UPDATES 5 pm Israel time Saturday:
Your humble is going to be ill.
The news from Friday is so pathetic as to make one nauseous. It appears that not only did PM Netanyahu apologize to Turkish PM Erdogan, he also agreed to lift the blockade of Gaza and compensate Turkey for the loss of life aboard the Mavi Marmara.
What did Turkey agree to? To normalize relations with Israel (who cares?) and to not prosecute Israeli soldiers who defended themselves on the Mavi Marmara. To put this a different way, Turkey got everything it has been demanding and Israel, as usual, got nothing. Netanyahu has lost all semblance of personal dignity and has sacrificed Israel’s self-respect on the altar of Obama.
And, oh by the way, guess who is coming to Gaza and perhaps even Judea and Samaria next month? You guessed it . . . the rabidly anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist Taycip Erdogan, who is now cast as a “mediator” between Israel and the Palestinians.
But wait . . . there is more. Netanyahu has also kowtowed to Obama by agreeing to freeze all Jewish construction outside of the “large Jewish blocks.” Netanyahu promised Obama that there will be no construction in E1.
But wait . . . there is more. Obama made it clear that six or seven months from now, John Kerry will be back in the region with a peace plan based on the infamous Saudi plan. And Obama made it clear that Netanyahu, his own little lapdog, is expected go along and get on board. Netanyahu has apparently agreed.
Yesterday, your humble servant analyzed Part 1 of the section of Obama’s “visionary” Jerusalem speech that dealt with Israel and the Palestinians. Today, we focus on Part 2 of that Section [again my own comments are interpolated].
“But the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and justice must also be recognized. Put yourself in their shoes – look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their home.”
[Isn’t it amazing that after the last 65 years of rejected Israeli offers of peace that President Obama places the blame on Israel for a Palestinian child not being able to grow up in a state of her own? Isn’t it amazing that President Obama does not include one single mention of Palestinian violence against Jewish community members in Judea and Samaria–and that it is that violence that causes restrictions to be placed on Palestinians?]
“Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.”
[Occupation nor expulsion? Under no internationally recognized agreement is Israel occupying anything. Israel is not expelling any anybody from anywhere. Who wants to expel? The Palestinians, who have declared that not one Jew will be left in Judea and Samaria is they gain control over the land.]
“Only you can determine what kind of democracy you will have. But remember that as you make these decisions, you will define not simply the future of your relationship with the Palestinians – you will define the future of Israel as well. As Ariel Sharon said, “It is impossible to have a Jewish, democratic state and at the same time to control all of Eretz Israel. If we insist on fulfilling the dream in its entirety, we are liable to lose it all.” Or, from a different perspective, think of what David Grossman said shortly after losing his son, as he described the necessity of peace – “a peace of no choice” he said, “must be approached with the same determination and creativity as one approaches a war of no choice.”
[Ariel Sharon’s “peace” has led to more than 15,000 rockets being launched against southern Israel. As for “a peace of no choice”–there are always choices to be made especially if one’s very survival is at stake.]
“Of course, Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with anyone who is dedicated to its destruction. But while I know you have had differences with the Palestinian Authority, I believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad. Over the last few years, they have built institutions and maintained security on the West Bank in ways that few would have imagined a decade ago. So many Palestinians – including young people – have rejected violence as a means of achieving their aspirations.”
[Excuse me? Mahmoud Abbas and Salaam Fayyad? Both of these corrupt PLO leaders would be voted out of power in a second and replaced by Hamas if an election were held in Areas A and B. And Palestinian young people? All they do is engage in daily terrorism against Jews.]
“Which leads to my third point: peace is possible. I know it doesn’t seem that way. There will always be a reason to avoid risk, and there’s a cost for failure. There will always be extremists who provide an excuse to not act. And there is something exhausting about endless talks about talks; the daily controversies, and grinding status quo.”
[The problem Mr. President, is that the only risk is to Israeli civilians. We tried Oslo and got suicide bombers; we tried Camp David in 2000 and got more suicide bombers; we tried Gaza in 2005 and gots thousands of rockets. Why is it that everyone is so willing for Israeli citizens to take risks?]
“Negotiations will be necessary, but there is little secret about where they must lead – two states for two peoples. There will be differences about how to get there, and hard choices along the way. Arab States must adapt to a world that has changed. The days when they could condemn Israel to distract their people from a lack of opportunity are over.”
[Read the news today Mr. Obama. Arab states from Saudi Arabia to Algeria continue to use Israel as a scapegoat. Arab states are not adapting to “a world that has changed.” It is delusional to think that they are.]
“Now is the time for the Arab World to take steps toward normalized relations with Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinians must recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state, and that Israelis have the right to insist upon their security.”
[The day that the Palestinians recognize that Israel is (not will be!) a Jewish state is the day that the myth of the Palestinian refugees will come to an end. That will never happen.]
“Israelis must recognize that continued settlement activity is counterproductive to the cause of peace, and that an independent Palestine must be viable– that real borders will have to be drawn. I’ve suggested principles on territory and security that I believe can be the basis for talks. But for the moment, put aside the plans and process. I ask you, instead, to think about what can be done to build trust between people.”
[Continued “settlement activity” is counter-productive to peace? Every one of those “settlers” is out there on the front lines (just as those in northern Gaza were and Yamit before them)-ensuring the peace of all of the rest of us in Israel.]
“Four years ago, I stood in Cairo in front of an audience of young people. Politically, religiously, they must seem a world away. But the things they want – they’re not so different from you. The ability to make their own decisions; to get an education and a good job; to worship God in their own way; to get married and have a family. The same is true of the young Palestinians that I met in Ramallah this morning, and of young Palestinians who yearn for a better life in Gaza.”
[This is the ultimate Western canard. That everyone is the same and wants the same. The fact is that the Arab God wants the destruction of the Jews and will not allow the end of times to come until every Jew is killed. Young people in Gaza and other Arab countries are not the same as young people elsewhere.]
“That is where peace begins – not just in the plans of leaders, but in the hearts of people; not just in a carefully designed process, but in the daily connections that take place among those who live together in this land, and in this sacred city of Jerusalem. Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do. You must create the change that you want to see.
I know this is possible. Look to the bridges being built in business and civil society by some of you here today. Look at young people who have not yet learned a reason to mistrust, and those who have learned to overcome a legacy of mistrust that they inherited from their parents because of the simple recognition that we hold more hopes in common than the fear that drives us apart. Your voices must be louder than the extremists who would drown them out. Your hopes must light the way forward. Look to a future in which Jews, Muslims and Christians can all live in peace and greater prosperity in this Holy Land. Look to the future that you want for your own children – a future in which a Jewish, democratic state is protected and accepted, for this time and for all time.”
[Beautiful words but delusional and dangerous. A Jewish, democratic state will never be accepted by the Arab world–nor by many in the West. To suggest that the youth of Israel must light the way is disingenuous at best. Where was Obama’s call in Ramallah or Bethlehem for Palestinian children to light the way? It was nonexistent.]
In sum, Obama’s worldview is delusional and dangerous. The President simply cannot grasp the changes that have taken place or have not taken place. He simply does not understand Islam and the Islamic world. In Obama’s view, it is solely up to Israel to take “risks” for peace; it is solely up to Israeli citizens to die for his kumbaya vision of all people living in brotherhood and peace.
Thanks but no thanks Mr. President.
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