM
It's not even about animosity, it's simple cause and effect.

Of course we have a "right" (as in a privilege) to decide where our embassy is.

The question is whether it's the "right" (as in correct) thing to do.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 16, 18 8:20 AM
Why would it not be the correct thing to do ?
By Biba (363), East Hampton on May 16, 18 11:26 AM
Predictable and unnecessary loss of life is the first thing that comes to mind.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 16, 18 11:33 AM
No kidding....it's been predictable the last 70 years ,where have you been ? If you really believe a protest was not going to occur anyway, at some point for any number of reasons, you're naïve. What was different between the years 1995 -2018 as compared to when these "peaceful protests" took place ? The conflict in the region occurred during those years did it not ?
By Biba (363), East Hampton on May 16, 18 4:10 PM
It sounds like you believe the same loss of life would have happened this week if we hadn't made the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

I don't share that view.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 16, 18 4:44 PM
The bottom line is that if you truly meant to create peace and not brush aside ethnic cleansing there would be two embassies.

I mean honestly; killing Samaritans?
By Mr. Z (10086), North Sea on May 16, 18 8:59 PM
Samaritans...? Please explain.
By Biba (363), East Hampton on May 17, 18 8:36 AM
According to wikipedia, Samaritans are "an ethnoreligious group of the Levant originating from the Israelites (or Hebrews) of the Ancient Near East," some of whom live in modern-day Palestine.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 17, 18 9:31 AM
Thanks..but I was being sarcastic and , asking Z....
By Biba (363), East Hampton on May 17, 18 10:31 AM
Apologies. I interpreted that as a genuine request for edification and thought you'd be better off not having to wait.
May 17, 18 10:35 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
At least now Z knows not to waste his time answering facetious questions!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 17, 18 10:35 AM
LEE ZELDIN ROCKS !!!!!!
By pw herman (927), southampton on May 16, 18 8:56 AM
Rocks? In his head? Undoubtably. I used to think he was a good guy. No more.He no more represents his constituents than Trump represents America. Check Zeldin's funding sources; check his pathetic record of not voting independently. Check some of the dumb legislation he's associated with, like "protecting?" the sadly toxic waste dump called Plum Island? Securing his Durable Medical Equipment political donations? He refuses to discuss affordable health care. He has become the swamp. Obsequious photo ...more
By Jean (78), whb on May 16, 18 2:52 PM
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Ah yes
It’s good to know the lies and propaganda about Israel are alive and well
SMH
What a shame
By Sturgis (349), Southampton on May 16, 18 9:05 AM
Can you please specify which lies and propaganda you refer to? I'd like to know your views.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 16, 18 9:13 AM
Everything you just posted ....is a lie.
However I will never convince you so no worries....
There’s plenty of information on line to debunk every anti Israel and anti Zionist claim.
So do your own research
Trust me I’m not concerned about being “redlined”, I just don’t have the time to educate you ...
May 16, 18 9:23 AM appended by Sturgis
Oh here we go ...with your sarcasm and games ....I’ll take the bait just this one time .... Besides the fact that America has that right, yes that’s true Happy now But seriously Do some research
By Sturgis (349), Southampton on May 16, 18 9:23 AM
So the part where I said "we have a "right" (as in a privilege) to decide where our embassy is" is a lie?

You don't think we have a right to decide where our embassy is?
May 16, 18 9:29 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
Oops, that was a duplicate. Anyway, feel free to mull it over and get back to us tomorrow.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 16, 18 9:29 AM
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By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 16, 18 9:29 AM
To your append: is it a lie that people were displaced from their homes during the establishment of Israel in 1948?

Looking back at my comments, that's the only other claim I made.
May 16, 18 10:04 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
That's right, gotta wait till tomorrow for the answer, if it ever comes.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 16, 18 10:04 AM
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By johnj (795), Westhampton on May 16, 18 9:59 AM
Once again, Lee Zeldin has proven to us why he is unqualified to be our elected member of Congress. His grasp of both history and diplomacy are woefully lacking. By moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Trump has changed the perceived status of The United States from trusted impartial peacemaker to partisan partner of Israel - so much for the "Art of the Deal".

This move wiped out 70 years of difficult diplomatic work to bring peace to this area. I am positive that Lee hasn't ...more
By SpeedRacer (92), Southampton on May 16, 18 12:38 PM
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Are you for real...70 years of difficult diplomatic work ??? The PLO refused each and every plan for peace and a sovereign state. Is giving Gaza back one example of diplomatic work? We see how well that turned out...Peace will be achieved when Israel's neighbors and the PLO acknowledge Israel's right to exist.... period. This embassy move did not change a thing, it was just an excuse to riot .The JEA was written in 1995 but never implemented. Did peace exist in the region between 1995 and when these ...more
By Biba (363), East Hampton on May 18, 18 11:54 AM
Jerusalem is stolen land.

At the founding of the state of Israel, Jerusalem was designated "corpus separatum" by the UN, intended to be governed by an international regime due to its sacredness to three major religions. Israel occupied it by military force and has remained in occupation since. That's against international law, just as was the German occupation of Poland in WWII.

Up until now, the US has tacitly approved of the Israeli occupation. With the move of the embassy ...more
By highhatsize (3525), East Quogue on May 16, 18 1:29 PM
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It's all stolen land if you go back far enough. In any event, my suggestion for dealing with the problem at hand:

Why don't we carve out some land and give the people living in walled-in ghettos a homeland of their own? What could go wrong?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 16, 18 2:00 PM
The violence in Gaza has ZERO to do with the embassy and EVERYTHING to do with the rejection of the existence of Israel, anywhere in the region, period. Nothing new.
It's been confirmed that Egyptian intelligence warned Hamas about further instigation against Israel and also had evidence that Hamas paid civilians to approach the border. There's also been confirmation that 53 of the casualties were Hamas members , not civilians. Again this was not a peaceful protest. It's Hamas doing what it ...more
May 17, 18 11:06 AM appended by Sturgis
Pretty sure I made myself clear. Also, they were not unarmed. They're pawns used by Hamas, many being Hamas members. But you have your mind made up and that's fine. Do a little more research, start with Kerem Shalom crossing. It's clear your bias against Israel is keeping you from the truth.
By Sturgis (349), Southampton on May 17, 18 11:06 AM
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So you also believe the same loss of life would have occurred this week if the embassy hadn't been moved?

If unarmed civilians are intentionally shot by sniper fire does it matter what political party they belong to?
May 17, 18 11:12 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
Perhaps you think those holding sticks and stones are deserving of distant sniper fire. I don't.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 17, 18 11:12 AM
I've already answered your loss of life question. In reference to your sticks and stones comment ,you failed to mention a few key details....such as the Molotov cocktails, homemade bombs, knives bulldozers and my personal favorite the kites with the swastikas carrying incendiary payloads that have caused highly destructive fires. You choose to believe that these people aren't armed. You also choose to believe that this is a peaceful protest of the embassy move. It makes your anti Israel rhetoric ...more
May 18, 18 8:37 AM appended by Sturgis
I stated that at least 53 of the "peaceful protesters" killed were Hamas members. But according to you, an unarmed Hamas member is not a terrorist. Interesting theory.......Unarmed paid civilians that approached the fence were following Hamas' orders. These people are called pawns. I'm not sure if any IDF were killed or injured but I'm sure you'll be pleased to know plenty have been over the many years of conflicts. It's very clear to me that you are unfamiliar with the definitions of terrorism,war and self defense. You choose to ignore facts and you repeat yourself in some desperate attempt to prove your ridiculous point. Oh and I left something out of my post earlier: flaming tires.
By Sturgis (349), Southampton on May 18, 18 8:37 AM
So if I find a single instance of an unarmed protester who was shot by distant sniper fire, are you wrong?

How many Israeli military have been injured?
May 18, 18 9:24 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
I don't understand how you can justify shooting an unarmed person to death. No matter what they did yesterday or what they may do tomorrow, they are not a threat today from hundreds of yards away.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 18, 18 9:24 AM
In Israel's previous attack on Gaza, back in 2014, it sent its army and air force against a civilian population. 1500 died then. Thank god that today it's only 60.

Further proof that human life that isn't Jewish holds no value for the Israeli government.
By highhatsize (3525), East Quogue on May 17, 18 2:01 PM
Yes because that's what Israel does. Attacks without ANY provocation whatsoever ! You too are leaving out some key details. Thank God its only 60 with 53 of them being confirmed Hamas terrorists. Have some of the pawns of Hamas been killed ..yes. The fact that the IDF has limited the damage to that point is remarkable . But I must remember you historically disagree with Israel defending her borders and citizens , which include Arab Muslims.
By Sturgis (349), Southampton on May 18, 18 8:54 AM
"Have some of the pawns of Hamas been killed ..yes."

Unarmed civilian pawns are still unarmed civilians.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 18, 18 12:04 PM
No, what Israel does is respond to "provocation", however insubstantial, with overwhelming, indiscriminate, deadly force - - - so long as there is no possibilty that a Jew would be harmed in the process.

The examples of this are myriad. In addition to the current Gaza killings, there is the Gaza slaughter of 2014; the various killings of international aid workers trying to protect innocent Palestinian civilians; and, lest we forget, the killing of our countrywoman, Rachel Corrie, whose ...more
By highhatsize (3525), East Quogue on May 18, 18 12:22 PM
Wrong...
By Biba (363), East Hampton on May 18, 18 12:43 PM
Highhatsize,,MrZ ,ForeignHB, et al... I am sure the Shinnecock Nation and all native born people (North & South America) are happy to hear that Europeans are going back to Europe and giving them back the Land their Gods gave them.
By SpeedRacer (92), Southampton on May 18, 18 1:33 PM
What a strange comment, can anyone decipher what it means?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 19, 18 10:30 AM
To HHS
You are correct Jerusalem WAS stolen....by Jordanians.
The UN partition plan did call for Jerusalem to become a corpus separatum but this was to be for only 10 years after which the city's status was to be redetermined in a referendum. However the Jordanians basically nullified the corpus separatum by ILLEGALLY occupying eastern parts of Jerusalem. This is very similar to the way a Palestinian state was nullified because of the attack perpetrated on Israel the day it became a state.

As ...more
By Biba (363), East Hampton on May 19, 18 3:19 PM
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Israel should respond to indiscriminate deadly force in a way other than indiscriminate deadly force.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 19, 18 9:20 PM
Really? In your opinion, phone calls, dropping leaflets and roof knocking is indiscriminate...interesting. Tell me , because I can see you have all the answers, what should Israel do about rockets, Molotov cocktails, terror tunnels? One more question. If the Jews are such blood thirsty land thieves with no regard for human life and they have all the good weapons....why are there any Palestinians alive at all ????
By Sturgis (349), Southampton on May 19, 18 11:01 PM
I was talking specifically about the recent unarmed civilians who were hit with sniper fire from hundreds of yards away.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 19, 18 11:03 PM
Yea ...sure .
By Sturgis (349), Southampton on May 19, 18 11:32 PM
C'mon sturg. You only get so many posts a day, don't waste them!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 19, 18 11:37 PM
@ Biba:

Casuistry.

Be they Gentiles or Muslims, Jordanians or Ottomans, the Arabs owned Jerusalem for 2,000 years before the Israelis stole it from them in 1948.

A total of 43 civilians (including 11 Palestinians) were killed by Gazan rocket attacks in the 10 years from 2004 to 2014. In response to which Israel sent in tanks and bombers and killed 2300 (unarmed or extremely lightly armed) Palestinians, including 1500 civilians (according to the UN Human Rights Committee) ...more
By highhatsize (3525), East Quogue on May 19, 18 7:55 PM
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You know what Israel has that we don't? Free highly effective healthcare for all its citizens, Arab and Jew, and the highest per capita number of doctors in the world. Despite paying a greater percentage of GDP for their military than the USA.

Can someone ask the Honorable Lee Zeldin how this is possible?
By dfree (457), hampton bays on May 21, 18 10:20 AM
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You know what Israel also doesn't have? People flooding over the border for their free healthcare.
By SlimeAlive (811), Southampton on May 21, 18 10:49 AM
You either respect Israel and appreciate their friendship or you're a terrorist. It's not rocket science.
By SlimeAlive (811), Southampton on May 21, 18 10:50 AM
Not rocket science, but awfully absolutist.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 21, 18 11:01 AM
On the contrary HHS, what I posted is 100% the complete opposite of casuistry.
The best response I can give to your first sentence is to suggest reading a fantastic article in the Jerusalem Post titled: We never left : The Jews' continued presence in the land of Israel. I know how you feel about my suggestions so let me be clear and say these suggestions are for the other readers

For anyone interested in even more proof of the right for Jews to live in the region, Google the anthropologist ...more
By Biba (363), East Hampton on May 21, 18 11:44 AM
Do terrorists not have human rights?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 21, 18 11:51 AM
Let me guess....YOU think they do.
By Sturgis (349), Southampton on May 21, 18 2:38 PM
I'm no Amal Clooney, but I gather that the only requirement to have human rights is to...you know...be human.

To dehumanize one group of people today just creates a precedent for it to happen to you tomorrow.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (2745), HAMPTON BAYS on May 21, 18 3:13 PM
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Chilling photo
By johnj (795), Westhampton on May 21, 18 12:15 PM
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****eye roll****
By Biba (363), East Hampton on May 21, 18 1:33 PM
To Senor Highhat:
Jerusalem was attacked and taken by Jordan in the war following the division of the Jewish state and the Arabs by the UN. Between 1948 and 1967, Jews were expelled from the Old City, the Jewish Quarter was demolished and the gravestones in Jewish cemetery used as paving. Only when the '67 war was over were Jews allowed to live there again, along with Arabs, both Christian and Moslem. There is an Armenian Quarter there as well.

As for Rachel Corrie and her Palestinian ...more
By dfree (457), hampton bays on May 21, 18 12:30 PM
@ Biba

The Shinnecock Indians have a far better claim to the land that your house sits on than the Israelis have to Jerusalem.

Do you intend to hand it back to them?

Rachel Corrie, our countrywoman, was peacefully protecting Palestinian homes in Gaza from demolition when an IDF soldier crushed her under the tracks of his bulldozer in contemptuous disregard of her life. In THIS country, he would have been charged with homicide for "depraved indifference" to the consequences ...more
By highhatsize (3525), East Quogue on May 21, 18 3:09 PM
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