Currently, we are witnessing the first time that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have achieved precisely what they detailed, described and worked on in the realm of foreign policy. With terrorists attacking Israel by the minute, the international world condemning Israel, and the Obama Administration’s (now-lifted) decision to ban flights to Israel, while simultaneously continuing to fund Hamas, a terrorist organization, the words described by America’s leaders have indeed come true.
In February, John Kerry tried blackmailing and bullying claiming, “[F]or Israel there is an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it, there is talk of boycott and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?” Kerry predicted a “high risk” of increased boycotts and a higher likelihood of international isolation for Israel if peace talks broke down. Precisely what the Obama Administration prescribed for Israel with the travel ban (and ongoing travel warnings) – as the FAA still permits flights into Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.
As Senator Ted Cruz stated, “The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.” Fitting for his statements in November 2013, when Kerry said that Israel’s “isolation” would be its own fault if a peace deal with the Palestinians falls through. Kerry further warned the Israelis that “the alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos.” Now as Israel refuses to give in to a terrorist organization devoted to destroying the nation, we see the Obama Administration banning flights to Israel. Chaos and isolation. Are Kerry and Obama rejoicing? Still have Israel’s back Mr. President?
Senator Ted Cruz wisely said,
[S]ecurity concerns in Israel are hardly breaking news, and given the exceptional challenge Israel faces, Ben Gurion has rightly earned the reputation as one of the safest airports in the world due to the aggressive security measures implemented by the Israeli government. Given that some 2,000 rockets have been fired into Israel over the last six weeks, many of them at Tel Aviv, it seems curious to choose yesterday at noon to announce a flight ban, especially as the Obama Administration had to be aware of the punitive nature of this action.
Today we have similar noxious efforts by the Boycott, Divest, Sanction or ‘BDS’ movement, which seeks to punish Israel for the fact that the militant terrorist elements embraced by the Palestinian Authority make any peace deal an intolerable security risk to Israel at this time. But the Obama Administration has refused to robustly denounce this effort to undermine our ally. Instead, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a veiled threat last February when he encouraged boycotts of Israel and said that absent serious Israeli concessions at the negotiating table, Israel’s economic prosperity was "not sustainable" and "illusory."
Secretary Kerry unfortunately reprised this theme just this April, when he threatened that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state" if Israel did not submit to his chosen solution to the Israel-Palestinian crisis.
This Administration has overseen an IRS which unfairly targeted and audited conservative organizations during the 2012 election. Billionaire conservative Sheldon Adelson suggested before Obama was re-elected, a second Obama term would bring government “vilification of people that were against him.” This PR agency owner says it sure seems like it.
Targeting Israel seems to be the same – an attack upon those who don’t go along with the Obama way of doing things.
Isolating Israel encourages and rewards terror – and harms America and Israel.
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