The Time Has Come for America to Stand Up

Abbas-says-no-to-obama-on-3-issuesOriginally published by the Jerusalem Post

Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel were teenagers. They were abducted and brutally murdered by Palestinian terrorists from Hamas, a partner in the Palestinian Authority’s unity government, and a terrorist organization dedicated to the annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people.

The teens’ abduction and murder was supported by Palestinian society as a whole. While Israelis were united as never before in worry and prayer for the missing boys, Palestinian society was united in its expressed delight at the abduction and murder of the boys.

The government’s response to this war crime, and to the support Palestinian society as a whole provides war criminals while reveling in their atrocities, will be significant. The vast majority of Israelis recognizes that maintaining faith with the mordant peace process can no longer be justified. Fatah and Hamas are equally dedicated to our destruction. By continuing to empower and legitimize the PA, Israel is facilitating its debilitation and victimization.

By legitimizing the PA, Israel has enabled the PA to conduct a massive campaign throughout the world to destroy Israel’s moral, legal and diplomatic standing.

The international community’s indifferent response to the Palestinian abduction of the boys demonstrated how far the Palestinian campaign to deny the legitimacy of Israel and to dehumanize Israelis has advanced.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton took five days to issue a milquetoast condemnation of their abduction. But as execrable as Ashton’s silence was, US President Barack Obama’s response was even worse.

Obama waited for the boys’ bodies to be found before ever mentioning them. And when he finally spoke, he made no distinction between Israel, the victim of this war crime, and the Palestinians who facilitated, perpetrated and celebrated this war crime.

In Obama’s words, “From the outset, I have offered our full support to Israel and the Palestinian Authority to find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice, and I encourage Israel and the Palestinian Authority to continue working together in that effort. I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki’s reaction to the Israel’s discovery of the boys’ bodies was even more offensive than the president’s refusal to draw a distinction between the victim and the perpetrator.

Diminishing the cold-blooded murder of the boys by Palestinian savages to the level of a mere “tragedy,” Psaki said that the cooperation must continue between Israeli security forces and Palestinian terrorists “despite the pain on the ground.”

Not the pain inflicted on Israelis by the Palestinians who kidnapped and murdered and who overwhelmingly supported and celebrated the teens’ abduction and murder. Rather, in Psaki’s world, a general, amorphous “pain on the ground.”

Under questioning by AP reporter Matt Lee, Psaki defended the PA’s Fatah- Hamas government and claimed that its members “are making every effort” to abide by US requirements, including the rejection of violence.

Now it is true that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did once condemn the kidnapping of the teens, and called for his Hamas governing partners to free them. But after he was attacked from all corners of the PA and Palestinian society, he quickly backtracked.

Abbas blamed Israel for the abduction, and accused it of killing “Palestinian teenagers in cold blood.”

It is also true that the media and the Obama administration have repeatedly claimed that PA security forces assisted Israel in locating the teenagers. But if such assistance was provided, it was not helpful. The bodies were found by Israelis, based on intelligence gleaned by Israeli forces in Israeli operations.

So why is the administration pretending otherwise? Obama and Psaki are not motivated primarily by their increasingly apparent antipathy for the Jewish state. They are trying to avoid having to abide by US law.

Standing legislation prohibits the US government from funding foreign terror organizations. Hamas is an officially designated foreign terror organization. If Fatah were ever treated on the basis of its actions, it would also be labeled a foreign terror organization because according to US law, it meets all the criteria for such a designation.

And at any rate, Hamas’s participation in the Palestinian government makes it illegal for the US to transfer any funds or grant any political recognition to the Palestinian government.

Since Obama and Psaki and their colleagues are aware of this fact, they have chosen to lie in order to protect the Hamas-Fatah government from the letter of US law.

This situation is simply unacceptable. The facts are incontrovertible. Thorough the actions of Fatah terrorists and Hamas terrorists, PA is a terrorist organization.

Even if Abbas were sincere in his devotion to peace with Israel – and clearly he is not – he would be nothing more than a figurehead at the top of a governing apparatus, and of a society as a whole that is dedicated to the eradication of Israel and the genocide of the Jewish people.

Every year the US gives the PA up to $500 million in aid. At this point, it is impossible to rationally argue that aid to the PA advances the cause of peace, which is supposed to be the point of the aid.

The PA – including Abbas – refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist. The PA denies Jewish nationhood. It fabricates Jewish history. And the PA – led by Abbas – supports, facilitates and engages in terrorism against Israel.

US assistance to the PA is instrumental to Palestinian efforts. The PA uses the legitimacy afforded it by US political and economic support to advance its campaign to delegitimize Israel and legitimize its destruction and the murder of its citizens.

In other words, every dollar the US gives the PA advances the goal of destroying Israel. By continuing to support the PA despite its actions, the US is making a singular contribution to the dehumanization of Jews and the destruction of our state.

Obama’s silence during the 18 days the teens were missing, and his hostile and duplicitous statement after their mutilated bodies were found makes clear that he remains committed to continuing this contribution.

In acting in this way, Obama stands in opposition to the will of the American people, who do not wish to contribute to the destruction of Israel. Consequently, the time has come for the people’s representatives in Congress to take action to remedy this unacceptable state of affairs.

To some extent, Congress already has stepped in. Last week the House of Representatives Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, which is responsible for allocating aid to the PA, did not include aid to the PA in the appropriations bill for 2015. The sub-committee’s counterpart in the Senate took a similar, if less forceful step.

Yet despite these actions, both the House and Senate bills assume that the aid will be restored and so they include stipulations for what Obama must do to waive Congressional limits on aid.

This is very problematic. By assuming that aid will be allocated, US lawmakers take for granted that US law will be broken, and indeed, they green-light such unlawful and repugnant actions.

Immediately after the boys were taken, Reps. Michele Bachmann and Trent Franks co-authored a House resolution defining the PA as a foreign terrorist organization.

As Rep. Franks said on June 12, “All US assistance to the Palestinian Authority should have been be suspended years ago, but openly joining a terrorist organization that kills women and children simply because they are Jewish should convince even the Obama administration to wake up and defund this madness.”

Obviously, the Obama administration remains unconvinced – and undaunted by the resolution, despite the fact that it now enjoys more than a score of co-sponsors, including two Democrats. Obama may continue to fund the PA no matter what Congress does. But only Congress can take action that has a chance of ending US support for the destruction of Israel. If Congress were to transform the language of the Bachmann-Franks resolution into a bill and pass it as a rider on an appropriations bill, then like the Boland Amendment of the 1980s, it could force the executive branch to heel.

The cold-blooded murder of Fraenkel, Shaer and Yifrah requires Israel to stop playing a sucker’s game. The PA is not our partner. It is our enemy.

The US is not our enemy. It is our friend. The American people are our friends.

The time has come for our friends to also take action and stop funding and supporting our enemy and his efforts to destroy us.

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  • mollysdad

    “Even if Abbas were sincere in his devotion to peace with Israel – and clearly he is not – he would be nothing more than a figurehead at the top of a governing apparatus, and of a society as a whole that is dedicated to the eradication of Israel and the genocide of the Jewish people.”

    Caroline, you’ve just discovered Amalek.

    Time for another Nakba. It’s a mitzvah.

  • steelraptor from Saturn

    Agree with everything, except where you say the US is not our enemy, it is our friend. Really? Since when? Whilst Israel has many friends in the US, this administration, the US media, universities, NGOs, are distinctly hostile to Israel. It’s the government of the US that counts in its interaction with other nations, that is foreign policy is determined by the White House to a large degree. And the White House is a Jew-hate House. As such it will not cease its funding of Hamas, and will continue to pressure Israel to capitulate and appease all Muslim jihadists and regimes who threaten Israel with annihilation.

    Let’s not kid ourselves. Such naivete can only get us killed. It’s that serious.

  • wildjew

    Caroline reports, “both the House and Senate bills assume that the aid will be restored and so they include stipulations for what Obama must do to waive Congressional limits on aid.” This indicates Congress is not sincere. Similarly the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act includes a presidential “security” waiver:

    “the president may suspend the limitations set forth in section 3(b) for a period of six months if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.”

    Is U.S. Congress on Israel’s side? Why do they include stipulations and limitations leaving the president wiggle room? Since August 2004 both party platforms formally support a Palestinian (terror) state in Israel’s heartland dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state. After the September 11, 2001 Islamic attacks on the U.S., former president Bush said “Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” Whose side is the United States on?

  • Gee

    The Arabs have invaded, stolen, raped, enslaved and murdered the natives and their lands of over 99.99% of the Middle East. Israel has less than 0.01% while their population is over 2% of the entire Middle East.

    And all the problems are caused by tiny Israel’s <0.01% – really?

    Since Muslims are incapable of living in peace with anybody including each other, the sole answer is separation. The Arabs must leave the land of Israel and end their illegal colony

    • Surak1

      Close. Israel’s area = 0.2% of the total area of the Arab League. But I take your point and agree with you.

    • Americana

      Trouble is, it’s NOT an “illegal colony.” And you using that phrase doesn’t make it any more of an “illegal colony” despite frequency of use…

      As for the trouble being caused by Israel’s tiny <0.01%, yes, because of the way Israel was founded and the failure of the peace process since that founding, Israel's control over the peace process is causing issues.

  • Johnny Palestine

    American Jews, Canadian Jews and British Jews only sand up when they have to go to the bathroom.

    All of these communities consistently vote for the left of cetnral party. Doing so, weakens Israel. All of them are a general liability when Israel must respond.

    Will Israel respond? YES. They are going to reduce the allowance to the Palestine Terror Pensioner Assocation, from 2 million to 1 million dollars and reduce the Internet speed for younger terrorists in training.

    Good strategy Israel!!

    • Habbgun

      I hate it when you’re absolutely right.

    • Ben-Lavi

      Canadian Jews have switched to supporting our Conservative party in recent years.

      • Rosasolis

        Could you please tell us something about Canadian Jews supporting your Conservative Party. I can only hope that there
        are many Canadians supporting this party that seems to do more
        for the citizens than the Obama-influenced socialist/comminists.

        • Ben-Lavi

          The last two federal elections have seen the Jewish vote swing to the Conservatives. Ridings in Toronto (traditional liberal strongholds), elected Conservative MPs.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I would go the route of kidnapping PLO representatives in the US.

    • Johnny Palestine

      … and Europe. That could be easier from a logistics point of view.

  • ams12345

    Frenkel was a US citizen. It’s time for the US to stand up and recognize that in kidnapping and killing a US citizen, Hamas / PA has committed an act of war against the United States. Regardless of any American’s opinions re Israel & Palestinians, we should all agree that we will not abide an act of war and terror against the US, and we should take action.

    • Americana

      This was not an act of war.

      An act of war is an action by one country against another with an intention to provoke a war or an action that occurs during a declared war or armed conflict between military forces of any origin. The loss or damage caused due to such conflicts are excluded from insurance coverage except for life assurances.

      • ams12345

        I believe that definition changed on September 11. Al Queda was certainly not a country, but no one disputes that was an act of war.

      • John Kerry

        This troll was banned by Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch. Ignore it.

        • Americana

          Yes, let’s discuss my banning on Jihad Watch by Robert Spencer, by all means. Robert Spencer deployed a Muslima trolltard of his own invention that was supposed to be another alter of mine… He named her ‘Muxlim.’ Go do a search on Muxlim’s posts vs Americana’s posts on Jihad Watch. You’ll note that the very same quality of ‘trolltardness’ is attached to some of the extremely fake Muslims on this site… As for Robert Spencer willingly taking on all comers, based on my experience, that’s not his preference. He talks a good line about “wanting to face down his arch nemesis Reza Aslan in public debate” but since he locks someone out of his web site if they’re a little too hot for him to handle, that’s not really the truth. In fact, he also tried at one point to pretend that ‘Americana’ was Reza Aslan himself hiding behind an alter. Spencer eventually used his own invented ‘Muxlim’ persona as a ploy of his own devising to ban BOTH OF US because Muxlim wrote disgusting Muslim drivel. C’est la vie…

  • Jeff Ludwig

    After reading this article and making this comment, I am sending an email to my New York Senators and Congressman advocating defunding of the PA.

    • KathyS

      Agreed. Every single American needs to put pressure on Congress to defund the PA. And go to “United With I Israel” and sign their petition. This craziness must stop.

  • annabahpa

    Regarding the fate of young Frankel, Shaer and Yifrah, offered are these words of an unknown Greek-speaking Alexandrian Jew written in approximately 50 BCE: “The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if to others, they seem punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself.”

  • wildjew

    Maybe the Obama administration is sensitive to murder after all….


    July 02, 201412:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is condemning the killing of a Palestinian teenager as a “heinous murder” (National Security Adviser Susan Rice said) and is calling on the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

    In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry called the killing “sickening” and said “there are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people.”

    • Lemon

      Are you kidding me – three Israeli deaths mean nothing, then? That response is what’s sickening.

      • wildjew

        It sure looks that way.

        • Americana

          Why on earth would Sec. of State Kerry necessarily include a mention of the three dead Israeli teens in the same statement about the Palestinian teen? Statements deploring the three israeli teens who were killed were made days ago. This is the most recent killing, so it’s getting the most recent statements. If you’d prefer the Sec. of State would list all the victims in a PARTICULAR STRING of attacks and revenge attacks in each statement on the events then send him a letter to that effect. Tell Sec/State Kerry it looks bad to have some victims mentioned and other victims not mentioned if their killings are related.

          • wildjew

            Why would Sec. of State Kerry necessarily include a mention of the three dead Israeli teens in the same statement about the Palestinian teen?

            He shouldn’t. What did he and the National Security Adviser say about the three kidnapped children who were gunned down? Did they call them heinous, sickening murders? Did they apologize to Israel in behalf of the Palestinian savages?

          • Americana

            Yes, Pres. Obama and multiple people within his administration did DAYS BEFORE, right after the boys’ bodies were discovered. Pres. Obama used very similar language and then, much to Israel’s distaste, he also counseled not opting for major military force reprisals against Palestinian areas. **What got the press on FPM?** That the President counseled no reprisal; NOT that he was disgusted w/the Palestinians murdering three teenagers.

          • wildjew

            I don’t think Obama and his administration officials, State Department, etc., used very similar language like heinous, sickening murders. Nor do I recall any administration official or the State Department apologizing to the Jewish people like they apologized to the Palestinian people for the murder. Can you find the president’s or his Sec. or State or his National Security Adviser’s statement about the three Jewish children who were murdered? I am always put off when a president lectures Israel to exercise restraint after a bloody suicide bombing or after some other atrocities by the Palestinians. Can you imagine how the American people would react were some country to urge the U.S. to exercise restraint after a vicious terror attack on innocent Americans?

  • pfbonney

    “In acting in this way, Obama stands in opposition to the will of the American people, who do not wish to contribute to the destruction of Israel.”

    Obama is a rogue president, unbeholden to his legal constituents, and not following either domestic or international law. He, like many on the left, seek office – not to run the nation, doing what needs to be done, AND carrying out the will of the people – but to do only whatever they want to do, which usually is furthering the leftist agenda and buying votes for Democrat voters.

    Beyond using “Christianity” (Reverend Wright’s version) to preach hate, Obama does anything he can to weaken Christianity and Judaism AND the United States in general while strengthening the hand of terrorists aligned against the US and Israel.

    The Congressional Republicans are so, so dissapointing in that they letthis all continue.

    Perhaps they are reluctant to start another impeachment process after “Zippergate”. But they should have gone after Clinton with treason charges after the Loral Space deal with China. The more serious & pertinate charges would have given Congress more credibility with constituents in the long run.

    Now Obama is giving aid and comfort to our enemies, and with impunity. And he is essentially getting away with murder. And Congressional Republicans are doing very little to stop Obama.

  • guest

    I don’t think complaining and protesting in a childish way
    will win Israel any more, additional, support.

    What would you have America do?

    Billions of aid has been provided to Israel year after year.

    From the outside it looks like this is a war where one
    side cannot possibly win and the other side refuses
    to win. This is Israel’s war, we would never spoil
    that for her.

    The palestinians cannot possible beat the IDF.

    The P’s are human beings after all. And they can’t
    change even if they wanted to. Islam traps people
    through physical violence. And even here America
    has provided leadership through example, whether
    they know it or not, via Anbar.

    Anbar has shown that when security is provided, muslims
    will tend in a way toward something that resembles a human
    being. Physical security must first be established before
    anything is possible. Great strides were made in Iraq
    without slaughter, just good old soldiering.

    But we don’t live there. There’s no reason or obligation to stay there.

    You do live there. Providing security by going after the usual suspects,
    and putting them out of business forever, amounts to fighting
    for liberty, human rights.

    No one can think for you. But if giving billions, and if Iraq/Anbar isn’t a big
    enough head nod, what do you really expect? Or deserve.

    No one can take Israel’s legitimacy, it can only be given away.

    You certainly cannot listen to how the enemy characterizes things.

    Let them howl. Make them howl.

  • wileyvet

    The “Palestinians” are such vile creatures, they destroy everything they touch. In the early 70s the PLO tried to bring down King Hussein, resulting in an estimated 10,000 dead PLO, and expulsion to Lebanon. They proceeded to destroy that country for years, launching attacks against Israel. Result, Israel entering Lebanon to winkle out and destroy PLO facilities in 1982, with the condemnation then heaped on her by the world and Israelis themselves over Sabra and Shatilla. Again Arafat and his murderous thugs lived another day. Years of terrorism followed, culminating in the second Intifada of 2000. Here is where Israel needed to end this. When Ariel Sharon had Arafat surrounded in his Ramallah compound by IDF tanks, one well placed tank round would have snuffed out that rabid dog and his minions. Alas it was not done, and the wretched Arafat again proved to be as resilient as the cockroach he was. Now it is Abbas’ turn. Call him to a meeting. Tell him point blank, this is going to end now. One word out of his lying mouth to the contrary, and his head comes off from a Desert Eagle. NEXT?

    • Johnny Palestine

      BAM! A bullet in the head blood all over his freshly pressed white shirt from Van Heusen!

      Bibi cannot do it. Same re; Barak Olmert and Sharon. All financial slaves to the owners of the Bank Of Israel, inheritor to the Anglo/Palestine bank ”founded in 1902 in ….. London. I smell Rothchild. Until we know nothing will change.

  • Randy Townsend

    There are no “Palestinians” – they’re arabs without a country. If the US persists on giving $ to these murderers, the Israeli military should eliminate as many as they deem necessary, US protestations be damned. Obama hates the Jews, but they don’t need him. The Jews are God’s chosen people, not the arabs, and Israel will not fall to the likes of them.

  • Ellen_L

    These murders of both the Israelis and the Palestinian boys are reasons for better law enforcement in the West Bank. Perhaps Americans should not voice opinions about Israeli politics but this seems to be more reason for your advice to extend Israeli law to the disputed territories since there does not seem to be adequate law there. It was shocking to get that glimpse of how lawless that area is and why.
    And the Obama administration speaks for itself not for all Americans. Perhaps this year’s elections and the disapproval of the Supreme Court can change Congress enough to halt his immoral, illegal and dangerous policies. It is little comfort and in fact a source of more distress to know that these policies hurt America also.

  • Alleged Comment

    We were warned not to put in the negro. But that only encouraged you. That’s how sick you are America.

    The negro has only two years left. The next 6 months should be interesting of the madness and hate the negro has to offer you.