Obama Squeezes Israel

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On July 6, 2010, the day Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama at the White House, the Wall Street Journal published an article by Charles Levinson and Jay Solomon entitled “U.S., Israel to Burnish Ties,” which stated:

U.S. officials said they will continue to press Netanyahu to firmly commit to discussing the fundamental issues involved with creating a Palestinian state, as one of a number of confidence-building measures.  U.S. officials acknowledged that without this, (Palestinian Authority Chairman) Abbas will face trouble selling the idea of direct talks to a skeptical Palestinian population and neighboring Arab states.

One of the excuses given by administration sources to justify pressure being put on Israel for additional concessions is that the Arab League has given Abbas “a four month window” to show that advances have been made towards Palestinian statehood through indirect talks with the Israelis. Abbas, according to Wall Street Journal reporters, will not move into direct talks with Israel unless the Arab League extends its endorsement.

During the recent White House meeting, President Obama echoed Abbas’ demands that Israel agree to a complete freeze on construction of new Israeli settlements, or take other confidence building measures. Netanyahu, relieved by the smooth-going meeting, relented to Obama’s demands without countering publicly with demands of his own.  Moreover, Netanyahu announced several Israeli concessions including granting the Palestinian Authority security forces more control over areas in the West Bank, and unilaterally releasing Palestinian prisoners loyal to Abbas.  According to the Wall Street Journal, “Netanyahu reaffirmed his commitment to negotiate with Abbas the fundamental issues required to develop an independent Palestinian homeland, including borders, security and the status of East Jerusalem.”

In the wake of Netanyahu’s previous White House meeting with Obama, during which Obama treated him in a most humiliating way, Netanyahu was only too anxious to have a “successful meeting,” even if it meant that, once again, Israel would make unilateral concessions.  In appeasing Obama and Abbas, Netanyahu instructed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to charge an Israeli soldier with manslaughter in the death of Palestinian civilians during the last war with Hamas in Gaza.  The Netanyahu government also eased the entry of proscribed goods into Gaza.

Abbas is exercising “unabashed chutzpah” – and getting away with it – in large measure because of the “unabashed partiality” on the part of President Obama towards the Palestinians in failing to publicly demand concrete confidence-building measures from the Palestinians.  During Obama’s recent White House meeting with Abbas in early June, Obama fleetingly mentioned the “anti-Israel incitement in Palestinian society,” to which, according to the Chicago Sun-Times (July 6, 2010), Abbas responded: “we’re not doing that.” Abbas, however, was not excoriated by the likes of the New York Times, Washington Post, or for that matter, by administration officials for his bold faced lie and continued incitement against Israel and Jews. They let him slide.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, the Palestinian Authority (under Abbas) systematically indoctrinates young and old to hate Israel and Jews. Using every form of media available to them, every means of education, and every form of cultural structure it controls, Abbas oversees an integrated operation that actively promotes religious hatred, demonization, and conspiracy libels, in order to present Jews as endangering Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, and humanity as a whole. As a result of this instilled hatred of Jews and Israel, most Palestinians justify murder of Israelis, and suicide bombing against Jewish targets.

Imagine an 8th grade Palestinian child reading “Your enemies (the Jews) have murdered your children, have sliced open the stomachs of your wives, and seized the beards of your honorable Sheikhs and have driven them into ditches of death.” Or, the impact on Palestinian society when a Palestinian historian, Nabil Algam, declares on Palestinian TV (10/22/09) that Jews have no history in Palestine and that the Jews seek to erase a 5000 year old Palestinian history.  Consider the impact of a Palestinian Muslim Sheikh’s sermon, broadcast on Abbas-controlled Palestinian TV that charged: “The Jews are the enemy of Allah, and the Prophet says Kill the Jews.” One can only imagine what is said in mosques by imams whose sermons are not broadcasted. And then there was the recently aired Palestinian TV program from which stated that “Israel spreads prostitution and drugs among Palestinian youth.”  For those who prefer to read, there is no shortage of contemptible material available, such as the recent story entitled “Israel commits Nazi-like crimes that threatens humanity,” which appeared in the Palestinian daily Al Hayat Al-Jadida.

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  • http://www.moralmatters.org Nathan Bickel

    Israel, attempting to negotiate with the Arab world is like a person surrounded by snakes, who, are not only ready, but very willing to strike.

    USA presidents come and go. Whether Democrat or Republican, they make the same mistake — thinking that they can bring about a successful resolution to the Middle East. And, their intervention, usually (always) short changes, Israel.

  • Rifleman

    We can see in the 'pali' education system alone (though it certainly isn't the lone reason) why there will be no peace with the 'palis' no matter what concessions Israel makes.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bruce1953 bruce1953

    Like American Presidents of the past, Obama is trying to solve a problem in the mideast for bragging rights and his legacy… even if once again, Israel has to suffer.

    I only have to look at the tens of millions of dollars that every past president has received from Arab countries for their personal libraries. Carter still collects Arab money for his non-profits and Foundations.

    We live in a time that reminds me of an episode in Superman comics, when Superman goes flies into an alternative Earth where everything is the opposite of what it means.

  • Raymond in DC

    Netanyahu is, sadly, conforming broadly to Obama's pressure, even avoiding calling out the Palestinians on the matter. Even he didn't call for reciprocity from the Palestinians on his latest visit, no call for them or Arab countries to make any gestures, no mention of the ongoing Palestinian demonization of Israel.

    The Israeli populace however was unmoved by Obama's recent "charm offensive"; they're looking at the substance, not the show of affection. Recent polling shows only a 1% shift (within the margin of error) in their belief that Obama is more pro-Palestinian (over 40%) than he is pro-Israel (under 10%).

  • Beverley

    I don't know something gives me the feeling that Obama is the Trojan Horse.

    • Lori

      Obama Trojan Horse! Very well could Be!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/WilliamJWard WilliamJamesWard

        Well he was a dark horse running, maybe running away soon enough?

  • 1Fearless!

    Every time the US does something to force Israel to yeild to the demands of the US and it.s Arab allies some event happens in the US. shuch as storms or so calld natural disastes. If the Us is not careful the earth will shake with great force along the Madrid fault, the california faults and the fault lines going from Washington D.C. to NY. You do not shake your fist in the face of the great I AM!! He stires he waters and He can shake the pillows of the earth

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

    And what of Gilad Shalit? Why is this Israeli citizen still in custody? Why are the US and Israel so "soft" with respect to this matter. How many hundreds of Palestinian murderers has Israel released since Mr. Shalit was captured? Is everyone crazy? It seems that very few except his family and friends have anything to say about it. Is one man just too small a matter when it comes to the great machinations of state? I always thought the west was about the individual. First things first. Shame on those who remain silent.

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

      Unfortunately, he will be held as long as he's in the news and the terrorists get publicity out of him. Israel should publicly announce they're not allowing any incarcerated 'palis' communication or visitation, much less release until he's released, then say nothing more and do what they say. That's the best chance that young soldier has of ever being released.

    • Lori

      Ageofreason, You are Right! Those who remain silent are letting fear dominate, Pray for Mr.Shalit and his loved ones this World is full of Evil and it will be Judged! Evil puts Confusion on people to crazy! Our Only Hope ever Is God The Almighty! Maker of heaven and of Earth. We Need To Keep asking the people the questions and demand A honest answer!

  • avi

    american interests and israeli interest are not the same

    bully for obama to at least a moment respecting international law

    • MixMChess

      Obama should know better than anyone that Israel is the only de facto ally of the US in the Middle East.

    • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/jaythehistorian jaythehistorian

      First of all ,your name isn't Avi. You are a jew hater who is posing as an Israeli. Youknow sh-t about international law. Obama is another Muslim Jew hating black . Israel doesn't need the US. Lieberman should be elected prime minister Netanyahu is a disgrace . He is kissing the behind of someone who is really only qualified to be the janitor at the WH Obama makes the case , that as our founding fathers knew, if you let every lowlife vote you get a lowlife in the WH.

  • Ron

    We should be equally concerned with the re-written and out rightly false "history" being taught in the public schools and "higher" education campus' in the United States!


  • Guest

    We are told that Easterners respect strength and have contempt for compromise.

    So why doesn't the US back Israel to the hilt?

    Oh yeah, I forgot: oil.

  • Jeff

    I sympathize with Israels situation. But for the life of me I don't know why Obama got 70-80% of the jewish vote! When will the Jewish community wake up and support their strongest ally in the US, the christian community and the Republican party.

    • Neil

      Jeff, You're correct. That Jewish support was unwarranted in 2008 and is still unwarranted in 2010.

      • kafir4life

        As a Jew myself, I certainly can't explain it, and others that I've asked, even the ones that voted for barry, can't explain it. It's doubtful that he will carry the Jewish vote any longer, but he's making up for it by going after a group that WILL continue to vote Dem AND is willing and koranically commanded to help Barry eliminate the "no longer counted on for their votes or money" Jews.

        A call to Chuckles Schumer's office to question why the owner of the Democratic Party, George Soros, the capo that admitted that he enjoyed taking property from condemned Jews during WWII, was thought of so highly among Demoncraps. I questioned if Chuck would like Georgie's job of confiscating Jewish property "next time", and his intern expressed that yes, he would.

  • SonofSunTzu

    Obama is a racist who believes in dispensing and/or withholding privileges and/or punishments based on a person's race based on his action throughout his life.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Wesley69 Wesley69

    As an American, I must apologize (we're doing allot of that lately) for this President. Allies like Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic, Britain have been pushed or humiliated. Obama even demanded that a dictator be restored to power in Honduras. On the other hand, we play nice with Iran. When the students riot due to election fraud, the Obama regime stays quiet as the Mullahs crack down on dissent. We give the Russians everything they desire without making them negotiate for it. You in Israel be warned, our ?Nobel prize-winning?President will not stop Iran from getting nukes. I would look to the French for help, possibly even the Saudis and Egyptians. Shite Iran has ambitions well beyond Israel. They get the bomb, Sunni Saudi Arabia becomes a target as well. The prayers of many are with Israel and for ourselves that we can correct our mistake-in-chief in 2012.

  • GodsSeer

    Impeach him ASAP. We are being destroyed at too rapid a pace by this impostor to ever recover.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/WilliamJWard WilliamJamesWard

    Obama wishes for the Jihadists to squeeze Israel out of existence, promote Islam,
    destroy America and become what little leader in North Korea dreams of. In a
    better world Obama is a dish washer on crack and we are his hallucination……William

  • Christian

    When we stop backing Israel, get ready everyone, the Lord willl be coming soon. I can't wait to be home with Jesus. How can anyone deny the Word of God? Israel became a nation in 1948 just as the bible said they would and now we are slowly turning our backs on Israel just as the bible said we would. I can explain how Obama won the Jewish vote, because he is a player in the end times and we are blind to it. If we weren't blind it wouldn't happen the way He said it would. Hello!!!??? Does anyone else see this? Am I making sense?

    • Pastor

      No man knows the time when the Lord will come. Matthew 24 says these things will happen first. God knows who will be in charge, what will happen and where/how things will take place. I have been thinking about OBAMA for a while. When we read the Bible we should know God is in CONTROL. Thats why we live knowing that we are saved. I don't worry about the conditions of this world but the people that are not believers of the resurrection. Its Praying time. Want you join me

  • Javier Gonzales

    RANT – President my A@* he is a piece of s&%t terrorist! I would never show that fake commie muslim any respect. It will be a beautiful time when we get rid of that loser…and his anti- American loser butt sucker buddy's.
    I hope they do get those new panther kittens to try something…its time to start putting them all in their proper places. This is the best country anywhere and I don't want to see obama run it down into hell.
    I feel a little better now…

  • guest

    Get ready folks. Hello the bible has told us about this. Oh I remember we voted that out of schools, look at us we are a mess. Get ready time is here any moment now, you can be spending eternity somewhere, go ahead call me nuts, it will not change the fact, that we are in the last days. We as americans and christians need to speak out and remove our president from office. (vote him OUT)