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The State Department Should Restrain Itself on Response to Israeli Kidnappings

June 24, 2014 4:31 am 36 comments
U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Photo: WikiCommons.

U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Photo: WikiCommons.

The State Department’s demand that Israel “exercise restraint” in its search for the Hamas kidnappers makes a mockery of President Obama’s pledge two years ago that he “will always have Israel’s back.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declared on June 20 that the Obama Administration is “urging all parties to exercise restraint and avoid steps that could destabilize the situation.”

That phrase “all parties” was a thin veneer of even-handedness. Everyone knows the call for “restraint” was aimed at Israel. In fact, Psaki made her slant clear in her very next words, expressing “concern” that two Palestinian Arabs were shot dead by Israeli troops. Psaki did not exhibit any “concern” for the Israeli soldiers at whom those Arabs were throwing rocks and firebombs.

This attempt by the Administration to tie Israel’s hands in its search for the kidnappers is just the latest in a series of indications that President Obama is trying to avoid siding with Israel against Hamas.

1. The Obama Administration website,, which offers monetary rewards for tips leading to the capture of terrorists who harm Americans, is not offering any reward in connection with the kidnapping – even though one of the victims, 16 year-old Naftali Frankel, is an American citizen.

2. While spokespeople for the Administration have made the usual general remarks of sympathy for Israel in the current crisis, President Obama himself has not said a word about the kidnapping. A President who is so well known for his rhetorical gifts has suddenly fallen silent.

3. The Obama Administration has refused to withdraw its recognition of the Hamas-Palestinian Authority regime.

4. The U.S. continues to send $500 million annually to the PA, even though Hamas is now a full partner in its government. That’s a total of more than $20-billion since 1993 – yet all the Administration could get out of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas was a vague statement about how he is against kidnapping because Israelis “are human beings, too.” That’s not exactly an earth-shaking concession.

President Obama’s March 2012 vow to “always have Israel’s back” evoked some private skepticism in the American Jewish community, since it was made when he was running for re-election. But now the Obama Administration’s failure to unequivocally side with Israel in the current kidnapping crisis exposes his pledge of support as painfully hollow.

Israel’s war of self-defense against Hamas is just one front in an international battle against jihadist terrorism that is being waged on many continents. In Nigeria, the Boko Haram jihadists are kidnapping hundreds of Christian girls. In Afghanistan, Taliban terrorists are attacking NATO bases. In Iraq, they are conquering city after city. And in Israel, they are seeking to terrorize an entire country by kidnapping Jewish children.

Israeli soldiers are risking their lives every day by going into hostile Palestinian Arab neighborhoods in search of the kidnapped boys. PA chairman Abbas’ own Fatah movement has urged Arab residents to interfere with the soldiers’ efforts. In many instances, the soldiers have been confronted by mobs throwing deadly firebombs.

The Obama Administration, which has been reluctant to send U.S. forces to confront terrorists abroad, should give unequivocal support to  the Israeli forces that are trying to do the job without any outside help. At the very least, the Administration should have the decency to  restrain its tongue and let the Israelis defend themselves without interference.

The authors of members of the board of the Religious Zionists of America.


  • Sidney Sands

    Lets admit the fact your Black President has shown his true colours,he speaks with “fork tounge” as they in the movies, very eloquent hot air, and I don’t think Israel should bank on his support

    • I wholeheartedly concur with your analysis. This half breed is closet Muslim and hates the Jewish State. That is something that Netanyahu needs to seriously reflect on and move away from this schmuck and seek other states to pick up the slack!

  • An American citizen has been kidnapped.

    Where is the president of the United States? Obama should be livid with anger against the kidnappers.

    In the tradition of this country he should demand: “I want my boy back safe and alive or I want the kidnappers dead.” That is the order I have issued to the Armed Forces who will assist Israel in every way on this mission.

  • Stuart Hersh

    This is the same President who justified his policy of illegal(according to US law) support for a Palestinian leadership that includes Hamas. This is the same President who has failed to condemn the kidnapping (silence in instances like this is tantamount to support for such actions). Obama now tells Israel to be gentler with the terrorists.

    Why, you ask? Connect the dots and do the math.You can only conclude that, given his support for other Arab wanna-be Fuhrers, “settlements” are not the obstacle to peace – Obama is!

  • I have a possible correction to #4. apparently, someone in Congress said that the appropriations to the Palestinians had been halted, and were not expected to start up again. I don’t know if that’s true, but that’s what I read on a reputable website (which one of course I can’t remember now.)

    let’s hope that is true, because I don’t think the American taxpayer is really in the mood to be supporting Hamas.

  • Hamas mast be eliminated. Period.

  • Dream on. No one in the Obama administration will do -anything but blast Israel, while approving, at least covertly, the activities of all terrorists not specifically labeled Al Quaida. Our terrorist-in-chief is an Islamistophile, more blatantly now than ever before. We will see the Temple rebuilt before we see this evil minded man speak truth.

  • Wasn´t for the existence of Israel, the staff of the State Department would be reduced to half it is now… Israel is assuring the jobs of the other half!

  • steve kramer

    To any discerning observer, Obama’s antipathy towards Israel was apparent back in 2008 during the first election. Now, it should be apparent to everyone.

    Obama has never seen a teleprompter he didn’t like and talks about anything under the sun if given the chance, but not a word about the kidnapped Israeli teens and the American teen.

    If you think that’s an oversight then you are kidding yourself.

    Kerry is one of Obama’s mouthpieces. He threatens Israel with an intifada, a boycott, sanctions and divestiture and accuses of Israel of being on the verge of being an apartheid state. Disgraceful things to say about the U.S.’s strongest ally in the Middle East, indeed our strongest ally on the planet.

    The Israelis pulled out of Gaza. The Israelis would have been thrilled if the Palestinians had turned Gaza into another Singapore or Hong Kong embarked on peace and commerce. Instead Hamas turned it into a rocket launching base of terrorism. And now Europe and Obama want the Israelis to do the same in the West Bank?

    If the Palestinians were to put down their arms, there would be peace in a NY minute. If the Israelis put down their arms, the Palestinians would commit another Holocaust.

  • When President Obama says he has Israel’s back, he means he has a knife in Israel’s back. You probably won’t print this because you don’t seem to like it when I criticize Obama and Kerry and the idiotic spokeswoman for the State Department.

  • Can a Jew with one iota of intelligence still deny that Obama hates Israel and Jews. If Israel announces a new house Obama/Hillary/Kerry were right there loudly denouncing it. When Jews are killed we are told to exercise “restraint”. Obama,Hillary, soros, the Democratic party are anti Israel. They created J street to isolate Israel and to pretend that American Jews don’t care about Israel.

  • The U.S. State Department needs to stay out of the internal affairs of other nations. And Israel does not need a lecture on how to conduct counterterrorism operations.

  • Barak Hussein Obama is true to his namesakes. Restraint seems a key word when Israel or Jews are attacked ,do not retaliate the US says, it reminds me of a war policy by J. D Roosevelt who also had a policy of restrain by shutting US doors to Jews who fled Europe in the face of death. US under Obama has some very treacherous policies vis a vis Israel. Shame, for shame.

  • This Psaki creature is the same State Department apparacthnik who started the dissing of “Bowe” Bergdahl’s platoon mates.

    • Jose Milthon DeQuevedo

      Não sei o que pode ser mais hipócrita do que esta administração do Obama. Querer que Yisrael use de moderação, quando busca seus filhos sequestrados por bandidos do Hamas. Depois de encontrar os Garotos, deve sim aumentar a Letalidade com estes fanáticos e retomar todas as suas posições!

    • Ellioit Altman

      Yoy really can’t blame Jen Psaki. After all, she is just the dummy and Obama is the Ventriloquist.

  • Bart A, Charta

    One can only wonder the restraint that the White House Bozo-in-Chief would call for if one of his daughters somehow failed to turn up from school and went MIA for 12 days.

    Inasmuch as the 3rd Intifada has begun, according to Hamas Deputy Chief Butcher Ismail Haniyeh (and who should know better?), Israel should feel free to target the Hamas political and military leadership for elimination since Haniyeh has effectively declared war on the Jews in Israel.

  • Dr. Judith Davis

    The President shows so much “restraint” that the problems of our country remain unresolved. By now he should have learned that “restraint” is one option, not the only option.

  • Obama Administration may think they are getting away with their plans against Israel. But the only true God – Jeremiah 10:10 is watching every move the nations are doing. 2 Kings 6:12 also Isaiah 40:15,17. Like I tell my friends and foes.
    ” Don’t Play With Israel “

  • Harold M Brownstein

    The time has come for Israel to unleash it’s unrestrained fury on Hamas & destroy them. The cost will be high, resulting in many deaths. But the cost of restraint could be a disaster.

    • Shifra Paikin

      If you’re talking about “many deaths” of terrorists – the more the better

    • Raphael Bendjouia

      Couldn’t agree more with Mr Brownstein
      enough of rockets,enough critics on Israel
      we should eliminate Hamas and any other extremist movement in the area

  • Harold M Brownstein

    The time has come for Israel to unleash it’s unrestrained fury on Hamas & destroy them. The cost will be high, resulting in many deaths. But the cost of restraint could be a desastor.

  • She couldn’t even recall his name when asked. That was a disgrace. We will never forget. He is an American citizen, stupid Obama probably isn’t, all things considered. They trade AQs top 5 jihadis for American jihadi Bergdahl and make a huge fuss with Congress then an American boy, a 16 year old, goes missing and nothing; just silence. Because he’s Jewish. Newsflash: China cannot lend money to the US to be given to Hamas; they know it and you know it. We have your back too turdbrains and we are ALL staying right here in OUR country.

    • Guess you must be in Israel, from the way you speak..which is on the receiving end of America’s handouts. And as far as Someone else are just irrespective of our President Barack Obama. Sorry he is not as wishy washy as our previous president! Too bad you are not at the receiving end living in one of the many villages that have been TORN apart..yes, with tanks, tear gas, houses interiors in a shambles..these scare tactics are just an excuse to ‘look’ for these missing teens. I do hope they are found alive and safe.

      • ‘I do hope they are found alive and safe’! That’s the LAST sentence of your paragraph where you defend Obama. He doesn’t need defence by you, Judith. Too bad YOU are not on the receiving having one of your kids kidnapped; or having your home bombed (see Sderot, Ashkelon and other cities); or having rocks and firebombs hurled at you during your daily activities, including visiting gravesites on the Mount of Olives! THOSE are scare tactics, Judith! Oh, and talking about handouts – much more of your moolah and military hardware is handed out to the Pals and all the Arab countries than to Israel, your only true friend and the ONE and ONLY democracy in the region. By the way, you could really do with some improvement of your English, dearie.

      • Nope. And there are no handouts, we give the handouts.

      • Judith,
        You must be on the receiving end of Obama’s handouts otherwise you wouldn’t be upset of our “disrespect” of our so called president.

      • Judith, at least two thirds of the money Israel gets from the US must be spent in the US. That does not apply to the funds the US gives to the Palestinians.
        The Israelis use tremendous restraint and in the damaged villages you cite, they have found weapons and underground tunnels, amongst people who endorse kidnapping.
        The Israelis are looking for youngsters, one of them American. Surely all of us understand and support this

      • Sonia Willats


        Are you so naive as to not see that Jen Psaki is the pretty face of a very questionable regime?

      • Re: American handouts to Israel. Not long ago the head of US Air force intelligence said that Israel was worth five CIAs. I few years later Admiral Zumwalt, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs echoed those sentiments. At that time the CIA budget was in excess of 10 billion per year. The three billion a year that the US gives Israel is, therefore an incredible bargain.

        Fortunately Obama’s power is decreasing every day. After the midterm elections the Democratic candidates for President in 2016 will begin to outline their own views on Israel/Palestine They are likely considerably more friendly toward Israel.

      • geoffrey gilbert

        You will always get Jew/Israeli haters when these
        incidents arise. Nothing ever about the Moslem/Arab
        Agenda throughout their world; praying and wishing
        for the destruction of Israel. and the problems
        they cause in every country they enter. And their
        hidden agenda of turning the world into a caliphate

        • Lauren Goldman

          By ‘Moslem/Arab Agenda’ I suppose you are referring to the worldwide jihad that is already in progress. I think a large part of the world’s selective myopia is based on only seeing the islamist jihadis in singular acts of war and mass atrocities. If a map of the world, with all of the jihadi actions being listed in real time, were made public, at some point people would not be able to deny what is happening. Islam views all non-moslems as infidels, and their intent for infidels does not have our extended good health as a high priority.

        • Geoffrey, why give the game away? Agenda is a word like Bill Clinton said of, is? What’s that mean? Killing Jews is what that means.

      • Liliane Abergel

        Your venom is showing, careful it doesn’t choke you! Why don’t you go and visit some of the “torn” villages you refer to? I’ll be very interesting to see how the “poor palestinians” will receive you! Also, you can’t have it both way in one hand you state ” these scare tactics are just and excuse to “look” for these missing teens.” and then you add such hypocritical afterthought “I do hope they are found alive and safe” Like you care so much!

      • No judith, when I say OUR country, I mean the USA, that is MY country. So no, I am not on the receiving end of anything other than the cold shoulder from an ice cold putz and his lackeys and judith, in case you forgot in THIS country government is subservient to the people not the other way around.

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