About a week ago I sent the Department of State an article from Israel National News, through its contact page. Here is a snippet of the article by Hana Levi Jullian:
Rice and Ramon Read it Wrong: Israelis Oppose Land Concessions
(IsraelNN.com) U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice incorrectly estimated this week that most Israeli citizens are willing to hand over Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority. Rice shared her assessment in a speech to 3,000 delegates at the United Jewish Communities General Assembly in Tennessee. (Read more....)
This is the e-mail response I received:
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Rice and Ramon Read it Wrong: Israelis Oppose Land Concessions
Response (Support Agent) - 11/23/2007 02:40 PM
The Bureau of Public Affairs is in receipt of your message. Please know that all views are welcome and we appreciate the time you took to express your concerns.
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Question Reference #071116-000034
Category Level 1: U.S. Foreign Policy
Date Created: 11/16/2007 06:15 AM
Last Updated: 11/23/2007 02:40 PM
Yeah, sure, it's silly of me to expect a response to m news article.
It's silly me to expect a response at all. I am sure the State Department gets thousands of e-mails per day.
And, who the heck am I anyway? I'm just an American citizen,...just some two-bit blogger whose Technorati authority has fallen from an all time high of 60, down to 52.
And, CERTAINLY, when the response says "Status: Solved" (in bold), it means that they have sent me an acknowledgment that the very interesting and relevant article I sent to them was received, and not just trying to shove me aside, right?
Really. Why do they bother? Why do I bother?
I'll tell you why. It's because I feel like I have to do something. I think that's what the State Department knows about Americans, too.
Even with the large amount of issues with which I agree with President Bush, I must admit that there has not been a single U. S. president as arrogant as he is, with regard to pushing Israel around.
Granted, Prime Minister Smolmert (smole means "left" in Hebrew) and Foreign Minister Livni are pretty easy to push around. And the U. S. State Department has traditionally been anti-Israel since its recommendation, under the Truman administration NOT to recognize Israel's independence. But that's not the point.
Well, Jimmy Carter certainly is now, but he's an ex-president. Hmm...actually, more has come out about just how arrogant he was during the "Expulsion From Sinai," you know, what most people refer to as the "Camp David Accords."
Here in Israel we all know what "accords" mean. "Accords" means "according to" those human beings who are in power."
But, I digress....
Neo-Conservatives are a tricky lot. Most conservatives are happy to support them, until they start doing things we don't like. Serves us right, for believing that their "for your own good" approach to foreign policy, really was for our own good.
Criticism just goes in one ear and out the other. "They" know better.
Just for laughs, I'll send Secretary Rice this blog entry. Better yet, I'll give it another shot, and write her another letter:
Secretary Of State Rice Is Mistaken Regarding Israeli Public Opinion
Dear Mdme. Secretary,
I am writing to call upon you to recant on your statement that that most Israeli citizens are willing to hand over Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority.
This is incorrect.
Israelis are not willing to give up our Biblical homeland, and especially NOT for the establishment of another terror state.
The Arabs, which you call Palestinians, following in the tradition of an ancient Roman misnomer, already have a state. It is called Jordan.
These Arabs refuse to acknowledge Israel's right to exist. They refuse to acknowledge the Jewish nature of Israel. They continue to reject the historical fact that the First and Second Temples ever existed on the Temple Mount.
Surely, as a Christian, you are appalled by this.
These Arabs continue to deny us the right to pray there, while Muslims pray freely through the State of Israel, and enjoy the protections of their religious rights, brought to them by the Israeli government.
They also continue to say one thing in English, and another in Arabic.
This has been going on for 60 years, employing the western strategies against the west themselves.
Enough is enough.
It is time to give Israel free reign to start dealing with Arabs using Arab-like Arab strategies, like the President has been doing so successfully in Iraq.
There is NO difference between Fatah, Hamas, Hizbollah, Bashir Assad, and Sadam Hussein.
Each day that goes by without acknowledgment of this endangers the existence of Israel.
Which country do you supposed they will target next?
Mdme. Secretary, if you are willing to accept differing views of the Arab world, would you please at least acknowledge that not all opinion polls agree with your assessment of Israelis' willingness, or lack thereof, to relinquish the Jewish Biblical Homeland?
I refuse to believe that you are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people, in order to push forward an agenda which has already been written in stone, whether the American and Israeli public like it or not.
Please remember this, only one thing of any importance has been written in stone. I would like to suggest that you re-evaluate your understanding of that which I speak.
Let me be honest. After all that, I know I cannot count you to do the right thing, and prevent the system
I can only count on the Almighty, may He have mercy on us, and may He grant you the guidance you so desperately need.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
American Citizen,...who votes
Hey, how much do you wanna bet that I will just get another electronically generated response, like the one above?
Yeah, and I'll tell you why: "They" have already made up their minds as to what should and will be done,...for our own good. Anything which is not in line with their perceived, manifest destiny goes in one ear and out the other.