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Obama Sings ‘Please Release Me’ on Behalf of Palestinian Terrorists

August 16, 2013 6:37 am 14 comments

President Barack Obama at a ceremony in Yad Vashem's Hall of Remembrance. Photo: Youtube/Yad Vashem.

Earlier this week, Israel freed 26 terrorist murderers – all convicted in public trials under full due process of law – as part of Barack Obama’s way of bribing Palestinian leaders to sit down and talk to Israel about the peace that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) does not really want or seek.

Thus proceeds President Obama’s Mideast gambling binge – betting someone else’s blood on the success of lousy, corrupt, unpopular, anti-U.S., and anti-Israel Arab leaders:  Assad the bloody butcher in Syria, the fanatic Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and now the incompetent and hateful successors of Arafat at the helm of the PLO.

There was once a nice American folk song called “Please Release Me.” It was a romantic song, with nice music and harmless words:

“Please release me, let me go

Release me, and let me love again.”

But now the Obama Administration has pushed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into a new version of “Please Release Me” that has deadly lyrics:

“Please Release Me, let me go,

Release me, and let me kill again.”

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have agreed to the PLO demand that Israel release convicted terrorist murderers from jail in order to – wait for the cliché -“jump-start talks between the parties.”

The sad truth, in Jerusalem and Jenin as in Guantanamo and elsewhere, is this:  convicted and released Arab-Islamic terrorists return to commit murder.

In 2004, Israel released 400 Palestinian convicts and five other prisoners in return for an Israeli (Elhanan Tennenbaum) captured by Hezbollah, and also for the bodies of three soldiers kidnapped on the border. Thirty-five Israelis were murdered by those released, according to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

“Fifty-two percent of those released [in that deal] have returned to terrorism,” observed The Jerusalem Post in a 2010 article reviewing the results of the terrorists’ release. And there have been more than half a dozen such terror releases.

The United States has had similar results.

A U.S. Senate study on the subject two years ago said  at least 27 percent of those suspected terrorists released from Guantanamo returned to an active role in terror.

“Facing domestic political pressures, the Bush and Obama administrations released or transferred 600 terror suspects deemed an acceptable threat from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, only to find that 27 percent re-engaged in terrorist or insurgent activities,” reported the AP and The Washington Post in 2012.

Israel has made the same mistake several times, sometimes bowing to domestic pressure to release convicted murderers in order to ransom kidnapped Israeli soldiers and civilians. Such was the case when Israel released hundreds of Palestinian killers and their accomplices in order to gain the release of Gilad Shalit.

Sometimes, Israel has bowed to pressure from tough U.S. administrations. For example, the Nixon Administration once asked Israel to free some terrorists in order to help free Americans kidnapped in Lebanon. These releases were a strategic and moral error. They probably endangered more lives than they saved, and  they undercut the legal process. But at least they saved some lives.

But now the Obama Administration has forced  Israel to accept a completely politically motivated release of murderers just to create  phony momentum for a Palestinian-Israeli peace process that the Palestinians killed and Obama helped bury.

When Obama entered office, he struck an anti-Israeli settlement position beyond that of  late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, who talked to Israel even when Israel built housing for Jews in Jerusalem or the so-called West Bank. Obama said Israel would have to stop all construction, if there were going to be talks.

Like Frankenstein’s monster, “The Palestinian-Israeli process” can be brought back to life temporarily and artificially,  but it will not bring peace, only monstrous damage. Eventually, the PLO will find a reason to go back to war.

The PLO/Palestinian Authority has lost all power and all legitimacy. Mahmoud Abbas’ term as PA leader expired years ago, and he has less power in Ramallah and Jenin than a dog catcher, but whatever power he possesses has been used to attack Israel and violate the very accords Abbas co-signed alongside Arafat.

Abbas is known to many Westerners and Israelis by the endearing kunya (nickname in Arabic) “Abu-Mazen,” but Abbas has hardly endeared himself. He stopped talks with Israel, and he made an end-run around talks by trying to get the UN to impose a Palestinian state. Abbas has also used vile propaganda honoring terrorists.

In a January 2005 Fatah Day speech, he actually called on Hamas to join his Fatah organization in turning all their guns on Israel. In addition, Abbas has encouraged international boycotts of the Jewish state – all clear treaty violations as well as violations of several American side-letters to the treaty.

Above all, Abbas and the PLO have no interest in peace or working with Israel. However, the PLO’s greatest failing is failing its own people.

Abbas, Hamas, and the other successors of Arafat have brought no success to the Palestinians. They are divided and bitter, and they vie with each other not in building schools, sewers, or a Palestinian state, but in building bunkers and devising stratagems for isolating Israel rather than working with it.

One is sad to see Benjamin Netanyahu making concessions under pressure from the Obama team that claims it is Israel’s best friend. But real friends do not act this way.

Dr. Michael Widlanski is the author of  Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat published by  Threshold/Simon and Schuster. He was  Strategic Affairs Advisor in Israel’s Ministry of Public Security, and he will be a visiting professor at University of California, Irvine.


  • Not only is Obama not a friend of Israel but he also doesn’t have the ability to learn from history.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    I can only say that President Obama disgusts me more each day and I voted for him twice – what a shame.

  • The One of the Ten Commandments of God given to Moses, said “Thou shall not kill.” Why was it so easy for this Palestinian to kill not only 1 but many as terrorist? Who is their God? And what kind of GOD they were obeying? How dreadful are they to become neighbors. No . 5-10 commandments of God , could be summarize as ” Love thy neighbor as thyself.Was murdering their neighbors was their way of loving? When are they going to learn the way of peace and co-exist with other people with due respects of human rights? When are they going to become educated and stop being barbaric by loving to kill innocent people they did not even know personally from stone throwing to bombing even in the high noon? When are they going to repent their bad deeds and be born again as not criminals?

  • Sonia Willats

    Dr. Widlanski, I agree with every word you say. And with your tragic concluding paragraph. I shall try to purchase your book. I believe that, when the full damage of this “peace process” becomes evident, Bibi will be in severe stress. He was battered and ridiculed into this capitulation o.b.o the nation he holds so dear.

  • When do we wake up and smell the roses? They only want no Israel and no Jews! Give them only what they give us..ROCKETS! and 20 x as many…Kerry and Obama be damned.

  • Dr. Allan Pogrund

    Is this fiction? These times are far too serious to treat them in a cavalier way as this article does.

    The extreme right should not use Israel as a weapon to attack Obama. We need consensus, not fragmentation.

    • The extreme right is not using Israel as a weapon of attack against Obama. He is doing that quite well enough himself!

    • The extremist leftists like this one should not excuse Obama’s miserable debacles, failures, scandals, incompetencies, ineptitudes etc

    • Cavalier? The only thing Cavalier is calling for consensus. It is also Pollyannish. Consensus exists virtually nowhere on the international playing field and never has. Consensus has certainly never been a term used in the Middle East even by the most naive. Releasing killers who were convicted in court being suggested by the Country that holds prisoners without a conviction in Gitmo is the Audacity of Hypocrisy or maybe the better humorous analogy is the Audacity of Hopepocracy.

    • Pogrund’s doctorate was probably issued by the kindred Leftist cabal that issued Obama’s phony law degree. The ‘fiction’ is ‘social-progressive’ liberals, brainwashed to believe the world is what they want it to be, rather than the good and bad it currently is. Those who have not learned how to reason effectively before reaching puberty have little chance of learning how afterwards.

    • What would make “these times” so serious, the fact that we’ve allow Jimmy
      Carter 2 to turn the entire Middle East into a fire sale or that fact we’re so happy to arm the enemies of Israel, in the name of fair play?

      What makes this SO EXTREME RIGHT, that we are upset of the release of those who attended UNWRA shools, have actually done what they were taught with American dollars, kill Jews?

      Obama is a inept, and Kerry has shown before, he’ll stab anyone in the back. He did it with us in the US, why not the Jews, that would make him popular in London.

      I’m always amazed at how poorly many of us Jews understand tribalism. You’re suppose to love and support your tribe first, HaShem has made that very clear. Arabs get it, you should too.

  • With no new ideas to offer, POTUS and SOSUS
    resort to the only thing left: turn some more Palestinian murderers loose to please the Arab Street. Its contribution to peacemaking will be the same as before: ZERO!

    But in order to provide some kind of positive spin to the journeying of Kerry some heavy pressure on Israel is always available.

  • Anthony Abela

    This pathetic excuse of a man who had no spine to admit that he is a muslim,(otherwise there would have been a snow in hell chance) of him becoming a president. As all the previous presidents before him, starting from Nixon, down to Obama, are all opportunists and all belonged to some secret organisation or another (like free masons or skull and bones fraternity members) for materialistic achievements. May Y-w-h have mercy on them because they are going to need it. Hold on fast Israel, do not backslide. When Isiah was on his way to Sinai to escape from Jezabel’s threat to kill him, as there was none left who loved the Lord, he was told by the Lord that there were 7000 people who did. Like wise hear oh Israel that you have plenty of friends all over the world.

  • Coreena Jensen

    Anyone who has a brain and uses it, can add. The sum of all the factors is this: Obama is somehow associated with these known terrorists. He talks (or in this case sings) the talk and he walks the walk. He shows his true colors as anti american and anti jerusalem over and over again. He is a racist and puts his religion at the forefront of all issues. He will probably send them money or weapons to help them continue their fight. He pretends to care about Americans just enough to keep him in office. His heart is not and never will be for America!

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