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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Calling Obama's bluff?

In a few weeks, we will read the Torah portion that hints at the story of Nachshon the son of Aminadav. The story is told in the Medrash and is quite well known. The Midrash relates that during the Exodus, when the Israelites reached the Red Sea, it did not automatically part. The Israelites were trapped between the Egyptian army, which would have murdered them or returned them to slavery, and the Sea. The Israelites stood at the banks of the sea and wailed with despair, but Nahshon entered the waters. Once he was up to his nose in the water, the sea parted. In the Chanuka Torah reading that we have just finished, we read of the sacrifices of the princes of each tribe as part of the dedication of the Mishkan (tabernacle). When the princes of the different tribes were required to bring their offerings, each on a separate day, Moshe was embarrassed, not knowing who should be the first; but all Israel pointed at Nahshon, saying, "He sanctified the name of God by springing first into the Red Sea; he is worthy to bring down the Shekhinah; therefore he shall be the first to bring the offering." Nahshon was regarded as worthy of leadership and in fact, Kings David and Solmon were among his descendants.

Reza Aslan argues that the 'Palestinians' should call President Obama's bluff by pushing ahead for a unilateral declaration of statehood.
There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that should recognition of Palestinian statehood be put to a vote on the floor of the U.N., it would win the support of every member country save two: Israel and the United States. Unfortunately, these are the only two votes that matter, considering that the U.S. has veto power over all U.N. declarations and has used it consistently to protect Israel from countless resolutions critical of Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories. Indeed, President Obama had explicitly promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would prohibit any U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood in exchange for a 90-day extension of Israel’s settlement freeze.


Obviously the statements from Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay are merely symbolic. But as Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Maliki noted, their importance lies in the fact that “the more countries that recognize the Palestinian state, the more pressure this will put on countries that are hesitant.” Already, about 100 nations across the world have come out in recognition of an independent Palestinian state, including, most recently, Turkey.

Symbolism aside, if there is one thing the Palestinians have learned in four decades of fruitless peace talks, it is that the only they will ever be allowed to have a state of their own is if they simply seize it for themselves.

So then, enough talk. Enough stalling. It’s well past time to declare statehood and force a vote of recognition in the United Nations.

Obama claims the U.S. will veto any such vote. Let’s call his bluff. Let’s find out if this president is ready to stand utterly alone on the world stage as the sole head of state refusing to recognize the existence of a Palestinian state just so he can appease an ally, Israel, that over the last year has repeatedly gone of out its way to embarrass his administration and stifle his attempts at achieving a two-state solution.
Unfortunately, he may be right about the vote at the United Nations. And I cannot see President Obama (of all American Presidents in the last 60 years!) standing alone defending Israel in the United Nations. That leaves us with two options that are not dissimilar to the options that were available to our forefathers at the Red Sea: Commit suicide by going back to the indefensible 1949 armistice line and waiting for the 'Palestinians' to start the next war, or fight back and pray for a miracle. Personally, I'm in favor of fighting back. Just like Nachshon the son of Aminadav.

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At 8:38 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel should prepare legislation to annex Yesha. If the Palestinians no longer feel bound to negotiate with Israel, there is no reason in the world why Israel has to sit there and wait for a fait accompli from them. If they decide negotiations are no longer in their best interest, Israel is free to annex Yesha and impose Israeli law and sovereignty upon it. And for that, the Palestinians will have only themselves to blame.

At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A military response to annul "Palestine"? well, Gaza can be temporarily left as is, large cities on the West Bank surrounded and neutralized and, as in Operation Litani, villages effectively cleared through suppressing fire. Complete Israeli dominance from the Mediterranean to the Jordan should be achievable--AFIK that isn't the problem, but the day after? otoh to stay in place could also have a downside. but to recognize such a state or cooperate with recognition? Impossible.

It's a pity Obama is such a total merkin.

At 11:52 PM, Blogger Mark Finkelstein said...

Permit me to clarify the Obama quote you have on the picture accompanying your posting ( and at the same time clarify it for other friends, as well.)

There's two parts to this. And the context of Obama's remarks in Iowa on March 12, 2007 were only clarified by the transcript put out by the Des Moines Register on May 3, 2007.

Here's the relevant part of the March 12 remarks: " But [Israel is]not going to take that extraordinary difficult political step until they feel that they've got a partner on the other side. Now, in the interim, nobody's suffering more than the Palestinians from this whole process."

In other words, Obama said: quote: "What you need is a partner on the Palestinian side that is willing to. [sic] both willing to enter into peace talks and is able to execute." unquote. In the interim until Israel has that competent peace partner, the Palestinians are going to continue to suffer. In other words, the Palestinians are their own worst enemy.

At 5:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets say that the Palestinians do declare themselves a state and all of the UN agrees including the US. Then what? How will Palestinians be able to take over this so called state? Will the UN send in troops to force Israel to give up the land?

At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

free -

Yes, the UN will send "peacekeepers" to prevent Israel from maintaining any people in the new judenrein "state". I'm sure many countries will gladly volunteer their forces.
The terrorists will attack and Israel will have no choice but to defend, despite the presence of international forces.

This was discussed in Zechariah, chapter 14. It is called the war of gog umagog.


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