Obama Has No Right to Punish Israel

ob3A recent report in The Wall Street Journal noted that American-Israel relations are at their lowest point. Without doubt, Obama has chosen the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas over Israel, America’s closest ally in the Middle East. Obama blocked a shipment of missiles to Israel in late July and tightened additional weapons shipments to the country.  Did he want Israel not to be able to retaliate against Hamas?  Thankfully, Israel relies on military-to-military ties.

America and Israel have disagreed before, but there is no question Obama is the most hostile President Israel has faced in modern times.  Meanwhile, America still recognizes Hamas as an illegal terrorist organization.  Israel should be commended for opposing terrorists by a normal American President – not condemned.

This is not the first time in recent history that America and Israel have had strong disagreements. Today, Israel is being criticized for supposedly killing too many people, and for strongly responding to Hamas. In 1981, Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor “Osirak” near Baghdad. America was “outraged.”

Israel’s Prime Minister then released a letter — which verbatim Obama should remember:

“Three times during the past six months, the U.S. government has ‘punished’ Israel.

On June 7 we destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor “Osirak” near Baghdad. I don’t want to mention to you today from whom we received the final information that this reactor was going to produce atomic bombs. We had no doubt about that: Therefore our action was an act of salvation, an act of national self-defense in the most lofty sense of the concept. We saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians, including tens of thousands of children.

Nonetheless, you announced that you were punishing us — and you left unfilled a signed and sealed contract that included specific dates for the supply of (war) planes. Not long after, in a defensive act — after a slaughter was committed against our people leaving three dead (including an Auschwitz survivor) and 29 were injured we bombed the PLO headquarters in Beirut.

You have no moral right to preach to us about civilian casualties. We have read the history of World War II and we know what happened to civilians when you took action against an enemy. We have also read the history of the Vietnam War and your phrase ‘body count.’

We always make efforts to avoid hitting civilian populations, but sometimes it is unavoidable — as was the case in our bombing of the PLO headquarters. We sometimes risk the lives of our soldiers to avoid civilian casualties.

Nonetheless, you punished us: You suspended delivery of F-15 planes. A week ago, at the instance of the government, the Knesset passed on all three readings by an overwhelming majority of two-thirds, the ‘Golan Heights Law.’

Now you once again declare that you are punishing Israel. What kind of expression is this — ‘punishing Israel’? Are we a vassal state of yours? Are we a banana republic? Are we youths of 14 who, if they don’t behave properly, are slapped across the fingers?

Let me tell you who this government is composed of. It is composed of people whose lives were spent in resistance, in fighting and in suffering. You will not frighten us with “punishments.” He who threatens us will find us deaf to his threats. We are only prepared to listen to rational arguments.

You have no right to ‘punish’ Israel — and I protest at the very use of this term. You have announced that you are suspending consultations on the implementation of the memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation, and that your return to these consultations in the future will depend on progress achieved in the autonomy talks and on the situation in Lebanon.

You want to make Israel a hostage of the memorandum of understanding. I regard your announcement suspending the consultations on the memorandum of as the abrogation (by you) of the memorandum. No ‘sword of Damocles’ is going to hang over our head. So we duly take note of the fact that you have abrogated the memorandum of understanding.

The people of Israel have lived 3,700 years without a memorandum of understanding with America — and it will continue to live for another 3,700. In our eyes it (i.e., the U.S. suspension) is an abrogation of the memorandum. We will not agree that you should demand of us to allow the Arabs of East Jerusalem to take part in the autonomy elections — and threaten us that if we don’t consent you will suspend the memorandum.

You have imposed upon us financial punishments — and have (thereby) violated the word of the president. When Secretary Haig was here he read from a written document the words of President Reagan that you would purchase 200 million dollars worth of Israel arms and other equipment. Now you say it will not be so.

This is therefore a violation of the president’s word. Is it customary? Is it proper?

You canceled an additional 100 million dollars. What did you want to do — to ‘hit us in our pocket’? In 1946 there lived in this house a British general by the name of Barker. Today I live here. When we fought him, you called us “terrorists” — and we carried on fighting. After we attacked his headquarters in the requisitioned building of the King David Hotel, Barker said: ‘This race will only be influenced by being hit in the pocket’ — and he ordered his soldiers to stop patronizing Jewish cafes.

To hit us in the pocket — this is the philosophy of Barker. Now I understand why the whole great effort in the Senate to obtain a majority for the arms deal with Saudi Arabia was accompanied by an ugly campaign of anti-Semitism. First, the slogan was sounded ‘Begin or Reagan?’ — and that meant that whoever opposes the deal is supporting a foreign prime minister and is not loyal to the president of the United States. And thus Senators like Jackson, Kennedy, Packwood, and of course Boschwitz are not loyal citizens.

Then the slogan was sounded ‘We should not let the Jews determine the foreign policy of the United States.’ What was the meaning of this slogan? The Greek minority in the U.S. did much to determine the Senate decision to withhold weapons from Turkey after it invaded Cyprus. No one will frighten the great and free Jewish community of the U.S., no one will succeed in cowing them with anti-Semitic propaganda. They will stand by our side. This is the land of their forefathers — and they have a right and a duty to support it.

Some say we must ‘rescind’ the law passed by the Knesset. ‘To rescind’ is a concept from the days of the Inquisition. Our forefathers went to the stake rather than ‘rescind’ their faith.

We are not going to the stake. Thank God. We have enough strength to defend our independence and to defend our rights.

If it were up to me (alone) I would say we should not rescind the law. But as far as I can judge there is in fact no one on earth who can persuade the Knesset to rescind the law which it passed by a two-thirds majority. Mr. Weinberger — and later Mr. Haig — said that the law adversely affects U.N. Resolution 242. Whoever says that has either not read the Resolution or has forgotten it, or has not understood it. The essence of the Resolution is negotiation to determine agreed and recognized borders. Syria has announced that it will not conduct negotiations with us, that it does not and will not recognize us — and thus removed from Resolution 242 its essence. How, therefore, could we adversely affect 242?

As regards the future, please be kind enough to inform the secretary of state that the Golan Heights Law will remain valid. There is no force on earth that can bring about its rescission.

As for the contention that we surprised you, the truth is that we did not want to embarrass you. We knew your difficulties. You come to Riyadh and Damascus. It was President Reagan who said that Mr. Begin was right — that had Israel told the U.S. about the law (in advance) the U.S. would have said no. We did not want you to say no — and then go ahead and apply Israeli law to the Golan Heights.

Our intention was not to embarrass you. As regards Lebanon, I have asked that the secretary of state be informed that we will not attack, but if we are attacked, we will counterattack.

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  • Yehuda Levi

    Israeli Jews have no respect for Obama, but it was caused by Obama’s actions and words against Israel and its Prime Minister. They are considerably more politically savvy than American Jews.

    A recent poll also said that 51% of Israeli Jews consider themselves “right-wing” and over 57% of young Israeli Jews consider themselves “right-wing.” Only about a quarter of Jews in Israel say they are “left-wing.”

    American Jews should take their lead from Israeli Jews – they are on the front lines – not like the pampered Jewish community here. No one wants war, but you don’t bury your head in the sand and deny that the Nazis, in this case Muslims, are marching again.

    • marlene

      “respect this” said obama. then came his hopeless change…

    • uncle__adolf

      Nobody gives a f!!k about Israhell but the jews- just go there and leave us alone

      • UCSPanther

        You and your lack of eloquence.

        You belong in a filthy OWS camp with the rest of the human trash.

        • uncle__adolf

          F_.uc.k off you filthy h..eb.e- Jew lies will be exposed by the light of day

          • UCSPanther

            And you prove me right with your thoughtful comment. You do belong in the gutter.

            You have been losing and will continue to lose, and your impotent rage will be exquisite…

          • UCSPanther

            I am also taking the liberty to flag your comments.

            Just doing my part to clean up the trash.

            Enjoy your trip to the trash compactor and landfill.

          • Shekky Goldbergstein

            Israel Had No Right to Attack the USS Liberty.

          • SS Sturbahnfuhrer

            What’s wrong Zio-pigs- never heard of the USS Liberty?

          • EamonnDublin

            Does your Mom know you’re out? Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

          • UCSPanther

            You’ve been repeating that same meme for decades, and you still can’t get ahead.

            Besides, gutter trash like you would run if you had to tangle with the IDF…

      • gooberdoober

        when you’re done f?[king your fat momma, go take a loose dump in your koran

      • tickletik

        With all my heart and soul I wish the first part was true. And with all my heart and soul I wish the Jews would do exactly what you just said.

    • meanpeoplesuck

      Who cares what Israelis think of President Obama? He was elected to serve our interests, not Israel’s interest. It’s about time we had a president who acted in our interest.

      • EamonnDublin

        You SERIOUSLY consider that Obama is acting in the interests of the United States? All I can say to that is “They’re not all locked up yet”!! Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

      • jaunita

        Exactly! Last time i looked i didn’t see Israel on the map as the 51st “American” State.

  • Victor

    If Obama’ administration deters delivery of precision munition for IDF, alternative (no-precise) munition should be used. So increased collateral damage would be Obama’s fault.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      The enemedia would never play it that way.

    • jaunita

      Your childish threat is a perfect example of a spoiled 14 yr old, not getting what he wants exactly when he wants it.

  • rangerrebew

    He has a “right” if he is a muslim.

  • Docs357

    Obama should be paying for his crimes he should have no rights like all common thieves . Impeach him and get one thing right follow the rule of law. I imagine following the rule of law would difficult with a congress that’s sold us out . Can you point to a dozen of them and say solid upright Godly conservatives ?

    • http://onfollowingchrist.wordpress.com Paul B.

      obama would be impeached today if the electorate would support it. But this is an electorate so ignorant and corrupted it elected him twice. The people need to turn back to God and we need to restore our institutions to their original design and purposes.

      • Docs357

        I wasn’t aware of the complete procedure for impeachment thanks for the 411. As to the other I agree with you 100% . We need to have a reckoning and put things back in there rightful order . There’s an expression or saying ” if your not as close to God as you used to be guess who moved ” we need to repent humbly repent that The Lord would have mercy on us. That through us he would restore this nation to what He would have .

  • Lanna

    Obama’s goals have been to destroy this little sovereign country that God himself put on the map. Obama has lost the respect of millions of Americans and people around the world.

    • uncle__adolf

      Haha-God put on the map- another Zio-pig with delusions of grandeur thanks to Uncle Sam’s $- enjoy it while it lasts

      • Andy_Lewis

        Did your mother have any kids that lived? Oh wait, you weren’t born, you were sh!tted..

        • SS Sturbahnfuhrer

          Jew are funny.

          • Andy_Lewis

            Or so says Chit Chit Chitbanchitter.

      • UCSPanther

        You’ll be unpleasantly surprised, and your screams of impotent rage will be exquisite.

        • Shekky Goldbergstein

          Israel is impotent without Uncle Sam

        • SS Sturbahnfuhrer

          Jew are r e ta r d ed.

          • UCSPanther

            Speak for yourself.

    • SS Sturbahnfuhrer

      God put on the map? More like Uncle Sam props up.

  • Bert

    This article was a valuable reminder of how long standing is the hostility towards Israel by the U.S. State Department and certain officials. It is also a reminder of how Menachem Begin talked back to those anti-Semites and stood his ground with dignity and self-respect. I wish Netanyahu and the Republicans would stand up to the criminal in the White House in the same manner.

  • USARetired

    America should have placed a target on obozo’s back a long time ago! It is ludicrous to allow a devout Muslim to occupy the White House, knowing he is not capable of being both a leader and Muslim, and the he also would require experience and knowledge to lead of which he has none! To top it off, Allowing an illegal immigrant to occupy the Whitehose also indicats our Congress and Senate are totally incapable of governing this Nation! America is in the ‘Toilet’, which is about to be flushed!!

  • Metatrona

    Obama has an almost romantic connection with Islam. He seems to have a strong attraction to sadistic people.

  • jaunita

    As a US citizen, i agree with you concerning US funding.