The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
Last week in this space (“Secretary Kerry and Confidence Building”) we explored the secretary of state’s pressuring Israel to release convicted Palestinian terrorists as a “confidence building” measure in order to keep the Palestinians at the negotiating table.
As we noted, a compliant Prime Minister Netanyahu went along with the idea despite the fact that those released were unreconstructed murderers of women and children who could be expected to return to the ranks of active terrorists. So we were nonplussed to read of the vociferous U.S. objections to Afghanistan’s announced intention to release 88 prisoners accused of attacking American forces.
Several months ago the U.S. reluctantly acceded to the request of President Hamid Karzai and turned over custody of the detainees to Afghan authorities but with a warning that if they were subsequently released – especially those with American blood on their hands – it could torpedo negotiations for a long term security agreement with the U.S.
Military commanders had initially resisted the demands out of fear that released terrorists could easily return to the battlefield against American forces. They acquiesced when Mr. Karzai reportedly gave his assurances that the prisoners would not be released over the objection of the U.S. and its Western coalition partners.
Interestingly, an Afghan defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “We are not happy at all. They turn into war heroes once they go back to their villages and join the fight against Afghans. Releasing the prisoners is harming us.”
For their part, Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and John Barrasso, who were visiting the country, told reporters that if the releases were finalized there would be a backlash against Afghanistan in Congress, wit irreparable damage to the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship. The issue has now come to the fore with the announcement that the prisoners will be released.
We suspect most Americans share the concerns of the Obama administration and congressional leaders. Surely it would be counterintuitive to support the Karzai plan. Why, then, was Secretary of State Kerry so insistent that Israel release scores of Palestinians with Israeli blood on their hands, even as he knew full well that previously released terrorists were welcomed as heroes by PA President Mahmoud Abbas and that many if not most immediately returned to the terrorist enterprise against Israel.
What’s the principled difference?
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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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