American Dream v. Israeli Dream: Jennifer Rubin And Mickey Kaus Debate


A commenter transcribes a 2011 videologue between Mickey Kaus and Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post:

From the podcast John Marzan posted. Discussion begins after 50:00. Jennifer Rubin and Mickey Kaus discuss an alleged difference between the American Dream and the Israeli Dream: 

RUBIN. The reason they won`t recognize Israel as “the Jewish state” is that they are refusing to give up on the right of return, the right of every single refugee, their children and grandchildren, to return to Israel. Translated into parlance it means they are going to destroy Israel if not by the bullet, at least by demography. 

KAUS: Why don`t they believe in open borders Jennifer? It seems that is your position. 

RUBIN: [laughter] 

KAUS: These people are willing to go to Israel to work and why are they putting these impediments in their way? It`s almost as if they are like Tom Tancredo. 

RUBIN: Well, it`s because they haven`t been coming there to work. They`ve been coming there to blow up pizza parlors and kill children.

According to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the top priority of Israel`s new razorwire fence along the Egyptian border is to keep out black economic migrants, with keeping out terrorists only a secondary consideration.

KAUS: But even if they came there to work, there would no longer be a Jewish state. 

RUBIN: Well, they certainly could. Right now they have people who are coming through checkpoints. Every country in the world, and especially in the Middle East, have people who are coming for work permits and then return. So the issue is not where they are working. The issue is not the labor issue. The issue is, do these people want to kill the inhabitants, which they`ve been doing. And we forget the major success and I`ve got to tell you Mickey this is the greatest argument in the world for building the wall. The greatest success, the greatest help toward defusing violence in the Middle East came when Israel built its wall, it`s green [great?] wall…. 

KAUS: Really? 

RUBIN: Tall walls make good neighbors. 

KAUS: Walls work. And let the record also show that you are willing to restrict immigration to preserve the ethnic identity of a state and which you would never tolerate in America if Anglo Saxons said, you know, we don`t want to become a Latino State, we want to be a non-Latino State, so we have to restrict immigration. You would never tolerate it. 

RUBIN: That`s because the difference is, America is founded on a different principle. Israel is founded on the principle of being a Jewish state. The Arabs have 22 or 23 of them, or 29 of them, I lose track. Israel was founded on the premise, that`s what Zionism is–a state of the Jews. And people don`t like it, but that`s what it`s about. America is not founded on the principle of America for White People or America for Europeans. It is founded really on an idea. And that idea, if people are willing to assimilate, and I`m a big advocate of assimilation, should not be restricted on the basis of race or religion or language, as long as they are willing to eventually learn English and be part of the body politic. It`s a completely different situation bw the United States and Israel.

Personally, I was always under the impression that the reasons for which the Founders founded the United States government are explained in the Preamble to the Constitution:

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The Preamble says “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” For some reason, perhaps a typo, the Founders left out the part about the “wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”