Me and my views – take a look

TME-Logo---Israel---ver-01 My name’s Jonathan Boyko. I am 25 y/o PC tech guy, working in Jerusalem, Israel. Prior to my current work, I server for three years in the Israeli Defense Force, Combat Engineering Corps, which taught me a lot.

My views are usually conservative, although I am far from being far Right. In my view, I hold sane views. For example: I believe radical Islam should be battled against, hard – but that does not label all Muslims as terrorists. I believe the Israeli electoral system should be changed immediately – but presidential rule really would not work here. I believe the ultra-orthodox in Israel shouldn’t be forced to serve in the military – but should be forced to do at least a year’s service for the country (within civilian infrastructure).

That is me. Some like calling me radical. Some like blaming me for not going far enough. But that is what sane is all about. I look at both sides fairly, use the facts and do my best not to allow my judgment to be clouded by emotions.

I also believe I should share my view on current US President, Barack Obama. First and foremost, I do not add the Hussein in his name, as many do, some attempting to point out to his non-existent Muslim background. Knowing he is part Kenyan, it is comprehensible that his father added the Arab middle name and there is nothing pejorative about that. Man’s name is just a name.

I do, however, disagree with most of his views. I do not believe more overall spending would solve the problem, and I believe US government should have taken a more creative approach to get out of the current recession, instead of bombing corporations with money. While it might be inevitable in some cases, in others the situation could be solved with minimal influx of dough.

I also disagree with President’s stand on Israel: tying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Iranian issue is wrong – those have nothing to do with each other. The fact that both Israel and Iran are Middle Eastern countries does not make the issues interconnected.

Comments
  1. Interesting views – appreciated your comments on the railway requiring a military service background for security guards – it’s not racism as the Arab employees are claiming since Arabs who did serve in the IDF would qualify and Jews that didn’t serve would not qualify. Military training for security guards is common sense. Isn’t the real preferential treatment not having to risk your life for your country? Shouldn’t veterans who did risk their lives get some additional opportunities (they do in the U.S.) I grew up in a country without mandatory military service – and if a veteran gets a job ahead of me – I salute him.
    +1

  2. Tracy,

    First of all, thank you for your comment. Understanding the views of others is very important to me. Moreover, I believe it is great you feel for the Palestinians, as I believe the civilians among them – most of them – want to live in peace in their own state.

    However, peace is not possible anytime soon – by ‘soon’ I am talking about decades. For example, when Hamas TV teaches children to hate Jews (not Israelis but Jews) (http://is.gd/oEo9), promotes suicide (http://is.gd/oEoh) and when they indoctrinate their children into hate (http://is.gd/mjlp) nothing good will come out of it.

    I believe it is important to understand that US defense aid to Israel is as much a control tool for the US as it is aid. Just to bring one example up, in 2000 US has forced Israel to cancel a deal with Chine, in which Israel was supposed to sell highly-sophisticated Falcon aircraft (http://is.gd/oEoV). Frankly – although, I am not an economist – I believe Israel would be way better off without the US aid.

    Although I understand your point on casualties, there are two points important to make: First of all, that the said numbers not necessarily correct, with some Palestinians disputing the numbers (http://is.gd/oEqq) (Also unclear is the percentage of civilian casualties). UN puts at 25% the number of killed in Gaza as civilians, thus putting the number of armed gunmen killed at 1050. Are you asking me if it was worth going into Gaza to kill a 1000 terrorists? Absolutely. Which leads me to my second point: there is absolutely no reason for even a single rocket to be fired from Gaza into Israel. Israel fully withdrew from Gaza in the summer of 2005. Some claim that Israel did not actually withdraw fully from Gaza, as it has blockaded the Strip, however, the facts tell a different story – that for months since Israel’s withdrawal Gaza was not under blockade (even though Palestinians have fired rockets even during the disengagement itself). Instead, Israel blockaded the Strip only months after its withdrawal, when fire never ceased.

    Also, I believe that putting radical Islam on the same shelf with radical Christianity of Judaism is quite wrong.

    I believe it is great you support Palestinians and their will for freedom. I believe it is just as important to see the situation objectively. I am not saying Israel is perfect and it has made many mistakes over the years, however, even worst things Israel did were beaten by Hamas’ and Fatah’s lack of humanism even towards their own people.

  3. Tracy says:

    Jonathan,

    I have to say I am sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinians. Despite the problems Israel faces in the middle east, the billions of dollars Israel receives in aid from the US is a far cry from the meager millions Palestinian refugees receive. I submit that Israelis would fight just as hard for basic rights if the roles were reversed and they found themselves in the situation Palestinians are in today.

    Can you truly say the 21 Israelis killed (4 of them by their own troops) justifies the killing of more than 1400 Palestinians? I agree that radical Islam just as radical Judaism and Christianity or ANY religion that promotes itself above all others is simply wrong.

  4. L. Rose,

    Thank you for your reply – comments are extremely important to me, as long as they have a point and not just hatespeech – and yours certainly belongs to the former.

    I believe the situation with Israeli Arabs is a very complex one, there is no clean-cut bad or good here, however, I do believe that Israeli Arabs have to show clear loyalty to the State in order to receive all benefits. I agree that in some fields there is discrimination against Arabs – but there is also discrimination against Jews among Arabs.

    Anyway, thank you for your comment, I do appreciate it.

  5. L. Rose says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    Interesting views – appreciated your comments on the railway requiring a military service background for security guards – it’s not racism as the Arab employees are claiming since Arabs who did serve in the IDF would qualify and Jews that didn’t serve would not qualify. Military training for security guards is common sense. Isn’t the real preferential treatment not having to risk your life for your country? Shouldn’t veterans who did risk their lives get some additional opportunities (they do in the U.S.) I grew up in a country without mandatory military service – and if a veteran gets a job ahead of me – I salute him.

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