Obama’s Downfall on Mideast Policy

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Accordingly, the parties with whom the Obama administration wants Israel to compromise are not strictly secular-nationalistic, and never have been.  The various wars and claims against Israel have all had a religious element at their core.  Terror attacks and massacres are not preceded by shouts of nationalistic slogans, but by cries of “Itbach al-Yehud” (“Slaughter the Jews”) and “Allahu-Akhbar” (“God is Great”).  Palestinian organizations insist on a state, and that it be Judenrein. “Moderate” Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas cannot bring himself to accept Israel as a Jewish state.  The Hamas charter views an Islamic state including all of Israel as an Islamic religious mandate, stating that “renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its faith.”  So too, for Iran and Hezbollah, destruction of Israel is a religious imperative and historical inevitability.

Yet, this Administration’s peace-process approach (Israeli territorial withdrawal, including from Jerusalem; downplaying incitement and terror; ignoring muscular Islamic movements on Israel’s borders; engaging Syria and Iran) seems oblivious to broad Islamic rejectionism of Israel’s existence.  What makes Obama believe that religious doctrine will be abandoned in exchange for a few acres of land and fleeting political prestige?

Whatever the shortcomings of Bush’s Middle East policy, he understood the Islamist religious factor, as well as the Obama-esque impulse to ignore it.  As Bush said to the Knesset, “There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain away their words….Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them that they have been wrong all along….We have an obligation to call this what it is—the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”  Bush added, “No nation should ever be forced to negotiate with killers pledged to its destruction.”

This is not meant to endorse any particular solution.  But refusing to address the religious element of regional antagonism towards Israel while forcing Israeli concessions is hardly a plan for lasting peace.

Abe Katsman is an American attorney and political commentator living in Jerusalem.  He is Counsel to Republicans Abroad Israel.

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  • http://myrightword.blogspot.com Yisrael Medad

    And let's not forget: the League of Nations decision to award the Mandate over Palestine to Gt. Britain was done so due to that "recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country".

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    The Jews went into the old land of Israel. They tamed it and cultivated it. They raised families and contributors to the world in every area of science, literature, and culture. What have the muslims done? Not much except for killing, raping, unemployment, and a dying loyalty to a made up god by a mad killer, a pervert man, a man of extreme imagination and evil combined! Obama's stance in the Middle East reflects his muslim upbringing and is blind to the freedom and friendship of Israel. What was that about the winds? Well, they sure as hell are blowing!

    • madeinUSA

      Well put Dog without slippers…what a well writen opinion!! Those winds will get real hot too!!

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    The Jewish Sate of Israel is here to stay. And there's not a friggin thing its Moslem and Leftist enemies (the Ahmadinejads and Noam Chomsky's) can do about it.

    • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

      Noam Chomskys

  • StephenD

    As an American, non-Jewish human that sees the truth let me say VIVA ISRAEL!

  • alan

    "And thereafter We said to the children Of Israel:"Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass,we will gather you together in a mingled crowd".Koran.((17;104,The Night Journey).
    If they are so religious why don't these people follow their holy book? Israel castrated the Muslim monster many times at war and their machismo was lost. Infantile,like dangerous street gangs. It's not Allah it's testosterone! Obama is a lying hypocrite. It won't be there for the Christians either;eg.Christian Copts in Egypt. Because he is racist,he will only give lip service and smile. Like the rest of the anti-semites,he will hide his true feelings as whites hide their racism. What a world! G-d help us!

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    The restraint of Israel against the Syrian border crossing protesters is amazing. Though really at this point in time the whole world is against Israel (a few friends – we use to be one) so what's the point of restraint! Peace will only be resolved when allah is gone!

  • phillyfanatic

    Bama does not understand the radical groups like the Brotherhood in Egypt nor Hamas and Hezbollah in the faux area of Palestine. The fact that none of these radical Islamofascists want Israel to exist or America for that matter never comes into the socialist lovey-dovey mind of Bama. We in America have one friend in the ME; it is Israel, period. To think otherwise is just inane. If we had our own domestic energy program which Bama and his Dem clones in the Senate do not want, we would not even have to love and play footsey with Saudi Arabia. Time for the US to just tell the radicals , mature, stop your violence or the US will support full out and out…….MILITARILY against your incursions. Boy howdy, would the Left go wild and the Islamos would whine but remember how even the wuss Bama got Osama.

  • Alfonz Shmedlap

    M., 05/16/11 common era

    President Barak Husein Obama will only mention religion when it serves his progressive-socialist-communist purposes. There is a LOT more than a dispute about land involved in the Mideast. The Obamaphiles pooh-pooh such Torah beliefs as being unenlightened, retrograde dogmas. They, especially their Ivy League Elite, know what's best for all of us, hence regulating the type of lightbulbs we use, our waistlines, how our home toilets flush, ad nauseam. When it comes to G-d's promises to Abraham and to his seed forever– that's kid stuff. It seems that the world will continue the hard way, until the continued illegal Arab occupation of the EAST Bank is ended. May it be now.

  • PAthena

    President Obama is anti-Israel and anti-semitic, having been a member for twenty years of the church of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Marxist "black liberationist," anti-semitic, anti-white racist, anti-American.

    • Andres de Alamaya

      You wrapped it up in a clear, concise ball of truth. It's sad but it's fact. God help America.

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