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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gingrich Is Not Zany-But Has Chutzpah!

Nadene Goldfoot
Romney and Gingrich are running for the presidency as Republicans and it's getting very competitive between these two  sharp men.  Romney is now calling Gingrich his "zany" rival. 

Zany's definition is: fantastically or irrationally ludicrous, a traditional masked clown, a subordinate clown or acrobat in old comedies who mimics ludicrously the tricks of his principal, a slavish follower, toady, one who acts the buffoon to amuse others. That's not Gingrich at all!

I would say that Gingrich has chutzpah!  We need a leader with chutzpah, and he uses it in the right places.  He comes back from an attack with a zinger that others might blanch at saying.  His latest was in speaking about the fact that the Palestinians were an "invented people".  Finally, someone in a high place had the chutzpah to come out and tell others what he knew about the history of these Arab people who had been living in "Palestine."  He also said the peace process was delusional.  Yoram Ettinger, former ambassador, also has come out with a detailed article on the history of the people that Israel has been trying to make peace with.  My friends and I have also been reading these same facts and writing about them. 

Let's face it.  Newt Gingrich knows how to get attention when he needs it.  He was fairly quiet in the beginning of the debates, listening to what others had to say and learning about the depth of their knowledge.  Now, the history professor in him is speaking out.  He's even advocating that the entire city of Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel, and I bet that he will act on that statement which none of the other past presidents have done if elected. 

During the previous election, I had figured Mitt Romney to be weakest of the contenders on Israel.  Others made lots of statements and promises and I see that none have been fulfilled.  Promises can be made just to get votes.  Who has the audacity to carry out such promises?  The chutzpadik-Gingrich, is my bet today. 

Someone mentioned on Fox TV news that he can come up with more ideas than anyone.  His mind is going a mile a minute. That might be worrisome to a few people.   Along with that fantastic memory of his, the man is just brilliant and I think others are just plain jealous of his knowledge.  He has a clear vision of history.  With his chutzpah, he'll go where other presidents didn't dare, not wanting to rock the boat, but he'll steer us straight into the type of America that we all want and need.

You can tell that I'm impressed.  He actually knows the history of Israel and its struggles.  I bet he's even read a book on my desk, "From Time Immemorial" by Joan Peters. 

Reference: Oregonian 12/15/11 page A3: Romney readies for slog against resurgent Gingrich by Jeff Zeleny, Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker-NY Times by Yoram Ettinger

1 comment:

Nadene Goldfoot said...

Palestinian Identity Is a Recent Invention - Michael Curtis
The concept of Palestinian identity and nationalism is a recent invention. Today, however, it is clear that Palestinian nationalism has emerged and become a political factor. Historically, Arabs living in the area now known as Palestine were regarded not as a separate entity but as part of the general Arab people. No independent Palestinian state has ever existed.

The first Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations in the area that met in February 1919 to consider the future of the territory formerly ruled by the Ottoman Empire declared: "We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria." Palestinian spokesperson Ahmad Shuqeiri told the UN Security Council in 1956 that Palestine was nothing more than southern Syria.

The head of t he Military Operations Department of the PLO, Zuheir Muhsein, declared on March 31, 1977, "Only for political reasons do we carefully underline our Palestinian identity....The existence of a separate Palestinian identity is there for tactical reasons." Only after the State of Israel was established in May 1948 did the term "Palestinian" become exclusively used in referring to Arabs in the area. The writer is a distinguished professor emeritus of political science at Rutgers University. (BESA Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University)
See also The Arabs of Palestine Saw Themselves as Part of Syria 90 Years Ago (Israel Daily Picture)