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Why is the Obama Administration Promoting Violence Against Israel?

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo: White House.

Since 2009, when President Obama was sworn into office, his Administration has made it a priority to stand up against prejudice. This is an admirable goal that is in line with democratic ideals.

However, the Administration has not upheld this standard. In an interview published on May 2 in Yedioth Aharonoth, an unnamed Administration official said, “I guess we need another intifada to create the circumstances that would allow progress.” The source went on to say “A third intifada would be a tragedy. The Jewish people are supposed to be smart; it is true that they’re also considered a stubborn nation.” The official also stated, “The Palestinians are tired of the status quo. They will get their state in the end – whether through violence or by turning to international organizations.”

This is a deeply troubling statement, especially for an Administration that claims to decry bigotry. The use of stereotypes, even those which portray positive attributes, is still a manifestation of bigotry. The statement that the Jewish people are expected to be smart and that Israel is considered a stubborn nation is overtly anti-Semitic and blames the Jewish people for bringing tragedy upon themselves. This stereotype of the Jewish people is hateful and unacceptable. This administration is hypocritical as it claims to be opposed to hateful language and prejudice.

In addition, the Administration claims that it is working on a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians, and it has been part of its foreign policy doctrine to engage in diplomacy rather than military engagement. Yet, someone in the  Administration is quoted as possibly endorsing the Palestinians starting a third intifada against Israel. It is hard to see how President Obama truly wants peace when his Administration could be seen as promoting violence against the Jewish State.

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In the Yedioth Aharonoth interview, the official also blamed Israel for being mostly responsible for the failure of the recent talks, and didn’t even mention the Palestinian Authority’s reconciliation with Hamas as a contributing factor. The U.S. Department of State and the European Union classify Hamas is a terror organization. Hamas’ charter states that Jewish people have only negative traits and are planning to take over the world. The charter claims that the Jews deserve G-d’s enmity and wrath because they received the Scriptures but violated its sacred texts, disbelieved the signs of Allah, and slew their own prophets.

On Wednesday April 30, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said, “We are committed to holy war against Israel. Our path is resistance and the rifle, and our choice is jihad.” It is beyond all reasonable expectations to assume Israel should be negotiating with a terrorist organization dedicated to its destruction.

It is time to hold the Obama Administration accountable. It cannot claim to stand against hateful language yet use hateful language. It cannot claim to want peace and then repeatedly engage in words that encourage war and hate rather than peace.

On April 30, former President Clinton stated that in 1999 Israel agreed to give up 96% of the West Bank. Israel also agreed to divide Jerusalem and give up the Temple Mount. The deal fell through because the Palestinians insisted on keeping control of 50 feet of land leading up to an entrance to the Western Wall tunnel. Israel refused on the grounds that the tunnel granted access to remains of the Jewish temples.

In retrospect, President Clinton said, “Israel was probably justified in its refusal, as if you got in, you could do mayhem to the ruins of the temples.” President Clinton was an honest broker in the talks. President Bush was also an honest broker when he hosted the Annapolis conference in 2007 and worked diligently in 2007 and 2008 with Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas.

It is time for President Obama and his Administration to learn from President Clinton and President Bush and realize that using hateful language and encouraging violence makes peace impossible.

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