Monday, June 8, 2009
Building, building, building....
Now Ban Ki-Moon is on the warpath against Israel, too. ‘Israel must fundamentally change its policies,” he said, adding that he was heartened by the Community Organizer’s stand against Judea and Samaria.
Actually he used the “S” word – “settlements”. Here, we say Judea and Samaria, which are integral parts of historic Israel and must, absolutely, be considered a part of Modern Israel.
Without wading into international law too deeply, keep in mind at after the Six Day War (1967) -- when Israel had been attacked and was forced to defend itself by taking control of Judea and Samaria -- those areas weren’t then under the legal control of ANY country. So there’s no reason why Israel doesn’t have just as much right to the area as anyone else.
So Ban Ki-Moon joins the French, the Germans and of course the Arabs in trying to set housing policy within Israel – not to mention our major nemesis, the US. Well, you can judge a man (or a country) by his enemies as well as his friends. So be it.
The hypocrisy is so outrageous as to be almost funny, though. Remember when the Community Organizer spoke to the G-20 Summit last April. Back then, his teleprompter read that the US should "forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions." Beyond that, whoever writes the Community Organizer’s material promised that from that point on, America would "start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating."
That doesn’t apply to Israel. To us, the Community Organizer demands – demands! – no further construction of any kind in Judea and Samaria. As George Mitchell, his Middle East czar said, “The president doesn't want to see even one cement mixer in the West Bank."
Can you imagine what would happen if the Community Organizer were intent on dictating to us?
And another funny thing: When ‘Thank-G-d-for-loose-cannon Avigdor Lieberman’ announced that Israel would not abide by the “Annapolis Process” – the Arabs had never agreed to any of it, and the Israeli Knesset never approved it – the world went nuts. Outrageous! How could the Foreign Minister say such a thing? After all, a previous Prime Minister had consented – which in Israel means nothing. The approval of the Knesset is required.
But when the policy in question is that of the US, then the Community Organizer takes a different position: He sent his pit bull Missus Bubba out to convey his latest edict: The US will no longer honor long-standing US commitments to Israel regarding Judea and Samaria.
Ever since President Bubba's Camp David negotiations in 2000, all the way through both Republican and Democrat administrations up to now, the idea that in any “final settlement agreement” – whenever and whatever – Israel would keep portions of Judea and Samaria. That’s only rational: hundreds of thousands of Jews live there, in established cities – not to mention parts of Jerusalem proper. Several letters of understanding were exchanged between the US and Israel on that topic, and in 2004, Congress itself ratified them.
Now? The Community Organizer says he has no intention of respecting any of that.
So tell me: why would anyone – Israel or any other country – enter into any kind of an agreement with the US, so long as the Community Organizer is at the helm? Obviously he believes himself to be above the law – all of it. He’s not bound by anything.
This guy is scary, you know? If he doesn’t respect Congressionally-ratified US law as applied to foreign countries, what makes anyone think he would respect the rule of law in the US, as applied to citizens?
But here’s another really funny thing – the truth is, the Arabs aren’t any happier with Hussein Obama than Israel is. Why? Because they expected him to force Israel to hand over Judea and Samaria, just like that. And they understand – even if the Community Organizer doesn’t – that’s simply not going to happen.
To paraphrase the Bard as the Irish do, ‘A rotting lily stinks worse than a weed.’ The friend who turns against you is worse than the one who was an enemy from the start.
Good news came from a Ma’agar Mohot poll published this morning: Israelis are standing firm against the rest of the world.
Polled were Israelis (Arabs and Jews) who live outside Judea and Samaria – keep that in mind:
-- 70% said NO communities in the West Bank should be evacuated.
-- 82% said they wouldn’t support any anti-Judea or Samaria groups.
-- 80% said they’d never demonstrate against Jews living in Judea or Samaria.
Given the fact that Israelis are foremost among the “two Jews, three opinions” crowd, that’s significant.
We hardly ever agree on anything at all. But in standing strong for our brothers and sisters who live in Judea and Samaria, we’re united.