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Ex-Amb. Michael Oren Says Obama ‘Deliberately Abandoned Israel’

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and now a Knesset Member with the Kulanu party, wrote Tuesday that President Barack Obama “deliberately” abandoned a 40-year core policy regarding Jewish population centers in Judea and Samaria.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Oren stated that President Obama is a “friend” of Israel but nevertheless maintained that while anyone can make a mistake, President Obama did so on purpose.

In his words:

Only one leader made them deliberately. Obama promoted an agenda of championing the Palestinian cause and achieving a nuclear accord with Iran.

It took Oren six years to respond and correct part of President Obama’s “Reaching Out to Muslims” speech in Cairo, in which he said, “When there is no daylight, Israel just sits on the sidelines and that erodes our credibility with the Arabs.”

Oren, who still is a champion of the “peace process,” sounded like a Netanyahu sympathizer in part of his op-ed, writing that President Obama ignored Israel’s withdrawal of all Israeli soldiers and the expulsion of 9,000 Jews from Gaza in 2005. Obama also ignored several major concessions to the Palestinian Authority, including one that offered it almost all of Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

President Obama said in his speech that Israel should freeze all building for Jews in “settlements,” to which Oren finally wrote in his article:

Israeli leaders typically received advance copies of major American policy statements on the Middle East and could submit their comments. But Mr. Obama delivered his Cairo speech, with its unprecedented support for the Palestinians and its recognition of Iran’s right to nuclear power, without consulting Israel.

The Bush administration had committed itself to writing in a letter to then-Prime Ariel Sharon that large population centers, such as Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion, would remain under Israeli sovereignty in a future Palestinian Authority state.

Obama abandoned that policy and insisted that the promise by Bush was an “unofficial” and non-binding letter. In Oren’s words:

Mr. Obama also voided President George W. Bush’s commitment to include the major settlement blocs and Jewish Jerusalem within Israel’s borders in any peace agreement. Instead, he insisted on a total freeze of Israeli construction in those areas —’not a single brick.’

It was clear from that time that the Obama was working behind the scenes, and sometimes up front, on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and against Israel.

Oren came out of the closet in his op-ed today and charged that President Obama never asked for any concession from the Palestinian Authority despite the fact the Mahmoud Abbas “violated all of his commitments.”

The United States so far has publicly opposed a Palestinian Authority effort in the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israel for a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria and to vote the Palestinian Authority into the United Nations as a permanent member.

However, the Obama administration has made open statements that it does not know how much longer it wants to use its veto power in the Security Council on behalf of Israel.

President Obama abandoned a four-decade U.S. policy in May 2011 and stated that a future agreement with the Palestinian Authority should be based on the borders drawn under the 1949 Temporary Armistice Agreement, which lasted until the Six-Day War in 1967.

Oren wrote:

If Mr. Netanyahu appeared to lecture the president the following day, it was because he had been assured by the White House, through me, that no such change would happen.

He also wrote that the Obama administration “stunned” Israel by offering to support a Security Council investigation of settlements and by backing Turkish and Egyptian maneuvers to force Israel to come clean on its nuclear capability.

‘Obama Invited Netanyahu For a Visit after Iran Deal to be Signed’

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

President Barack Obama has invited Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a “working visit” to the White House two weeks after a deal with Iran is to be signed but before Congress will decide whether or not to ratify it, State Dept. sources told Yediot Achronot.

The office of the Prime Minister made no comment, and time will tell if the White House is telling the truth by denying the report.

The visit is supposed to take place on July 15 or 16, according to the Israeli newspaper.

The timing makes perfect sense for President Obama, whose mastery as a manipulator cannot be matched by anyone except Prime Minister Netanyahu, which probably explains their war-like relationship.

If the report is correct, and it probably is, it means that President Obama is confident that the talks with Iran over its nuclear program will be over before then. Obama has set a deadline of June 30 for a deal, but if history is a guide, it likely will be extended by one or even a few days.

If there is no deal, then Obama can welcome Netanyahu and say, “See, I told you that you could count on me not to make a “bad deal.”

If there is a deal, Congress has 30 days to have its say, and Netanyahu would not have such an easy time denouncing the deal in the White House as he did in Congress last March. The Prime Minister would have to face the cameras as President Obama expounds on how much he has done for Israel while promising he will never, never, never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon or do anything that would endanger Israel.

President Obama also would offer Israel large bribes of military aid in exchange for its buying the deal.

If Netanyahu were to speak out against it without being 100 percent sure of being able to prove it endangers Israel’s security, which is difficult because it means proving an hypothesis, he would have to do as he sits next to the President in the Oval Office, with the cameras capturing every body gesture and word.

Americans’ overblown patriotism does not suffer a foreign official publicly telling their president he is wrong Netanyahu would risk losing American support for Israel against the Palestinian Authority campaign for backing in the United Nations and International Criminal Court.

Obama could refrain from vetoing a Security Council vote to make the Palestinian Authority a full member of the United Nations, thereby giving it de facto recognition of its definition of Israel’s borders.

Obama may or not have led one of the United States’ most disastrous foreign policies, but he has done so by masterfully putting everyone else in their place.

Netanyahu is an excellent chess player, but he might be checked when playing on Obama’s board.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Calls Sexual Violence ‘Crime against Humanity’ [video]

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Islamic State and other terrorists have turned sexual violence into an “epidemic” and is a “crime against humanity,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor told the Security Council.

In his remarks in a Council session on Women, Peace and Security, Prosor stated:

Sexual violence in conflict has become a weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and effective. Instead of bullets or bombs, the perpetrators employ barbarism and brutality….

Sexual violence as a tool in war is not a women’s issue. It is a crime of humanity against humanity.

ISIS, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda have publicized and boasted of their rapping women and using them as sex slaves.

Prosor cited several examples and said, “Women are raped numerous times a day. Young girls are forced to call their parents to detail being gang-raped by dozens of men.  The captured women and girls are sold as brides to Islamist fighters for as little as $25 or given as “sabaya” – a reward for fighters.”

No less significant is that many countries, especially those in the Middle East and North Africa, condone crimes against women and often accept mistreatment as a proper way of life.

“If a nation refuses to prosecute domestic sexual abuse, marital rape, and honor killings in times of peace then there is little hope for justice in times of war and conflict,” Prosor stated.

So which country did the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women single out in its annual report last month?

Saudi Arabia, where women lashed for not behaving according to Islamic law in public?

Somalia, where women are sold?

Iran, where there are no laws against domestic violence and where adultery is punishable by stoning?

In Egypt, where there is no law criminalizing domestic violence specifically and where forms of violence against women, including child marriage and female genital?

Of course not.

The only Middle East country named in the report was Israel, where the “occupation” has supposed caused high “unemployment and poverty, especially among women,” in Judea and Samaria.

And what does the United States have to say about sexual violence against women in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries.

Washington speaks out forcefully against it in the politically proper forums while continuing “business as usual” when it sells weapons and makes deals with Iran to allow it retain its nuclear development infrastructure.

Kerry Summons Netanyahu to Rome for Urgent Meeting before PA Bid to UN

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has summoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to an urgent meeting next Monday ahead of a United Nations Security Council vote in two weeks on a Palestinian Authority timetable to demand Israel’s withdrawal to the old Temporary Armistice Lines by 2016.

Haaretz, which often is privy to reports from ”anonymous” senior officials when it comes to cooperation with the Obama, reported that the Kerry-Netanyahu talks will last for several hours.

The Office of the Prime Minister told The Jewish Press it could not confirm or deny the report.

President Barack Obama does not want to be put in a position to have to decide whether or not to veto an anti-Israel decision by the Security Council.PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas has served notice that he no longer is interested in the American-backed “peace process” and that he will achieve his demands via the United Nations, where the General Assembly is overloaded with pro-Arab countries.

As an alternative proposal to the 2016 deadline, France has suggested a two-year deadline for permanent agreement based on the “Green Line” borders that were erased by the Sic-Day War in 1967.

The French proposal is based on Israel accepting the old borders with the exception of land swaps, and that Jerusalem be divided between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Haaretz reported that it is not clear if Kerry will propose his own proposal.

Obama and Kerry’s insistence on forcing an agreement down the throats of both sides, instead of living up to their former word that it cannot bargain for both parties, has left them high and dry.

Israel has refused to buckle under pressure for another building freeze on homes for Jews.

Abbas has snubbed Washington by declaring the “peace process” dead and by essentially telling the United States he can get what he wants in the United Nations, with or without Obama.

The timing of the U.N. vote is incredible because of the sudden election campaign in Israel.

Assuming the Security Council approves the Palestinian Authority proposal, an American veto would spoil the case by anti-Netanyahu parties that the Prime Minister has destroyed good relations with the United States.

The lack of a veto would instantly be seen as an attempt to undermine Netanyahu and interfere in the elections.

If the Obama administration would have taken the opportunity to chuck the whole mess it has fostered, it would be off the hook.

Instead, Obama might find himself hanging on it.

PA Demands Nov 2016 Deadline for UN to Force Israeli Surrender

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has set its deadline for its desired withdrawal by Israel from all parts of Jerusalem and the entire regions of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley that it is claiming for its hoped-for new state.

A draft resolution circulated by the PA to members of the United Nations Security Council calls on the body to require Israel to expel all of residents and military forces and transfer them within the 1949 Armistice Line by November 2016.

This would entail the expulsion of nearly 400,000 Jews from their communities, homes, businesses, fields and farms – not to mention the massive security risk involved as well.

In addition, the resolution drafted by the PA also calls for a “just resolution” of the status of Jerusalem as the capital of two states.

This would mean dividing the holy city of Jerusalem, abandoning the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, in addition to numerous other Jewish and Christian sacred sites as well.

The relevant territory was restored to the city of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War – a defensive conflict in which Jordan’s occupying forces lost the city after attacking Israel – and was annexed by the Knesset as a means of reuniting Israel’s ancient capital in a legislative process following the conflict. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stated unequivocally from the outset – as have other Israeli leaders – that the issue of Jerusalem is not negotiable.

The draft also calls for a “just resolution” of the issue of the “right of return” of more than five million so-called Palestinian refugees.

The PA is demanding that Israel absorb and allow the return of the Arab residents who once lived in the area prior to the establishment of the Jewish State and their millions of descendants. Some were forced to flee due to combat conditions and others simply left on their own initiative; a total of 700,000 residents left their homes.

Since that time, the figure has grown to five million-plus so-called “refugees” who continue to retain that status without ever having even seen the premises from which they are purported to have fled. They comprise the only group of refugees in the entire world ever to retain such a status throughout the generations and are aided and abetted in this endeavor by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, (UNRWA).

UNRWA continues to support the “refugees”and by doing so appears also to nurture a culture of helplessness and dependency in the generations of descendants in all the lands to which their ancestors moved.

But the real issue not about the details of the PA demands for the UN to force Israel to abandon its capital or its homes, and ti is not about allowing its Arab neighbors to carry out an ethnic cleansing without any resistance at all.

As Prime Minister Netanyahu said in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday, it’s about the real goal of Hamas – a terrorist group which is a full partner together with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the unity government. Abbas has not denounced Hamas, nor has he abandoned it in any way – and the Hamas charter calls for the annihilation of the State of Israel and those who dwell within.

But that’s not all. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal articulates very clearly that the goals of Hamas are precisely those of ISIS: “We say this to the West… By Allah you will be defeated. Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world.”

Israel’s prime minister reminded world leaders on Monday of those words, and reminded Americans of the destruction they witnessed just 13 years ago:

“Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate. Hamas shares the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists. That’s why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of Gaza as thousands of Americans were murdered on 9/11. And that’s why its leaders condemned the United States for killing Osama Bin Laden, whom they praised as a holy warrior. So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.

UN Security Council Condemns Lebanese Sniper Attack on Israeli

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The acting United Nations Security Council President Gérard Araud ( France) on Monday, Dec. 16, issued a statement on behalf of the Security Council. In the statement, the Security Council labeled “deplorable” the shooting death of 31 year old Staff Sargent Major Shlomi Cohen, an Israel Defense Forces soldier, by a Lebanese soldier.  The incident occurred the day before, in the north of Israel, near the Lebanese border.

The statement by the Security Council called for “calm and continued restraint by all parties.”

On Monday, the IDF and the Lebanese Armed Forces, along with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) met in order to fully develop the facts relating to the shooting death.

The two parties, according to the Security Council statement, reaffirmed their commitment to “the cessation of hostilities” and expressed their continued commitment to preserving “calm and stability along the Blue Line.”

The Blue Line is the U.N. drawn demarcation line between Israel and Lebanon.

UNIFIL confirmed the Lebanese Government’s preliminary findings indicating that the shooting was an individual action by one Lebanese soldier.

At least the Security Council was more even-handed than many mainstream media accounts the headlines of which screamed: “Israel troops shoot two Lebanese soldiers in border skirmish,” the subheadline reading: “Shooting took place hourse after Israeli soldier was killed by Lebanese sniper on Sunday,” as found in London’s Guardian. The Times (UK) headline was “Israeli troops shoot two Lebanese soldiers in border reprisal.”

The U.N. is hopeful that calm will return to the region.  The shooting attacks violate the UN ceasefire agreement which ended the 2006 Lebanon War, U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.

 

Guardian’s Cartoon of Powerful Jews Manipulating Western Leaders

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Last November we posted about a political cartoon at the Guardian by Steve Bell depicting British foreign minister William Hague and Tony Blair as puppets being controlled by Binyamin Netanyahu, in the context of expressions of support by these leaders during the war in Gaza.  Bell’s image evoked the canard of powerful Jews controlling western politicians for their own nefarious purposes and was hauntingly similar to more explicitly antisemitic cartoons routinely found in Arab and Islamist world.

The Guardian’s readers’ editor, Chris Elliott, addressed the row a couple of weeks later, and actually rebuked Bell for ‘unintentionally’ using the visual language of antisemitic stereotypes.

While such cartoons often have more of an immediate impact in reinforcing negative stereotypes about Jews than lengthy essays, the damage done by such toxic ideas regarding ‘Jewish control’, in any form, should be taken seriously.  The Guardian narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, in news reports and commentaries, often includes passages with the unmistakable  suggestion that Israel (and the pro-Israeli lobby) wields enormous power over ineffectual Western leaders – a theme present in a report by Harriet Sherwood and Julian Borger titled ‘Iran nuclear programme deal in danger of unravelling’, Nov. 11.  The story centered on nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) which ultimately unraveled largely due to concerns that the agreement would have eased sanctions on Iran without requiring that it cease enriching uranium.

The report by Sherwood and Borger included the following:

In a bid to contain the danger, the lead US negotiator, Wendy Sherman, flew straight from the talks in Geneva to Israel to reassure Binyamin Netanyahu’s government that the intended deal would not harm his country’s national interests.

The hastily arranged trip represented an acknowledgement of Netanyahu’s power to block a deal through his influence in the US Congress and in Europe. Egged on by the Israelis, the US Senate is poised to pass new sanctions that threaten to derail the talks before they get to their planned next round in 10 days’ time.

More immediately, Netanyahu demonstrated over the weekend that he could sway the Geneva talks from the inside through his relationship with Paris.

These passages of course strongly suggest that US congressional leaders take their marching orders from Jerusalem and that the French government’s position was not motivated by what it saw as its own national interests but, rather, as a result of the influence of the Israeli prime minister.

However, the deal was fatally flawed, according to many experts, due in part because it would have fallen short of the requirements in six resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council over the years which called on Iran to suspend ALL uranium enrichment – resolutions passed under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, rendering them binding under international law.

As Adam Chandler observed in an essay published at Tablet about the superficial analysis by Sherwood and Borger:

[Their argument] smacks of that paranoid, evergreen charge that all wars and international campaigns are waged on behalf of Israel, a claim that devolves from Israel into “the Jews” as it goes through portal after conspiratorial portal.

You don’t even need to believe that antisemitism is at play to nonetheless be contemptuous of the extraordinary myopia displayed in the Guardian report.  As Walter Russell Mead observed recently about the broader intellectual dynamic which unites antisemitism with anti-Zionism:

Weak minds…are easily seduced by attractive but empty generalizations. The comment attributed to August Bebel that anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools can be extended to many other kinds of cheap and superficial errors that people make. The baffled, frustrated and the bewildered seek a grand, simplifying hypothesis that can bring some kind of ordered explanation to a confusing world.

Guardian “journalists” may fancy themselves sophisticated, erudite and worldly, but their frequent ‘Zionist root cause’ explanations betray both their ideological bias and the extraordinarily facile nature of their reasoning.

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