It’s time for Congress to stop enabling Netanyahu

This administration’s failed responses to the coronavirus exposed a weakness in our national security and prompted calls for rethinking our priorities. For example

In that spirit… it’s time for Congress to stop enabling Netanyahu as he plans to annex a significant portion of Palestinian’s West Bank.

A few links…

Tell Congress: Stop Israeli Annexation of 1/3 of Palestinian’s West Bank

Haaretz opinion piece…
The Roots of Israel’s Annexation Plan, and Why the World Must Stop Netanyahu, Before It’s Too Late
What Netanyahu, his Likud party and the Trump administration really think about annexation and the Palestinians – and why they’re totally wrong

Stop Calling Israel a Jewish Democracy
The looming annexation of the West Bank will create a one-state reality, forcing American elites to choose between a commitment to the country’s Jewishness and democratic values.

The Palestinian Plan to Stop Annexation: Remind Israel What Occupation Means
Officials in the West Bank say they are willing to let the Palestinian Authority collapse if Israel applies its sovereignty over occupied territory.

Last weekend…
Jewish-Arab Rally in Tel Aviv Decries Netanyahu’s plan to Annex 1/3 of West Bank

The gathering was addressed via video by US Senator Bernie Sanders, who said,

“It has never been more important to stand up for justice and to fight for the future we all deserve. I am extremely heartened to see that so many of you, Arabs and Jews alike, are standing together tonight for peace, justice and democracy.

“It is up to all of us to stand up to authoritarian leaders and work together to build a peaceful future for every Palestinian and every Israeli. Like you, I believe that the futures of the Israeli and Palestinian people are entwined and that all of your children deserve to live in safety, freedom and equality. For that to be possible, the plan to illegally annex any part of the West Bank must be stopped; the Occupation must be ended, and we must work together toward a future or equality and dignity for all people in Israel and Palestine.

“I know that on the day when we finally celebrate the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel it will be because people like you stood up for justice, stood up for democracy, and stood up for human rights. In the words of my friend Ayman Odeh, ‘The only future is a shared future. We will build it together.'”

To get a sense of how large these differences are between the experiences of the US and other OECD countries, we can apply them to the overall levels of each measure in the US. …the higher unemployment rate in the US translates into approximately 15 million more jobs that Americans would still have had our unemployment rate remained at the level of the other OECD countries.

And, had our virus caseloads and deaths been similar to the OECD average, the US would have had nearly 700,000 fewer cases of the virus, and a death toll of over 30,000 less.

Furthermore, as the new cases portend a much larger second wave of viruses in the second half of 2020 in the US than elsewhere, these numbers will threaten to substantially worsen our unemployment (and real GDP) numbers later in 2020, relative to other OECD countries. By opening the economy in many states very early, and before their new case curves have substantially flattened, these states risk large new waves that will either generate tragically large numbers of fatalities, a second wave of economic shutdown, or possibly both.
Harry J. Holzer in “The COVID-19 crisis: How do U.S. employment and health outcomes compare to other OECD countries?”

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