Nu, so what’s with the ethnic cleansning already?

Huckabee proposes to exile all the Palestinians. No, really.
We need some denunciation of this idea by non-Peace Now Jews, and we need it fast.

Mike Huckabee has developed a whole new pander for the lunatic ultra-Zionists

When asked about a Palestinian state, Gov. Huckabee stated that he supports creating a Palestinian state, but believes that it should be formed outside of Israel. He named Egypt and Saudi Arabia as possible alternatives, noting that the Arabs have far more land than the Israelis and that it would only be fair for other Arab nations to give the Palestinians land for a state, rather than carving it out of the tiny Israeli state.

No, this doesn’t really tell us anything about Mike Huckabee that we didn’t already know: he doesn’t know much, but he has more knowledge than he does scruple.

But it’s campaign season, and there’s going to be pressure on other Republicans to say “Yea” or “Nay” to this unspeakable idea. Will Rudy allow himself to be out-pandered?

So there’s a premium on getting some people who are otherwise largely uncritical supporters of Israeli policy to denounce the idea. All we need is someone to say, “Hey, we’re Jews! We don’t do ethnic cleansing.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com