Saturday, September 5, 2009
There go your dollars again!
In terms of micromanagement, it doesn’t get much worse than this. Micromanagement of Israel, by the Community Organizer, of course!
In furtherance of his intent to carve a “Palestinian” state out of about a third of Israel, the Community Organizer has allocated $20 million of your – our – tax dollars to pay for new road signs in rural Israel. These road signs won’t look like the existing signs, like the one above. The existing signs are written in all of Israel’s three legal languages: Hebrew, English and Arabic.
The new signs will be written only in English and Arabic.
Yup! As I write, the Arabs are out in force in Judea and Samaria, ripping out the existing signs, and replacing them with the US paid-for Hebrew-free version. Thanks to your generosity.
The Community Organizer is perfectly open about his intentions. Howard Sumka, the head of USAID (United States Agency for International Devemopment) a regular and generous contributor to terror organizations around the world, told the Arabic daily newspaper Al-Hayat, that the signs are intended to further “the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.”
It’s really a cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face situation. Probably 99% of the residents and frequent travelers in Judea and Samaria speak Hebrew. A far smaller percentage speaks or read Arabic. Very few speak or read English. So eliminating the Hebrew doesn’t really help anyone – in fact it hurts.
The real impact may be on Hebrew-speaking fire and emergency workers, who might actually need to rely on a road sign to find their destination quickly.
They don’t seem to get it: Road and highway directional signs actually serve a purpose – it’s not just a matter of political policy or “because we can” childish taunts. Israeli road signs are currently printed in three languages in order to offer information to the widest possible audience.
In any event, can you imagine a more internal matter than the language in which a country’s road signs are printed? Why oh why does the Community Organizer think he should be dictating policy to Israel on this?
Can you imagine the furor if the Community Organizer were to order California or Texas to replace all English language road signs with signs in Spanish?
Why does he think he should have the ability to make that decision in Israel? And to force you to pay for it?
Now, is there anyone out there who still wonders why Obama's approval rating in Israel has falled to a previously-unheard of rate of 4%?