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Obama denies reality in Israel

May 25, 2011

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With friends like President Obama, who needs enemies? If you’re Israel, you already have quite enough of those.

On May 14, 2011, the State of Israel observed the 63rd anniversary of its independence. But if the proposals made by President Obama in his State Department speech are implemented, that observance could be its last.

It is difficult to say if the president is self-deluded, if he drinks State Department Arabist Kool-Aid or if he’s just a fool. It doesn’t matter. The results are the same.

Why does anyone continue to believe that the unsuccessful “Land for Peace” formula can magically persuade Arab states and terrorist groups to lay down their arms and change their minds about a goal they have taught in their schools, preached in their mosques and reinforced in their media since 1948?

The president’s peace formulation is as likely to succeed as Harold Camping’s doomsday prophecy.

This is the reality, expressed by Hamas’ former minister of “culture,” Atallah Abu Al-Subh, and broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV: “The Jews are the most despicable and contemptible nation to crawl upon the face of the earth.” Would 1967 borders change his mind?

Here’s another excerpt from Al-Subh’s April 8 sermon: “Whoever is killed by a Jew receives the reward of two martyrs, because the very thing that the Jews did to the prophets was done to him.” That would be 144 virgins and double the fig ration.

He continued: “Allah will kill the Jews in the hell of the world to come, just like they killed the believers in the hell of this world.” And “The Jews kill anyone who believes in Allah. They do not want to see any peace whatsoever on Earth.”

This kind of “peace” means no Jews with all Israel occupied and dominated by legions of Muslims who will impose Sharia law to the detriment of women and anyone who believes in a different God and different laws and rules.

The apologists for such rhetoric, which is legion, turn blind eyes and deaf ears to the intent and objectives of Hamas, which is increasingly considered mainstream in the Arab world. Arab and Palestinian diplomats say one thing for Western consumption and the opposite when communicating with their own.

In his bold rebuke of President Obama in the Oval Office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a history lesson. Ignorance of history threatens not only Israel, but also American interests and ultimately America itself. That’s because Arab intentions to dominate do not end in the Middle East. “Peace based on illusions,” said Netanyahu, “will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle East reality.”

Once again, the prime minister noted that Israel’s 1967 borders would be indefensible. All of the talk by this and previous administrations of “unshakable” support for Israel is meaningless if enemy tanks, missiles and especially nuclear weapons are used against this tiny nation. What would America do? Bomb Iran? Invade Egypt? Strafe Syria? The State Department would likely wring its hands and blame Israel for its own destruction, saying it should have compromised sooner.

The ludicrously named “Arab Spring” is more like an Arab winter that will never end as long as radical Islam is the established religion. Very little good is likely to come out of the uprisings from Egypt to Syria and beyond because there is no foundation in the region for political pluralism, religious tolerance and equality for women. Such things are not part of their political and religious DNA. So why is the U.S. sending billions more in borrowed money to Egypt when the Muslim Brotherhood candidate might win the upcoming election?

It is only when the State Department and the White House begin to understand reality that Israel’s — and America’s — interests will be served.

The public seems to understand that better than politicians and diplomats. A recent Rasmussen poll found that 78 percent of U.S. voters believe peace between Israel and the Arab world is unlikely. Thousands of years of history and common sense confirm this.

Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services. His email address is tmseditors@tribune.com

Comments

notaubermime 2 years, 11 months ago

It is all fine and dandy to discuss genocide and/or the destruction of a culture when it isn't you that is being targeted. Such pronouncements would likely sound different if it involved a matter closer to home.

What are the odds that the people of Northern Ireland are thankful that their leaders did not resign themselves to such a grim conclusion?

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oldbaldguy 2 years, 11 months ago

i spent some time in the middle east. most folks one on one are decent, friendly and curious about the world. unfortunately their leaders are all aholes and have misled their people for generations. throw in islamic fanatics and the obsession with wiping out israel will never go away. most of the arab world believe that the arab palistinians are pains in the butt and would rather they just go away. however, the arab street is by and large not friendly to israel whether there is a palistine or not. that will never change. other than an armed truce till further notice, i see no solution. whatever israel offers will not be accepted by the arabs or the persians. a real peace would require the military destruction of one or the other.

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George Lippencott 2 years, 11 months ago

Exactly what is being served by wandering into the thicket of religion??

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wildwildwest 2 years, 11 months ago

In Reverence to our Creator. The Priests could not speak the name of G-d, and if His name were written, the very pen that was used was destroyed. His name is Yahweh, in Hebrew the meaning of His name is "Continuous Unfinished Action". Therefore He is involved in every action, every event, and every thing that happens. He is involved in your life today, you just don't know it !!. Why do I omit the " o " when referencing Him. Reverence !!! About Joplin, " This country is heading down a dead end road by declaring G-d to be what we want Him to be. As leaders in this country stand up and declare solidarity with all quote unquote religions, and as G-d fearing people stand by and allow this to go on, then this country is liable for it's actions and it's stance as a Christian nation that is responsible to bring the Gospel to the world. None of us are above His judgement and we need to heed the signs as He is trying to get our attention. Some of us would rather turn a blind eye and blame "Mother Nature" for the horrible events that happen relating to the weather. Were Chistians killed along with the non Christians in Joplin, yes they were. Does G-d have favorites, only Israel and 2 other guys. Judgement begins in the House of the Lord. Give me 5 good men that will stand in leadership and declare the truth of G-d to the world and I will give you a nation that is bound for blessings. Israel will never be defeated, I don't care how many nuclear warheads the other guys have, I don't care how many 200 million man armies march against her, she will always exist. Some how or the other we just keep leaving G-d out of the equation. Do your research. May I suggest billcloud .org

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 11 months ago

Agree with rockchalk1977 and Cal. Obama looks pretty foolish on this one. His supposed attempt to kickstart negotiations has only resulted in a stronger resolve on the part of the Israelis to protect what they see as theirs and the political fall out for Obama can't be a positive as witnessed by the Congressional rock star reaction to Netanyahu when he addressed them recently.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree with Cal... Obama looks like a complete amateur on this issue. Israel will never follow President Dumbo down the path of certain self destruction. The ever arrogant Obama continues to show his total incompetence at all levels. Hope he changes. Yes he can.

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Darrell Lea 2 years, 11 months ago

Out of curiosity, is "god" one of those bad words that gets your post pulled down by the administrators here? Does that explain the trick spelling?

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wildwildwest 2 years, 11 months ago

You don't have to be just another bozo on the bus. You could be the just another person like myself that was going through life with no direction and no understanding of just who Christ is. But by the Spirit of the Living G-d my life was changed. His Word brings Wisdom to the dumb and sight to the blind. Once again, may the very Spirit of the Living G-d touch your life, and may the blindness of your eyes be lifted, and may the eyes of your understanding be opened. I challenge you to find out the truth of this situation for yourself, as opposed to just name calling, and exhibits of lack of understanding. It's easy to argue and debate, but it's easier to believe and rejoice. Long live Israel, and remember that blessed is the nation that blesses Israel and cursed is the nation that curses Israel. Here's a little unknown fact. One year ago to the very day, Japan proclaimed to support Hammas. One year later the giant earthquake hit that country, along with the Tsunami. I rest my case.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd like to take a snapshot in history, 1973. Following Israel's smashing victory in 1967, the U.S. and the Soviet Union tried to ratchet down the tension in the region. Egypt, a client state of the Soviet's and Israel, a client state of the U.S. were receiving massive amounts of military aid from their respective supporters. It was agreed that military aid would be slowed. But in 1973, the Arabs attacked. The surprise attack was very successful at first, they caught the Israelis off guard. The Arabs had far superior numbers. The Israelis lacked conventional weapons due to the policies of the U.S. and U.S.S.R. What they did have though was nuclear weapons. Desperate calls were made between Israel and Washington. Israel let it be known that without conventional weapons, and faced with a defeat that would lead to total annihilation, Israel would save itself by the use of nuclear weapons. The U.S. decided to give Israel conventional weapons rather than risk the use of nuclear weapons. I mention this because many posters say things like we should simply stop all aid, especially military aid to Israel. But what would happen if we did that. israel's problems in that region are not now nor have they ever been limited to just the Palestinians. Their conflicts have been regional in nature. Should the U.S. stop all aid to Israel, the Arab side would likely become emboldened to again eliminate Israel. And with an overwhelming advantage in conventional means of war, they might well succeed as long as the conflict is limited to the use of conventional weapons. However, if faced with that situation, what might Israel do with it's estimated 200 nuclear weapons. Having had those weapons for forty years, they have shown the proper restrain of a nuclear power. If however, they are faced with total annihilation, they may resort to extreme measures.
As our leaders calculate what might happen in certain situations, they need to take into account not just what will happen, they need to think about what might happen. They might make one decision if they feel the likelihood of a nuclear conflict was as little as 1% but might make a very different decision if it were determined that the likelihood was, say 10%.
Humans have a long history of blundering their way into wars, wars that could have been avoided in hindsight. Simply cutting off aid might induce Israel to negotiate peace, or it might embolden it's adversaries to wage war. No one can say with any degree of certainty which will happen.

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wildwildwest 2 years, 11 months ago

What has been in motion since biblical days will not be rectified by some sort of negotiations or boundry lines. When peace does come to Israel, look up for your redemption draweth nigh. Here we sit amongst the most intelligent people in the world, (supposedly) and our eyes are blinded. The time of peace for Israel is totally in the hand of G-d and cannot be manipulated nor changed by simple man. Obama does not have the formula to outperform the very G-d that has set this plan in motion, however he does have the deception necessary to promote his proIslamic agenda on the rest of the world. As he preaches peace to the mideast, his actions and his words show that he is in no way interested in the real peace of Israel. When that peace does come, prepare yourselves for the next 7 years. And after that, look to the Mount of Olives for the real peace that the world is seeking. When will we ever get it through our heads that Christ is the only one that will ever establish the eternal peace in this world that man has falsely claimed to want for all these years. To not believe this is calling G-d a liar. He has outlined our future in His Word, and that will never change. A man would be a fool not to pray for peace in Israel, but a bigger fool not to pray that the hearts of all men would be touched by the Spirit of the living G-d, and changed. This change would lead all men to the understanding of future events and time tables that are in motion. However we still cannot side step nor prevent events that will surely come, according to His Word. May the very Spirit of the Living G-d change your heart as you read this comment. Amen.

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DeaconBlue 2 years, 11 months ago

What a suprise. Anti-semites celebrate the Liberal/Arab Spring hate rhetoric party line.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

What a surprise. Cal celebrates the neocon/right-wing Israeli paranoid/narcissistic party line.

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Bossa_Nova 2 years, 11 months ago

ladies and gentlemen, this may come to a surprise to most of you but please be aware that after the oil in the middle east is all gone and western interests migrate elsewhere, nobody will give a sh!t about what goes on in the middle east. all the funding will go away and everyone in the region will fight it out with sticks and stones and whatever else they can find to bash the other guy with.

if i was an israeli, for the sake of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, i would do my best to start making friends with my arab neighbors asap instead of later when international support disappears. in order for israel to survive in the future, being on good terms with the arabs is going to be necessary. lets be realistic, the arabs aren't going to just pick up and leave. you guys are there together, you gotta make it work.

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jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

You can find similar comments by Israelis about Palestinians if you look for them.

The borders being indefensible is a smokescreen - the proposal is that the amount of land become the same, and that security is achieved by "land swaps".

If peace is impossible, what the heck are we doing there at all?

We could:

Stop providing massive amounts of aid, military and otherwise, and let them fight it out themselves.

Provide even more weapons to one side and help them destroy the other.

I would require that both sides commit to a peaceful solution, as a condition of any aid from us, and that both sides agree to not let their extremists derail negotiations, if we're serious about peace in the region.

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DeaconBlue 2 years, 11 months ago

Obama Denial is the fountainhead of Arab/Liberal Spring.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 11 months ago

"This is the reality, expressed by Hamas’ former minister of “culture,” Atallah Abu Al-Subh, and broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV: “The Jews are the most despicable and contemptible nation to crawl upon the face of the earth.”"

That's right out of 'Mein Kampf', by Adolf Hitler. Pretty much word for word, except that 'Mein Kampf' was written in German. Am I the only one to notice this?

“The Jews kill anyone who believes in Allah. They do not want to see any peace whatsoever on Earth.”

Well then, why is it that one of the integral portions of a Jewish Shabbot sevice is constant prayers for peace? In fact, a common greeting between Jews at a sevice is "Shabbot shalom", which means: "Peace on the Sabbath."

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