That Donkey Won’t Ride

And the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand. And the donkey turned aside out of the road and went into the field.

Numbers 22:23
Balaam and the Ass – Rembrandt, 1626
Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris, France

The sorcerer Balaam was sent by the Moab king to curse the Israelites as they wandered in the desert on their way to the Promised Land. But his donkey stopped in the road. He beat the donkey but it just wouldn’t ride. God had sent an angel to thwart the curse, and Balaam ended up blessing the people of Israel.

So too Ilhan Omar will be traveling to Israel in a couple weeks riding her trusty donkey of socialism. Will it ride?

In fact the only thing that Israelis love more than Zionism is capitalism. They will never relent on that issue. Thus if the Palestinians want freedom and equality they must relinquish their dream of perpetuating the socialist paradise that they’ve been enjoying for decades. And socialists must surrender the fantasy that the UN or ICC will ever resolve the conflict.

Back in the US, Congress is pushing a BDS ban that would be catastrophic for the Jewish peoples. It would incite a civil war amongst us and would ultimately lead to Holocaust 2.0. This ban violates our free speech rights, since anyone would be loathe to publicly criticize Israel for fear of it being used as ‘proof’ of boycott. The US is the only country in the world with free speech and thus the only country in which there is a chance of preventing such laws. By opposing this ban, Ilhan is actually protecting the Jews from ourselves.

Israel claims that BDS is an existential threat comparable to Nazism, and is banning organizations that support it. Nevertheless, Netanyahu recently decided to allow Ilhan in. This is a humiliating defeat, since it proves that they don’t believe it’s such a threat after all. Which means that the bans aren’t justified. If only she were around 100 years ago to prevent the misguided ‘Blood Libel’ bans of the Weimar era.

This suggests a grand compromise: Israel gives up Zionism, and the Palestinians give up socialism. Israel gets capitalism, and the Palestinians get freedom and equality. Trump said to the squad: Go back to where you came from and fix your home countries and then come back and tell us how it went. And he was exactly right: it’s time to stop exporting wars and ‘humanitarian aid’ that serves only to destabilize, and instead export American values. And that’s exactly what the squad is doing and it’s beautiful!

And Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have done nothing but bless them.”

Numbers 23:11

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