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2020 Choice: "In Your Face" or "Weasel Words"

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"Weasel words" are a colloquial term for words or phrases used to avoid being forthright. Weasel words are used when the speaker wants to make it seem like they've given a clear answer to a question or made a direct statement, when actually they've said something inconclusive or vague.

James G. Zogby, director of the Arab American Institute in Washington, wrote a June 22 essay drawn from a recent New York Times survey on Democratic candidates answers, on camera, on key issues.

The Times asked many questions. Israel's human rights question was answered by most of the candidates in "weasel words." Click on this link and watch, at the very least, how your favorite candidate dances around the issue of human rights and Israel.

Zogby begins:

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"The attitudes of Democratic voters toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have become decidedly more balanced in the past two decades. Favorable attitudes toward Palestinians are up while attitudes toward Israel appear to be in decline. While, overall views of Israel remain positive, substantial numbers of Democrats are opposed to Israeli policies namely settlement construction and violations of Palestinian rights. Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, is also viewed negatively by most Democrats.

"These shifts in opinion have placed many Democratic presidential candidates in a bind especially those who have served in Congress or as Governors. As conscious as they may be of their base's changing mood, they have also been schooled not to alienate pro-Israel donors or cross Israel's lobbyists, who can, if aroused, distract their campaigns with a barrage of protests.

"It was against this backdrop that I watched the results of a months-long New York Times' project in which they interviewed 21 of the Democrats running for president on a range of foreign and domestic policy issues that will confront the next president. There were questions on Afghanistan, handguns, health care, immigration, and the death penalty.

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"Most intriguing to me was question #4: 'Do you think that Israel meets international standards of human rights?' because it was deeply revealing about each of candidates' principles, their understanding of, and readiness to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Beginning in Iowa in February, 2020, voters will have a choice: Vote on the issue of Israel and the Palestinian occupied people for the "in your face" candidate now in office, or the "weasel words" candidate who emerges with the nomination.

Trump is currently in power and he uses that power to satisfy Zionists. The absurdity of his current economic plan, designed to buy off the Palestinians' quest for freedom, was a non-starter. That is the best we are going to see from his "in your face" diplomacy.

The other option for Palestine will be the Democratic "weasel word" nominee. We know what we get from Mr. "in your face" Trump.

The "weasel word" Democrats have until November 2020 to give us their best. Maybe they will surprise us. We can only pray, work and hope.

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