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Mr. President: Redirect Your Criticism Away From Israel

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avatar by Isi Stein

From the Oval Office, U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sept. 27, 2013.

This week, in keeping with the Administration’s track record of open hostility toward Israel and her government, President Obama and Secretary Kerry found time to censure Israel, while ignoring her pressing security concerns. By calling on Israel to “take even greater steps to ensure the protection of civilians,” they insinuated their belief that Israel is not doing all it can to avoid harm to the current residents of Gaza.

Seemingly every day since Mr. Obama assumed office, the U.S. Administration has urged Israel, a sovereign, democratic nation, to show “restraint” as her citizens continue to be the victims of violent attacks and incitement by terrorists who are committed to her destruction. As she has in every operation, Israel continues to implement safety measures to avoid civilian casualties. In Operation Protective Edge, these measures have included:

· Dropping leaflets, urging Gaza residents to flee areas used by Hamas operatives to launch attacks against Israel

· Sending text messages to residents of Gaza warning them of impending strikes

· Employing the practice of “roof-knocking,” to warn those who decided not to take Israel’s initial warnings seriously, to evacuate a danger zone immediately.

· Sending daily truckloads of aid, including food and medical supplies, as well as thousands of gallons of fuel into Gaza

· Setting up a makeshift hospital inside of Gaza for wounded civilians

· Providing water and electricity to the Palestinian population while ignoring the millions of dollars in debt that the Palestinian government owes Israel for these same services

· Accepting three different ceasefires, two for humanitarian purposes, even as her enemies ignored those ceasefires

· Calling off many necessary airstrikes to avoid civilian casualties

Therefore, it baffles me that while no other country in the world would take half of these measures to help an enemy, the Obama Administration still finds a way to criticize the one country that decides to set, and exceed, higher standards than those ever seen before. What is of even greater concern is the president’s failure to reject and to pressure Israel’s enemies, as they continue on their journey to destroy Israel and to annihilate the Jews.

Not one day has gone by since 2008, where a Jew has not been either stoned, stabbed, beaten or threatened by an Arab inside of Israel. Arab terror groups inside of both Gaza and Judea and Samaria fire thousands of rockets at Israeli population centers, attempt to kidnap Israeli civilians and continue on their drive to perpetrate suicide bombings inside of Israel. Had our only, democratic ally in the Middle East shown all of the “restraint” that Mr. Obama would have liked her to, many of the aforementioned attacks would not have been foiled, potentially resulting in the murders of hundreds of innocent Israeli civilians.

While these threats are as real as ever, the president has done nothing to force Hamas to disarm, and, worst of all, publicly accepted a new unity government between the “moderate” leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas, the terrorist organization which makes no secret of their genocidal intentions.

Despite Hamas’ continued attacks on Israel, and amid ongoing pressure from both Republicans and Democrats, the unity government, and President Obama’s willingness to accept it, has not changed. A campaign promise to protect Israel’s security above all else in the region has been exposed for a a dangerous lie, which can prove costly for Israel and for America.

While this astonishing attitude toward Israel is becoming more evident by the day, the Jewish State continues to protect the lives of “innocent Palestinian civilians” at the cost of her own citizens’ lives. What Mr. Obama and the rest of the world fail to realize is that if Israel did not want to avoid civilian casualties at all costs, it could have saved its troops by launching an aerial operation so harsh, that every single street, alleyway, and underground tunnel in Gaza would have been destroyed and unrecognizable.

Instead, Israel sent in tens of thousands of her own soldiers, including teenagers, 20-year-olds, and reservists who have families and children at home, as a means of reaching their operational goals without harming those who are not actively shooting at Israel. It is because of Israel’s concern for Palestinian civilians, a majority of whom despise the very existence of the Jewish people, that Israel has taken incredible measures while fighting an enemy who has made it clear that it places no value on the life of a human being.

My message to the president is simple. Instead of attempting to delegitimize the most moral army in the world, he must concern himself with the terror and incitement emanating from both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the direct and indirect recipients of U.S. taxpayer money. Furthermore, the president has a responsibility to protect and defend the rights of her citizens and the lives of those around the world who support democracy. Therefore, instead of throwing Israel under the bus, the president should focus his energies on punishing the perpetrators of an attack by Palestinian terrorists this past Sunday, that murdered two American citizens. The lives of Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli, California and Texas natives respectively, were taken when they were fighting to defend the Jewish people, a people of peace and supporters of American ideals.

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