Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The ferocious public opposition to the Community Organizer’s draconian plans to make all Americans – and maybe illegal immigrants – dependent on government for their health care has had one “it’s about time” side effect. Americans are organizing, pulling together and working overtime telling Obama “No, you can’t.”

I have no idea whether ‘we, the people’ can win this battle or not, but whatever happens, we know that whatever burden the Community Organizer decides to impose on voters next will have a much tougher time in Congress. People are awake – finally – and when they see what’s being done to them, they’re enraged.

The obvious panic emanating from the White House proves Obama’s attempt to railroad the American people into subservience has gone off the track.

At the same time, his attempt to force Israel into submission has also hit the skids, for pretty much the same reasons.

A recent poll showed that 94% of Israelis think Obama is bad for Israel – which proves one thing: 6% of Israelis are totally nuts.

In Obama, we now know we have an enemy – and there’s nothing that pulls people together as much as a common enemy.

It started early, from the first moment Hussein Obama took office. His first phone call, as President, was to Abu Mazen, the nicely dressed terrorist head of the Palestinian Authority. It continued when he bowed to the Saudi King, and intensified in his infamous Cairo speech when he made clear his priorities: help Arab nations, put pressure on Israel.

Obama started by demanding no “natural growth” in Jewish “settlements” – which means “no babies”, as his Middle East czar, the Arab George Mitchell, confirmed. How racist can you get? When an American President – the greatest egalitarian nation in the world – announces that in parts of Israel, including Jerusalem, Jewish families were not allowed to have babies, you know you’ve got trouble.

It was beyond belief.

His calls for a “settlement freeze” haven’t abated, as the megalomaniac in the White House assumes he has the right to dictate Israel’s housing plans for Israeli citizens. It bordered on insane.

Fortunately, Israel acquired a Prime Minister who had the chutzpah to just say no. Bibi has spoken out on Obama’s demands several times, but among his most memorable rejections of the Obama Dictates is this:

“I would like to re-emphasize that the united Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people and of the State of Israel. Our sovereignty over it cannot be challenged; this means — inter alia — that residents of Jerusalem may purchase apartments in all parts of the city.”

He went on, “Israel cannot accept the idea that Jews will not have the right to live and purchase in all parts of Jerusalem ... This has been the policy of Israeli governments over the years, and it is also the policy of our government.”

In case there was any question about what he meant, he made another point: “There is no ban on Arabs buying apartments in the western part of the city, and there is no ban on Jews buying or building apartments in the eastern part of the city.”

The best zinger of all – one likely to be quoted for posterity – Netanyahu said, “If Jews were prohibited from buying property in New York, London, Paris or Rome, there would be an international outcry. Why should the standard be different for Jerusalem?”

That’s what happens when a politician bites off more than he can chew. He chokes.

Hussein Obama choked on American domestic policy, and now he’s choking on his plans for the Middle East as well. For a foreign president to issue non-negotiable demands to a sovereign country – the only democratic ally the US has in the region – was sheer stupidity.

But it had one most welcome result: It brought Israelis together in opposition.

More than any other people in history, we’re the ‘stiff-necked’ crowd. For thousands of years, we've been known as tough nuts to crack -- we pride ourselves on our contrariness, our “two Jews, three opinions” reputation. It’s probably what kept us alive through these thousands of years. We rarely agree with each other on much of anything. In fact, we sometimes we don’t even agree with ourselves. Disagreeing with the current prime minister – whoever it is, at any given moment -- is a national pastime.

But not now. Not in regard to Barak Hussein Obama. Unintentionally, through his outrageous demands, he’s brought us together. Not on every issue -- it’s not clear that even the Moshiach will do that. But we are in substantial agreement that Israel will not bow to this foreign dictator’s demands. We support our Prime Minister when he just says no.

So what happened on the Arab side of the equation? As Hussein Obama was holding Israel’s feet to the fire, he was pandering to the Arab nations, assuring them in public and private that he was their friend, implying that he would force Israel into submission. The Arab nations – Israel’s enemies, hot and cold, to varying degrees – did what most negotiators would do: they began upping their demands. After all, if their every wish was to be granted, they wanted to be sure that the listed everything they wanted.

So that’s what they’ve done. In fact, the Arabs decided they didn’t want to wait for actual negotiations with Israel – they began making their demands upfront, lists of what they must have before they would agree to negotiate!

Last Friday, “Palestinian” terrorist turned Prime Minister Abu Mazen announced “There will be no negotiations until Israel halts all settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”

The following day, Kuwait’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, told Obama that the Arabs will establish normal relations with Israel only after it “implements and fulfills its obligations by withdrawing from Arab territory occupied in 1967.”

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh topped that by informing Missus Bubba, Our Lady of the Broken Elbow, that “normal relationships between Israel and the 57 Arab and Muslim States would occur only after Israeli implementation of the terms of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.”

In case you’ve forgotten, the “Arab Peace Initiative” calls for:
(1) Full withdrawal from “occupied territory” i.e., all of Israel;
(2) A “just solution” to the refugee problem; and
(3) The creation of a Palestinian state.

If that isn’t enough to knock your socks off, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal delivered the final touch: He said “phased normalization” would not acceptable. All of the Arab demands must be satisfied at once. “Instrumentalism and a step-by-step approach has not and - we believe - will not achieve peace,” he said. They want it all at once. Now.

If you think about it, it’s almost funny: These are all the things Arabs want before they will agree to negotiate.

What, pray tell, would be left to negotiate? What kind of sword the last Jew in Israel will use to commit ritual seppuku?

It’s silliness, of course. Israel will not agree to any of this. So what’s happened is that the Community Organizer’s foreign policy plan in the Middle East backfired, just as did his domestic policy plan.

Instead of bringing Jews and Arabs closer, Obama’s demands have forced both sides into more entrenched positions, into greater opposition.

In fact, at the just-ended Fatah Convention, held in Bethlehem – Fatah, the alleged “moderates” among the terror groups -- were vying with each other to see who could become the most anti-Israel.

Among other things, Fatah:

 Declared that Israel was responsible for assassinating Yasser Arafat.
 Declaring that Jerusalem is an "integral part of the Palestinian homeland and political entity", vowing to “continue the struggle until Jerusalem (all of it) is returned to the Palestinians void of settlers and settlements.”
 Vowed that no negotiations with Israel would take place until all ‘Palestinian’ prisoners are released from Israeli jails, all settlement-building is frozen and the Gaza blockade is lifted.
 Endorsed the Aksa Martyrs Brigade as Fatah’s official armed wing, pledging to carry on “the resistance” to the Zionist occupation.

In short, Hussein Obama’s “peace” outreach to Israel and the Arabs has resulted in the two parties being much farther away from any agreement than they were before.

Obama has set back the cause of world peace – how far back remains to be seen. He is, after all, still in his first eight months in office.

So as all across the country, community meetings on Obamacare erupt with animosity, one has to wonder if the average American citizen is any better off today -- in heath care or anything else – than he was before January 20.

Personally, I just can't wait until the Community Organizer takes on immigration reform. If you think there's fireworks over health care, just wait....


  1. Hashem works in mysterious ways, and this too can strengthen our emuna: seeing that even Obama's position is, in this upside-down way, for our best. Am Yisrael Chai!

  2. That's funny, Hannah -- I was thinking the exact same thing.

    Maybe it's like Baalam -- 'bli-am' -- the hired gun, the man without a people -- who set out to curse Israel, but who ended up blessing it instead.

    Some of the most most beautiful words about Israel came from Baalam -- "How lovely are your tents, O Jacob".

    Maybe Obama's curse, too, will eventually result in his seeing how "firm is your dwelling place, and your nest is set in the rock..."