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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Obama's second act of open hostility against Israel

Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.

Over the weekend, I read Caroline Glick's Friday JPost column in which she rips the Hussein Obama administration for its attendance at this week's preparatory conference for 'Durban II' in Geneva. Glick regards American attendance at the preparatory conference as the Hopenchange administration's first overtly hostile act towards Israel.
SINCE IT came into office a month ago, every single Middle East policy the Obama administration has announced has been antithetical to Israel's national security interests. From President Barack Obama's intense desire to appease Iran's mullahs in open discussions; to his stated commitment to establish a Palestinian state as quickly as possible despite the Palestinians' open rejection of Israel's right to exist and support for terrorism; to his expressed support for the so-called Saudi peace plan, which would require Israel to commit national suicide by contracting to within indefensible borders and accepting millions of hostile, foreign-born Arabs as citizens and residents of the rump Jewish state; to his decision to end US sanctions against Syria and return the US ambassador to Damascus; to his plan to withdraw US forces from Iraq and so give Iran an arc of uninterrupted control extending from Iran to Lebanon, every single concrete policy Obama has enunciated harms Israel.

At the same time, none of the policies that Obama has adopted can be construed as directed against Israel. In and of themselves, none can be viewed as expressing specific hostility toward Israel. Rather, they are expressions of naiveté, or ignorance, or - at worst - deliberate denial of the nature of the problems of the Arab and Islamic world on the part of Obama and his advisers.

The same cannot be said of the administration's decision to send its delegation to the Durban II planning session this past week in Geneva. Unlike every other Obama policy, this is a hostile act against Israel. This is true first of all because the decision was announced in the face of repeated Israeli requests that the US join Israel and Canada in boycotting the Durban II conference.

Some could chalk up the US's rejection of Israel's urgent entreaties as an honest difference of opinion. But what lies behind Israel's requests for a US boycott is not a partisan agenda, but a clearheaded acknowledgement that the Durban II conference is inherently devoted to the delegitimization and destruction of the Jewish state. And by joining in the planning sessions, the US has become a full participant in legitimizing and so advancing this overtly anti-Jewish agenda.

On Thursday, Prof. Anne Bayefsky, the senior editor of the EyeontheUN Web site, demonstrated that by participating in the planning sessions the US is accepting the conference's anti-Israel agenda. Bayefsky reported that at the planning session in Geneva on Thursday, the Palestinian delegation proposed that a paragraph be added to the conference's agenda. Their draft "calls for implementation of... the advisory opinion of the ICJ [International Court of Justice] on the wall, [i.e., Israel's security fence], and the international protection of Palestinian people throughout the occupied Palestinian territory."

The American delegation raised no objection to the Palestinian draft.

Issued in 2004, the ICJ's advisory opinion on the security fence claimed that Israel has no right to self-defense against Palestinian terrorism. At the time, both the US and Israel rejected the ICJ's authority to issue an opinion on the subject.

On Thursday, by not objecting to this Palestinian draft, not only did the US effectively accept the ICJ's authority, for practical purposes it granted the anti-Israel claim that Jews may be murdered with impunity.

This assertion aligns naturally with the language already in the Durban II agenda, which calls Israel's Law of Return racist. This law, which grants automatic citizenship to any Jew who wishes to live here, is the embodiment of Jewish peoplehood and the vehicle through which the Jewish people has built our nation-state. In alleging that the Law of Return is racist, the Durban II conference asserts that the Jews are not a people and we have no right to self-determination in our homeland. And Thursday, by participating in the process of demonizing Israel and its people, the US lent its own credibility to this bigoted campaign.
That's what I had planned to blog tonight immediately after the Sabbath, and you should read the whole thing (in fact, I had Bayefsky's article, linked above, open all week, and never got to blogging it).

Hot on the tail of the first hostile act, tonight, there is a second hostile act by the Obama administration against Israel. The 'Palestinian Authority' announced tonight that the Obama administration has given it a 'green light' to bring Hamas into the 'Palestinian government.'
"The new administration has a different policy than that of [former US President] George W. Bush," the official told The Jerusalem Post. "The administration of President Barack Obama believes that a Hamas-Fatah government is good for stability."

The Egyptians have issued invitations to representatives of Hamas, Fatah and several other Palestinian groups to attend reconciliation talks that are due to begin in Cairo on February 25.

Fatah and Hamas officials confirmed that the Egyptians had invited them to the talks.


PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who visited Cairo last week, reportedly told Mubarak that he's prepared to patch up his differences with Hamas. Abbas, according one of his aides, urged the Egyptian president to set a new date for convening the Palestinian "national reconciliation" talks in Cairo.

At the talks, Hamas and Fatah are expected to form five joint committees to discuss ways of resolving their differences over a variety of issues such as control over the border crossings into the Gaza Strip, reconstructing the PA security forces and forming a new unity government.

Ahead of the planned parley, Hamas and Fatah representatives met in Cairo and Ramallah over the past two weeks in an attempt to reach agreement on the agenda of the talks.

Fatah legislator Azam al-Ahmed, who has been participating in the talks with Hamas, said that the results of the last Israeli general elections, which saw the rise of right-wing parties, required the Palestinians to unite "in the face of the new challenges." He also expressed optimism regarding the prospects of ending the Hamas-Fatah power struggle.

Another Fatah operative, Ibrahim Abu al-Naja, said the fact that Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu has been tasked with forming a new government "proves that the Israeli public opinion favors war and destruction."

He said that in the wake of the "dangerous developments in Israel, the Palestinians must unite their ranks by forming a unity government."
I hope that all of you who think you support Israel who voted for this moron to be President of the United States are at least having trouble sleeping at night. There is very little that could be more hostile to Israel than four years of a pro-Hamas administration in Washington.


At 8:07 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

there is only 2 possibilities

1. BHO is a jew hating anti-semite

2. He's a cynical back stabber that is setting up Israel to do the dirty work that BHO cant or wont do... Thus creating a "friendly" USA to the islamists and proving it by doing away with sanctions on Iran and SYria that Israel is the problem and thus AFTER Israel takes on and OUT the IRanian/Syrian/Hamas/Hezbollah axis BHO will go to the UN and get sanctions ON ISRAEL (just like G Bush 1 & James Baker after the iraqi nuke)

Thus BHO is our worst nightmare...

Or he is setting up Israel to do the heavy lifting to KEEP the USA from getting the blame

either way?

bho is a cocksucker

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

And we could have had in the White House a truly decent man, a real patriot, an experienced statesman who gets it-John McCain.

One thing I simply don't get. Why do the overwhelming majority of Jewish American always support and vote for whoever the Democrats throw up. (Metaphor intended.) Eugene McCarthy, Dhimmi Carter, Al Gore, John Kerry ... and His Obamaness.

Prominent Jewish people in Hollywood, in New York and other leftist bastions pushed Obama, held massive fund-raising events, etc. All in knee-jerk support for this extreme leftist Democrat.

It seems like nobody did any critical thought on what Obama and his minions were saying. Not that Jewish Americans are alone in this-you couldn't get most black Americans to even consider voting for a Republican.

The American hard left and their propagandists in the MSM have done their brainwashing job well.

At 9:37 PM, Blogger LB said...

This is yet more proof that Israel needs to develop an independent foreign policy - get rid of American "aid," develop domestic industry (incl. military), and increase trade with OTHER countries - e.g. India.

"Hamas-Fatah government is good for stability." Note *stability* - not justice, peace, etc. If the Jews actually do something for their own safety and security I guess that leads to instability. To stability - ah, Torquemada, where art thou?

At 12:13 AM, Blogger joe six-pack said...

President Obama is no friend of Israel. He will leave them in the lurch if and when the shooting begins again.

At 2:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who looked into Obama's friends and church should have known he was anti-Israel and anti-American. I can not understand how he won the election, although the media committing fraud had a lot to do with it, i still can't believe it.

At 3:29 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel and the US are not going to be doing a lot of coordinating over the next decade, that's for sure.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

All I see is racist hatred towards Obama. And ignorance about Israel. Sure Israel & Palestine are brothers, that is if the Jews were really Jews. Unfortunately today's Jews are only Jews by faith and not race.
So technically the Palestines are more Jewish than the Jews. And it is ironically the Christians who stirred this all up in the first place. Because their bible tells them that Jerusaleum has to be rebuilt before the second coming of Christ.

So guees who transplanted these ideological so called "Jews" in that plot of sand?


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