John Brennan thinks Israel should have empathy for Palestinians, says Biden should speed up statehood

It apparently was movie night at the John Brennan household that prompted him to write a New York Times guest essay calling for Team Biden to prioritize Palestinian statehood.

Making matters far worse, the Russia-collusion hoaxer and corporate media favorite who was CIA director under Obama tweeted out a message with the disgusting implication that Israel needs to check its Holocaust privilege.

“I always found it difficult to fathom how a nation of people deeply scarred by a history replete with prejudice, religious persecution, & unspeakable violence perpetrated against them would not be the empathetic champions of those whose rights & freedoms are still abridged,” Brennan smugly wrote.

In the Times opinion piece, Brennan implies that a short movie called The Present made by Palestinian filmmaker Farah Nabulsi reminded him “of the frustration felt by every Palestinian who has to live with the stifling security measures and political oppression attendant to Israel’s military occupation.”

Legal scholars have disagreed over whether the term occupation actually applies in this case, especially since throughout history, territory has changed hands as a result of armed conflict.

According to Brennan, “Ms. Nabulsi’s 25-minute film is a powerful, heartbreaking account of the travails of Yusuf, a Palestinian man, and Yasmine, his young daughter, as they traverse an Israeli military checkpoint in the West Bank twice in a single day.”

Brennan fails to point that Israel is constantly forced to fend off attacks by terrorists and thus has to implement border control and other security measures. According to the Associated Press, for example, in recent days “militants” in Gaza have fired rockets at Israel, and violence has broken out in Old City of Jerusalem.

“The Biden administration is dealing with a dizzying array of domestic and international problems but the Palestinian quest for statehood deserves the early engagement of his national security team. The United States needs to tell Israeli leaders to cease provocative settlement construction and the sort of oppressive security practices depicted in The Present,” Brennan concludes in the piece headlined “Why Biden must watch this Palestinian movie.”

“A clear signal from President Biden that he expects and is ready to facilitate serious Israeli-Palestinian discussions on a two-state solution would be of great political significance,” Brennan added.

You can read the entire essay for the full context and draw your own conclusions.

That said, Democrats generally (and John Kerry, a perhaps most recent example) have increasing become hostile to longtime U.S.-ally Israel, even though it is the only functioning democracy in the Middle East.

With the assistance of President Donald Trump and his team, Israel has signed a number of breakthrough peace agreements with its neighbors known as the Abraham Accords, however, despite the political establishment’s insistence that none of that would have been possible without resolving the Palestinian issue.

Brennan even makes a list of criticisms that many Americans think were important steps forward.

“Unfortunately, during the Trump years, the United States ignored Palestinian interests and aspirations. Mr. Trump moved the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, rejecting the position of all previous U.S. administrations that it would endanger final status negotiations on that contested city. He senselessly severed funding to the Palestinian Authority and ended our contributions to the United Nations for Palestinian refugee assistance.”

The Present was nominated for an Academy Award and is streaming on Netflix.

Brennan’s article prompted Twitter applause from the platform’s standard left-wing cohort. Many others put forth a different view. Here is a sampling of the huge response:


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