James Lewis: Obama's Nakba
Obama has been working with Samantha Power and Code Pink to undermine Israel. In that process, at least 20,000 Arabs have died in what the media call the "Arab Spring." It has turned into an Arab Nightmare. Twenty thousand dead is a lowball estimate from Strategypage.com.
So Israel and the Arabs won't kowtow to The One? Well, take this Arab Spring! And take this demand for Israel to go back to 1949! Psychiatrists will recognize this behavior as narcissistic rage, parading as foreign policy.
Obama has surrendered the Middle East to our enemies. That follows his religion of third-world socialism, which grew out of Lenin's war ideology. Obama's bio-dad in Kenya was a third-world socialist, which is why El Presidente wrote Dreams from My Father. Obama Senior lost a political battle with Jyomo Kenyatta, but Obama still clings bitterly to that old post-colonial socialism. For Obama, an "organic revolution" is better than moderation. ("Organic revolution" is what he called it in an argument with Hillary in the White House.) Just make things worse, and by some miracle they will get better.
That window of opportunity has now slammed shut. If we end up fighting Iran, they will be armed to the teeth, because we lost the chance to pre-empt them.
We are now "negotiating" with Persian rug-sellers in Iran, when they have us at a huge disadvantage. This is nuts. It's a formula for surrender.
This is nakba for real.
The liberal PR machine is now working overtime to cover up the truth. But don't be taken in, please. The libs are going to announce a phony peace with Iran, just like Bill Clinton announced a phony peace with North Korea. Bill Clinton won his second term with smoke and mirrors, but the Norks went ahead and made nukes and ICBMs anyway. Surprise! Clinton didn't care that they violated promises made to him. He figured they would anyway, and he could sucker the voters. And he did.
So expect an "Obama Made Peace in the Middle East!" headline any day.
It'll be Peace in Our Time, which means War -- When I'm Outta Here, Baby!
The entire civilized world, which depends on us for its safety and security, is watching this drama and coming to its own conclusions. Japan and Europe will surrender if we do.
The greatest tragedy in history could have been prevented had the civilized world spoken up[.] Each time, in Berlin, Goebbels and the others always wanted to see what would be the reaction in Washington and London and Rome, and there was no reaction so they felt they could continue. So in this place we may ask: Have we learned anything from it? If so, how is it that Assad is still in power? How is it that the No. 1 Holocaust denier Ahmadinejad is still a president? He who threatens to use nuclear weapons to destroy the Jewish state."
Have we not learned? We must know that evil has power. It is almost too late.
-Elie Wiesel to President Obama, April 2012.
FP: Exactly what this blog has been arguing.
Elder of Ziyon: Abbas and Fayyad's secret condolences to Netanyahu
In an unusual gesture Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Tuesday sent separate condolence letters to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who is sitting in mourning for his father in Jerusalem.
Direct communication between Palestinian and Israeli leaders has been scant since Netanyahu took office in March 2009.
This is a very nice gesture, and I am sure that both Bibi Netanyahu and the people of Israel appreciate it.
The PA's official WAFA news agency notes every single diplomatic move that Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad. do - every meeting, every letter, every phone call, especially with politicians from other countries.
But it didn't mention a word about these condolence letters.
Are they afraid that their people would riot if they publicize a simple act of humanity towards an Israeli leader? Are they concerned that it would make them look weak? Do they think they would be accused of being "Zionist"? Are they trying to make sure that Hamas doesn't use this as a weapon against them?
Again, it is commendable that they took the time to do the right thing. But the fact that there was clearly a decision made not to publicize these letters in Arabic says a lot about how the Palestinian Arab leaders think about their own people.
FP: With all due respect to the civilized gesture of Abbas and Fayyad, what counts is their inability to do so openly and the reason for that: It is the leadership who has systematically indoctrinated their public from childhood with genocidal hatred of Jews and Israel and trained and activated them in terror. Even if they wanted to improve relations or compromise in negotiations—which they don’t—they cannot. More than one generation that has been raised without any such incitement and indoctrination is necessary to reach the possibility of peace. Such private gestures will not have an effect on the conflict.
You might recall that the Obama-supported United Nations 'human rights council' decided a while back to hold a 'probe' of Israeli 'settlements' in
the West Bank Judea and Samaria. Barak Ravid reports that the Obama administration is trying to put the kibosh on the probe... at least until after the elections (Hat Tip: Bad Blue).
Foreign Ministry officials noted that the U.S. wants to postpone the establishment of the panel to the latest possible date, hoping this will lead to the unofficial burial of the matter. However, the assessment is that it will not be possible to prevent the establishment of the panel, so the aim is therefore to delay it until at least after the U.S. presidential elections in November.
On March 30, a week after the decision by the UN Human Rights Council, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon traveled secretly to Washington to meet with his U.S. counterpart Bill Burns. Ayalon asked for help in thwarting the establishment of the panel and even suggested that the U.S. publicly threaten to quit the UN Human Rights Council if the panel is established.
The Americans did not respond to that threat, as they view membership in the UN Human Rights Council as a central issue in the foreign policy of the Obama administration. However, the Americans agreed to pressure the UN Human Rights Commissioner on the date of the establishment of the panel and the mandate that it will receive.
And of course, if Obama is God forbid reelected in November, there will be no need for him to defend Israel in a second term. He won't need the Jews or their money any more.
What could go wrong?
FP: A glimpse into the predictable policy of a re-elected Obama regarding Israel. You ain’t seen nothing yet. He is currently aligned and coordinates policy with each and every Islamist ruling parties in the ME. Guess what they’ll demand first and what is the most expedient price to pay to sustain the new alliance?
And here is the utter failure that is US education:
Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, attempted to speak at George Washington University on Monday night. What happened?
According to GW Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Blueth, Oren asked the students to stay and participate in dialogue, but they formed a small protest outside the event. Kaiser-Blueth said the protest did not disrupt the event and told JTA that it was a “wonderful evening.”
While no student group has identified itself with the protest, GW does host a chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. A Muslim Students’ Association also exists at the university; Kaiser-Blueth said Hillel has strong, friendly relations with the group.
The Left is completely incapable of hearing any other point of view. One can only wonder what will happen as these 'students' become 'adults.'
Just as I have argued: indoctrination rather than education.
Seth Lipsky: Benzion Netanyahu, Scholar and Father
'Can you imagine what it must have been like having him for a father?" asked one of the writers for the Jewish Forward newspaper after an editorial dinner with Benzion Netanyahu. Mr. Netanyahu's son, Benjamin, had recently been elected prime minister of Israel, and we'd all been expecting expressions of paternal pride. Instead, the elder Netanyahu bluntly voiced doubt that his son was tough enough to lead the Jewish state.
The thing to remember is that Benzion Netanyahu played his own role in the history of Israel and America, and he did something transcendent. He taught with particular clarity one of the hardest and most important truths that every Jewish person has to learn, namely that anti-Semitism is not about Jewish behavior (see next). He exposed his own facet of this truth by the noblest methodology—scholarship. He pored through the pages of history to disclose the facts of the Spanish Inquisition.
Jabotinsky's most famous essay rejected the notion that the Palestinian Arabs "are some kind of fools who can be tricked by a softened formulation of our goals, or a tribe of money grubbers who will abandon their birth right to Palestine for cultural and economic gains." He disputed the need for any agreement with the Palestinian Arabs, calling instead for an armed defense force that could protect the Jewish population like an "iron wall." Only by outlasting any hope that the Jews could be driven out of the land of Israel would peace be possible.
"Never did cunning, hypocrisy and deception make greater use of sanctimonious contentions than did the Inquisition in its attack on the conversos," Netanyahu wrote in his magnum opus. He attributed the Inquisition's success to its "skillful presentation of its verdicts as the judgments of wise and righteous men who had but one purpose: the establishment of truth." If that sounds like the self-righteousness of the anti-Israel left today, it may be why Netanyahu's learning seemed so relevant to his time and ours.
There is speculation in the press now about what will be the impact of Benzion Netanyahu's death, particularly on his most famous son. "Many people who watch the prime minister believe that his father's passing will allow him to take steps toward compromise he wouldn't have made so long as his father was living nearby," writes Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic.
Mr. Goldberg has his doubts about that, and so do I. But surely whatever the prime minister decides will be a better, wiser decision for the gift that his father gave him.
FP: Based on Bibi’s record of cavings, looks like he knew his son better than anybody. I don’t have Goldberg’s and Lipsky’s doubts. I am unaware of any Israeli PM, no matter how “right-wing”, who did not cave in, some less and some more. Remember Sharon, Olmert and, of course, Bibi? Even Begin did in some ways.
Eti Doron wanted to buy toys from a company in Germany for her store in Tel Aviv, but when the deal fell through she started receiving anti-Semitic letters.
Doron provided The Jerusalem Post with emails in which Walter Adler, who identifies as the founder of Hoff-Interieur, a manufacturer based in Nuremberg, calls Jews a disease and praises German poet Günther Grass for saying Israel is a danger to world peace.
“We see that you have decided to be a real Jew, not only a liar but also a cheater,” he wrote in an email. “Your abominable behavior has brought us a big loss. We must remember what was an aphorism over many hundred years in Europe, that some people with your origin are the pestilence-plague for human being. We never thought that this is true, but you confirmed.”
FP: The article makes it clear that there was nothing in her behavior to evoke this response. So what Benzion Netanyahu discovered about the Inquisition remains true today, and in Germany, of all places.
The International Olympic Committee will not hold a minute of silence at the upcoming London games for the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics, an IOC official told The Jerusalem Post this week.
The IOC told the Post they would not honor Spitzer’s request.
“The IOC has paid tribute to the memory of the athletes who tragically died in Munich in 1972 on several occasions and will continue to do so,” Emmanuelle Moreau, IOC head of media relations, told the Post. “However, we do not foresee any commemoration during the opening ceremony of the London Games.”
FP: Take a wild guess as to why the IOC won’t honor the murdered Israelis in London. Bears some realtionship to the UK government placing missiles on residential buildings next to sport venues.