Riding Israel: A tragicomedy

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, and other current Republican candidates are riding Israel like Tom Cruise rides various BMW models in his “Mission Impossible” franchise.

Like action films, presidential elections are brilliantly staged and terribly expensive with many gimmicks and little substance. Except that one sells cars and gadgets, while the other sells security and special interest.

To be a fictional action hero is one thing; to lead the word’s superpower requires a few doses of reality and credibility.

The in-your-face claim that the Palestinians are “invented people” by Gingrich was more blatant than a BMW placement.

When asked if he considered himself a Zionist, Gingrich didn’t flinch: “I think that we’ve had invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the nineteen-forties, and it’s tragic.”

“You can be sure that Gingrich did not care a whit for what Palestinians, here or in the US, would think.

The Palestinian vote will not decide swing states like Pennsylvani…

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