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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Why Barack Obama shares in the blame... and so does Hillary Clinton

Yesterday, a Facebook friend in the US whom I have known since he was born (almost literally) wrote the following (I am purposely not linking it and not giving his name and I will delete any comment that names him).
Today is a terrible day in the long history of the Jewish people confronted by enemies committed to the age old statement of Haman seeking to eradicate the Jewish people. But let's stay focused on who is that enemy and who it is not. This has nothing to do with President Barack Obama.
Sorry D, but that's dead wrong. Here's Noah Pollak in a brilliant article to explain why
The murder of the teens and the rocket fire from Gaza are, of course, entirely the fault of Hamas. But it would be taking too narrow a view of the situation not to consider the way over the past five years the Obama administration has shaped the environment in which these events are unfolding. 
A few examples: Israeli intelligence believes the Hamas cell that carried out the abduction was run by a Hamas leader who lives openly in Turkey. The Erdogan regime has, of course, made Turkey a comfortable haven for anti-Israel terrorists, allowing weapons smuggling to Hezbollah, staging the terror flotilla to Gaza in 2010, hosting (and feting) Hamas leaders, and so on. Obama's protest? None. In fact, a few years ago Obama said that Erdogan was his favorite Middle East leader, and Obama over the years has offered nothing but lavish public praise for Erdogan. 
Another example: The Obama administration has consistently adopted policies whose effect is to make Hamas rule in Gaza easier. One of the first foreign policy moves the administration made—you can read all about it in Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices, where she writes earnestly and proudly about her involvement—was to pressure Israel to weaken its blockade on Gaza after Operation Cast Lead, the short war that ended days before Obama's inauguration in 2009. Every dollar of aid provided to Gaza is a dollar freed up for Hamas to spend on terrorizing Israelis—and the Obama administration for five years has been insistent on Gaza receiving substantial aid, and Israel relaxing its blockade. Clinton and Obama pushed through another loosening of the Gaza blockade after Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012. 
Yet another example: The Obama administration, including Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, has always insisted that the U.S. taxpayer should continue funding the Palestinian Authority even if it forms a "unity government" with Hamas, which after many years of trying was finally consummated last month. The Obama administration even coached the Palestinians on how to organize the new unity government so that the administration would be able to claim that it does not violate a 2006 law forbidding the funding of exactly such a PA (instead of Hamas terrorists receiving ministerial positions in the Palestinian Authority, there are Hamas-approved "technocrats" occupying the ministries—i.e., cutouts who do the bidding of Hamas).
And thus, with Hamas and Fatah joined in an Obama-approved unity government that will continue receiving hundreds of millions of dollars a year in U.S. funding, we arrive at the events of the past three weeks—the increased rocket fire, the abduction and murder of the teenagers, and, of course, the administration's admonition that Israel not respond to events the administration itself has played a role in bringing about
And all the while the Obama administration insists on its "unshakable commitment to Israel's security," a phrase invoked with repetitive meaninglessness. The most important part of that commitment is being a source of moral clarity on days like today, and treating an ally like an ally, instead of a problem that must be contained. The administration has failed on both counts.
Read the whole thing.

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At 6:53 PM, Blogger InMemoryOf Yossi said...

Carl, please post a link to the blog entry where you said the numbers. You said half the funding the US gave was during this administration. I'm having the same fight on facebook. Ppl not understanding why I'm furious with this administration as well as hamas.

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


At 10:20 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Share the blame? Obama belongs in a prison cell.


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