Obama’s Curious Support for Palestinian Statehood

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President Barack Obama has committed himself to the establishment of a Palestinian State on the pre-1967 lines, regardless of the consequences that might arise from such an unstable and failed state.  It is becoming more apparent every day that Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah leadership lack legitimacy among the majority of Palestinians.  Moreover, his Palestinian Authority (PA), which enjoys the largess of the American taxpayer, due primarily to Obama, is repressive and lacks the institutions that would insure a functioning state.  The PA is either incapable of, or unwilling to forge, a genuine peace with Israel, and it is therefore incumbent upon Israel to take the initiative in terms of border setting.

President Obama authorized $192 Million to go the Palestinian Authority last month.  He lifted the ban on financial aid to the Palestinian Authority imposed by the U.S. Congress, claiming that it was “important to the security interests of the United States.” Almost simultaneously, the Obama administration imposed “U.S. sanctions on those who help Syria and Iran track dissidents through cell phones and computers, serving notice on technology providers that they could be held responsible for those governments’ human rights abuses.”

Americans should welcome the sanctions against Iran and Syria as ordered by President Obama but one wonders why Obama deliberately ignored the repression employed by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, against journalists and human right activists in the Palestinian controlled territories.  Ma’an, the Palestinian news agency reported on April 23, 2012 that:

“The Palestinian Authority has quietly instructed Internet providers to block access to news websites whose reporting is critical of President Mahmoud Abbas, according to senior government officials and data analyzed by network security experts.”

Mahmoud Abbas is imposing a police state on the Palestinian people stemming clearly from the illegitimacy of his rule.  The last Palestinian presidential elections were held in 2005, the 2009 presidential elections were canceled, and since that time Abbas has claimed that he “will not run again.”  In the meantime, however, he is ordering his PA Preventive Security Service to harass, detain, and rough up all opposition.  The latest victim is Khaled Amayreh, 55, a reporter for the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly newspaper who criticized the PA leadership (meaning Abbas), and called the Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh, the “legitimate Prime Minister,” according to the Jerusalem Post.  The Post also reported that the Palestinian Journalist Forum “condemned the summoning of Amayreh,” and complained of a PA “crackdown on freedom of expression in the West Bank.”

Obama’s release of U.S. funds to the PA was not accompanied by conditions such as demanding that the PA guarantee free speech in the West Bank.  The only speech the PA allows is hatred against Israel and Jews, using Israel as a scapegoat for the PA failure to establish livable conditions in the territories they control.  Abbas’ actions notwithstanding, Obama is still determined to bring about a Palestinian State based on the 1967 lines.

The Palestinian failed state appears endemic as Shlomo Avineri, Political Science professor at the Hebrew University and former Director-General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry observed in 2007.  “Every week, it seems, brings another backward step for Palestine. President Mahmoud Abbas’s failure to convene the Palestinian Legislative Assembly, due to a Hamas boycott, may lead inexorably to the final breakdown of the political structures created under the Oslo Accords. Sadly, this is only the latest chapter in the Palestinians’ tragic history of failed attempts to create a nation-state.”

Avineri goes on to say that “Arafat and his Fatah-based supporters established almost a dozen competing security services – sometimes indistinguishable from clan-based militias – which consumed more than 60% of the Palestinian Authority’s budget, at the expense of education, housing, welfare, and refugee rehabilitation. Into this vacuum burst Hamas, with its network of schools, welfare services, community centers, and support organizations. The Hamas takeover of Gaza was but the latest step in this development.” The Abbas presidency did little to change things.

Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, wrote (Wall Street Journal-October 20, 2010) that Obama’s 2009 speech at the U.N. “supported aPalestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967.” Should the U.N. Security Council resolve to fix the 1967 lines as the border between Israel and Palestine, “it would call into question even Israel’s legitimacy, dramatically undercutting prospects for security and defensibility. By defining “Palestine” to include territory Israel considers its own, such a resolution would delegitimize both Israel’s authority and settlements beyond the 1967 lines, and its goal of an undivided Jerusalem as its capital.”

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  • Ain'tNoDhimmi

    Obama spent 20 milliom dollars to relocate Palestians here
    to the US because he viewed them as
    "victims"
    of Israel.

    Like Hitler, he is a pathological narcissist.

  • stern

    Hey, there's nothing curious at all. For some reason (gee, I wonder what?), Obama has no problem siding against the Jewish state, no matter what. The Palestinians can kill Jewish babies in their mother's arms, and his silence is deafening. The Jews build homes and he has conniptions. It started the day he took office and will no doubt continue for as long as the American people allow him to.

  • guest

    The mighty Oz is so focused on helping muslims at our expense, he has no time for real American politics. He did dump a crony into chicago, and that guy is trying to gag the MN attorney general for noticing bad oppressive collection tactics before treatment at Fairview hospital in MN. (A former bestbuy exec brought that in)

    http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2012/0

    The reactor in Japan is leaking so badly, that an earthquake there could wipe out an entire hemisphere, but putting muslims above Americans is more important. http://www.infiniteunknown.net for details on that.

  • Marty

    palestine is already another dysfunctional arab and islamic state. It is autocratic, theocratic, and genocidal. The last elections were held in 2006. Even the syrians have scheduled (rigged) elections this year. Its domestic and foreign policy focus is on Israel's destruction. The palestinian authority and hamas have very successfully institutionalized corruption, poverty, and general misery. They need Israel around to blame for their own incompetence. The european and American coddling of terrorists in gaza and ramallah has yielded nothing except the contempt and disdain for westeren weakness that is now rampant throughout the islamic world. The hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that go to the poor oppressed palestinians ends up in swiss bank accounts. The palestinian leadership must be selectively targeted for assassination and their successors made to understand that they are next unless they accept Israel's legitimacy and the borders necessary to this democracy's security.

  • mcwrath

    how about forgetting about the foundation of a palestinean state. when one of the hammas guys declares 'there are no real palestinean's. There are only arabs and egyptians ie westbankers are arabs and gazans are egyptians' no one seems to object -like they did to newt gingrich telling it – Such should be worked on. Give the westbank to Jordan and Gaza to egypt. ( that would at least get rid of the need for the contiguous palestinean state.

  • maria

    BHO use not his own but our tax payers money to paid off Muslims whose support him seize power here. No surprise. He brought already 3 Ml Muslims for his 3 year of reign and our main stream media reported that Islam is the fastest growing religion in our country without mention of those 3 Ml newcomers enemies, fifth column. BHO said in his Cairo speech that "US is the biggest Muslims country" and he trying to implement it. Plus it is his electorate. He definitely hate Israel and Jews but needs their money and last time plays game with them. Unfortunately liberals Jews don't care about Israel but only about their comfortable life and still support him. They don't comprehend that Israel destiny is US destiny. Islamists openly said that Israel is small Satan but US is big Satan.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Mahmoud Abbas shaking hands with the devil, surely it has the Satanic Arafat smiling above.
    If anyone was stupid enough to consider Hussein Obama anti Islamist or anti terrorist Palestinian
    think again, look how at home and happy he is, probably gushing over the millions of our tax dollars
    he has stolen and given to the murdering elite. America sucked in to paying for evil and the left
    thinks it will not one day to be bent over a prayer rug begging to be whipped only lightly, just
    enough to satisfy their masochistic desires. A picture is as good as a thousand words……

    There already exists two states, one good and one evil, time to eliminate the idiotic idea that
    evil can coexist with good, a one state Policy and that being Israel with borders matching
    the territory promised to Abraham, that is the only state that has any legitimacy……William

  • Ronald Johnston

    osama obama, the evil homosexual terrorist, is killing the leaders of al qaeda to keep them quiet. If they were captured, they might expose the conspiracy osama is involved in. He is supporting hamas and the palestinians because he is one of them!!!!

  • dougjmiller

    Nothing "curious" about Obama's actions. He hates Jews, and he hates Israel. So, Obama supports the manical psychopaths waging a war to annhilate Israel and to exterminate the Jewish people. Obama is cheerleading for genocidal murderers.

  • Schlomotion

    It is amusing to read Mr. Puder trying to steward which leadership has or lacks legitimacy among the majority of Palestinians. Is he the Mayor of Palestine now?

    Even more amusing: I want to try this on. I want to take out a mortgage from a Jewish guy, bulldoze the house and start building a series of multi-family apartments on the same lot. I want to start referring to the lot as Eretz Caucasus and see if he feels bad when I insist that 700 people have the right to stay in these apartments that I built.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    The Arabs and/or Muslims of today control 22 nations… 99½ percent of the ENTIRE Middle East land mass while Israel occupies only a 1/2 of 1 percent speck on this same map.

    But that's still too much land for the Arabs to spare. They want it all.

    "Today, most of the Arab/Islamic world focuses its genocidal hatred on the Jewish State exactly as Europe once focused this same hatred on the individual Jew. There is now no greater Jewish responsibility than to prevent a second Holocaust… and it is nothing short of a Holocaust that the Arab/Islamic world now wishes and plans for Israel." ~ Louis Rene Beres
    9/9/04 Lecture to the Dawn R. Schuman Institute

    And it continues today with HUSSEIN Obama's Palestinian Toe-Sucking.

    BTW: Condoleezza Rice is an aberrant Replacement theologist, and she was never a friend of Israel. Her choice as Veep would be calamitous and ruinous for Israel.

    • truth

      SHUT IT…you jews deserved to be hated!!!

  • anonimatruthseeker

    it's totally okay if they want LAND TO SPARE.. its just have different meaning since they killed n rape the people in there and said anything about rocket attacking israel every second anyone wanna speak the truth..