Obama’s policies toward Israel are bearing fruit.
An Israeli was shot in his car Tuesday while traveling north of Jerusalem. A local Israeli leader, Avi Roeh, commented: “This attack is a direct result of the removal of roadblocks. It’s only by some miracle that the outcome of these attacks has been no worse than injuries, but you cannot base security policies on miracles.”
Maybe Israelis were expecting miracles two weeks ago, when the Israeli army began removing 100 roadblocks in Judea and Samaria. The Jerusalem Post said this was “an effort to make life easier for Palestinians.” They were all gone by a week ago.
The official line was that the roadblock removal wasn’t related to Obama envoy George Mitchell’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which took place around the same time, but the Post said, “While Israeli sources said there was no direct link with Mitchell’s visit, they added there was an indirect connection because an improved West Bank economy was good for the diplomatic process.”
This attempt to show good will was met only with increased pressure on Israel from the U.S. Also Tuesday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner said that Israel should investigate bogus war crimes charges from the Goldstone Report: “We encourage Israel to utilise appropriate domestic (judicial) review and meaningful accountability mechanisms to investigate and follow-up on credible allegations. If undertaken properly and fairly, these reviews can serve as important confidence-building measures that will support the larger essential objective which is a shared quest for justice and lasting peace.”
So the United States is now pressuring Israel to plead guilty to something it did not do, so as to “build confidence” with the jihadis in Gaza. Got that? It sort of echoes Ahmadinejad’s regime raping prisoners to “get a confession.”
Tuesday at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Anne Bayefsky delivered a statement on behalf of both the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and the Hudson Institute. She said: “The Goldstone mission will go down in history as the 21st century’s equivalent to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion — a notorious work of fiction which spun a conspiratorial web of deceit and distortion that has fueled hatred of Jews ever since. At its core, the Goldstone report repeats the ancient blood libel against the Jewish people — the allegation of bloodthirsty Jews intent on butchering the innocent.”
And last week, Barack Obama said at the U.N: “We continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.” He called for the establishment of a “viable Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people.” Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton called it “the most radical anti-Israel speech I can recall any president making.”
He pointed out that Obama didn’t say that “new Israeli settlements” were illegitimate, but that “continued Israeli settlements” were illegitimate and unacceptable. Said Bolton, “That calls into question in my mind all Israeli settlements.” And a “contiguous” Palestinian state would cut Israel in two.
Bolton commented: “Do you think that matters to the Palestinians? That is the kind of approach to an issue that is attempting to decide the outcome to the negotiations, before the negotiations, that’s why I think that the Israelis should be worried. He’s laid it out where he wants it to end up.”
Bolton added: “The important thing is, when you have the Palestinians in as a weak of a position as they are now, and to have Barack Obama be their lawyer in effect, puts them in a very strong bargaining place.” And Obama, said Bolton, has “made it very clear how much he wants to do through the U.N.” How much? “An overwhelming percentage of our policy.”
Yet the U.N. is now completely a tool of the Organization of Islamic Conference. What good has it done? Where is Gilad Shalit? What happened to the terms of resolution 1701? Meaningless.
Every condition, every promise made to Israel is flushed, like so much toilet paper. Can someone point me to one condition met by the Muslims in Gaza, Samaria, and Judea since Israel capitulated to Bill Clinton at Oslo?
First under Arafat and then with succeeding terrorists in charge, not one condition was met by the Muslims, while Israel handed over piece after piece of Jewish land in an illogical and suicidal act of desperation and desperate desire for peace. Islamic jihad exploits the goodness of the Jews and their love of life.
You cannot make peace with an enemy that lives for your destruction. The Jews were warned about Obama. But they wouldn’t listen. They cling to liberalism like the Palestinians cling to their fictional claims about “occupation.” But the shooting Tuesday was just the beginning.
Obama’s policies toward Israel are going to bear much more fruit than that.
Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs Web site and is former associate publisher of the New York Observer. Her Op-Eds have appeared in the Washington Times, Newsmax, Human Events, WorldNetDaily, the American Thinker, Israel National News, and other publications.
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