Thursday, May 19, 2011
President Obama's speech at the State Department today has confirmed three things:
1 He is going to blindly send more American money to the Middle East in the name of furthering democracy in a region that has never known it.
2 He is using bluster to try and push Syrian President Assad to step down. It didn't work against Ghaddafi, and it won't work here. His comment about how many Libyans would have been killed had he "not acted" is a joke. Ghaddafi is still in power, the US has withdrawn in favor of the French, and Libyans are still dying in a ridiculous stalemate.
3 He is no friend of Israel.
Obama's statements about the security of Israel ring hollow. His call for Israel to withdraw to the indefensible pre-1967 borders is along the lines of Neville Chamberlain giving the Sudetenland to Hitler. (Within a year, Germany had occupied all of Czechoslovakia.) Obama, perhaps, naively, perhaps maliciously, expects Israel to withdraw to the pre-1967 borders and negotiate with people whose stated goal is the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.
Bibi Netanyahu has wisely rejected that call.
Congressman Alan West wasted no time in reacting to this absurd speech.
Congressman Allen West Response to President Barack Obama's Call for a Two State Solution in Israel
(WASHINGTON) --- Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released this statement today:
"Today’s endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.
From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, controlled by Jordan’s Arab army.
The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world’s Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism.
Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.
In short, the Hamas-run Palestinian state envisioned by President Obama would be devastating to Israel and the world’s 13.3 million Jews. It would be a Pavlovian style reward to a declared Islamic terrorist organization, and an unacceptable policy initiative.
America should never negotiate with the Palestinian Authority- which has aligned itself with Hamas. Palestine is a region, not a people or a modern state. Based upon Roman Emperor Hadrian's declaration in 73 AD, the original Palestinian people are the Jewish people.
It's time for the American people to stand by our strongest ally, the Jewish State of Israel, and reject this foreign policy blunder of epic proportions.
While the winds of democracy may blow strong in the Middle East, history has demonstrated that gaps in leadership can lead to despotic regimes. I have questions for President Obama: 'Who will now lead in Egypt?' and 'Why should American taxpayers provide foreign aid to a nation where the next chapter in their history may be the emergence of another radical Islamic state?'
President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security- the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”
West sees the world the way it really is. I really wish he would decide to run for president.
Israel must come to the realization that they presently do not have a reliable ally in Washington. They will have to go their own way in order to defend themselves until such time as Obama is no longer president. Hostile forces in the Middle East are probably calculating at what point they should resort to military action to achieve their goals while this man is still in the White House and they can act with impunity and not have to worry about the US helping Israel.
Many have lost sight of the fact that wars do change borders. (Just ask Germany.) In 1967, with Arab armies poised on the border to strike Israel, the Israelis launched a preemptive strike and finsihed off their enemies in the 6 Day War. As a result, borders changed. If Israel really had sincere adversaries who wanted peace, those borders could be adjusted, but not now considering the nature of Hamas, Hizbollah, Syria and the changing leadership in Egypt. Isreal is virtually surrounded by bad neighbors.
And Obama wants them to withdraw to the old pre-1967 borders?
What Obama does not recognize or want to admit is that this conflict is not about who owns what land in an area the size of New Jersey. The reason why the issue is so intractable is because it is really about religion not land. The Arabs cannot and will not accept a Jewish state in their region. Only Israeli military might has kept them at bay.
At the end of the day, I predict that this so-called "Arab Spring" will be nothing less than the creation of new Mullah-run Islamic regimes along the model of Iran. The only democracy in the Middle East is Israel and will remain Israel.
Unless it is destroyed while Obama waves a piece of paper and proclaims, "Peace in our time".