In mid-2008, I published Israel (and America) Will Rue the Day that George W. Bush Leaves Office on the now defunct israelenews.com. The column made clear that while none of the leading US presidential candidates were either truly good for American or friends of Israel, and by any measure, Obama was without question the worst of the lot. So now, as his mentor Pastor Jeremiah Wright has said, “the chickens are coming home to roost.”
But do American Jews, who overwhelmingly supported Wright’s parishioner, care? Outside of an uncharacteristic objection from the ADL’s Abe Foxman, who usually saves his protestations for conservatives, and a handful of Congressional Democrats, I haven’t heard many objections from Obama’s court Jews. And why not? That was answered in Were Jewish Obama Voters Fooled?, published last year.
Nobody should be surprised by the actions of Obama and his team of the Islamo-leftist coalition. Saddened and worried, yes, of course, but surprised, no. As Obama lapped up the anti-Israel venom of his Pastor Wright for 20 years and other like-minded friends, of course he would come to have a one-sided view, and it wouldn’t be kind to Israel.
You may remember his apologists and other “experts” telling us:
- Obama wants to be a domestic president, and will be too busy to worry about the poor Palestinians.
- Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, China, et. al. would be more important mid east and world problems, and the Palestinians would take a back burner.
- the Washington establishment would force him to take a largely traditional, consensus position.
- Obama learned his lesson after his full ‘settlement freeze’ demand fiasco, and would now moderate his position.
So here we go again — more demands for unreciprocated concessions by Israel. We know that, unfortunately, hatred of Jews and Israel is often ingrained and reflexive, no matter how irrational.
Because it is an error to ascribe rationality to others, especially an enemy, it is an error to assume that once they learn the facts or the folly of their ways, they will change course. Perhaps a mild case of the suicide bomber?
So what can Israel do? Be guided by the maxim that the sooner Arabs and the world accept Israel’s legitimacy, its strength, and its permanence, the sooner peace will be possible. (Thus little wonder Arabs began rioting coincident with the Obama administration’s harsh words for Israel. And also not so coincidentally, just as the Gazans intensified their rocket attacks on the very day Obama won election in November 2008, which immediately precipitated the Gaza War.)
So no more concessions for nothing! And because it was not news to anybody who cared to pay attention to the facts that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and within its sovereignty, Israel should NOT have apologized even for the timing of the announcement of the Jerusalem apartment construction approval. To the many clowns who call it a “settlement,” the Western Wall must be also be a “settlement.” Israel must tell the world the area is part of Jewish Israel, to butt out of its internal affairs, to get over it, and if they don’t like it, they can lump it. And if they want concessions from Israel, they can come back and ask once the Arabs actually make some. And that doesn’t mean some two-bit gulf state allowing a one-bit “interest section”.
For starters, it might mean a formal recognition by Israel’s enemies of its rights as a Jewish state, a genuine ending of Palestinian groups’ charters calling for the destruction of Israel, and a real end to PA and state-sponsored incitement.
Israel’s enemies think pre-conditions for talks are a good idea. How about these for pre-conditions?