Again, the president sides with Israel's critics....
Jewish Policy Center senior policy director Shosana Bryen perfectly captures Obama's divergent worldviews re Palestinians and Israel. She quotes Obama re his concerns for the Palestinians:
“Long term, there has to be a recognition that Gaza cannot sustain itself permanently closed off from the world and incapable of providing some opportunity — jobs, economic growth — for the population that lives there … The question then becomes: can we find a formula in which Israel has greater assurance that Gaza will not be a launching pad for further attacks, but at the same time ordinary Palestinians have some prospects for an opening of Gaza so that they do not feel walled off?”
Then she quotes the president re his feelings towards Israel:
“I don’t worry about Israel’s survival. I think the question really is how does Israel survive? And how can you create a State of Israel that maintains its democratic and civic traditions? How can you preserve a Jewish state that is also reflective of the best values of those who founded Israel? And, in order to do that, it has consistently been my belief that you have to [meaning Israel has] find a way to live side by side in peace with Palestinians. You [meaning Israel] have to recognize that they have legitimate claims, and this is their land and neighborhood as well.”
SB then recounts in brief the long history, going back a century, of Arab violence versus the Jews, and their serial rebuffs of every effort to craft a compromise two-state solution. She then sums up the position taken by Obama & Israel's critics:
So, Israel’s obligation is to embarrass Hamas, hand over Gaza to the PA, shore up the corrupt and weak Abu Mazen — now in the 9th year of a 4 year term of office — flood Gaza with American-organized aid, and stop building houses for Jews.
In exchange for what? Peace? Recognition of the legitimacy of the Jewish State from either Palestinians or the larger Arab world? The PA would be “asked” to meet its Oslo obligation to forego unilateral activity in international organizations. Not “required,” just “asked.” Nothing would be “asked” of the Arab states.
She also notes that the "peace process" has morphed from UN Security Council Resolution 242, the November 1967 document which called for
["Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force."].
to a process aimed at producing a Palestinian state.
Legal ace Alan Dershowitz labels anti-Semitic" in effect" those who confer legitimacy on Hamas. After quoting from the Hamas charter, which is a veritable compendium of centuries of diseased fantasies about Jews & their purportedly malevolent influence he argues:
Hamas is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is an outgrowth of the German Nazi Party. The brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, a close ally of Adolph Hitler. It worked hand in hand with Hitler during World War II, establishing the Muslim Waffen-SS Handschar division, which committed war crimes against Jewish communities. It then helped to rescue Nazi war criminals following the defeat of Nazism and the disclosure of the Holocaust.
Nor is the charter and the origin of Hamas merely past history. Current Hamas leaders frequently invoke the “blood libel,” accusing “the Jews” of killing Christian children and using their blood for the baking of Matzo. They regard Jewish places of worship and Jewish schools, anywhere in the world, as appropriate targets for their terrorist attacks.
Some of those who support Hamas, such as Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, claim that they support its political goals, but not its anti-Semitic policies. (We must recognize “its legitimacy as a political actor.”) Others, such as the Turkish foreign minister and the leaders of Qatar, support its military goals. (We support the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas “because it embraces the Palestinian cause and struggles for its people.”) These distinctions hold no water, since Hamas’ anti-Jewish policies are central to its political and military actions. Some supporters of Hitler made the same argument, claiming that the Nazi Party and its leaders espoused good economic, educational and political policies. No reasonable person today accepts that excuse, and no reasonable person should accept the excuses offered by supporters of Hamas who claim to be able to slice the bologna so thin.
AD notes that the argument that other Islamist groups are even worse than Hamas was made as to the Nazis, pointing then to Communists. He sums up Hamas thusly:
The reality is that Hamas is an anti-Semitic organization, based on a Jew-hating philosophy, with the goal of destroying the nation state of the Jewish people and killing its Jewish inhabitants. It is evil personified. There is no excuse or justification for supporting Hamas, and anyone who does is supporting anti-Semitism.
And then, notably, he turns to one of the late 20th century's most celebrated human rights icons, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, and America's most vociferously anti-Israel ex-president, Jimmy Carter. Tutu, incredibly, has compared a Hamas leader to Nelson Mandela, but refused to share a stage with Tony Blair; Carter wants Hamas recognized as a "political force" among Palestinians. To which AD asks if in the 1920s Carter would have applied the same rationale and hence considered the Ku Klux Klan legitimate.
Meanwhile, as ceasefire talks falter--Israel expects a rocket barrage Monday eve--Hamas openly admits intimidating foreign press who tried to report accurately what Hamas operatives were doing (rocket launch sites, human shields, etc.).
Bottom Line. Many people who do not personally bear animus towards Jews are friends with people who are anti-Semitic--think Obama & Louis Farrakhan. They should not be surprised if those with attitudes more sympathetic to Israel regard them as not being true friends of the Jewish state.
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