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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Friends don't treat friends like this

This is a great letter written by Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt (from a Conservative Temple in Potomac, Maryland) to his Congressman, Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
I am very concerned by the hostile and belligerent tone taken by this Administration towards a close ally over an administrative error made by a low-level bureaucrat, and for which Prime Minister Netanyahu has now apologized no less than four times.

While Israel is trying to downplay the issue and to show its willingness to accept responsibility for an unfortunate error in timing, it appears that President Obama is seeking to use this as a pretext to drive a wedge between us and an important reliable ally of long-standing.

One cannot help but wonder –

Why was Abbas’ refusal to accept the US request and Israeli offer for direct negotiations not an “insult and affront” to the United States and the Vice President?

Why was Assad’s meeting with Ahmadinejad the day after the US announced that we were sending an ambassador to Syria ignored by the State Department and not deemed to be an “insult and affront” to the United States?

Why is Palestinian Authority incitement of rioters in Jerusalem and elsewhere not condemned by this administration and not an “insult and affront” to the United States and the Vice President?

Why is the naming of the main public square in Ramallah by Abbas in honor of Fatah terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, murderer of 38 Israelis - 13 of them little kids not an impediment to the peace process and not an insult and affront to the US and Israel????

Not to mention – why does this administration insist on viewing construction in a vacant piece of land, adjacent to existing housing seen as thwarting the two state solution?
Read the whole thing.


At 3:42 PM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

This whole 'crisis' stinks to high heaven. It took Obama two full days to become offended by the building announcement. I tend to agree with the theory that Obama wants to bring about regime change in Israel or at the very least, move Netanyahu to the left and marginalize those further to his right. I hope it backfires.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its very clear Obama wants Israel put into a position where it will it have to subordinate its national interests to American wishes. No sovereign country can be exactly like every other country. We are about to find out if the Jews are willing to die to remain a free people in their own land. That's the real heart of the issue and it isn't about Ramat Shlomo or where else Jews may live today in sovereign Israel.

It never has been.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Neshama said...

His whole premise is not correct:

..."over an administrative error made by a low-level bureaucrat..."

He's starting out on a limping foot and will not be taken seriously. But, then, will the O admin realize that? Their knowledge of ME is nil.

An out of context statement IS A QUOTE.


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