Having failed to bring peace to the Middle East with several meticulously crafted speeches, President Barack Obama took an alternative approach Tuesday, publishing an op-ed in an Israeli newspaper.
Writing in liberal Haaretz, Obama boldly declared, “peace is necessary, just, and possible.”
“For all that Israel has accomplished, for all that Israel will achieve, Israel cannot be complete and it cannot be secure without peace,” he proffered. “It is never too late to seed the ground for peace — a true and living peace that exists not just in the plans of leaders, but in the hearts of all Israelis and Palestinians. That is the future the United States remains committed to, as Israel’s first friend, Israel’s oldest friend, and Israel’s strongest friend.”
The paper included a disclaimer at the end of the article stating it “was written for Haaretz’s Israel Conference on Peace before June 30, 2014.” If true, Obama may be an oracle, because the beginning of the piece addresses the brutal murder of an Israeli Arab that occurred on July 2. Three Jewish extremists have reportedly been arrested by Israel for the crime.
“And as a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain endured by the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were tragically kidnapped and murdered in June,” Obama wrote of the three Israeli teens found murdered by what the Israeli government alleges were members of the terrorist group Hamas.
“I am also heartbroken by the senseless abduction and murder of Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdeir, whose life was stolen from him and his family,” Obama added. “At this dangerous moment, all parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution.”
Obama’s op-ed comes at a time of heightened tensions in Israel. In response to rocket fire from the terrorist group Hamas, Israel has launched a military campaign against Hamas targets in Gaza in order to degrade their terror capabilities.
No word whether Hamas — whose charter says it is a religious duty to destroy Israel and kill Jews — has decided to lay down its arms in response to Obama’s op-ed, or whether the president is planning on unleashing the op-ed strategy to solve other international problems, like the terrorist takeover of part of Iraq.