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July 28, 2014 10:02 am

Opinion: President Obama Abandons Israel

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President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House. Photo: Screenshot.

In the midst of a bitter war – one that Israel sought to avoid – the statements and initiatives from U.S. President Barack Obama and his inept secretary of state, John Kerry, have convinced Hamas that if they maintain their campaign of terror against Israel and the civilians of Gaza, the international community will intervene on their behalf.

From Israel’s vantage, despite the continuing tragic losses, there can be no turning back until the weapons of destruction and the tunnels are neutralized. Failure to achieve this will doom us to a future and possibly even more dangerous confrontation with these genocidal barbarians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership has been exemplary. Despite extraordinary pressure from all sides of the political spectrum, he succeeded in charting a responsible policy. The initial restraint, his acceptance of the Egyptian terms of cease-fire and his avoidance of demagoguery, united the nation and even scored points among open-minded circles in the international community.

The most incredible aspect to this conflict was the almost total effectiveness of the Iron Dome, which neutralized missiles directed to our heavily populated cities, and thus precluded an otherwise much more extensive and costly ground operation.

Yet we suffered a profound shock at the discovery of the extent and sophistication of the underground city Hamas had constructed with prolific tunnels entering into Israel – even into public dining rooms of kibbutzim – creating a scenario for horrifying mass terrorist abductions and massacres of 9/11 proportions.

The Western media’s sympathy for Hamas, inciting hatred against Israel by their excessive display of gruesome images of children killed, was completely out of context. That Israel possesses the fire power to level Gaza to the ground, if it intended doing so, was ignored. Rarely did it acknowledge that Israel had accepted cease-fires which Hamas had rejected. Nor that Israel maintained a flow of humanitarian aid, electricity and water to Gaza and that terrorist casualties were treated in Israeli hospitals. In fact, Israel even established a field hospital for the sole purpose of treating Gazan civilians.

The media behaved unconscionably in failing to highlight the fact that most of the civilian casualties in Gaza were incurred because Hamas had ordered women and children to ignore Israeli early warnings to evacuate, obliging them to act as human shields at rocket launching sites and command posts. Schools, hospitals, mosques, and U.N. R.A. headquarters were used to stockpile armaments and launch missiles. By this behavior, Hamas is responsible for every civilian casualty, which is unquestionably defined as war crimes. As Netanyahu stated, “Israel employs missile defense to protect its citizens; Hamas uses its civilians to protect missiles.”

Whereas no army in history has ever gone to the extremes of the IDF to minimize civilian casualties, the obscene U.N. Human Rights Council dominated by dictatorships and rogue states, has launched an investigation of what it has already defined as “Israeli war crimes.” In what is clearly intended to be a repeat of the notorious Goldstone Commission, there is not even the pretense of objectivity and no call to investigate Hamas. The U.S. voted against this travesty but the Europeans, to their discredit, abstained. Predictably, this led to a global eruption of massive anti-Semitic demonstrations and violence, condemning Israel for allegedly targeting or being indifferent to the fate of Gazan civilians.

In this context, we appreciate that the American people and Congress have displayed overwhelming support for Israel and remain grateful for the financial support sponsored by Congress that enabled us to create and produce the Iron Dome.

Yet the diplomatic posturing of the Obama administration has been utterly deplorable at a time when we are entitled to rely on the U.S. to fully support its only genuine democratic ally in the region. Israel is confronting genocidal Hamas, the equivalent of al-Qaida, whose charter explicitly calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, and enjoins its supporters to murder Jews whenever the opportunity arises. This same terrorist organization condemned the United States for the murder of bin Laden. Our current conflict is not between two states but against a barbaric genocidal terrorist organization which the U.S. itself regards as illegal. This is a clear case of good versus evil – surely something Americans unlike postmodernist Europeans, do instinctively appreciate.

Aside from incanting mantras of Israel’s right to defend itself, Obama has yet to condemn Hamas for exploiting its civilians as human sacrifices. Instead, from the outset he has sought to restrict Israel’s military response, repeatedly urging restraint and “proportional response”. Obama set the pattern which the rest of the world followed, providing Hamas with expectations that with growing civilian casualties, Israel would be pressured to step down.

The hypocrisy of Obama and others in their condemnation of Israel is mind-boggling when reviewing the various military initiatives and drone attacks undertaken by the U.S., NATO, France, et al. The odious moral equivalence must also be viewed in the context of 180,000 innocent civilians literally butchered in Syria, and with the massacres of the ISIS in Iraq and the rest of the region.

As the Israel Defense Forces continue to eliminate the myriad of terrorist tunnels, Obama stepped up his calls on Israel to act more “proportionately,” expressing horror at the casualties and indicating that we are not doing enough to protect civilians. He even stated that once 1,000 Palestinian casualties have been reached, he would force an end to the conflict.

It is also widely believed that the Federal Aviation Administration decision to temporarily halt flights to Israel was a calculated political ploy by the Obama administration to further exert pressure.

Precisely what further steps does Obama suggest Israel should take to minimize civilian casualties without endangering its own citizens? Would the United States or any responsible government enable terrorists to maintain their operations from mosques, hospitals, schools and homes and continue indiscriminately raining thousands of missiles on its citizens?

It is ironic that in the present context, the Europeans, traditionally disposed to be hostile to Israel, passed a resolution not merely condemning Hamas attacks, but also demanding the demilitarization of Gaza — something that Obama, who merely calls for a return to the conditions governing the former “truce,” has yet to demand.

The uninvited presence of Kerry — who many Israelis now regard as an unguided missile — and who has been making off-the-cuff sarcastic remarks about Israeli failure to avoid Palestinian casualties, will only encourage Hamas to maintain the missile attacks.

Kerry undermined the Egyptian cease-fire initiative by inexplicably turning to Qatar and Turkey to act as mediators. Qatar, regarded by the U.S. as an important “ally,” with whom it recently signed an $11 billion arms deal, is a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated entity and the principal funder of Hamas and ISIS. Turkey’s demagogue Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an outspoken hysterical anti-Semite who accused Israel of engaging in “barbarism worse than Hitler.” Needless to say, Israel cannot be expected to engage with those who openly promote the Hamas agenda.

His final act of betrayal of Israel was his repudiation of the Egyptian cease-fire which Israel had accepted. Instead Kerry conspired with Qatar and Turkey (see photo) to seek to impose new cease-fire terms which would prevent Israel from destroying the tunnels it had discovered and he provided undertakings that the “blockade” of Gaza and release of Hamas prisoners and other concerns would be reviewed, with no reference to the demilitarization of Hamas. The Israeli Diplomatic-Security Cabinet unanimously rejected this offer placing Israel in direct conflict with the U.S.

The Netanyahu government is fully aware that Israel cannot accept a long-term cease-fire that would enable Hamas to again attack Israel with missiles or renew their building of terrorist tunnels into Israel.

The U.S. will also be committing another blunder if it seeks to recycle Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resolve the impasse. While initially he had backed the Egyptian cease-fire and was happy to see his “partner” Hamas under pressure, he has now decided to throw his lot with Hamas and the radical jihadists. Israel can no longer contemplate negotiations with the PA so long as it remains associated with Hamas.

Defensible borders are now an absolute must. With the collapse of the artificial Arab nation states created by the Sykes-Picot treaty in the aftermath of World War I, no borders are sacrosanct, certainly not armistice lines that have never been formally recognized as international borders. Under no circumstances can we contemplate returning to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines. It is now also clear that should a Palestinian state emerge, it must be totally demilitarized with the IDF retaining security control.

We should also cautiously seek to engage with Egypt and other pragmatic Arab countries that are opposed to the jihadists and Muslim Brotherhood.

We still look toward the American people and Congress to support us in this struggle of good versus evil. We do not ask for Americans to shed their blood for us but we expect their full diplomatic and political support in this battle against a murderous global Islamic fundamentalist movement.

The writer may be contacted at ileibler@leibler.comThis column was originally published by The Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom

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  • The Editor,

    I read with interest about the holocast and why the Germans under Hitler killed 6 million Jews believing basically the Germans were a superior race partly. But a book written by Mr Georges Van Vrekhem entitled, Hitler & His God” by this Dutch writer gave a good background to the Hitler phenomenon. The author has written a few books on the great Indian sage and Philosopher Sri Aurobindo whose teachings he had studied for many years.

    Sri Aurobindo has said the Hitler was an Asura(Evil Force)who wanted to to bring humanity back to the state of Barbarism. A Knight in shining armour appeared to Hitler and directed him to commit all his evil deeds. In short, Hiler was possessed by this Satanic force. Sri Aurobindo stood for the progress of humanity and the evolution of a new Humanity. He knows about the occult forces at work directing Hitler to create havoc and destruction to prevent humanity from progressing forward. In the 2nd World War he directed India to co-operate and support England and Sir Winston Churchill and the Allied forces to fight againts Hitler and the German Invasion of Europe

    Secondly, I like to point out that the Jews in Israel is a nuclear power nation with a strong and well trained army. No country in the middle east would dare to attack Israel and wipe it out from the World Map even if they could develope a nuclear weapon. For the simple reason if any country dare to use nuclear weapons on Israel,that country would be wiped out from the world map by Israel because of its alertness and superior military power and intelligence gathering.

    Also I beleive in this modern age, the use of Nuclear weapons by any nations will cause the destruction of the world and its civilisation. God will not allow human civilisation and Man to be destroyed in this tragic way. The world is big enough to accomodate every human being on earth. There is plenty of food, water, land, shelture and resources to accomdate the whole human race.

    Through the various international bodies,like the UN and its agencies,The European Union,G8 countries, ASEAN and other international humanitarian organisations, the problems and conflicts facing nations today could be resolved amicably by political leaders who should rise above,race,language,religion, nationalism and difference in political idealogy, historical baggage and strife to live in peace and harmony and promote Human Unity through Diversity.

    Mankind have struggled for centuries after centuries to achieved the progress Man has accquired today in all fields of human endeavour. There is no reason to fear the possibility of a nulear holocast when Men has achieved so much to live a comfortable and peaceful life. There is no end to human progress.

    The Superpowers countries have an obligation and important role to play to resolve conflicts peacefully and prevent unecessary pain and suffering to human beings who are innocent victims of these conflicts. We see this daily in our mass media.

    Young people all over the world are staging protest and demontrations against an unjust violations of human rights. The future belongs to the young who wants see the emergence of a better world.


    Mr S Dayanandan

  • danny

    God bless the people of Israel. JESUS is your strength and victory. You’ve won!!!

  • sam

    Obama, stay out of Israel’s business!
    You are clueless about what’s going on. Let them protect their people and by that protect the Palestinian, yes, you read correctly.
    The Palestinian will be safer when Hamas is out, and will be able to rebuild their homes and their future.
    The moment Israel will feel safe from Gaza all the restrictions will go away and they will have open trade and can do whatever they want.
    Israel can not allow it right now because in the past when Israel allowed it – weapons and explosives were brought into Gaza for one purpose – the destruction of Israel.


  • Terry Larkins

    Israel is surrounded by inbred, brainwashed terrorists. Iran continues to foment this violence. Shame on the European and American media who are ignoring the facts of this confrontation. Israel, please know the American people understand your plight and back you one hundred percent. Obama and Kerry do not begin to comprehend the significance of our bond with Israel, our one, true ally in the Middle East; they are but spineless,
    pampered bags of wind.

  • Ant

    Israel will not last. History shows that each time the Jews settle somewhere eventually they are forced out. This has been the case for hundreds of years. It won’t end well for them.

    • Hope

      You have such certainty if Israel goes so goeth the world most likely I hope your curse lands on your lap and soon you will have to move.

  • Fiona

    Never mind all the majority of innocent civilians being slaughtered. You people are stupid ignorant pigs.

    America has such a big Jewish population, so therefore they have a biased interest and loyalty with Israel who are Jewish. Hence the funding they allocate them buys their weapons of destruction against Palestine. In turn Israel who already been over decades been expanding their war to occupy Palestine land now has turned into a blood bath. Israel want this land. And they will bomb the life out of everyone there with the financially backing of America. Then when Palestine fights back with their treble forces they use this as their excuse. Ireland bombed England before, our own rebel forces. England could have easily bombed us back and obliterated us saying they were protecting themselves like Israel States. But thankfully for us England has a more open minded civilisation realising these were rebel forces not the intention of every Irish citizen.

    A Christian, from Ireland.

    • HH

      Wow. Being from Ireland, do you feel you won your independence? Was it a war among white Christians, and so difficult to resolve the animosity between Catholics and Protestants? I think, when you go to Israel, you can really see that the Jewish people, along with 1.5 million Arab citizens, built an amazing land out of a dead desert and swamp. All who come there, Jew, Muslim, Christian, Druze, Ba’hai, can have their place, and the do.

      The Hamas represents nihilsm – their actual favorite line is, “we love death more than our enemy loves life.” Outside of Gaza, go to the other side, to visit Ramallah. This is a thriving Arab city, Muslims live there, they run it, manage it, police it, etc. So, what’s the big deal?

      Oh, they don’t have their own army? Israel runs the border crossing? Well, that goes back to 2000 when people from there killed 2,000 Israelis by blowing up their buses and pizza shops.

      Really, go visit Israel and then come back and report on what you see. The question is different from what your family faced in Ireland.

  • Daniel

    Obama and Cerry encourage terror by pushing Israel to show weakness.
    This Obama policy effects the entire world as seeing latly in Iraq, Syria, Iran …
    The question is why?
    Is it Obama belief of true or is it economic pressure from Qatar effecting America?

  • Iqbal

    Oh. My. God. What nonsense is this! I can’t believe anyone to take this seriously. Whoever is looking for individuals as brainwashed as the Taliban, look no further. The author is a nutcase of another kind.

    Israel sought to avoid the conflict… by provoking and blaming Hamas for the murder of 3 Israeli teenagers they didn’t kill.

  • I agree with this column completely and many of us americans are with you in spirit. I pray everyday for you O Israel. Obama is not to be trusted. I believe he belongs to the Brotherhood or affiliated in some way.In fact a large percentage of us do. I never voted for him and many that did regret it. God Bless you Israel and I know God is protecting you it is good verses evil you are fighting. I am a Christian that loves my Jewish brothers and sisters.

    • Joe

      America and Israel will always be friends. That is a fact, from before Wilson and Hoover, America was supporting Jews of the Ottoman Empire. Every ambassador to the Ottoman Empire between 1850 and 1920 were Jews just for one example.

    • Jeffrey Purdin

      I am with you Isreal! I am a Christian in the USA and I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! The monsters of Islam need to be put to death! I will share this article on Facebook!