Netanyahu and the Pope may soon be coming to a venue near you

Netanyahu and the Pope may soon be coming to a venue near you
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Netanyahu and the Pope.  It has a classic ring to it, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Run DMC or Lennon and McCartney.  Netanyahu could be a rapper, like Matisyahu .  And there was a 1984 movie titled, The Pope of Greenwich Village .

You can almost hear a Saudi prince telling his buddies that he was having Netanyahu and the Pope play at his Eid al-Fitr party.  “Keep your wives covered, habibi , we’ve got a Jew and a Catholic rockin’ the tents tonight.”

That might be more entertaining than Jimmy Carter coming in to talk about those damn Jews building all those damn houses.  Except that Jimmy Carter is not entertaining and Netanyahu and the Pope do not belong in the same group, rap or otherwise.

I read a post on the blog, Yid With Lid  -self described as “Exploring Political Relativity-From a Right Wing Jewish Point of view”-written by author, Jeffrey Dunetz.  Then, I read it again, trying to see what it was that I missed the first time.

I have to admit that I didn’t do any better the second time around.  It’s either way over my head or  whatever logic Mr. Dunetz is trying to portend is twisted up so tightly into a ball that it’s more irrational than rational.

Apparently, this is what happens when you try to present a “Right Wing Jewish Point of view.”  Truthfully, I don’t even know what that means, but I don’t think the word, oxymoron comes close to describing it.

In his post , Mr. Dunetz discusses the upcoming visits to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Pope.

Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on March 3, the Pope will follow sometime in September.

From what I can tell, Mr. Dunetz is trying to make the case that President Obama and the Democrats are treating the visits of Mr. Netanyahu and the Pope differently because of their religious affiliations.  I don’t think that’s accurate.

As is the case with many things that should go without saying, I’m going to say it.  The Pope is Catholic.  Super-Catholic, if you will.  As Pope, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the spiritual leader of more than a billion Catholics worldwide.

Not exactly someone you should snub.

By the same token, Congress should not be entertaining religious leaders.  Whatever his message, it will be based upon religious beliefs and in conflict with our perceived doctrine of separation of church and state.

The reality is, we are a Christian nation.  It is embedded into our governing bodies, our military and our institutional real estate.  Whatever lip service Bill O’Reilly or anyone else gives to our so-called Judeo-Christian morality, the “Judeo-” part is just a bone thrown to the financial support of wealthy Jews.

There will be no Jewish, Hindu or atheist leaders appearing before Congress.

For his part, Netanyahu’s appearance in Washington will be on behalf of a nation in peril, not a religion in conflict.   It is unprecedented and initiated by John Boehner for the sole purpose of embarrassing the President.

Boehner is unconcerned about the human condition in America. There is no reason to think that he is concerned about the well-being of Israel.

The support of the Christian Right-evangelicals in particular-for Israel is authentic.  Their motives, however are less than altruistic.  For the Bible-thumpers, Israel needs to be protected so that it can fulfill its part in the whole Revelations-Armageddon-Second Coming thing.

As the story goes, all the Jews will die, but those who believe in Christ will ascend to Heaven.  Not so noble when you hear it that way, is it?  Also, not too dissimilar from the beliefs of our Muslim friends.

All that aside, Benjamin Netanyahu is in a tough spot, maybe the toughest spot in which any modern world leader has ever found himself.  He is facing the possible annihilation of his countrymen and he believes that Iran’s nuclear quest is for that precise purpose.

There is no evidence that Mr. Netanyahu’s assessment of the situation is incorrect.

We are seeing a conflation-a word recently popularized by Brian Williams-of two religious movements working toward an end game.  Israel is now a pawn in that game, but her peril is as real as it’s always been.

It is not correct, as Mr. Dunetz puts forth that President Obama and congressional Democrats are laying out the red carpet for a Catholic man, while turning their backs on a Jewish man.

The Jew, unfortunately, has gotten himself entwined into the twisted politics of our nation, while the Catholic is able to remain above the fray.

Maybe if President (G.W.) Bush was a better speller, we would have attacked the problem of Iran instead of invading poor Iraq.

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