Obama: Middle East Policy and Jewish Support

Obama: Middle East Policy and Jewish Support

by Jerrold L. Sobel

June 25, 2011

In case you haven’t noticed, the Jewish people are once again going through a crisis of survival; who would believe it? Sarcasm aside, why should this generation be deprived? Many of our great and great great grand parents suffered the pogroms in Eastern Europe during the early 20th century. Others have had parents and grandparents witnessing the Shoah, and presently Jews in Israel are threatened to a greater extent than any time since 1948.

What’s more daunting today than all the years since her re-establishment as a sovereign, Jewish state are the pragmatic, out of touch, ill conceived policies of an American president, Barack Hussein Obama and his Administration. Easy everyone, I know to some I just hit a nerve. In the background, I can hear the anguished screams of those dismissing this statement as nothing more than a right wing rant.

Harry Reid (D-Nev.), not exactly a right wing zealot, doesn’t think so. In a speech given before AIPAC last week, Reid stated, “The place where negotiating will happen must be at the negotiating table and nowhere else……Those negotiations will not happen and their terms will not be set through speeches, or in the streets, or in the media.” (http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/24/obama-wrong-on-israel-says-harry-reid/ When Reid starts jumping ship on this president’s policies all cries of partisanship must immediately be stifled.

Likewise, when other high profile supporters of the president such as Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Ct.) deem the president’s recent speech calling for negotiations to begin with the 1967 “borders” as, “profoundly ill advised,” http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/05/20/lieberman-calls-parts-of-obamas-speech-profoundly-ill-advised/ it also can not be construed as a right wing rant.

As a matter of fact, In response to President Obama’s dastardly speech calling for Israeli/Palestinian negotiations premised on the pre-1967 demarcation lines, a bi-partisan group of 53 Senators: (34-Republican; 18-Democrat; 1-I) have co-sponsored a Senate Bill entitled, “S. Con Res. 23”: It states the following: “(1) it is U.S. policy to support Israel in maintaining secure, recognized, and defensible borders; and (2) it is contrary to U.S. policy and our national security to have Israel’s borders return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 1967.” (Track this Bill on my new Website israeliadvocate.net)

What Obama’s motivations are and which of his advisers have his ear only he knows. However, from Zbigniew Brzeziniski who advocates attacking Israeli Planes with American Jets if Israel were to attack Iran; to Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s Muslim born, Senior Adviser and oldest ally; his inner circle is replete with collaborators which some have deemed to have, “genocidal hostility toward Israel.” http://www.politicalcowardice.com/2011/05/joan-swirsky-obamas-malignant-obsession-with-jews-and-israel/

Others dismiss his obsessive cajolery to naivete. This notion should immediately be dismissed out of hand, whether you love him or hate him, Obama is anything but a stupid man. He hired these people, not the other way around. Most assuredly, when Samantha Powers calls for ending all military aid to Israel she speaks for her boss. When Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice cast her veto and then disavowed it before the world body, it was also with permission of her patron. Hillary Clinton’s tongue lashing of Prime Minister Netanyahu over the bogus settlement issue, most assuredly did not come without approval. Whichever school of thought is correct, one thing is indisputable, despite the protestations of his mesmerized followers, Obama’s policies if followed would be disastrous to the state of Israel.

Those of his ardent supporters also claiming to be friends of Israel should ask themselves the following question. How does sitting down with her avowed enemy Hamas, and prior to negotiations surrender her trump card, a return to the pre-1967 boundaries enhance Israel’s security? Pseudo, indefensible borders which in actuality were never more than demarcation lines that existed between 1949-1967?

In face of this, it’s equally perplexing the amount of adherents Obama has amongst American Jews. Despite the facts so glaringly obvious, many are still more attuned to Democratic party affiliation than recognizing Israel’s real security needs. To the detriment of our democratic ally, with mesmeric fervor they wholeheartedly defend these suicidal policies and the man enunciating them. http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=226372

Grasping at straws, attempting to defend the indefensible, with blind obedience they drone on about how his words are misunderstood. If true, this president may be the most misunderstood man in the world. In his defense they lamely argue, Obama is only repeating what other presidents have said before. Sounds good, but the fact it’s totally untrue has little bearing upon these folks. What they fail to recognize, even if true, it still would not be germane to the realities Israel is facing now. What Clinton or Bush may or may not have said or tried during their administrations has as much relevance today if they were spoken by William Howard Taft or any other president. Like all of us, Israel must deal in the present. Past presidents, and their thoughts have as much importance today as the the price of eggs in China. Whatever deals and agreements these men pursued were by default failures. If they weren’t we wouldn’t be where we are today. So why continue pursuing this defunct “land for peace” charade any longer? Why does this president find it in Israel’s interest to cede land for peace after her experience not once but twice involving first Southern Lebanon, then Gaza in 2005. What has it gotten her? Should Israel, at the behest of a man either lacking in knowledge or impervious to her critical security needs, continue to be implicit in her own destruction?

Few can argue, at no point in her history has the Jewish state faced such a confluence of enemies and negative factors. In addition to the eternal animus of the Arab world, she now faces a recalcitrant Egypt in the Southwest; incessant attacks from Hamas controlled Gaza; an Hezbollah controlled Lebanon in the North; a teetering Assad in Syria, constantly seeking provocations to deflect the genocide he perpetrates upon his own people; the loss of Turkey, a secularized nation since the days of Ataturk, which now has moved into the Iranian axis under the Islamic rule of Erdogan. All this gleefully being orchestrated by the nuclear bound, Holocaust denying Ayatollahs in Iran.

With these factors alone, setting aside the endemic issues of boundaries, the right of return, Jerusalem, settlements, and other impediments for a moment, you have to wonder. Under present conditions, why would an American president, professing to be Israel’s best friend, unrelentingly prod her to sit down and negotiate with a Palestinian entity dominated by terrorists sworn to her destruction? Would we have done so with the Nazis 70 years ago? Would we do so today with al-Qaeda?

Less public than his admonitions of Israel but unable to defend the indefensible, Obama has continuously called upon Hamas to abnegate their Judea-phobic manifesto: (Hamas Charter of 1988) http://www.israeliadvocate.net/?s=hamas+charter&search=Search …
But let’s be real, you might see the Chief Rabbi of Israel eating a sandwich on Yom Kippur before that will happen. And he darn well knows it. Recognizing that the Palestinians have never backed off one step, for perception and political cover Obama meekly calls upon them to show the world a facade of equanimity, when there really isn’t any in this dispute. Knowing they wont budge, he finds it much easier to push Israel. Regardless the circumstance, like Don Quixote, uncaring, hell bent with obsession, he plods on.

Let’s briefly examine one of the core issues, Arab recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. What could possibly be more basic than mutual recognition between two conflicting parties prior to peace negotiations? The Palestinian “unity” government and the Arab world at large have steadfastly refused to do this. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, laughingly Israel’s partner for peace, along with Hamas comprise what I’ve dubbed, the United Terrorist Organization of Palestine. This man of peace and “former” terrorist has declared numerous times, under no circumstances will he ever recognize Israel as a Jewish state. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/abbas-we-ll-never-sign-deal-demanding-recognition-of-israel-as-jewish-state-1.319329

So with recognition off the table to begin with, what are we talking about here? Where is the basis for discussion? Obama himself has called for such recognition publicly but has never insisted upon it from the Arabs as a pre-condition to restarting peace talks. But with the same forcefulness that has accomplished so much with Iran, the president benignly utters words. Unfortunately, he saves the tough talking and political arm twisting for his professed “best friend” Israel.

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