Angelina Jolie’s father Jon Voight, in an open letter in the Washington Post, has expressed powerful support for Israel

Posted in SharonSpeak on June 30th, 2010 by Sharon Feinstein

Angelina Jolie’s father Jon Voight, in an open letter in the Washington Post, has expressed powerful support for Israel, an isolated voice in a maelstrom of hysteria. He stuck his neck out in a hostile, and dangerous arena where to be pro Israel is to be unfashionable, right wing, and downright shameful. Well done Jon Voight. How brave to stand up and express yourself, whatever people may think of your views. He says
“President Obama: “You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone’s enemy — and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm’s way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world.
“You have brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now you play a very dangerous game so you can look like a true martyr to what you see and say are the underdogs. But the underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals who want Israel eradicated.
“You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics.
With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel,
Jon Voight”

Where will Obama blow up next?

Posted in SharonSpeak on June 24th, 2010 by Sharon Feinstein

British Petroleum, General McChrystal, it’s not looking good for the supposedly cool President Obama. Gen McChrystal had built up a strong bond with President Karzai of Afghanistan and transformed the campaign into something more structured and positive. He gave strict orders to Nato forces to avoid civilian casualties at all costs and engage the local population in the Nato mission. Now, because of ill placed comments mainly made by McChrystal’s aides, comments which expose the true nature of the White House inner sanctum squabbling, the President has ignominiously dismissed his Chief of Campaign. A decision for the sake of national security? I don’t think so. More like an egotistical and reactionary attempt to save face. As soldiers die daily in the burning heat and hell of Afghanistan, the White House appears to be more concerned with keeping the underlying tensions between the military and politicians under wraps. It was a mistake to ditch the clear sighted and highly committed General McChrystal. He was making credible headway and had established important trust with key players in the region. Obama should have thought of a different way of dealing with his embarrassment. He has been faced with two major issues in the space of a few months, the tragic oil spill and the lambasting article in The Rolling Stone. Both have been handled with the slippery gloves of the English goal keeper Robert Green, who let the ball through his unconfident hands and lost the match for England. Obama needs to deal with a crisis in some other way than the slippery blame game and throwing his weight about. Something more constructive and creative. And isn’t it ironical that he has now entrusted the Afghan War to Gen Petraeus, a man whose surge in Iraq he absolutely opposed, as he secured the Democratic nomination for the White House on the back of his anti-war credentials.

What about Gilad Shalit shut away in a silent void

Posted in SharonSpeak on June 10th, 2010 by Sharon Feinstein

It was early on Sunday morning, 25 th June, four years ago that a young man of 19 stood at his army post.
The soldier, just a lad and a corporal, was suddenly ambushed, two of his comrades killed and three others wounded
Gilad Shalit, born in Nahariya, broke his left hand when his tank was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade.
No one has seen, visited or spoken to him since.
Out of the terrible silence came a video last September, a plea bargain by the Israelis in exchange for the release of 1000 Palestinian prisoners, to see whether their soldier was still alive and inwhat kind of health.
Shalit spoke softly and falteringly. He looked pale, withdrawn and thin, but he stood up, walked a few paces and appeared to be lucid.
His terrible fate is is every soldier’s mother’s nightmare. Only death could be worse than what the Shalit family must have endured.
This week Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Knesset- “There are 1.5 million people living in Gaza and only one of them really needs humanitarian aid. Only one of them is locked in a tiny room and never sees the light of day, only one of them is not allowed visits and is in uncertain health – his name is Gilad Shalit, and this month four years will have passed since he was kidnapped.”
There are many others in Gaza who need humanitarian aid in my view and an inclusive policy would be a better road to take.
But Hamas continues to violate international law without punishment or even large-scale condemnation from anyone but Israel and a few stragglers.
No international representative has been allowed to see the isolated Shalit or check on his condition. Hamas has refused requests from the Red Cross to visit the soldier, and human rights organizations have stated the terms and conditions of Shalit’s detention are contrary to international humanitarian law.
Palestinian prisoners in Israel, on the other hand, are allowed to study and receive visits from their families.
Shalit must be treated with more humanity and the world’s focus must be shone on this tragic young man.
The years cannot be allowed to drag on in silence anymore. Imagine if this were your son, brother, husband, and even just stop to think that this is a fellow human being in deep trauma and distress.

Gilad Shalit