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May 29, 2015 5:44 pm

Golda Meir’s Answer to President Obama

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.

In 2008, Barack Obama said, “I think there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt a unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you’re anti-Israel – and that can’t be the measure of our friendship with Israel. If we cannot have an honest dialogue about how we achieve these goals, then we’re not going to make progress.”

Seven years later, President Obama will go down in history as the most hostile American President towards the State of Israel in modern memory. And Obama still refuses to accept the fact that in Israel there is a democracy, and the people have yet again chosen Likud. He chooses to believe his hostility to Israel is about the Likud – and he is wrong. It’s about the State of Israel.

During a recent interview with The Atlantic, President Obama said “…I care deeply about preserving that Jewish democracy, because when I think about how I came to know Israel, it was based on images of … kibbutzim, and Moshe Dayan, and Golda Meir…” Obama continued on, claiming that there is “a very concerted effort on the part of some political forces to equate being pro-Israel, and hence being supportive of the Jewish people, with a rubber stamp on a particular set of policies coming out of the Israeli government.”

The truth is that Obama is simply out of touch with reality.

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Golda Meir, the first female head of state in the Western world, noted, “We are not so fortunate that the quarrel between us and the Arab countries … is a question of territory … The Arab countries are in lack of a little more sand?”

Obama – who has regularly advocated for Israel to withdraw to the 1967 lines, wouldn’t like Golda Meir’s words on the subject. She asked, “Now they say we should go back to the ’67 borders, but that’s where we were so why was there a war? And we had ’47 borders … we didn’t like them very much but we said yes to them. But there was still a war. And after the ’48 war they said we should go back to the ’47 borders. But that’s where we were … and that’s where they wanted to get us out from … They still nurture a hope that at some time we’ll disappear.”

Those words still ring true.

Ms. Meir also said that, “There can be no greater mistake in assessing the current situation in the Middle East than to assume that the conflict continues because of a specific Arab grievance – the plight of the Arab refugees, the Israeli presence on the West Bank, the reunification of Jerusalem. The heart of the problem is what caused the Six Day War … Simply put the root issue is the Arab attitude to Israel’s very existence …They don’t want us here. That’s what it’s about. It isn’t true that they don’t want us in Nablus or Jenin. They don’t want us, period.”

This “proud Jewess,” as Menachem Begin called her, would have stood against President Obama’s hostility towards Israel.

And today, as Knesset Member Eitan Cabel of the Zionist Union party noted, “this time, it is definitely not a matter of Right or Left. … with all the criticism there is about how [Netanyahu] conducted the struggle against the agreement, the struggle itself is just. Against a nuclear Iran, there is no opposition or coalition. We are all Israelis.”

Golda Meir was supremely tough and clear.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Obama’s wrong. It’s not about the Likud or about the left. It is simply about the State of Israel.

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  • Albert. Shash Ngoytz

    All Thad has been said here about Obama is balony

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  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Once Obama leaves office, his antisemitic ravings will make Jimmy Carter look like a children’s show.

  • Bob in Florida

    His 6.5 year record is clear: what Obama’s administration gives Israel with one hand (weaponry) he takes away with the other (genuine public support).

    Jews in America should march year in and year out in Washington, NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta with 100,000+ strong, demanding the world stop their anti-Israel and anti-Semitic actions, and do so until it is sufficiently diminished.

    Jews in America should demand that Pres Obama give a full throated speech to the world denouncing anti-semitism and anti-Israel activity. He is in part responsible for fomenting the high level of anti-semitism and anti-Israel activity in the world by his own words and attitude towards the Jewish state.

    Jewish history will not judge him kindly; unfortunately, he is indeed genetically wired to act this way and to many discerning observers, this was a known before he became President. His associations with radicals in his formative years only reinforced his wired personality. It is being played out today in his romance with Iran to the detriment of the world.

  • LEAH YAGHOUBI

    Obama is an educated person, he knows perfectly well that the Arabs are not lacking “more sand”. He also learned already the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He knows that Jordan is the state which meant to be a Palestinian state,
    He knows that “the occupied land” belonged to Egypt and Jordan who literally gave them to Israel (refused them when offered to take them back in return for peace).
    Obama doesn’t mind when Arabs murder Palestinians – like
    others he doesn’t “love” Palestinians. Obama hates Jews,
    he wants another Nobel Prize that would add to his “legacy” – no matter if Jews sacrifice their lives for it.

  • A debate between President Obama and Golda Meir would be a classic, something we can only dream about.

  • norman ravitch

    If the Israeli people chose Likud that only damns them all the more.

  • History repeats itself, Obama is nothing but the new version of Torquemada, wanting us to believe in good faith that we are giving up our support in the Diaspora and that to form a coalition is to be made, concessions have to be given
    Rabbi René Werner
    São Paulo, Brasil

  • myra vero

    Of course, Obama is against Israel, the biggest anti-semite.

  • Paul

    Nonsense.
    It is about democracy and human rights.
    This argument avoids the real issue Israel is not dealing with – the colonialism of the West Bank settlements and the moral impact of Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
    Israel is quite justified to DEFEND herself in the wars Golda Mentioned. But Arik Sharon was just as correct when he said “you cannot hold another people by force at the end of a rifle, forever”. And he was the leader of the movement to settle the West Bank. He was the man who pulled out of Gaza, despite extreme right-wingers stating this land was also promised to them by God – although the bible has no trace of such a promise, and that land had never been lived on by Jews. It is more reasonable to believe the sentiments expressed, with tears, by settlers there: “How can we leave such beautiful land ?”. THIS IS NOT A MORAL CLAIM – THIS IS GREED. IT IS COVETING THY NEIGHBORS WIFE.
    Israel presents itself as a democracy and a respecter of human rights. This gains us the special status Israel has in the world – and also requires we adhere to those values and rights. The right wing wants to settle the West Bank, and justifies this by the promise they say Abraham received from God three thousand years ago.
    Problem is – you can’t have it both ways. Either we are chosen by God to receive special rights, and damn the heathens, or else we are democratic people who respect the rights of all others and want to be treated as such. The right wing wants to eat its cake and have it too – we want to be regarded as, and given the rights of a western culture, while forcibly colonizing territories based on ancient undemocratic religious claims.
    The biggest irony is this: God promised Abraham his seed would inherit the Land. But Ishmael, the father of the Arabs, was ALSO Abraham’s seed – the Jewish Bible gives the Arabs the same rights to the land as it gives the Jews.
    Obama is too soft on the bad guys – but he is quite correct and justified in his assessment of Bibi and the Israeli electorate. It is quite clear to EVERYONE that Bibi won the elections by scaring his right-wingers with his false statements at election time – that he abandons the 2-state solution (which he then retracted from, immediately after elections) and his racist buzzwords that “the left are sending hordes of Arabs to the polls in buses paid for from aboard”. This too, he apologised for – immediately after he finished duping his sheep-like voters into again supporting him, by appealing to their greed and fear. The right wing voters are like beaten wives – they keep coming back to the man who beats them, because of their emotional bond. “We love Bibi”. Quite sick, quite sickening.

    • esther noodelman

      PAUL,I GUESS REALITY IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO DEAL WITH.WE ARE THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.WHEN THE ARABS BECOME A DEMOCRATIC ENTITY AND LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS LIKE THE IRISH DID WITH THEIR BROTHERS,WHO KNOWS WHAT MAY HAPPEN. TRY TO KEEP UP WITH THE CURRENT SITUATION EVEN IF IT ISN;T TO YOUR LIKING!

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    It is about the presence of Israel in the Middle East–and the presence of Israel in this world at all that anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist people hate Israel and want it to cease and desist. If the object being hated is no longer, then its abhorrent presence is no longer felt. Irrational hatred, such as anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is a phenomenon in this world: it exists. It is not theoretical.

    It cannot and must not be dismissed as pure conjecture. It is.

    There is no argument that Israel exists. There is no question that Israel is the Jewish state. There is no reason for Israel to withdraw from any more of its territory because it is in a place, in a neighbourhood, in a region, and in a world that is, for the most part, not sympathetic to its existence. Most of the world does not recognise its capital as Jerusalem. Most of the world does not accept its doctrine to bring in the Jewish exiles of the world, such as any French Jews who would wish to live in their own country because they are afraid to live in the country of the birth.

    Barack Obama is not an anomaly; his viewpoint is clear, a vision of a world in which Jews living in Israel should live on the cusp of survival because in his mind their Palestinian counterparts are living on the threshold of despair due to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians’s land, because in his mind the Jews living in Israel have no right to build in their own neighbourhoods, in their declared capital, in their so-called self-declared inheritance as it is written in the Bible.

    Golda Meir would tell Mr. Obama the real news which he cannot and will not accept. And that is that Israel is not in existence only because of the persecution of Jews worldwide and especially in the Middle East throughout history, because of the Holocaust, because of Israel’s defensive position now over sixty-seven years of virtually continual warfare to maintain its very existence, because it is a mentioned in the Bible as a convenient between G-d and the Jews. All of the latter explanations are relevant and accurate, but not the crux of the issue. The crux of the issue simply put is that Jews do not have any other place to live that they can call their own. That is the cornerstone of Israel’s existence, and that is the one argument that anti-Semites and anti-Zionists cannot and will not fathom.

  • The worst part is Obama, as far as I know, has never openly or publicly addressed Bibi’s extremely valid points in his magnificent 2015 Congress speech.

    AM YISROEL CHAI

  • Richard R Silverman

    Whatever President Obama thinks is less important as his concrete support. His loyalties are uncertain. That he withheld hellfire missiles during the last round with Gaza is the opposite of “I got your back”.

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