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The Obama Administration’s Stealth Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The Israel-Palestinian talks are dead, and the Obama administration is doing its best to let the world know it blames Israel. Not by blatantly coming out and saying it, because that would cause Israel to fight back against the slander, but by sneaking around and creating a whisper campaign.

Most famous was John Kerry’s statement about Israel becoming an apartheid state made in an off the record speech at the Trilateral Commission. Not as well known was a recent interview senior member of the State Department gave Ynet News’ Nahum Barnea (on the condition of anonymity) where they suggest Israel may have earned a third intifada, echoing a previous Kerry statement. 

Time and again, Secretary Kerry’s erroneous declarations have suggested moral equivalency between Israel and its adversaries. With the possible exception of agreeing to negotiate, Kerry has never announced any concession by the Palestinian side. The reason for that is there hasn’t been any. It is clear that to the Obama administration it is up to Israel to make all the concessions.

Kerry’s recent gaffe suggesting that without a peace deal Israel will become an apartheid state was just the latest of many made by the Secretary of State. For example, three months after the negotiations began he participated in a joint interview hosted by Israeli and Palestinian reporters. When asked by an Israeli reporter why the peace talks were important, Kerry answered, “Does Israel want a third intifada?”

The American stance seems to be that if Israel doesn’t make one-sided concessions to every Palestinian demand, the Jewish State will return to the era of suicide bombers murdering hundreds of civilians in Israeli city center.

While addressing a February conference in Munich, Kerry seemed to give support to the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction) movement saying, “The risks are very high for Israel. People are talking about boycott. That will intensify in the case of failure.”

In the stealth interview with Ynet’s Barnea the State Department phantoms totally ignored the fact that, under the previous administration, negotiations went ahead despite that Israel was adding homes to existing “settlements,” and the only reason that changed is that the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton decided to ignore a deal with Israel.

“The negotiations had to start with a decision to freeze settlement construction. We thought that we couldn’t achieve that because of the current makeup of the Israeli government, so we gave up. We didn’t realize Netanyahu was using the announcements of tenders for settlement construction as a way to ensure the survival of his own government. We didn’t realize continuing construction allowed ministers in his government to very effectively sabotage the success of the talks.”

Blaming Israel, one State Department official said, “I guess we need another intifada to create the circumstances that would allow progress.”

Not that they want another intifada they said, that would be a tragedy.

” The Jewish people are supposed to be smart; it is true that they’re also considered a stubborn nation. You’re supposed to know how to read the map: In the 21st century, the world will not keep tolerating the Israeli occupation. The occupation threatens Israel’s status in the world and threatens Israel as a Jewish state.”


The Obama administration has a double standard when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians. While the administration has moaned about Palestinians taking “unhelpful” steps, their “scolding” has not approached the criticism that has been leveled at the Jewish State.

More than once this administration has blamed Israel for the failure of the talks only to walk the statement back to blame both sides.

Comments by Obama, Kerry and other senior Israeli officials make it seem that Israel’s decision to add homes to existing communities, or to agonizingly debate whether to release convicted murders who would have been executed if their crimes took place in states such as Texas, were just as damaging to the peace process as the daily anti-Semitic incitement on Palestinian TV, the continued rockets and other terrorist attacks, or the deal signed with the terrorist group Hamas.

Kerry’s apartheid comment, ironically published on Yom HaShoah, proves the lack of understanding of Israeli society this administration has.

Not only is Israel the only democracy in the Middle East but also it is the only pluralistic society. All citizens of Israel Jew and Gentile enjoy the same freedoms and full human and civil rights. Minorities in Israel participate in government, are elected to parliament, have served as ministers and Judges including the Supreme Court. Palestinians have even sued the Israeli government and won in the courts.

Where else in the Middle East does that happen? In Israel’s Muslim neighbor countries including the Hamas-controlled Gaza find Christian minorities are oppressed as well as women and homosexuals. Most Jews have long-since been thrown out of the Arab countries, and by making the “settlements” an issue, the Obama administration is declaring Judea and Samaria must also be “Judenrein.” But to this administration, Israel is the oppressor nation.

A key part of foreign policy, in fact of all negotiations is to understand what is in the mind of the other side. The Obama administration does not understand that the Palestinian side’s ultimate strategy is to destroy Israel, that’s what they tell their people in Arabic. 

In every prayer service, Jews make multiple prayers for peace; those prayers continue to be in the hearts of the Israeli government as they negotiate with their neighbors. 

What this administration doesn’t understand is despite the desire to make peace, Israel will never agree to a treaty that endangers its security, no matter what the slander and pressure coming from the American Administration.

Sixty-six years ago this week,  Harry Truman ignored much of the world and his own State Department to recognize the brand new state of Israel, because morally it was the right thing to do. This Administration’s actions over the past few weeks, trashing Israel in off the record speeches and anonymous interviews makes one wonder if Barack Obama would have the moral fiber to make the same decision as Harry Truman.

Originally published at The Lid.

These European and American Ideas May Be Dangerous to your Health

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

In a YNet op-ed, Hagai Segal writes,

Our Declaration of Independence includes 650 words. The word “Jewish,” in its different forms, appears 20 times, while the word “democracy” doesn’t even appear once.

The people who drafted the declaration and signed it had the highest regard for democratic values, but first and foremost they wanted to stress its Jewish side. Perhaps they said to themselves that there are many democracies in the world, but only one Jewish country. It’s important to protect it.

These days it’s even more important. From the outside and from within attempts are being made to undermine the Jewish character of the Jewish state. The dark forces rely on the fatigue of the Zionist material in order to internationalize Israel and declare it a state of all its citizens. They are taking advantage of the fact that over the years the fashion here has changed, and democracy has been emphasized at the expense of Judaism.

The Israeli Left takes its cues from Western Europe and the U.S. From Europe it gets the ideas of multiculturalism, postnationalism, hedonism and hatred of religion. Together these are a recipe for a low native birthrate and a rapidly increasing, non-assimilating Muslim population. Europe is rapidly moving toward a point of no return, in which, paradoxically, the very features of its Enlightenment culture that support openness and egalitarianism will lead to its replacement by a distinctly non-democratic, authoritarian Islamic one.

America is another source of ideas, in this case the absolute maximum of freedom of expression. Where else would the outrageous Westboro Baptist Church be tolerated? American freedom of expression is remarkable in the world, and that may be in part because the US is a large nation both physically and by population, with friendly neighbors, separated by oceans from its enemies. It is also composed of diverse groups that more or less buy into the general narrative of the nation. That doesn’t mean that nothing can bring it down, but it can absorb a great deal of internal and external pressure without breaking.

Israel, on the other hand, is small and surrounded by enemies. One out of every five Israelis is an Arab, the same ethnicity of most of its enemies, who — while he may be loyal to the state — almost certainly believes in a historical narrative in which the state is not only illegitimate, but his oppressor, responsible for the dispossession of his relatives in the great ‘disaster’ of 1948. There are also Jewish Israelis who believe, for religious reasons, that Jewish sovereignty is an abomination.

There are also great external pressures opposed to emphasizing the Jewishness of the state. To a large extent they come from Europe, which is jealous of Israel’s cultural and economic vitality, angered that is succeeding on a path so divergent from Europe’s, and suffused with guilt about the recent genocide of its own Jewish population. Europe is acting on its beliefs, both by explicit pro-Arab diplomacy, and by covertly expending millions of Euros to support NGOs in Israel that promote its anti-nationalist (and even anti-state) line.

Another force is the American Jewish Left, as represented by the New Israel Fund (NIF) and to some extent by the Union for Reform Judaism. The NIF is particularly dangerous, supporting Israeli Arab groups that would like to redefine the state as binational.

A state that requires sacrifice from its people to survive, will only get it if there is a compelling ideological motivation driving its citizens to make the requisite sacrifices. This is how Israel has survived until now. But there is no compelling ideology for maintaining a “state of its citizens” next door to Hizballah, Hamas, the Muslim Brothers and whatever vicious regime will rule Syria.

Jews yearned for Jerusalem for 2000 years, and Zionists have struggled for more than 100 — and are continuing to struggle — to restore and now preserve Jewish sovereignty in Land of Israel, which I believe has become a necessary condition for the survival of the Jews as a people. I can’t see today’s Judaism surviving another diaspora. A great deal is at stake here.

As America Throws Israel Under the Bus…

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Generally reliable Shimon Shiffer reports in YNET:

The United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country’s nuclear facilities, as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.

According to the report, Washington used covert back-channels in Europe to clarify that the US does not intend to back Israel in a strike that may spark a regional conflict.

In return, Washington reportedly expects Iran to steer clear of strategic American assets in the Persian Gulf, such as military bases and aircraft carriers.

In “liberal-speak”, pundits say that countries don’t have allies, they have interests.  That’s incorrect; political leaders have interests…countries still have allies.

I hope that other representatives of the USA will stand with Israel, since it appears the current President would rather throw Israel under the bus…”Hey Iran, stay clear of us, and you can bomb Israel as much as you want.”

Thanks.

PA, Abbas to Celebrate Terrorists As Israel Returns Bodies

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The bodies of terrorists killed during terror attacks which murdered hundreds of Israelis will be transferred to the Palestinian Authority this week as a gesture to President Mahmoud Abbas, according to Ynet on Tuesday.

According to Ynet, the transfer was arranged by prime ministerial envoy Yitzhak Molcho during a meeting with Abbas in early May.

The remains include the terrorists who murdered seven people, including celebrated Shaarei Zedek emergency room physician Dr. David Appelbaum and his daughter, bride-to-be Nava, at Jerusalem’s Café Hillel in 2003, a murderer of 18 on Jerusalem’s bus, two terrorists who detonated themselves on buses in Beersheva, killing 16 people, a female terrorist who killed 3 at a mall in Afula in 2003, a suicide bomber who killed four Israelis at the Tel Aviv Stage nightclub in 2005, and a killer who murdered 5 Israelis and injured 32 others on the 20 bus in Ramat Gan in 1995.

Israel will also transfer the bodies of terrorists who killed 8 hostages before being killed by Israeli commandoes in 1975 at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv.

The bodies are expected in Ramallah on Thursday, and will be received in an official welcoming ceremony which Abbas will attend.

All in all, 130 bodies will be transferred.

Jewish Press Radio: Israel At Home and Abroad

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 1: Families Growing in Jerusalem

Yishai and Malkah reflect on the reaction to a recent article written by Yishai about Jonathan Pollard and the potential guilt we, as modern Jews, would face if he were to die in prison in the United States.   Yishai ponders the strong emotions expressed in the many comments posted on the article published originally on JewishPress.com and then re-posted on Ynet.  Malkah lets us in on a potential new career choice in stark contrast to her current position as an activist and journalist; and shares her exciting adventure helping a young family handle a new arrival on the holiday of Passover.  Yishai and Malkah end the segment by talking about their recent tour around Jerusalem on Segways.

Segment 2: Why Are Israelis So Happy?!

Yishai and Malkah dig into the world’s ‘Happiness Index’ to see how Israel ranks in contrast to the world’s other countries. Yishai talks about African refugees living in Israel and a potential solution to house them and make them feel at home in Israeli society. On the flip side, Israeli migration to the United States has changed significantly over the last ten years and our hosts analyze why the change is good for both Israel and the United States. Yishai laughs out loud reviewing a recent article posted in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz written by Nehemia Shtrasler and Shtrasler’s premise that the Jewish People need to use the world’s guilt for the Holocaust in order to remain in good standing in the eyes in the rest of the world.

Segment 3: Political Analyst Mordechai Taub on the 2012 US Elections

Yishai is joined by Mordechai Taub, a political analyst who formerly worked for the Republican National Committee and now works for Israel’s Likud party, to discuss the American politics and the upcoming election.  All candidates want to appear pro-Israel but what does this actually mean?  Yishai and Mordechai examine the records of the Republican candidates in contrast with Israel policy advocated by President Barak Obama.  In one example, the discussion hones in on former President Jimmy Carter’s behavior during the Camp David Accords towards former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin compared to President Obama’s behavior towards Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.   How does Israel and the Israeli people look at foreign powers? Are real policy differences between the two large parties in the US vis-a-vis Israel?  Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates are discussed and Mordechai Taub gives his prediction on the presidential election.  A recent report from Afghanistan completes this segment.

Segment 4: Beinart’s Closed Zion

Yishai comments on a recent interview from the Charlie Rose show featuring Peter Beinart, a well-known author, political pundit, and associate professor.  Rose and Beinart discuss the current state of the “two-state solution” concept and factors, such as continued Jewish settlement, that affect potential implementation.  Beinart presents his opinions on Middle East topics such as the Sinai and the US role in providing security in Israel, and the proposed Palestinian State.  Yishai presents analysis of the interview throughout and reveals a completely different perspective.

Israeli Tech Turns Used Toilet Paper, Food Leftovers into Paper

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

A new Israeli invention is taking recycling to the extreme, turning bits found in sewage water into paper.

In a report by Ynet News, Dr. Refael Aharon of Applied CleanTech explained that 10% of drainage coming out of homes through pipes is comprised of “solid substances” such as food leftovers, toilet paper, and fiber from laundry machine cycles.  Up until now, the filtration of those substances out of the system in order to recycle the water has been expensive.

With Applied CleanTech’s new system, half of Israel’s solid substances will be filtered out , dried, purified and sanitized and turned into cellulose, which will then be turned into paper.  The process will also reduce electricity and chemical costs for purifying water.

One such program is already in place in southern Israel, according to the report, where paper is being reduced at rates far below that of traditional recycled paper.

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