Opinion

President Obama is not Israel’s friend

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Rep. Joe Walsh
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It pains me to say this, but President Obama is not pro-Israel. After last Thursday’s speech, that should be clear. His call for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on the 1967 borders should leave no doubt where he stands. The 1967 borders are entirely indefensible. He is not pro-Israel.

Political realities being what they are, the president does his level best to say the right things politically and to give the appearance that he is an honest broker in the conflict. But much too often he slips and reveals whose side he’s really on. During the 2008 campaign, he said that “nobody is suffering more than the Palestinians,” and he reportedly told a Muslim friend during his 2004 Senate campaign, “I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.” Last year, Obama purposely caused a public feud with Israel by attacking it over the building of settlements, and this past February, the Obama administration made public its intention to support, for the first time in American history, a U.N. statement condemning Israel.

This leads us to the president throwing Israel under the bus last week in his address at the State Department.

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave President Obama a much-needed history lesson. He pointed out that the 1967 borders are “indefensible,” that they can never be the starting point for any negotiation, and that demanding such is a clear break from nearly 50 years of U.S. policy. As Caroline Glick, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Center for Security Policy, pointed out, the 1967 border insult overshadowed everything else in the president’s speech, which “abandoned even a semblance of friendliness for Israel.” It demanded that Israel give up any right to defensible borders as a precondition for negotiations. The president did not state his opposition to a U.N. resolution for Palestinian statehood, he did not mention that U.S. law forbids the federal government from funding any entity that includes Hamas, and he glanced over the partnership between Hamas and Fatah.

President Obama has effectively abandoned the 50-year-old U.S. alliance with Israel.

So, where is the outrage from the American Jewish community? Don’t they understand that the president is not pro-Israel? Aren’t they troubled by his history of pro-Palestinian writings, speeches, and actions? The short answer is that most American Jews are liberal, and most American liberals side with the Palestinians and vague notions of “peace” instead of with Israel’s wellbeing and security. Like the president, the U.N., and most of Europe, too many American Jews aren’t as pro-Israel as they should be and too many share his belief that the Palestinians are victims of Israeli occupation. Nothing could be further from the truth.

If we want peace in the Middle East, we need a paradigm shift. The U.S. can no longer be an honest broker, a “referee” between two opposing sides. That mindset has gotten us nowhere.

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  • Jamo

    THere is no problem in the Middle East that is attributable to Israel. If left alone, I am convinced they would mind their own business.

    The probems all come from Arabia’s dictatorships and its unloving, unreasoning, indefensible Moslem religion. It isn’t religion. It is an intolerable political movement that victimizes everyone it encounters, women, Jews, youth, the poor, non-Moslems. Everyone.

    Arabia is 1,000 times the size of Israel and has world class oil rescources and wealth. No one, no country in this vast area of Islam has offered the Palestinians so much as one square inch of land for their ‘state.’ No one has offered one dollar to alieviate their poverty.

    In my opinion the continuing ‘Middle East Crisis’ is nothing more than an extended expression of Moslem hatred. They refuse to work and stand around shooting AK-47s into the air as thier expression of manhood. They destroyed Lebonon and are killing Christians now in Nigeria, Iraq, Syria and Egypt.

    But because our President’s middle name is ‘Hussein,’ Israel must be rendered indefensible. On the contrary, at a minimium, Israel should be ceded an additional 10 mile perimeter around itself as protection from the stone-age maniacs and that is where the ‘peace process’ should start.

    • nteeksc I75

      No wonder the Middle East is a mess and the Israel/Palestine problem intractable with ignoramuses like this guy explaining to his fellow simpletons what it’s all about and how to solve it. The only one more benighted than he is poor Joe Walsh. Our country has passed its summit and is now sliding down the slippery slope on the backsides of this gang. And for this we pay Israel $3 billion every year! They sure are smarter than we are, those Israelis.

  • Slade

    The US has never been an honest broker between Isarel and the Palestinians. And Israel has never been a good faith negotiator for peace with the Palestinians. The policies of Israel and the US have guaranteed no peace with the Palestinians.

    So far as the 1967 borders being indefensible, how is it that in 1967 Israel not only defended that border but took everything behind it? Silly argument.

    There is no peace in the Middle East because of Israel’s no-peace policies and US lapdog backing of Israel.

    • DANIEL CABRERA

      Ideed,…and here is a fration of truth.
      THE CURRENT ADMININSTRATION IS AIDING OUR ENEMIES AND THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL!
      I said this long long time ago but nobody beleive me and my comments were “monitored and erased”…SO NOBODY CAN READ….ha!, like I do not send all my commnets all aver the entire NET.

      So let’s be brief…just a thing or two,..shall we?

      WHERE THE TAXPAYER MONEY GOES?…HOW IS USED? …OR MISUSED?

      It goes(beside other places) to TERRORISTS GROUPS AND TERRORISTS-HEAVEN COUNTRIES.

      May 12, 2009
      The risk of giving money to Hamas
      Ed Lasky
      The Obama administration has been promoting a Palestinian unity government between Fatah and Hamas. The administration has asked for 900 million dollars in additional aid for the Palestinians to help rebuild Gaza (ruled by Hamas).
      http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/05/the_risk_of_giving_money_to_ha.html
      _________________________________________
      Rebuilding Hamas’ killing machine
      ——————————————————————————–
      Posted: March 18, 2009
      1:00 am Eastern
      By Jamie Glazov
      © 2009
      The image is a disturbing but totally expected one: Islamofascists doing the Nazi salute and Western leftists prostrating themselves before them and, sadder yet, sending them money.
      There’s been a long and ugly tradition of the left romancing tyrants and terrorists, and the Obama administration has now picked up the torch – flirting with Hamas and planning to hand over $900 million of American taxpayers’ money into its blood-soaked hands.
      http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=92080
      __________________________________
      Thursday, September 3, 2009
      Neutrality on Iraq-Syria: Obama Administration Betrays Ally and Doesn’t Even Defend Its Own Soldiers
      http://rubinreports.blogspot.com/2009/09/neutrality-on-iraq-syria-obama.html
      _________________________________________________________________
      FROM WND’S JERUSALEM BUREAU
      Obama opens up billions in business for Syria
      Damascus gets crucial deal without promising to drop alliance with Iran
      Posted: October 09, 2009
      10:26 am Eastern
      http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=112435
      _______________________________________________________________
      Obama’s General Says: Syria Allied with Al-Qaida, Attacking U.S.; White House Says: Is that a Problem?
      Sunday, 22 November 2009 06:27 Barry Rubin Blog
      http://www.reformsyria.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3694:obamas-general-says-syria-allied-with-al-qaida-attacking-us-white-house-says-is-that-a-problem-by-barry-rubin&catid=95:blog&Itemid=298
      ______________________________________________________
      May 12, 2009
      The risk of giving money to Hamas
      Ed Lasky
      The Obama administration has been promoting a Palestinian unity government between Fatah and Hamas. The administration has asked for 900 million dollars in additional aid for the Palestinians to help rebuild Gaza (ruled by Hamas).
      http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/05/the_risk_of_giving_money_to_ha.html
      Were the money goes?…now you have it in short.

      Now, anybody interested can go into details.

      Daniel Cabrera
      Merrillville,Indiana

  • DANIEL CABRERA

    Of course the current admininstration is not friend of Israel any longer, ….actually the current administration is even not friend of the people of this country, and that is pathetic, sadly and painful.

    I said this hundred and hundred times for a long long time but nobody wanted to listen…rather insults were at large..and still are.

    IT LOOKS THAT USA IS NOT FRIEND OF ISRAEL ANY LONGER…at least not during what is left of the current Wshington admininstration;…so….what could posibly be behind those dynamics?

    It seems that the current admininstration is a terrorist-friendly oriented one.

    Here is something short that might stimulate curiousity for somes;

    Certain mass consensus is this; EVENTUALLY, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL FIND OUT THAT MR OBAMA IS A HIDDEN MUSLIM,…somthing like a FIFTH COLUMNIST TERRORIST(LIASSON FOR DOMESTIC INFILTRATION PRO-TERRORISTS GROUPS),…PROPAGANDIST OF A ROGUE ANTI-AMERICAN,ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL, ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE / ENEMY OF THE STATE ORGANIZATION___A VERY WELL PAID FRONT-MAN / MASS-CONTACT AGENT / SPOKE PERSON,……but not exactly ligitimate rightful individual for presidency FOR IS NOT AN AMERICAN BORN…no matter how many long form fabricated so called ‘legitimate documentation’ are to be thrown to the american public..and to the rest of the world for that matter.

    DECEPTION AND DISHONESTY / THE MASSIVE CORRUPTION IN WASHINGTON IS ALREADY WELL KNOWN TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.

    Interesting,isn’t it?,…too far fetch?…who knows…extremely speculative?,….science fiction/ andventure scenario?…the galaxy only knows.

    Perhaps it is time to look deeper, investigate and analyze EVERYTHING!

    http://islamoncapitolhill.com/Home_Page.html
    D.C. Imam Declares Muslim Plan to Take Over America
    http://actforamerica.org/email-archive/2007/11/dc-imam.html
    Author sees Islam’s 20-year plan for U.S.
    Arab-American author outlines secret
    20-year strategy to undermine country
    http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33898

    Yes, it is time to do some homework.

    And how it does play out there?

    Input anyone? Opinions welcome.

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville,Indiana

    • nteeksc I75

      Hey Daniel — How many passports do you have?
      Two?
      I thought so.
      Nothing worse than a dual national with divided loyalties trying to poison Americans against their compatriots.
      Go fight for Israel, Daniel. Go kill some Palestinians, or uproot their olive trees, or bulldoze their houses. It’s a lot cheaper than therapy and it will help you sleep better. The IDF needs people like you, and we don’t. The pay isn’t great but the kicks are fantastic ’cause you get lots of target practice with real people. (They probably won’t let torture anybody unless you’re a native but you can always file a request.) Best of all, you’ll find that you’re among people who share your Islamophobic obsessions, people who consider you perfectly rational and very, very smart to have figured out that Hussein Obama is a secret terrorist bent on leading this country to hell. Remember: Home is where they understand you, so bon voyage, Daniel. Happy hunting.

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