The simple response Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu provides to President Barack Obama when they meet in the White House on Monday should be that which an earlier president taught us when confronted with something dangerous — “Just say no.”
In an interview in the Oval Office, Obama said: “There comes a point where you can’t manage this anymore, and then you start having to make very difficult choices,” and “Do you resign yourself to what amounts to a permanent occupation of the West Bank? Is that the character of Israel as a state for a long period of time? Do you perpetuate, over the course of a decade or two decades, more and more restrictive policies in terms of Palestinian movement? Do you place restrictions on Arab-Israelis in ways that run counter to Israel’s traditions?”
Obama continued: “If you see no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction — and we have seen more aggressive settlement construction over the last couple years than we’ve seen in a very long time,” and particularly relevant today, Obama said:“The U.S. commitment to Israel’s security is not subject to periodic policy differences. That’s a rock-solid commitment, and it’s one that I’ve upheld proudly throughout my tenure.”
With the Ukraine and Russia on the brink of war
, there are many lessons for Israel. In 1991, when the Soviet Union disintegrated, the Ukraine had the 3rd
largest nuclear weapons arsenal. The Ukraine agreed to disarm, in exchange for the United States of America, Russia, and the United Kingdom signing the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, pledging to respect Ukraine territorial integrity. Today, when Russia has gone over the border, not America nor Britain has kept the agreement and honored the security guarantees they offered Ukraine.
This is vitally relevant and perfect timing for Prime Minister Netanyahu to just say no. Obama’s guarantees and promises are useless. And with Obama’s awful foreign policy record, his pressure on Israel is a result of his desire to shield his failures everywhere else. America has never been weaker in the eyes of the world
, so Obama will pressure Israel to concede.
Netanyahu must simply stand up and say “Obama: Hands off Israel.” Israel's decisions must be governed by what is best for the Jewish state, and while all of Israel wants peace, the reality is that Muslim fundamentalists in Israel and worldwide seek to destroy Israel piece by piece.
Let Obama and John Kerry solve the problems in Ukraine, Egypt, Iran, and elsewhere – and then worry about little ol’ Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu can repeat that which he has said earlier, "If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel."
Prime Minister Netanyahu: Just Say NO!
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