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Friends You Have to Buy, Enemies You Get for Nothing

I’m perplexed by the left’s stance with Islam.  They certainly make strange bedfellows, but bedfellows they be.  Just weeks after Obama’s victory lap for killing OBL, the President is now pushing a new issue to the forefront (to ignore the economy, no doubt) – Israel.  Now, this isn’t strange for Presidents of the United States to get involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  It’s the political cure for cancer; if you can figure it out, you’re an eternal hero.  Of course, nobody can figure out how to bring peace to that land because there is one side that doesn’t understand peace.  Netanyahu correctly pointed out in his Oval Office scolding that Hamas is an enemy to both Israel and America.  It seems, however, that we’ve sided with them instead of our ownly true Mid-Eastern friend.

A number of years ago I was attending a debate between a rabbi and a man in the PLO (whose name I cannot recall).  At one point the Palestinian man said that they had been in Israel for 3,000 years.  The rabbi pointed out that the Jews were in Israel about 3,500 years ago.  To this the man answered back in a serious manner without any shame, “If you’ve been there 3,500 years, we’ve been there 4,500 years”.  That day I learned everything I needed to know about Palestinian/Israeli relations. 

Around the same time Yasser Arafat was offered everything he had been clamoring for by President Clinton and Ehud Barak.  Yasser was offered 91% of the West Bank and the entire Gaza Strip.  They were going to completely dissolve the Israeli settlements, allow 100,000 Palestinian “refugees” to return and then give them $30 billion to help build settlements.  They were offered custody of the Temple Mount and sovereignty over all Islamic and Christian sites, and 3/4ths of Jerusalem.  They offered to build roads for them, bridges, and bypasses in order to dodge checkpoints.  They offered all of this and more.  The Israelis were furious at Barak for caving so far.  Arafat, as if insulted by the proposal, refused and didn’t even offer a counter.  What purpose would he and the refugees serve if they weren’t “downtrodden”?

Israel isn’t going to make itself six miles wide and create strongholds within their land for terrorists.  Israel isn’t going to give up the Golan Heights, a plateau that sits 1,000 feet above western Israel where, for years, Syrians fired rockets onto the lower Jewish settlements.   Israel isn’t going to give up 10% of their land when the “Palestinians” are nothing more than Syrians, Jordanians, Egyptians, etc. that get shipped in to live out the lives of political pawns.  They aren’t a minority, Israel is.  Anyone who differs with that statement needs to take a look at the map again.  Israel is surrounded by enemies, has enemies living within their borders, and is constantly stalemated by the U.N. to do anything about it; yet our President who can’t control his own borders is lecturing Netanyahu from Egypt about border control? 

Suggesting that Israel go back to the 1967 borders is just absurd.  Perhaps the President is also considering going back to our 1848 borders and giving the southwest up to Mexico.  Or should we just wait until they start blowing up our school busses, cafes, and firing rockets blindly into the area?  Perhaps then we would be willing to make deals that we’re asking Israel to make.  Of course, America doesn’t negotiate with terrorists; but apparently we broker deals on their behalf.


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  • Trestin Meacham May 24, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    The media propaganda complex always conveniently ignores what was offered and rejected in the 90’s.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan May 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      They ignored it then Trestin.

  • Steve Dennis May 24, 2011 at 5:22 AM

    It was almost as if he was making this offer because he killed bin Laden, he knew he angered the arab world and thought that this would show them he is still on their side. I can’t figure out any other reason why he would do something like this, it makes no sense. Israel is the only true ally we have over there and he is willing to throw it all away and for what? He asked Israel to sacrifice land but never said one word about concessions that would be made by other states to Israel. Why is it that the country which has tried to remain peaceful is the one that is punished while the countries which have vowed war are the one who stand to profit from Obama’s plan?
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan May 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      That is an interesting take Steve. It seems to fit the left’s practice of guilt offerings. We pollute, so we need to cap ourselves and let other pollute as some kind of offset – like Gore planting trees. In this case, the great evil America has attacked an Islamic leader, we must make atonment by giving Israel a black eye.

  • Infidel de Manahatta May 24, 2011 at 5:36 AM

    Our President and the rest of the left will always hate Israel and always love the Palestinians. Because, gosh golly, the Palestinians are oppressed by the Jews!
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    • Country Thinker May 24, 2011 at 7:15 AM

      Which makes for an even stranger bedfellow in the equation, namely, Jews as overwhelmingly Democratic voters.

      • Jim at Conservatives on Fire May 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM

        Has the American Jewish community ever explained their ties to the Democrats? If they have, I missed it. It makes absolutely no sense to me.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan May 24, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      It’s such an interesting understanding of the word opressed. I assure you that their opression is self inflicted for the purpose of political warfare. That is why Arafat turned down Ehud’s offers.

  • RightHandMan
    RightHandMan May 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM


    Most American Jews are liberal much like most Israeli’s are liberal by American standards. It’s mostly a social thing. I think the mistake that most Americans make is to associate the Jewish people with the Jewish religion, a fairly conservative social group. The truth is that the American Jews are mostly either reform or atheistic – both sitting on the far left. You might also be surprised at the growing number which actually have the same sentiments toward Israel as some on the left in this country have toward America – that is to say, they loathe what we are and what we have been.

    It’s quite depressing, coming from that background, to see a floundering from what the Jewish faith and historical lessons have taught us…but as the old Jewish saying goes, “Against stupidity, even G-d is helpless”.

  • Bunkerville May 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Amazing that we apparently are going to have a repeat for the Jews of the 1930’s. The signs were there then, and they are here now. A real stumper.
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  • John Galt May 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    I like your ending and the truth in it, RHM, “America doesn’t negotiate with terrorists; but apparently we broker deals on their behalf.”

    A thought that I had for some time is gaining strength on the Israeli-Palestinian question; that in order to find a solution between two parties, both parties must want one. Yasser Arafat proved to me that the Palestinians really didn’t want a solution and I don’t believe anything has changed since then.

    As to the question of the Jewish vote in America; “is a paradox mixed with incongruity wrapped around a contradiction”. There are deeper and cabalistic forces underneath of it all. I don’t expect it to change much by 2012 regardless of the demonstrable actions of President Obama. Perhaps 4-8 percentage points from the amazing 78% that he got in 2008. Enough to swing Florida only if we have a 2004 repetition.
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