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July 10, 2016 5:13 am

Do Houses Matter More Than Jews?‎

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama, on March 17, 2014. Photo: Screenshot.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shakes hands with U.S President Barack Obama, on March 17, 2014. Photo: Screenshot.

In the wake of the report of the Middle East Quartet, which called on Israel to cease settlement ‎construction and expansion, the US State Department this week issued an unusually harsh statement against ‎Israel. In it, the Obama Administration accused Israel of “systematically seizing Palestinian land,” with State ‎Department spokesman John Kirby claiming that “settlement expansions and legalization of ‎outposts is fundamentally undermining the prospects for a two-state solution.”

The timing of the United States’ condemnation of Israel could not possibly be more bizarre. After two ‎heinous terrorist attacks last week, in which a 13-year-old girl (who, incidentally, held dual Israeli-US ‎citizenship) was stabbed to death in her sleep and a father of 10 was murdered, the US chose to focus its outrage on the building of Jewish houses, not the murder of Jewish children ‎and fathers. ‎

As hard as this may be to fathom for the US, the EU and the UN, Jewish houses do not block ‎the much fabled, nonexistent peace process; the Palestinian Authority’s official policies of ‎encouraging, inciting, rewarding and publicly celebrating lethal terrorism against Israelis of all ages does. This terrorism is the proverbial elephant in the room, which the US, the EU and ‎the UN all choose to ignore in what can only be seen as the most irresponsible choice of policy ‎toward the Jews since the Allies refused to bomb the tracks to Auschwitz.‎

By making the PA the second-largest recipient per capita of foreign aid in the world, the US and the EU have made themselves complicit in the murders of Israelis. This remains the truth, no matter how ‎much and how often they seek to distract world attention from it by throwing hissy fits about the perceived outrageousness of building houses for Jews in Judea and Samaria. How ‎morally twisted and depraved the world is when the official sanctioning of the murder of ‎sleeping children elicits barely any outrage, but the building of houses does.‎

There was no outrage over the fact that the PA paid for the mourning tent of the family whose son ‎murdered the Israeli girl in her bedroom, nor over the visit by a Palestinian Authority official closely ‎associated with President Mahmoud Abbas to the mourning tent to pay his respects to the family of ‎the murderer. ‎

Nor did the US show any outrage at the fact that the funeral procession for father of 10 Rabbi ‎Michael Mark was hit by rocks thrown by Arabs who were apparently not satisfied that the victim was already ‎dead.‎

Nor was there any outrage at the attempted rekindling of medieval European blood libels by Abbas in the ‎European Parliament, when he claimed that Israelis were poisoning Arab wells. When AP reporter Matt ‎Lee tried to get Kirby, the same State Department spokesman who threw a temper tantrum over ‎Jewish building in Judea and Samaria, to condemn Abbas’ statements, Kirby ‎could not make himself utter the words. Pressed by Lee, he made himself say, “We have long ‎said what we want is for both sides to ratchet down not just the violence but the rhetoric, which can ‎inflame some of the violence. And we just don’t find that sort of rhetoric helpful.”

What a pitiful ‎statement. Especially given that all the inflammatory rhetoric and the ensuing terrorism ‎is coming from the PA, not from Israel. It has always been this way and the State Department is ‎perfectly aware of this. There is no moral equivalence and no “cycle of violence.” It is all very one-‎sided, but by consciously making statements such as this, the State Department legitimizes the false ‎narrative of the conflict and ensures that it continues at full speed. Essentially, it tells the PA to just continue ‎its dirty business, because no matter what it does, there will be no consequences politically or, ‎even more importantly, financially. Just like the EU, the US treats the PA as an unruly toddler who can do ‎no wrong and must be indulged in all its whims. That, too, is a racism of low expectations, coming from ‎the country that has recently elevated political correctness into something of a second US Constitution. ‎

We know that for the US administration, in particular the State Department, the building of houses ‎matters. The question that remains is this: Does the administration also believe that Jewish lives ‎matter?‎

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  • Oscar Shank

    US treats Israel as an unruly toddler who can do ‎no wrong and must be indulged in all its whims. Those low expectations are the product of fear of the AIPAC matrix.

  • NCS

    The U.S. must stop founding terrorists. Period. Israel does not need U.S. permission to build homes in their own country.

  • Until Jews resist assimilation at all cost and Eurupean countries like France stop listening to hate-mongers, nothing will improve in relations between Arabs and Israelis:

  • Dov Schlman

    As an American, I have watched the incremental slide towards overt antisemitism by US administrations since Carter first Shook hands with a certified sociopath Yasser Arafat five presidents ago. The current party in control of the White House makes no bones about it and look on Israel as an impediment to the new world order. If we just got rid of them…
    Fortunately, I believe the majority of the American still believe in the truth of what they, or their parents fought and died for a great generation ago.
    ISRAEL will survive, America, I’m not so sure. It is time to stop aplogizing for being on the true and just side of history or we will become the next Soviet Union.

  • nat cheiman

    This is Obama’s stance. Not America’s

  • Excellent article Judith, well done!!!
    Unfortunately one can see the fulfillment of prophecy steadily building due to the efforts of Obama and Europe.
    It will reach a crescendo by the fall Feast days.
    Email me if you wish to know more.


  • stevenl

    J & S are integral parts of Israel. No amount of rewriting history will change the facts.
    The USSD does not care about Israeli Jewish lives and is full of antisemites.

  • richard sherwin

    what a rhetorical question…. to the us state dpt, un, palestinians, eurongos, and assorted mainline xys, the answer’s obviously yes. or to restate, israeli lives matter less than palestinian ones, because the palestinians are occupied by the PLO and Hamas oppressors, with the political help and financial support of the state dpt, et al, above. but they cant blame themselves, or the arab countries who created and maintain the palestinians as eternal immigrant campers, denying them work, citizenship, and human rights. so in disneyland lala international politics, who’s left to blame but israelis, zionists, jews. i.e. business in the western formerly xn world ‘as usual’. the whole settlement issue is a tissue of politically and racist useful lies. jewish lives dont matter, and havent since about 1973 when opec bought out the western universities and politicians.

  • Dov

    If any of your readers want a continuation of this lopsided policy, they should vote for Hillary, who has always shown her hatred to Jews.

  • Joelsk44039

    Well-written and how very true!

  • Actually, the PLO is deliberately undermining prospects for an Arab-Israeli conflict resolution by promoting incitement against Jews. As for the U.S. State Department, it should refrain from making anymore unhelpful comments concerning Israel’s domestic policies.

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    Yes. The meanest Palestinian shack has more value than all Jews.

  • ART

    One can not help remember the statement in Exodus when Ari Ben Canaan said that to the world “Jewish lives are cheaper than herring”

  • Yaakov

    The construction of new settlement housing is sending the message that Israel does not want a peaceful resolution to the conflict through the creation of a Palestinian state. It’s saying that it wants all the land for itself. Whatever acts of terrorism are being committed, whatever bad behavior is going on, are irrelevant. There is simply no justification for it.

    • At last – a single voice of reason.
      The US condemns Israeli civilian settlement on the West Bank precisely because they DO care about Jewish lives.
      The elephant in the room is the right wing nationalist Jewish attempt to ignore the fact that Israel is attempting to colonise another country, by force of arms.
      The article suggests that for the americans, houses are more important than Jewish lives. this is exactly the problem of our messianic fanatical jews -trying to hold onto the holy land is more important than Jewish lives. this was the justification given for Rabin’s assassination – handing over holy land is to be punished by death.
      The right wing wants the world to accept modern colonialism by force of arms, due to a promise God supposedly made to Abraham three thousand years ago. And the world does not buy it. Nor would any self-respecting Jew, if an invading Arab army kept us at gunpoint for fifty years.
      Some misguided non-messianic fanatics believe we need civilian settlement on the West Bank for our security – and they do not realise the vast difference between continued MILITARY control for our security, or civilian settlement which is a HUGE security BURDEN, and which drives moderate arabs to extremism in support of THEIR fanatics.
      How blind can the right wing be ?
      Between the Jordan and the sea there is today a majority of muslims. Yet the right wing in their blind messianic drive do not want to separate from the Palestinians. Duh ?????
      I have not yet encountered a person from the right wing who will state what the future will be if we do not separate from the Palestinians. They will have a large majority. Are we to become another arab state, or are we to abandon democracy ? After 50- years of sitting on the fence – the fence is crumbling. We are handing our future and our moral strength to our enemies.