Nov. 9, 2018
- The Palestinians Are Not Progressives, Israelis Are – Danny Ayalon
The progressive movement in the U.S. has been hijacked by the Palestinians and their collaborators, with the false narrative that the Palestinian cause is a progressive one. In reality, the Palestinians are not progressives, whereas Israelis are.
Real progressives support women’s rights. The Palestinian Authority denies women’s rights. Women do not hold any senior positions in the government of the PA or in Gaza. Israel has several female cabinet ministers and deputy ministers, female chief justices of the Supreme Court, and a parliament where one-third of its members are women.
Real progressives support LGBTQ rights. The PA denies rights to members of the LGBTQ community. Israel holds Gay Pride parades in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem each year. Additionally, Israel grants asylum to LGBTQ Arab Muslims.
Real progressives support religious diversity. The PA forbids religious diversity. Israel has citizens from multiple faiths, who all live freely and practice their religion openly in Israel, where the Christian and Arab Muslim communities are growing and thriving.
Therefore, anyone who identifies as a progressive should by definition be supportive of the liberal democratic State of Israel and opposed to the racist theocracy of the Palestinian Authority. The writer is a former deputy foreign minister and was Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. (Jerusalem Post)