I don’t often engage in discussing current political events but President Obama’s anti-Israel stance in his speech yesterday requires Israel’s supporters to speak out. I hope there are many blogs on this topic and Americans strongly express their outrage at Obama attemptimg to force the State of Israel to give up more land for their dream of peace.
The speech was too lengthy to respond to every remark so I’ve noted specific excerpts that concern me and responded to them.
Obama Speech: “For decades, the conflict between Israelis and Arabs has cast a shadow over the region.”
A more truthful statement would be, “For decades the assault on Israel by the Arab nations and Arab refugees within or near Israel’s borders has cast a shadow over the region.
Obama speech: “For Palestinians, it has meant suffering the humiliation of occupation, and never living in a nation of their own.”
For the Arab refugees in Israel, it has meant suffering the humiliation of being used as a pawn by the Arab nations to keep a thorn in Israel’s side and deny them the peace they should have been afforded when returning to their ancient homeland in 1948 with the consent of the world community after suffering the atrocities of the Holocaust in Europe.
Obama Speech: “Israeli settlement activity continues. Palestinians have walked away from talks.”
Attempting to reprove both sides in the conflict, Obama chides Israel for building homes in her own homeland, which effectively justifies the poor Arab refugees who have merely walked away from the talks.
Obama Speech: “Palestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist.”
Now, that is a true statement (other than the misnomer); however, it will not stop the Arabs from hating Israel and plotting her complete destruction.
Obama Speech: “Israel too must act boldly to advance a lasting peace.”
Israel acts boldly everyday of her life in hopes of advancing a lasting peace. Everyday of her existence as a modern state surrounded by hostile Arab nations has required utmost courage and strength. To call upon her to surrender land (won in an unprovoked war in 1967) which has greatly enhanced her ability to survive as a nation, is not asking her to act boldly, but foolishly. It would be assisting one’s would be assassins. Land will not buy peace when given to a sworn enemy who has no change of heart.
Obama speech: “The international community is tired of an endless process that never produces an outcome.”
This is a shameful statement made by someone who has not felt the heat of the fire of living daily in the midst of mortal enemies.
No one could be more weary of this endless process than Israel. She has put up with endless insults and assaults from Arabs, trying to avoid contention and conflict.
One cannot visit Israel and endure the daily calls for prayer from Muslim minarets in Jerusalem which blare out into all public spaces and hinder normal conversations for people of other faiths– just to appease Muslims– without beholding the patience of Israel.
Consider that Muslims, who have their Holy Sites in Mecca and Medina and elsewhere, have control over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel’s only Holy Site. It’s the only site where they can rebuild God’s Holy Temple. Behold the patience of Israel.
Jews can’t visit Bethlehem or Jericho or Hebron. Muslims have possession of Abraham’s burial cave and Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem– which they have looted and defaced. Muslim authorities deny Israel the right to excavate in the Temple Mount area and deliberately conceal or destroy evidence of Israel’s past on the Temple Mount when they find it.
I could go on. It’s disturbing and indefensible. But, the media doesn’t even want to tell you about it.
Obama speech: “The dream of a Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation.”
This statement is so twisted, it defies logic. The Jews don’t have to dream of having their own democratic Jewish State, Israel been a reality since 1948!
They are not occupying someone else’s homeland, they are denied peace in their own homeland because of bogus claims about the Arab refugees.
According to Joan Peters in her detailed and highly documented book called From Time Immemorial, “68% of the Arab refugees left (Israel) on their own (during the 1948 Arab war against the newly created State of Israel). They were not expelled.”
The Arab refugees left Israel because “Arabs in neighboring countries encouraged” them “to leave ‘Palestine’ until the Jews were purged from the land.” Then, when Israel won the war against the Arabs, the “refugees” status became confused. Some Arab leaders demanded that Israel let the so-called “expelled” refugees return to their homes, while other Arab leaders sought to prevent their “return” because they did not want to recognize Israel’s existence. And so, the Arabs created the Arab refugee problem!
Since Israel became a nation in 1948, Jewish refugees have poured into Israel from throughout the Middle Eastern Arab countries (as well as from around the world).
“more than half of the people in Israel today are Jews or offspring of Jews who lived in Arab countries and have fled Arab brutality; Israel’s present population consists mainly of refugees and their descendants from two oppressions, European-Nazi and Arab.” pg 79 of From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters
Israel welcomes all Jewish refugees. And many of those Jewish refugees were forced to abandon lands, homes and possessions in Arab countries.
“The Jews who fled Arab countries (Morroco, Yemen, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt) left assets behind in the Arab world greater than those the Arabs left in Israel.” pg 25 of From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters
With Israel’s abandoned assets, those Arab countries could easily have absorbed and blessed the Arab refugees displaced by their unprovoked wars against Israel, if the Arab nations loved their own people more than they hate Israel. But, unfortunately, that is not the case. It is the Arab nations who have treated the Arab refugees shamefully, not Israel, as was admitted by King Hussein of Jordan in 1960.
“Since 1948 Arab leaders have approached the Palestinian problem in an irresponsible manner…They have used the Palestinian people for selfish political purposes. This is ridiculous and, I could say, even criminal.” pg 23 of From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters
If the world really wants to solve the Arab refugee problem they should put pressure on the Arab nations to welcome their brethren to settle in Arab nations. Their actual roots are there, not in Israel. Jordan is the true Palestinian state. It, by law, allows any Palestinian to immigrate and obtain Jordanian citizenship if they surrender their Palestinian citizenship. Approximately half of Jordan’s population claims Palestinian roots.
Obama’s chide against Israel in this remark is despicable and deceptive.
Obama speech: “But what America and the international community can do is state frankly what everyone knows: a lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples. Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people; each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.”
This is not the belief of America or the international community. It’s the opinion of an Arab-biased speech writer which the president of the United States had the audacity to articulate. It is stated as if two new states are soon to be created from land that both parties have a co-equal claim to. It assumes that this division of land will bring peace to the Middle East! Land is not the problem or the solution. As long as the Arabs want to annihilate Israel, there will be no peace. So, this claim is a deception, no matter whose silver pen or tongue it flows from.
The land of Israel is the Jewish homeland from time immemorial. God gave them their land so reducing the size of their homeland is not a legitimate goal or option!
Obama speech: “The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”
Again, a speech writer’s opinion expressed as accepted wisdom when the outcome of such a move would be disastrous for Israel. Israel would have to give up Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula, and East Jerusalem, which includes the Temple Mount itself. This land loss would make her remaining territory essentially indefensible. And over 300,000 Israelis now living in those areas would become refugees.
Also, if a Palestinian State is created, no one would want Israel to expel the 1.2 million Arabs currently peacefully integrated into the Jewish State of Israel. Some of them serve in the Knesset, the Jewish Parliament. (Can you imagine Jews being allowed such liberties in a Palestinian State?)
Obama speech: “Israel must be able to defend itself – by itself – against any threat.”
In other portions of the speech, Obama expressed commitment to the security of Israel. This statement is enigmatic. Why must Israel be able to defend herself– by herself– if we truly stand with her? Is this a veiled threat of some kind?
Obama speech: “…how can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist. In the weeks and months to come, Palestinian leaders will have to provide a credible answer to that question.”
This is a good question and there is no good answer. Arab leaders consistently refuse to accept Israel’s right to exist and support her annihilation. Just because a speech writer says Arab leaders “will have to provide a credible answer,” it doesn’t ensure they will. And, are their words reliable? Obama’s aren’t. During the campaign he said he would stand by Israel and Jerusalem would never be divided. So much for campaign promises. Can he change? Yes, he can.
I was thrilled to see Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, stand up to Obama in the Oval Office meeting Friday. He clearly rejected a return to pre-1967 borders and explained why that is an impossible prelude to a peace agreement. Hopefully, Obama gained a little better understanding of history through the exchange.
If you want a better understanding of the so called “Palestinian refugee” problem, I would recommend you read From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters. It is an excellent expose’ of the facts about the birth of the modern nation of Israel and their relationship with their Arab population and the surrounding nations.
By siding with the “Arab refugees” in the Gaza Strip, the Obama Administration shows that it is out of step with the American people. I stand with Israel and hope you will show you do too by helping this administration out the door during our next election.