Noam ended his post from yesterday with an interesting sentence: “Without America’s support for it, there would have been no occupation.” It has occurred to me that the US probably does not perceive itself as a supporter of the occupation. So, for the benefit of up-and-coming politicians and diplomats, I have prepared a short test they can take, to see whether they support or oppose the occupation.
Question 1: How often do you talk about the Palestinian issue?
a. Incessantly, even when asked about Peru or Japan.
b. Only when I have something new and substantial to say.
c. Only when I am cornered by a pack of ravenous journalists.
d. What issue?
Score: a – zero points for prioritizing talk over action; b – one point for being serious; c – zero points for evading the issue; d – minus one point for utter callousness.
Question 2: How will you vote in the UN on a Palestinian state?
a. In favor of recognition; then I plan to rest for a decade.
b. I will do everything in my power to avoid this immensely difficult choice.
c. Against recognition. I am part of the moral majority, and will burn down the UN building if the rest of the world votes against me.
d. I have bigger fish to fry.
Score: a – zero points for focusing on pointless symbolism; b – zero points for taking yourself way too seriously; c – minus one point for making no sense; d – one point for having the right priorities.
Question 3: What is your recipe for ending the occupation?
a. More peace talks – it can’t possibly fail.
b. Build institutions for a Palestinian state.
c. Put pressure on Israel to end it.
d. Stop calling it the occupation.
Score: a – really? zero points; b – 0.1 points for at least trying; c – one point for fingering the culprit; d – minus one point for distorting reality.
Question 4: What should policy towards Israel look like?
a. Shower it with unconditional largesse.
b. Demand a partial and temporary settlement freeze.
c. Harshly criticize the occupation and other violations of human rights.
d. Make vague, non-credible threats about sanctions.
Score: a – minus one point for being counterproductive; b – zero points for missing the point; c – one...Read More