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Krauthammer on What Obama did to Israel

The president has made negotiations all but impossible.

Every Arab-Israeli negotiation contains a fundamental asymmetry: Israel gives up land, which is tangible; the Arabs make promises, which are ephemeral. The longstanding American solution has been to nonetheless urge Israel to take risks for peace while America balances things by giving assurances of U.S. support for Israel’s security and diplomatic needs.

It’s on the basis of such solemn assurances that Israel undertook, for example, the Gaza withdrawal. In order to mitigate this risk, Pres. George W. Bush gave a written commitment that America supported Israel’s absorption of major settlement blocs in any peace agreement, opposed any return to the 1967 lines, and stood firm against the so-called Palestinian right of return to Israel.

For two and a half years, the Obama administration has refused to recognize and reaffirm these assurances. Then last week in his State Department speech, President Obama definitively trashed them. He declared that the Arab-Israeli conflict should indeed be resolved along “the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”

Nothing new here, said Obama three days later. “By definition, it means that the parties themselves — Israelis and Palestinians — will negotiate a border that is different” from 1967.

It means nothing of the sort. “Mutually” means both parties have to agree. And if one side doesn’t? Then, by definition, you’re back to the 1967 lines.

Nor is this merely a theoretical proposition. Three times the Palestinians have been offered exactly that formula, 1967 plus swaps — at Camp David 2000, Taba 2001, and the 2008 Olmert-Abbas negotiations. Every time, the Palestinians said no and walked away.

And that remains their position today: The 1967 lines. Period. Indeed, in September the Palestinians are going to the U.N. to get the world to ratify precisely that: a Palestinian state on the ’67 lines. No swaps.

Note how Obama has undermined Israel’s negotiating position. He is demanding that Israel go into peace talks having already forfeited its claim to the territory won in the ’67 war — its only bargaining chip. Remember: That ’67 line runs right through Jerusalem. Thus the starting point of negotiations would be that the Western Wall and even Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter are Palestinian — alien territory for which Israel must now bargain.

The very idea that Judaism’s holiest shrine is alien or that Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter is rightfully, historically, or demographically Arab is an absurdity. And the idea that, in order to retain them, Israel has to give up parts of itself is a travesty.

Obama also moved the goal posts on the so-called right of return. Flooding Israel with millions of Arabs would destroy the world’s only Jewish state while creating a 23rd Arab state and a second Palestinian state — not exactly what we mean when we speak of a “two-state solution.” That’s why it has been the policy of the U.S. to adamantly oppose this “right.”

Yet in his State Department speech, Obama refused to simply restate this position — and refused again in a supposedly corrective speech three days later. Instead, he told Israel it must negotiate the right of return with the Palestinians after having given every inch of territory. Bargaining with what, pray tell?

No matter. “The status quo is unsustainable,” declared Obama, “and Israel too must act boldly to advance a lasting peace.”

Israel too? Exactly what bold steps for peace have the Palestinians taken? Israel made three radically conciliatory offers to establish a Palestinian state, withdrew from Gaza, and has been trying to renew negotiations for more than two years. Meanwhile, the Gaza Palestinians have been firing rockets at Israeli towns and villages. And on the West Bank, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas turned down the Olmert offer, walked out of negotiations with Binyamin Netanyahu, and now defies the United States by seeking not peace talks but instant statehood — without peace, without recognizing Israel — at the U.N. And to make unmistakable this spurning of any peace process, Abbas agrees to join the openly genocidal Hamas in a unity government, which even Obama acknowledges makes negotiations impossible.

Obama’s response to this relentless Palestinian intransigence? To reward it — by abandoning the Bush assurances, legitimizing the ’67 borders, and refusing to reaffirm America’s rejection of the right of return.

The only remaining question is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is undermining not just peace but the very possibility of negotiations.

Charles Krauthammer is a nationally syndicated columnist. © 2011 the Washington Post Writers Group.

 

The Palestinian Wall of Lies

 

David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the ’60s, he was raised by parents who were both members of the American Communist Party.
He now exposes the tactics and lies they use to co-opt the uninformed.

We should all be alarmed at what we are seeing on the world stage in regard to Israel and all Jews. I grew up hearing the words “Never Again”. Never again would the world allow another Holocaust and yet if you are paying attention you see the world moving just that way.
You only need study history to realize the most influential progressives were anti-Semitic and it continues today within the progressive/liberal/left view. Perhaps it is cloaked in a type of political correctness or veiled in a sense of fairness but the result is the same.

Americans love the underdog, and abhor unfairness and so the lies play to that, and if told enough become truth, just like global warming. When we’re young and full of idealism this type of struggle appeals to us on a passionate level and so it is vitally important that our young people know the truth. They are not getting it from their professors. In fact, more often than not, just the opposite. The Palestinians are now the oppressed and the Jews the oppressors.
[amazonify]0895260263::text::::Unholy Alliance[/amazonify] (2004) was Horowitz’s prophetic work pioneering the view that the Islamic Fascists are working hand in glove with the secular left. Remember, Horowitz was once a prominent figure in the radical left.

The Wall of Truth here

The David Horowitz Freedom Center here

More Flotilla Love

IDF sources said Monday night that new intelligence information obtained in recent days shows that participants of the flotilla planning to break Israel’s sea blockade over the Gaza Strip later this week plan to kill IDF soldiers who board their ships.

According to the information obtained by the IDF, some of the participants have prepared sacks with sulfur, which they plan to pour on the soldiers as they board the vessels.

“This is a chemical weapon, and if poured on a soldier it can paralyze him,” an IDF source told The Jerusalem Post Monday night. “If the sulfur is then lit on fire, the soldier will light up like a torch.”

Well that sounds humanitarian.

The full article from The Jerusalem Post here

Another Flotilla – Another Setup

Well there’s your peace mission. These folks don’t have a clue.
Every point made in this video is a lie, a distortion or a complete lack of knowledge.

It’s no wonder that one of the ships is named “The Audacity of Hope” which comes from a Jeremiah Wright sermon, a blatant Anti-Semite.
Yes, that’s the same Jeremiah Wright that mentored Barack Obama for 17 years and from whom Obama’s book was titled “The Audacity of Hope”.

These people have no understanding of the history and politics of the region and yet the world media will portray the flotilla as a peace mission. And when Israel takes the steps necessary to insure that weapons are not being sent to Hamas they will be portrayed as evil.
Not only are the flakes in this video on board but several journalist will be with the Flotilla as well. I imagine several already have a rough draft of their stories completed.

While the people in this video don’t have a clue, they are just pawns, there are those that know very well what they’re doing.

From the New York Times:

But the real purpose of the flotilla is less to deliver goods and building supplies, which are increasingly available in Gaza now, than to challenge Israel’s control over Gaza’s borders. The American vessel, for example, will not be loaded with any goods. 

 This will not end well.