I am mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore. David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior advisor stated on Meet the Press that Israel’s decision and announcement, during Vice-President Biden’s Middle East visit, to build 1600 new housing units in Jerusalem was “an affront and was an insult…This announcement was very destructive.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also “insulted.”
This administration as well as others has a convenient loss of memory. Between 1949 and 1967 East Jerusalem was under Jordanian control. During that time, Jews were not allowed to pray at the Western Wall, fifty-eight synagogues and Jewish schools were destroyed in the Old City, and the Jewish cemetery of the Mount of Olives was systematically desecrated.
Why am I angry? The Obama administration continues to single out Israel. John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has been quoted that “The Obama administration believes that Israel is as much or more of a problem as it is an ally, at least until Israel’s disagreements with its neighbors are resolved.” As an American and a Jew I am insulted with this administration’s outrageous and inflammatory statements.
Granted, the timing of the announcement was not politically correct, but let’s talk about political correctness. Remember in June 2008, when then-Presidential candidate Obama stated that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” One day later he retracted the statement on CNN stating “Well, obviously, it’s going to be up to the parties to negotiate a range of these issues. And Jerusalem will be part of those negotiations.”
The UN human rights council passed 33 “condemnatory resolutions” and 27 of them condemned Israel. Meanwhile, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other Arab terrorists enjoyed exculpatory immunity. One example that stands out is a resolution that called for Israel to lift its checkpoints in the Palestinian territories but never addressed the human rights issue of stopping suicide bombing attacks. Wasn’t this toxic to the peace process and why was the Obama administration silent?
Last year Israel’s chief of staff, Lt. General Gabi Ashkenazi came to the United States to talk about Iran’s nuclear program. Washington made it clear that nobody in a policy-making position was available to meet him. This included the president, Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, National Intelligence director Dennis Blair, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen. I guess this was not supposed be insulting either.
President Obama has to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He can argue that ever since Israel controlled Jerusalem it has protected and allowed all the different religions to express their beliefs at the various holy sites. In doing this he can end his administration’s destructive and degrading policies.