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Obama Wrong Again On Israeli Settlements

Posted in barack Obama, Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9: 52 AM

Obama got over 70% of the Jewish vote in 2008. It will be interesting to see what percentage he will get in 2012. I cringe to think what it will be. He’ll probably still get a majority. If so, it will testify to the stubborn liberalism of American Jews. Given Obama’s hostility and wrong-headed stance against Israel it’s a little hard to fathom. Maybe it’s just proof that for many American Jews Israel is not very important to them, if it matters at all.

At issue yesterday was a U.N. Security Counsel Resolution to declare Israeli settlements to be illegal. Obama, through U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice voted against it. So far so good. But then came the statement of explanation for the vote,By Ambassador Rice on behalf of Obama. Here is the pertinent excerpt:

Our opposition to the resolution before this Council today should therefore not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity. On the contrary, we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. For more than four decades, Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 has undermined Israel’s security and corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region. Continued settlement activity violates Israel’s international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace.

The United States and our fellow Council members are also in full agreement about the urgent need to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, based on the two-state solution and an agreement that establishes a viable, independent, and contiguous state of Palestine, once and for all. We have invested a tremendous amount of effort and resources in pursuit of this shared goal, and we will continue to do so.

That statement could have been made only by a government that assumes the following list of incontrovertible historical facts do not exist, that these things never happened:

  • The 1947 U.N. partition plan to divide the region into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, which Israel immediately accepted and the Arab immediately rejected and started the 1948 war to drive the Jews into the sea;
  • The multitude terrorist attacks on Israel prior to 1967;
  • The plan of Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt to destroy Israel in June of 1967, soon joined by other Arab nations and which led to the 1967 Six-Day War;
  • The rejection of every single concession Israel has ever offered for peace, all either without a counter proposal or with a counter proposal the would mean the end of the Jewish state of Israel;
  • The “intifadas” launched after every Israel attempt to propose compromise with the Palestinians;
  • The rise of Hamas in Gaza after Israel withdrew;
  • The suicide bombings killing hundreds of Israelis after Israel agreed to the Oslo peace accords;
  • Need I go on?

Does Obama even know what an Israeli settlement is? A representative example of an Israeli settlement would be when Jews build houses in Hebron, where an 800-year old Jewish community existed until August, 1929 when Arab riots which came to be known as the Hebron Massacre killed 67 Jews and drove the remaining Jews out of the area. Hebron is 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem and is the second holist site in Judaism. It is mentioned repeatedly in the Hebrew Bible.

But Obama says that for Jews to live there today is “illegitimate, violates international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace.”

No, Mr. Obama. It is your appeasement of murderers and your antipathy toward Jewish families wishing only to be left alone that threatens prospects for peace.


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