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December 28, 2016 7:38 am

Obama’s Abandonment of Israel Should Surprise Nobody

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President Barack Obama (front right) with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN-hosted Leaders' Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in September 2015. Pictured behind Obama are U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

President Barack Obama (front right) with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN-hosted Leaders’ Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in September 2015. Pictured behind Obama are US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

JNS.org — The United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements comes in the wake of two other motions, passed by the UNESCO cultural body in October, that denied the historic and biblical relationship between the Jews and the land of Israel. The UN can pass resolutions, but it can neither change history nor alter reality.

For the American Jewish community that voted overwhelmingly not once, but twice for President Barack Obama, the US abstention and refusal to use its veto power on an anti-Israel measure at the UN was a betrayal of historic proportions. For the Jewish alt-left, which includes groups like the New Israel Fund and J Street — supported by mega-donor George Soros — this was a stellar victory. They have clung to the myth that the settlements are obstacles to peace. They seem to have forgotten that Israel gave up Gaza in an anticipated exchange of land for peace, while actually risking civil war and yielding land for rockets, missiles and underground terror attacks.

There were signs of last week’s move by the White House at the Security Council. Obama’s excising of the voice of the Zionist Organization of America from the table of national Jewish advisers and replacing it with J Street was a mile-marker on his road to perdition.

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Indeed, many liberal Jews not only fail to understand the significance of Obama’s abstention at the UN, but some naively believe it will move forward the peace process. The absurdity of this position is revealed in the expectation that the Palestinians will now feel compelled to negotiate what the UN has already given them. According to the UN, the Jewish section of eastern Jerusalem is now in Arab territory, as is the Western Wall. Indeed, even bustling portions of the economically thriving parts of main Jerusalem are probably east of the 1967 armistice lines, according to some interpretations.

If anything, the Obama administration has further undermined any reasonable expectation that the Arab-Israeli conflict will be resolved through negotiations. No Palestinian negotiator can demand less than the UN has already given the Palestinians, and no Israeli can give away Israel’s holiest sites or uproot the hundreds of thousands of settlers who dwell east of an armistice line that was never meant or expected to be a border.

The UN resolution’s de facto defining of a Palestinian state on the 1967 armistice line — the Auschwitz border, as Abba Eban so accurately called it — will never be accepted by Israel no matter how such “democratic” states as Russia, China and Venezuela vote.

The Arabs have had ample opportunity, as far back as the last 1930s, to accept a state alongside a Jewish state, and they have always said “no.” The only reason to have a Palestinian state now is to put another Gaza on Israel’s narrow 12-mile border.

Israel will never accept the conditions of suicide Obama has created for it. But, rest assured, Israelis will find in this UN resolution new motivation to continue to expand Israel into the disputed territories.

In the words of Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, “History shows there are events which create drastic changes in Israel’s response. History will remember the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2334 as the one which brought about Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. No decision will cause Israel to stop building on its own land.”

Far from burnishing Obama’s legacy, this leaves it in flames.

Abraham H. Miller is an emeritus professor of political science, University of Cincinnati, and a distinguished fellow with the Haym Salomon Center. Follow him on Twitter @salomoncenter.

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  • PSCimo

    With The Folly of Obama’s Nuclear ‘Deal’ with the Islamic TERRORIST Iranian regime becoming frighteningly apparent to all, and with the recent deplorable actions by Obama and the corrupt United Nations, the continuing EXISTENCE of the State of Israel is increasingly in doubt.

    Israel must now make clear its intentions to ALL its Avowed Enemies: This is the policy of, “Mutual Assured Destruction”, as existed between the USA and USSR during the ‘Cold War’. If Israel is ever faced with IMMINENT DESTRUCTION from ANY of its enemies OR their proxies (terrorist organizations), Israel will retaliate, laying waste to ALL their Capital Cities and vital assets, using ALL its destructive capabilities.©

    NEVER AGAIN!

  • We are done being pushed around by anyone and I mean anyone. We will fight back and defend ourselves; we will not let the Holocaust repeat itself – NEVER AGAIN.
    As it is now, Israel has the Jewish land by right!
    That is just the fact! Israel is in possession of its own historical land and possession is nine tenths of the law.
    I am also telling the rest of the world to mind its own business and stay out of Israel’s internal affairs; it includes any people in Israel who want to give away Jewish rights and heritage to others. That includes the criminal biased organization known as the U.N. a corrupt, biased and a parasitic enterprise that must be dismantled. As Jews we are prohibited in giving away Jewish land in Israel and if it given away it is not valid. (See Ben Gurion statement at the 1937 Zionist Convention.
    They, the world at large have their own problems to contend with.
    They were complicit during WWII when over 6 million Jews, men, women and children were exterminated. This will not happen again! The world stood by while the Arab countries terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and their children where they have lived for over 2600 years and confiscated all their assets. Most of those expelled Jewish families were resettled in The Land of Israel, their historical homeland.
    There is a real status quo that requires energy to make the change!
    Are you going to put in the energy to try to change it???
    Maybe it is better to cut your continued losses and accept whatever generous package we the Israelis offer you the Arab-Palestinians, because quite frankly under the current conditions we do not owe the Arab-Palestinians anything (there is also the Faisal Weizmann Agreement of 1919) and we can just unilaterally set our own legal borders insisting that viable land for real Arab-Palestinians self determination already exists in Jordan on Jewish allocated land and historical land (and expelling and confiscating all Jewish assets) which the British in violation of Agreements reallocated to the Arabs over 77% of Jewish allocated land under the San Remo Conference of 1920! The Arab countries were not satisfied with the over 12 million sq. km. with a wealth of oil reserves they were allocated after WWI.
    The Arab-Palestinian can also relocate to the Jewish homes and land (over 120,000 sq. km. which is 6 times the size of Israel) previously owned by the million Jewish families who were terrorized and expelled from Arab countries and all their assets and land confiscated by the Arab countries, the confiscated assets and land which is at over six times the size of Israel and is valued in the trillions of dollars.
    Israel has resettled the million Jewish families and their children the Jewish refugees expelled from Arab lands, with limited resources.
    It is time that the Arab countries resettle the Arab-Palestinians refugees, in Jordan which was suppose to be part of the Jewish state, or the homes and the over 120,000 sq. km. of land that the Arab countries confiscated from the million expelled Jews who owned it for over 2,400 years.
    The options we are proposing to the Arab-Palestinians is more than fair, considering you are constantly terrorizing and killing our people every chance you get. That is what you teach your Arab children and masses to do.
    It all depends on whether we can see the Arab-Palestinians as peaceful neighbors and there is nothing that they have ever done to date that can lead us to believe that they will be good peaceful neighbors!
    On the contrary; their actions and incitement has been more terror and violence, and the indiscriminate killing of men, women and children, including babies in their cribs. Trying to control the U.N. to get what you want unjustly will not work. Start working and stop milking the world nations for funds, which you use mainly to finance terror and violence and your corrupt leaders are stealing a good part of those funds.
    YJ Draiman

  • PSCimo

    With The Folly of Obama’s Nuclear ‘Deal’ with the Islamic TERRORIST Iranian regime becoming frighteningly apparent to all, and with the recent deplorable actions by Obama and the corrupt United Nations, the continuing EXISTENCE of the State of Israel is increasingly in doubt.

    Israel must now make clear its intentions to ALL its Avowed Enemies: This is the policy of, “Mutual Assured Destruction”, as existed between the USA and USSR during the ‘Cold War’. If Israel is ever faced with IMMINENT DESTRUCTION from ANY of its enemies OR their proxies (terrorist organizations), Israel will retaliate, laying waste to ALL their Capital Cities and vital assets, using ALL its destructive capabilities.©

    NEVER AGAIN!

  • Barrack Hussein Obama face it – Greater Israel is Jewish territory for eternity and it is not negotiable. Rev1
    The Arabs already have Jordan which is over 77% of the territory allocated to the Jewish people under International Treaties from 1920 including the 1919 Faisal Weizmann Agreement.
    It is time to stop fantasizing and deluding yourself and the rest of the world. Greater Israel is for the Jewish people, according to history, archeology, international law and treaties.
    The Arabs already have Jewish Assets including, businesses, homes and over 75,000 sq. miles of Jewish owned land for over 2,400 years (6 times the size of Israel) that they confiscated from the million Jewish families and their children they terrorized and expelled from Arab countries in the past 80 years. They also have the Jewish territory of Jordan which was given to them by the British in violation of post WWI Agreements and the Arabs in Jordan expelled the Jews and confiscated their properties.
    I think you do not have your facts straight – Israel belongs to the Jews. It has been a Jewish country for over 4,000 years and has been occupied by various Nations who let it deteriorate into a dessert. There are 22 Arab countries that were allocated over 12 million sq. km. with a wealth of oil reserves and only one Jewish country that from the allocation of 120,000 sq. km. the Jewish state has now about 21,000 sq. km. The land-rich Arabs already occupy over 6 million square miles and land-poor Israel, including all of its territories, comprises only about 10,000 square miles. The Arab areas are thus 500 times larger than Israel and the Arabs already possess 99.8% of the total land of which about 70% is vacant. The so-called West Bank aka Judea and Samaria and Gaza areas combined total 2,300 square miles and comprise a miniscule 0.046% of the entire Arab empire – and to seize this speck of land the Arabs are adamant and willing to fight and die forever! Only a mind, hopelessly out of touch with reality, can seriously suggest that the Arabs need still more land, carved out of historical Israel, to create yet another Arab terrorist country.
    The Quran states it clearly; Israel belongs to the Jewish people.
    The Jews never had a chance of reaching a majority in the country of Palestine after WW1, given the illegal restrictive immigration policy of the British in violation of 1920 International treaties and Agreements, which was recognized by a resolution in the U.S. Congress and Senate and signed by President Harding in 1922. By contrast, Palestine’s aka The Land of Israel’s Arab population, which had been declining prior to the Mandate for Palestine in 1922, grew exponentially because Arabs from all the surrounding countries were free to come albeit illegally—and hundreds of thousands did—to take advantage of the rapid economic development and improved health conditions stimulated by Zionist settlement and Worldwide Jewish financial support for development of The Land of Israel.
    Historical archives lay bare the false claim that Jewish settlers dispossessed Arab people from their land in Palestine. The examination of records from 1830 onward will shock most people.
    In the first place, records shows that Palestine’s population barely grew for 250 years–rising from 205,000 Muslims, Christians and Jews in 1554 to only 275,000 in 1800, many were nomads. In the second, records from 1830, 1863, 1878 and 1893 and 1917, among others, demonstrate that when the heaviest Jewish immigration to Palestine began in 1880, a large proportion of the 425,000 to 440,000 Arabs in Palestine were themselves new and recent mostly illegal immigrants. (The U.S. knows well the affect of millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. which is a small percentage compared to total population in the U.S. Now compare to at least 30% Arab illegal immigrants into Palestine aka The Land of Israel.
    The research also carefully documents the origins of those Arab immigrants into Palestine. Many came from Egypt: The 1831 invasion by the Egyptian Khedive, Ibrahim Pasha, forced Palestine fellaheen, urban dwellers and Bedouin to permanently flee Ottoman military drafts and taxes. The 1837 Great Earthquake and epidemics that followed further cut their numbers. In their wake came Ibrahim Pasha’s Egyptian Arabs, who settled some of the empty land. In 1831 alone, 6,000 Egyptian Arabs settled in Akko. The Egyptian Arab-Hinadi, Ghawarna tribes settled in the Beit Shean and Hula Valleys and in the Jordan Valley towns of Ubeidiya, Delhamiya and Kafer-Miser. In the Hula Valley, the Egyptian ez-Zubeids later sold their land at hefty prices to Jewish settlers from Yessud-Hama’ala. According to an 1893 British Palestine Exploration Fund report, Egyptians immigrants made up most of the population in Jaffa.
    Additionally, Records shows, Arab and Muslim illegal immigrants also came from Algeria, Damascus, Yemen, Afghanistan, Persia, India, Tripoli, Morocco, Turkey and Iraq. The French conquest of Algeria, for example, led to the eventual rebellion and imprisonment of Abd el-Kadar el-Hassani, whose followers in 1856 fled to Syria and the Lower Galilee towns of Shara, Ulam, Ma’ader, Kafer-Sabet, Usha (near present-day Ramat-Yohanan), the Mount Atlas village of Qedesh and villages on Lake Hula and in the Upper Galilee, where they spoke Berber. In Ramle, the Arab immigrants spoke Qebili, a Mugrabi dialect. Circassian refugees from the Caucasus settled in Trans-Jordan and as far east as Caesarea.
    Arab illegal immigration continued to rise through World War I, as research documents, despite locusts, the Ottoman draft and more epidemics. Egyptian laborers, contractors and businessmen flooded the country. By 1922, the Muslim population had more than doubled to 566,311, including 62,500 Bedouins. The 1931 Mandatory government census counted 693,147 permanent Muslim residents, including 66,553 Bedouins. It also gave the natural increase of the population as 132,211 — 57,125 less than the absolute increase. Only illegal Arab immigration explains this contradiction, research shows.
    The next census in 1948, as the research recounts, followed unprecedented economic growth by the Jewish immigration and infusion resources, during which illegal Arab immigration continued and increased substantially. From April 1934 to November 1935, for example, 20,000 Haurani Arabs families came to Palestine. These and tens of thousands of other Arab immigrants worked on Jewish farms, construction projects (building roads, railroads and the Haifa port), and government and municipal jobs. Syrians and Lebanese Arabs were free to come with nothing but border passes, and they came along with immigrants from Somalia, Trans-Jordan, Persia, India, Ethiopia and the Hejaz. British Mandatory government rules required the supervision of immigration, but Palestine’s borders remained porous to all but Jews. In all, records shows that 45,000 to 50,000 illegal Arab families immigrants came from 1931 to 1947 — on top of up to 30,000 other Arab illegal immigrants families who arrived from 1935 to 1945.
    The research also carefully examines numerous historical descriptions of a desolate landscape; composed almost entirely of swamps and deserts, and sold to the Jewish people by absentee Arab landlords, appointed by the Ottoman government which owned over 90% of all the land in Palestine, at enormous profits (those facts were confirmed by the Mufti of Jerusalem while testifying in front of the British Peel commission in 1937). Dozens of sales are documented specifically, including some by the Egyptian el-Husseini family of Yasser Arafat.
    Altogether, this research shatters the Arab claim of dispossession. The real disposition and ethnic cleansing was taking place in the Arab countries that expelled over a million Jewish families.
    With research and documentation, its argument, and its moral outrage — was the written description of how powerful Arab-Palestinian politicians sold land at inflated prices to Jewish immigrants in Palestine-Israel, with the full understanding that once the British left, the Arab-Palestinians would steal that land back from the Jews, thus getting paid for the land a hefty price and getting the land back for free. This was a widespread, systematic scheme on the part of Arab-Palestinian land-owners and political leaders.
    Israel is a Jewish State its territories are non-negotiable. It has been a Jewish country for over 4,000 years and that is not going to change.
    The Arab-Palestinians are the occupiers. All they want is to destroy the Jews. They educate their children and the masses to commit terror and violence against Israel. They danced in the streets when the twin towers in 9-11 collapsed and 3,000 Americans died. They supported Sadam Husein taking over Kuwait. (Kuwait therefore expelled over 400,000 Arab-Palestinians who worked in Kuwait.
    It is amazing how you and many others choose to ignore that the Arab countries have persecuted and expelled over a million Jewish families and their children from their countries in the last 90 years. The mass of Jewish people who lived in the now called Arab countries for over 2,600 years. The Arabs confiscated all their assets, businesses, homes and real estate property 6 times the size of Israel – over 120,000 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles which is valued in the trillions of dollars.
    Any Arab who is not happy to live under the Israeli government in The Land of Israel can move there.
    Study your history; Muhammad in 627 about 1,500 years ago beheaded 700 Jews in Medina which was a Jewish town in Saudi Arabia for over a thousand years, he killed all the men took the women as slaves and raped their daughters. This is just the tip of the history of the Jewish people in Arab countries.
    Do you want more; study the complete unbiased history of the Jewish people in Arab countries objectively.
    How many Jews are left today in Arab countries and how many Christians have been murdered and millions forced to leave the Arab countries and how much assets and properties of those forced to leave was taken over by the Arabs without any regard to compensation.
    YJ Draiman

  • WashingtonDame

    Doesn’t surprise me. Once I knew that Obama had spent 20 years in Jeremiah Wright’s church and then claimed to “not know” that Wright was a virulent anti-Semite, I knew that Obama would be bad news for Israel. Now, in the waning days of his presidency, he can let his inner hatred of Israel and Jews finally come out.

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