Obama’s Disgraceful Conduct Toward Israel

On Wednesday night in Washington Israeli and American officials worked feverishly—but failed—to produce a document stating Israel’s commitments regarding proximity talks with the Palestinian Authority. The U.S. was reportedly supposed to take the document to the Palestinians and then to the Arab League meeting in Tripoli, Libya, this weekend.

Days earlier Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had outlined such commitments in a letter to secretary of state Hillary Clinton. It was deemed insufficient and, in Washington, President Barack Obama sent Netanyahu and his accompanying officials back to the drawing board. According to one report, Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman advised Netanyahu not to sign any such document that night, and to wait to return home and discuss the matter with the Israeli inner cabinet.

The commitments Obama seeks are variously reported to be: some sort of Israeli undertaking about a construction moratorium in the West Bank (where one is already in place) and East Jerusalem; a promise to engage in such final-status issues as refugees, borders, and Jerusalem in the proximity talks; and “gestures” to the Palestinian Authority such as the removal of additional checkpoints and the freeing of Palestinian security prisoners.

The pressures Obama directed at Netanyahu were severe, in one account even inducing a “panic” reaction in the Israeli leader. The total media blackout that accompanied their meeting led the Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl to comment that “Netanyahu is being treated as if he were an unsavory Third World dictator, needed for strategic reasons but conspicuously held at arm’s length.” Obama was further riled by news about an approval to build 20 apartments for Jews in a compound in East Jerusalem owned by an American Jewish millionaire since 1985—situated in a mostly-Arab neighborhood.

By Thursday night, with Netanyahu and his inner cabinet set to convene, many of his ministers had praised his refusal while in Washington to cave on the Jerusalem-construction issue, Netanyahu having stated to AIPAC on Monday night that “The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 year ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today.”

Meanwhile an Arab-affairs correspondent of Yediot Aharonot, Israel’s largest newspaper, reported on Thursday based on Palestinian Authority sources that

“the drama taking place on Wednesday in Washington has not gone unnoticed by the Palestinians, but…as of now there is no change in their position regarding the possibility for proximity talks.… even a declaration that indirect talks will address core issues such as Jerusalem and borders is not sufficient. ‘What is necessary [said a senior Palestinian official] is a clear American commitment that building in the settlements will be frozen completely, both in Jerusalem and in the West Bank.’”

As many have noted, just as Obama’s earlier call for a total freeze on Israeli settlements apparently led Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to stonewall direct talks with Israel, so the recent brouhaha Obama created over Israeli building in Jerusalem seems to have led Abbas to back out, for now, from the proximity talks as well. In other words, even those who see such talks as leading to peace should not be happy with how Obama has handled the matter. What such optimists are likely to miss, though, is that the Palestinian Authority is hardly eager for either talks or peace and jumps at opportunities to back out of the former.

The larger Arab world is almost very much part of Obama’s grandiose plans for peace between Israel and its neighbors, but there too discouraging news surfaced on Thursday. It was reported that the Saudi MBC1 television network, along with Dubai Television, had bought and started airing Ayrilik, a 13-part anti-Semitic Turkish series. Ayrilik depicts Israeli soldiers as satanic and shows them engaging in such acts as murdering Palestinians of all ages, including a newborn baby, and kicking the corpses.

Dubai is, of course, considered an amenable Arab country, a financial hub and tourist playground. It’s suggested that Dubai may be broadcasting the series to get back at Israel for the alleged assassination on its soil of a single Hamas terrorist two months ago. As for Saudi Arabia, it’s the famed source of the “Saudi peace plan” and one of the reputedly “moderate” Arab countries Obama supplicated some months ago to make “gestures” to Israel—only to be contemptuously rebuffed.

In light of all this, the spectacle of the intensive, harried American-Israeli consultations lasting well into Wednesday night emerges as grotesque. The face the Obama administration has turned toward Israel these past two weeks is an ugly one. The news about 20 apartments for Jews in a Jerusalem neighborhood that the U.S. president sees as off limits for Jews has him incensed. Neither the Palestinians’ obvious disdain for his obsessive efforts to induce them into talks, nor ongoing Palestinian and Arab barbaric anti-Semitism, has ever been seen to evoke even a twinge of annoyance in him. Instead Obama’s capacity to insult and humiliate the Israeli prime minister—the only one to make an effort to go along with his plans—is ongoing and disgraceful.

Meanwhile over 250 members of Congress from both parties have written to Clinton to “reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over recent tension,” stating that “differences are best resolved quietly, in trust and confidence, as befits longstanding strategic allies.” It is a relief to see the authentic, decent face of America again. Obama’s policy toward Israel shames that decency.

  • jACKGN

    BHM "our Muslim Pres.". I wonder what he was offered by the real world powers that be to destroy the US & Israel from "inside". He will burn!!

  • courtnye

    hey, this is what I believe……I believe that back in the sixties Nancy, Harry, and the rest of the White House Gang, was sitting on some campus in california smoking alot of POT, and I believe that along come the seventies and there was BARRY, smoking alot of HASH (and POT) !!! and I believe NOW, they sit in the Oval Office and STILL smoke ALOT of POT………that's what I believe, thank you

  • Cecil S.

    Iran was an ally, Israel is an ally. The American foreign policy stinks! Israel is on its own in this world!

  • Ken Lewis

    I would love to see Netenyahu debate Obama without Obama using a teleprompter. Netenyahu runs circles around Obama intellectual. Obama is a an Obamination and a threat to America's existence. He has no loyalty to anyone other than socialists, marxists, and terrorists. Affirmative action violates every constitutional principle the founding fathers imposed in writing that once great document. Once the constitution became open for interpretation and free speech became a nullity the opportunity for a minority demagogue to take power became a reality. Kind of reminds me of when a certain set of unusual occurances happened in Germany which led to the rise of another infamous World leader. Obama is leading the World down a similar path of destruction and America will never be the same. I truly pity those who through ignorance or denial remain blind.

  • Edip Yuksel

    WHO CONTROLS U.S.A.

    Country is a gross misnomer. Stolen and occupied territory is the most correct term.

    President of which country in the world would dare to invite vice-president of the United States and then humiliate him in front of the world, and the vice-president thanks him for it?

    Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
    Answer: Israel.

  • Edip Yuksel

    Question: What country in the Middle East created 762,000 refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: In which country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: In which country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque.?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States, according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana, Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S.?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely insults the American people by having its Prime Minister address the United States Congress and lecturing them like children on why they have no right to reduce foreign aid?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because "We control America?"
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing.
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing 15 civilians including 9 children?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?
    Answer: Israel.

    Question: Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?
    Answer: Israel.

    This has got to be forwarded.

    • xman

      Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Who cares, Jew-hating savage? They ought to do it more often.

    • Peter E. Coleman

      Question: What Country in the Middle East wants to exterminate the Jews?

      Answer: All 22 Muslim Country's surrounding Israel.

      • xman

        And Idiot Yuksel, the tinpot Turkish Hitler would dearly love to se that happen.

    • Patrick

      Israel took land, as is it’s right, during war when they were attacked by several cowardly Arab nations. The Obama admin. has forced the Israelis to kowtow to the palestinians ( that’s right, no capitalization ) while not holding hamas and the palestinians accountable, for anything.
      Where was your outrage when Jordan controlled the territory? Where was the push for a palestinian homeland? Spare me your outrage and cowardice, please.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Stephen_Brady Stephen_Brady

      Question: Why do you keep coming to a website where you are so clearly not wanted or welcome?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Swemson Swemson

      Your garbage should be banned from this website, rolled up, and shoved up your most holy of holies.

      Israel knows that the best defense is a good offense. When you know your enemies are trying to kill you, hunting them down and killing them before they have a chance to attack you is 100% justifiable… When Israel does so, it isn't an offensive action, it's pure self defense.

      fs

  • Robert Bernier

    Do not miss this video:
    No! to peace at any price.
    To cry peace, peace, when there is no peace, as the Jewish prophet, Jeremiah, taught us long ago, is not an expression of hope but a foolish and dangerous abrogation of reality. It dulls the mind and the aspiration of a people who then become lost and blinded under a veritable veil of deception. Peace is impossible for a nation like Israel without its own demonstration of unassailable military strength and its utter rejection of concessions to an implacable enemy. The Arab world respects strength. It treats concessions with complete and utter scorn. It considers overtures of peace as a sign of weakness and becomes emboldened in its aggression. Enough! No more concessions :

    Consult : http://xrl.us/bgwqmi

  • xman

    And Turks have a long history of buitchering infidels – every place in Europe that had the misfortune to be in the way of invading Ottoman armies could expect to see its citizens butchered in cold blood, like the Christians in Constantinople in 1453, and that broad line of blood continued all the way to Vienna, where, mercifully, the defenders of Vienna triumphed in 1529, and later, John Sobieski in 1683. That ought to have been the start of a Crusade to rid Europe of Islam and destroy the Ottoman Empire by 1700, and would have been if Jan Sobieski had his way. That would have been payback for butchering Christians and kidnapping their children to serve as slave soldiers, and sex slaves for fat greasy 60 year old Turks. Israel is a far better country that Turkey. It is civilized, democratic, free, tolerant and advanced – everything that backward Hitler-loving antisemitic shithole Turkey isn't.

  • James

    One single statement covers it all:

    “If the Palestinians laid down their guns seeking peace, their could be peace tomorrow. If Israel laid down their guns seeking peace, tomorrow there would be no Israel”! History has proven this for 3000 years. The State of Israel is the Jewish homeland, they have full right to defend it, as any other Country has the right to defend itself.

  • rycK

    I wonder when we will finally agree, at least in part, that the Clintons and Obama are anti-Semitic. Everything they have even done was against Israel and pro Muslim.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    If Netanyahu were an American hating dictator, hussein would be bowing and kissing his *ss. It tells us what a staunch ally Israel is, that they're treated even worse than the Brits. You'd think we'd elected a commie President.

    That tv series makes the IDF look like they were fatah, hezzbolla, or hamas.

    "engaging in such acts as murdering Palestinians of all ages, including a newborn baby, and kicking the corpses."

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Swemson Swemson

      "You'd think we'd elected a commie President. "????

      Oh.. I get it…. You're being sarcastic…

      fs

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

        …and I give no warning when I switch to it, lol.

  • andres de alamaya

    Maybe at long last America's Jews will see the light. The difference between Muslims and American Jews is simple – the former produce suicide bombers – the latter produce suicide voters. Bibi also made a mistake, though. He shouldn't have gone to the White House when Obama called him. He should have sent one of his ministers; the most combative and profane one. Israel came into being and survived umpteen attacks without America's help and it can do so in the future. Most Americans support Israel. We didn't see any Israelis dancing in the street celebrating 9/11 but we saw lots of Palestinians celebrating the death of 3,000 Americans. Even if the African in the White House doesn't know the difference between America's friends and foes, we do.

  • The Truth Teller

    It seems there is lot of these Nazi/Jew trolls frequenting these boards , they don’t realize that Iran doesn’t need a nuke to wipe them out , simple invincible truth will do . Here it goes :

    USA and Israel are Christian and Jew as much as Bin Laden is a Muslim, we might and most probably will later find out that they all have been part of the same team all along !
    I thought the basis of Christianity was love! Love thy neighbor.
    Not
    Go occupy his land/home and kill him if he resists.
    If the Nazis had infiltrated the USA as well as these Israelis they ,no doubt, would be around today doing what the Israelis are doing only wider a field .
    They have learnt well from the abuse they received from Hitler : controlling media , turning the truth on its head by professional spin doctoring news ,racism, concentration camps, occupying lands belonging to others and finally always blaming the victim ….the lot !
    what remains is what ,we who know , do about it ?
    By doing nothing history will be unforgiving and unkind to today’s America for allowing itself to be used in such a way ….

    • The Truth Teller

      Because of Americas blind support for Israel regardless of the atrocities that have been committed in Palestine, Israel it seems is able to get away with almost anything. By doing so, the United States support of this tyrannical state is changing world opinion about the United States. In effect Iran now has the world community on its side and USA and Israel are the ones who are isolated. There are some 100 countries preparing aid ships to send to Gaza.
      Waiting for the change Obama promised has developed into nothing but the change in Michel’s wardrobe .

      Without American support Israel’s government would lynched as a rogue terrorist state which they are .
      What a paranoid and quality less life god has in store for you and you think you are clever!

      You now know what their game is.
      BY WAY OF DECEPTION, THOU SHALT DO WAR – The Israeli Mossad Motto.