Ugh. Bellicose squawking from a right-wing cabal of Zionists gathered at Yeshiva Unversity this week, one in a series, for a panel lugubriously titled "Will Jews Exist? Iran, Assimilation and the Threat to Israel and Jewish Survival,” at which participants bemoaned the BDS movement and the world's ganging up on poor, innocent, democratic Israel. Much time was given to Sheldon Adelson, the 80-year-old casino mogul and billionaire supporter of Israel, Republicans and hawkish think tanks, who declared that the Palestinians are not a people and the way to handle Iran is not to negotiate but to drop an atomic bomb on it that "doesn’t hurt a soul," because the way to teach them they can't have nuclear weapons is to use our own nuclear weapons against them. Most disheartening, his appalling ignorance was rewarded with applause, and no argument, from anyone else present at the event. How dangerous is this kind of crap? Let us count the ways. Giving Adelson this kind of platform is bad enough, but allowing his twisted fear-and-war-mongering to go virtually unchallenged is even worse. From one commentator: "The greatest threat facing contemporary Jews (is) the fusion of Judaism with Zionism, and the association of Jews in the mind of the world with the policies, attitudes and methods of the Israeli government and the Israel lobby.
Adelson: "What are we going to negotiate about? I would say ‘Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something.’ …You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, ‘OK let it go.’ And so there’s an atomic weapon, goes over ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn’t hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever. Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business."