Tuesday, May 31, 2011
A petition entitled "Jordan is Palestine" was delivered on May 24, on the occasion of Jordanian Independence Day, to the Jordanian Embassy in Israel. The Petition Leader is a Member of Knesset, Professor Arieh Eldad, chairman of the Hatikva Party of the National Union Knesset Faction. The following article appears on the party's Hebrew-language website. Click here to read an archived Foreign Confidential™ article, "Is Jordan Palestine?" and here also for a defense of the "settlements" of Judea and Samaria.
The recent revolutions in Arab countries of the Middle East prove that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the main problem of the region. Any attempts to force Israel to create or accept a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza will only enhance the instability in this region. The world community is experiencing growing frustration in the face of the recurrent failures to resolve this conflict. These failures are the result of a miss-diagnosis of the roots of the conflict. If it was in fact a territorial conflict between two nations over a piece of land, the logical solution of division of the land would be the true cure to the conflict and could have been achieved long ago. But this conflict is not a territorial conflict, but a religious war – a clash of ideologies. As such, the Palestinians will never be ready to recognize Israel as a Jewish State and declare the end of the conflict.Nevertheless, the world community wants to grant the Palestinians a state in an attempt to end the conflict. Such results can be achieved only if the world-community recognizes the historical, demographic and geopolitical fact that the Palestinians already have a state in Jordan. Jordan is the national state of the Palestinians. It was created by giving the Arabs 75% of the area that was allocated to become the Jewish Homeland by the League of Nations in San Remo after World War 1. It is also important to remember that some 80% of the Jordanian citizens today are Palestinians. As King Hussein – the late father of King Abdulla the 2nd -- said time and again: "Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan."Professor MK Arieh Eldad, Chairman of Hatikva Party (part of the National Union Knesset Faction) has launched an international Internet petition signed so far by more than 6,000 people from all around the globe, calling on King Abdulla to declare Jordan as the National Palestinian State. If he chooses not to do so, he may find himself confronting his citizens in Amman's streets and circles within Jordanian society that will demand it. The petition will be delivered to the Jordan Embassy in Israel on May 24th, on the occasion of the Jordanian Independence Day. On that same day, similar petitions will be delivered to Jordanian Embassies in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Norway, the Netherlands and Slovakia.We are sure that "Jordan is Palestine" is the only realistic alternative to the failing "Two States" solution.
Egypt Rushes Toward Sharia and War - HUMAN EVENTS
Robert Spencer asks: "How hopelessly at odds with America's best interests is Barack Obama?"
Foreign Confidential™ answers: Totally, hopelessly at odds.... Obama's Muslim/Marxist roots are strangling America. Any American voter who truly cares about America's national security and the survival and well being of Israel and the Jewish people must just say no to BHO and vote for ABO (Anybody But Obama).
More Islamic Insanity: Crimean Muslim Teenage Boys Stone Local 19-Year-Old Girl to Death for 'Sin' of Entering Beauty Contest
Death by stoning. In the 21st century.
Another innocent Muslim girl murdered by Muslim fanatics. Click here for the story.
Where is the outrage?
Where are the so-called moderates?
When do they ever moderate?
If Obama and his Islamist-appeasing, sharia-promoting henchpersons have their way, atrocities like this one will soon be coming to a neighborhood near you. [Click here to read about America's first sharia-compliant enclave.]
Ukraine's president is campaigning to bring his country into the EU. But the Islamist threat to Ukraine has been ignored for over a decade. Imagine the future: Islamizing Turkey and Ukraine, with a rapidly growing and radicalizing Muslim population, inside the EU. It would mean Europe's end. The continent would become a launch pad for attacking the United States.
The IDF will not allow an invasion by the the so-called humanitarian flotilla. Click here for the story.
But another confrontation could lead to a potentially catastrophic clash with Turkey, Iran's Islamizing ally--a former American ally promoted by the Obama administration as some sort of model for oxymoronic "Islamic democracy."
Foreign Confidential™ believes Turkey and Iran have hatched a plot to destroy Israel. The outline of the evil scheme includes, in addition to naval clashes, cross-border riots; UN recognition of a Palestinian state; and pressure for US and European, Libya-inspired intervention--against Israel--in order to "protect" Palestinians. As crazy as that may seem, anti-Israel intervention has been proposed by a key Obama advisor, Samantha Power; and another advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is practically committed to Israel's elimination.
Not for nothing are Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy, and Hamas, a Muslim Brotherhood branch, amassing rockets and ballistic missiles capable of leveling Israeli cities and towns.
Not for nothing is Iran developing nuclear warheads to match its long-range missiles.
Not for nothing has Syria stockpiled chemical warheads for its missiles.
Not for nothing has Turkey twice threatened Israel over the flotilla.
Monday, May 30, 2011
CHILLING VOW TO CONTROL NUKES
BY ISLAMIST GROUP THAT SHOULD
HAVE BEEN ANNIHILATED AFTER 9/11
TALIBAN WITH NUKES? REALLY?
JIHAD THIS, ISLAMONAZI SCUM!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Perfidy: Palestinian Police Purposely Fired on Peaceful, Hassidic Jewish Worshippers at Joseph's Tomb, According to IDF Probe
A young Jew, whose only "crime" was bypassing procedure to pray at a sacred site, was gunned down by Palestinian Arab goons. The so-called police purposely shot him, as reported here.
Where is the outrage?
Not in the White House, where the likes of Samantha Power and other Israel-hating advisors are plotting to support cross-border riots aimed at isolating and weakening the Jewish State.
Not in the offices of the infamous J Street, where turncoat Jews are aiding Hitler's heirs.
Not on the Left, where Useful Idiots of Appeasement--and worse--are siding with the worst reactionary scum on earth, Islamists, in order to bring down America, capitalism, democracy.
Not in the newsrooms and executive offices of CNN and MSNBC and The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times....
A Warning and a Reminder
What happened to 25-year-old Ben-Yosef Livnat should be considered as both a warning and a reminder. A warning of the nightmare to come if the liberated eastern part of Jerusalem, including the ancient, walled Old City, again comes under Arab (or international) control ... and a reminder of the nightmare that was ... before the end of the War of Independence ... when, during the British Mandate years, Jews could only pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, under threat of Arab attack, and after the armistice and before June 1967, when handfuls of brave, young Jews (mainly from Israel's poor Sephardic neighborhoods located on the divided Jerusalem city borderline) dared to sneak into the Jordanian-occupied Old City, at night, disguised as Arabs, just for the chance to touch the Wall.
In spite of the obvious differences, the murder of the Breslav Hassid Ben-Yosef Livnat echoes the story of another Jewish martyr, the Betari Shlomo Ben-Yosef. He, too, died at the age of 25. But he was killed by the British imperialists. Click here to read about Shlomo Ben-Yosef, a Hero of Zion.
Click here for the story, such as it is.
In fact, ordinary victims of the tragedy will receive very little--or zero--federal assistance.
Contrary to what the liberal media would have you believe, Obama could not care less about ordinary Americans.
"The Muslim world"--that is his chief concern.
Emboldened by the West (except for Canada), Israel's enemies are plotting fresh rounds of border violence, as reported here.
Every effort will be made to avoid bloodshed, Israeli officials, say, but there will be "red lines," including zero tolerance for attempts to burst through borders.
Prediction: there will be blood, unfortunately, and Barack Obama's most viciously anti-Israel advisors--Samantha Power and Zbigniew Brzezinski--will press the President to intervene on the side of Israel's implacable foes. Not for nothing has Power pushed the so-called Responsibility to Protect doctrine. R2P was in part applied to the Libyan civil war to pave the way for its eventual use against Israel. That day is nearing. The Israel-haters believe that a Jewish State in Palestine should never have been allowed to come into existence in the first place; so their evil objective is to facilitate its step-by-step dismantling or sudden destruction.
Sarah Palin's Facebook note is spot-on:
Should we be borrowing money from China to turn around and give it to the Muslim Brotherhood?Given that we are running massive deficits and are drowning in more than $14 trillion in debt, and despite not knowing who will rule Egypt until its election this fall, this strange strategy may be the end result given President Obama’s announcement that he is committing $2 billion to Egypt’s “new government.” It’s part of a $20 billion foreign aid package laid out with the Group of 8 countries in Europe today.Now, given that Egypt has a history of corruption when it comes to utilizing American aid, it is doubtful that the money will really help needy Egyptian people. Couple that with the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood is organized to have a real shot at taking control of Egypt’s government, and one has to ask why we would send money (that we don’t have) into unknown Egyptian hands?Throwing borrowed money around is not sound economic policy. And throwing borrowed money around the developing world is not sound foreign policy. Foreign assistance should go to American allies that need it and appreciate it, and for humanitarian purposes when it can truly make a difference.Considering the Obama Administration’s continued strange strategies on the economy and foreign policy has us counting down the days to the next election. November 2012 can’t come soon enough.
Foreign Confidential™ Comment
No foreign aid to the Muslim Brotherhood. A corollary is no policy that emboldens or in any way encourages the Muslim Brotherhood and rightwing political Islam, or Islamism. What too few Americans appreciate is that their President--America's most leftwing-ever President--is actually pro-Islamist. This is worth repeating: the most leftwing-ever leader of the world's greatest democracy is pro-rightwing political Islam. Like other leftists and liberal loons, Obama sees Islam as the religion of the poor, and the clerical fascist creed that has become practically synonymous with organized Islam as somehow progressive. The sword of Islam, according to Obama and those advising him (e.g. Samantha Power) slices in sync with and serves to advance the "moral arc of history."
His policy from the outset has been to narrow the definition of the Islamist foe to Al Qaeda and "irreconcilable" Taliban, and to engage (appease and attempt to align with) all other Islamist entities and organizations, including: the Hitler-admiring Muslim Brotherhood, which spawned Al Qaeda and its offshoots; nuclear-arming Iran; and supposed "moderate" wings of Hamas and Hezbollah.
As this reporter predicted, the long overdue killing of AQ leader Osama Bin Laden has given Obama political cover to be even more pro-Islamist. Put differently, Obama now seems to see himself as a sort of leftwing 007, an agent of radical change, if you will, with a license to kill ... Israel.
Fact is, Obama betrayed Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, who for three decades following the Islamist assassination of his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, was an American ally who maintained his country's peace pact with neighboring Israel. Obama effectively gave a green light to the Egyptian revolution by emboldening the Muslim Brotherhood through a series of secret US-MB meetings and by making sure that the group's leaders were prominently present at his disgraceful Cairo speech--an address to the so-called Muslim world, which is itself an Islamist concept as it assumes the existence of a global Muslim nation united by belief in the Koran to a degree that transcends all political, national, and ethnic boundaries and differences. For this alone--for validating and pandering to this core Islamist concept--Obama should have been/should now be rejected by all decent Americans and their friends abroad.
POSTSCRIPT: Why Obama is Worse than Chamberlain
The Left's alliance with Islamism recalls the infamous Hitler-Stalin pact. But even the foreign Communists who stuck by Stalin for the most part didn't dare argue that Naziism was "progressive." In contrast, today's Left is positively enthusiastic about its alliance with rightwing political Islam. Such is their hatred of America, Israel, capitalism, Judaism and Christianity, Western democracy.
Similarly, Obama's engagement of Islamism is worse than Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Nazi Germany. Chamberlain was not pro-Nazi; he foolishly believed that Germany under Hitler could be satisfied with territorial concessions and that a policy of appeasement could preserve the peace in Europe. Obama, on the other hand, is pro-Islamist. He believes in oxymoronic Islamist/Islamic democracy, or Islamocracy. Imagine FDR and Churchill pressing for negotiations with "moderate" branches of the Nazi party....
Saturday, May 28, 2011
"Israel's Future," an editorial in the Calgary Herald. Click here to read the whole thing.
"Ceding the lands seized during that [Six-Day] war would not be part of a peace process, for doing so would only make Israel a sitting duck for future attacks. "
Friday, May 27, 2011
EDTIOR'S NOTE: David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), is a frequent contributor to Der Tagesspiegel, one of Germany's leading newspapers. It asked him to write about the contrasting reactions in the United States and Europe to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington. Harris says that AJC, including the organization's office in Berlin, has grown increasingly concerned about Europe's general drift away from understanding Israel's yearning for peace and profound security dilemmas.
By David Harris
Six days of high-profile Middle East drama have just ended in Washington. Framed by President Obama's speech on the region, on May 19, at the State Department and Prime Minister Netanyahu's remarks to Congress on May 24, observers were taking careful note of words, temperature and body language in the complex interplay between the two leaders.
But the overarching story remains the same as always: The United States and Israel have forged a unique relationship, supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans. Whatever the occasional differences in policy, normal even for the closest of friends as we have seen between Washington and Berlin, the key point is what unites, not divides, the two countries. The rousing ovation by the Congress for the prime minister said it all – shared values, outlook and threats.
Some observers in Europe see it differently. They scratch their heads when Democrats and Republicans alike give repeated standing ovations to an Israeli prime minister they view with suspicion. They despair that Israel, in their eyes the main obstacle to "perpetual peace" in the region, is lauded for its pursuit of peace and right to defend itself in the Congress. And they offer theories of "Jewish power" in a vain attempt to explain America's identification with the Jewish state.
Those observers are missing the bigger story. America does not support Israel just because of American Jews, who comprise only two percent of the population. Rather, it is because Americans of many backgrounds identify with Israel as a liberal, democratic society in a sea of tyrannies; understand Israel's struggle, from day one, to defend the Jewish people's right to self-determination in a tough neighborhood; and grasp that Israel seeks peace and a two-state solution, but its main problem today is the absence of peace-seeking partners.
But then again some of those observers missed earlier stories.
They believed in Yasser Arafat long after it became clear that he was a corrupt, duplicitous leader.
They refused to see the change in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, whom they despised, when he came to power in 2001 and that later led him to withdraw Israel from Gaza.
They insist that the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is settlements, thus putting the entire onus on Israel, when, in reality, the crux has always been the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own.
And they won't give Prime Minister Netanyahu the benefit of the doubt, though it will take someone with his credentials to persuade Israel to take risky steps for peace, if peace is possible.
Meanwhile, Americans see a country, Israel, seeking peace and, with committed partners, as in the case of Egypt and Jordan, ready to pay the territorial price. They also see a country faced with existential threats to which there are no easy answers, no alluring "soft-power solutions." Hamas seeks Israel's elimination. Its charter makes that amply clear. So does Hezbollah. So does Iran. And the Palestinian Authority sends mixed messages – peace one day, glorification of terrorists the next; compromise one day, reconciliation with Hamas the next.
On June 1st, Israel will mark ten years since a terrorist attack on a Tel Aviv discotheque. Twenty-one Israeli youngsters were killed. Joschka Fischer, then Germany's foreign minister, happened to be near the scene. He rushed over and saw the carnage. He understood what Israel faces when suicide bombers want to kill Israelis anywhere, anytime.
No country desires peace more than Israel. No other country faces calls for its destruction from another UN member state. No other country has its right to defend itself so microscopically challenged.
If any part of the world should understand Israel and its journey, it is Europe. If any part of the world should understand the Jewish people's vulnerability, it is Europe. And if any part of the word should understand the need to support liberal, democratic societies as a foundation for peace, it is Europe.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
BLOODTHIRSTY ISLAMISTS AIM TO HANG
FORMER PRESIDENT, ABANDONED BY US
Click here for Jennifer Rubin's timely analysis.
UPDATE: And click here for Charles Krauthammer's must-read essay on Obama's speech and how it undermines Israel's negotiating position. "The only remaining question," Krauthammer says, "is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is undermining not just peace but the very possibility of negotiations."
This reporter ... a lifelong American Zionist of the Jabotinsky/Betar/Revisionist/Herut/Likud camp ... a New York Jew born and reared on Manhattan's ultra-progressive Upper West Side ... hence his politically conservative orientation, having experienced firsthand the horrors of Left/liberal lunacy ... believes that Barack Hussein Obama, America's most leftwing-ever (and first Muslim-born-and-reared) President, is actually anti-Israel, that at best he regards the miraculous rebirth of the Jewish State in its ancient homeland as an understandable mistake, given 2,000 years of Jewish homelessness and suffering culminating in the Holocaust, meaning something that ideally should not have happened in the first place--a country destined from the get-go to be on "the wrong side of history," in Obama's view, a fundamentally alien entity stuck in the heart of what he insists on calling "the Muslim world."
Here's a taboo question that no liberal or mainstream reporter would dare ever ask Obama: Mr. President, given the history of the Middle East since the establishment of Israel, do you think it would have been better if instead of a Jewish state in Palestine coming into being, a binational, democratic state of Palestine had been created, consisting of a Jewish minority and an Arab majority?
Of course, Obama will never answer such a question honestly. He can't. But this Jew knows in his head and in his kishkes what Obama would answer if he felt he could talk freely, without concern for the political ramifications of his remarks. Not for nothing did Obama sit for two decades in the church of Reverend Jeremiah ("GD America") Wright.
Obama's Middle East advisors, however--the viciously anti-Israel, leftwing radical Samantha Power and the notoriously pro-Islamist Zbigniew Brzezinski--might be more inclined to share their true opinions of Israel. Perhaps a reporter for a European or Arab media outlet will ask them.
It's time that Israel's friends--including American Jews, who, ironically, voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2008--got a real sense of what they are up against. The time for denial about his ideological bias ... his entire world view ... is long past.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
29 STANDING OVATIONS
"May God forever bless the United States of America."
I am deeply honored by your warm welcome. And I am deeply honored that you have given me the opportunity to address Congress a second time. Mr. Vice President, do you remember the time we were the new kids in town? And I do see a lot of old friends here. And I do see a lot of new friends of Israel here. Democrats and Republicans alike.
Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advance peace. We stand together to fight terrorism. Congratulations America, Congratulations, Mr. President. You got bin Laden. Good riddance.
In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America’s unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American.
My friends, you don’t need to do nation building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it. You don’t need to send American troops to defend Israel. We defend ourselves. You’ve been very generous in giving us tools to do the job of defending Israel on our own. Thank you all, and thank you President Obama, for your steadfast commitment to Israel’s security. I know economic times are tough. I deeply appreciate this.
Support for Israel’s security is a wise investment in our common future. For an epic battle is now unfolding in the Middle East, between tyranny and freedom. A great convulsion is shaking the earth from the Khyber Pass to the Straits of Gibraltar. The tremors have shattered states and toppled governments. And we can all see that the ground is still shifting. Now this historic moment holds the promise of a new dawn of freedom and opportunity. Millions of young people are determined to change their future. We all look at them. They muster courage. They risk their lives. They demand dignity. They desire liberty.
These extraordinary scenes in Tunis and Cairo, evoke those of Berlin and Prague in 1989. Yet as we share their hopes, but we also must also remember that those hopes could be snuffed out as they were in Tehran in 1979. You remember what happened then. The brief democratic spring in Iran was cut short by a ferocious and unforgiving tyranny. This same tyranny smothered Lebanon’s democratic Cedar Revolution, and inflicted on that long-suffering country, the medieval rule of Hezbollah.
So today, the Middle East stands at a fateful crossroads. Like all of you, I pray that the peoples of the region choose the path less travelled, the path of liberty. No one knows what this path consists of better than you. This path is not paved by elections alone. It is paved when governments permit protests in town squares, when limits are placed on the powers of rulers, when judges are beholden to laws and not men, and when human rights cannot be crushed by tribal loyalties or mob rule.
Israel has always embraced this path, in the Middle East has long rejected it. In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out. It is different.
As the great English writer George Eliot predicted over a century ago, that once established, the Jewish state will "shine like a bright star of freedom amid the despotisms of the East.”
Well, she was right. We have a free press, independent courts, an open economy, rambunctious parliamentary debates.You think you guys are tough on one another in Congress? Come spend a day in the Knesset. Be my guest.
Courageous Arab protesters, are now struggling to secure these very same rights for their peoples, for their societies. We're proud that over one million Arab citizens of Israel have been enjoying these rights for decades. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of one-percent are truly free, and they're all citizens of Israel.
This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East. Israel is what is right about the Middle East.
Israel fully supports the desire of Arab peoples in our region to live freely. We long for the day when Israel will be one of many real democracies in the Middle East. Fifteen years ago, I stood at this very podium, and said that democracy must start to take root in the Arab World. Well, it's begun to take root. This beginning holds the promise of a brilliant future of peace and prosperity. For I believe that a Middle East that is genuinely democratic will be a Middle East truly at peace.
But while we hope and work for the best, we must also recognize that powerful forces oppose this future.They oppose modernity. They oppose democracy. They oppose peace. Foremost among these forces is Iran. The tyranny in Tehran brutalizes its own people. It supports attacks against American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. It subjugates Lebanon and Gaza. It sponsors terror worldwide.
When I last stood here, I spoke of the dire consequences of Iran developing nuclear weapons. Now time is running out, and the hinge of history may soon turn. For the greatest danger facing humanity could soon be upon us: A militant Islamic regime armed with nuclear weapons.
Militant Islam threatens the world. It threatens Islam. I have no doubt that it will ultimately be defeated. It will eventually succumb to the forces of freedom and progress. But like other fanaticisms that were doomed to fail, militant Islam could exact a horrific price from all of us before its inevitable demise.
A nuclear-armed Iran would ignite a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. It would give terrorists a nuclear umbrella. It would make the nightmare of nuclear terrorism a clear and present danger throughout the world. I want you to understand what this means. They could put the bomb anywhere. They could put it on a missile. It could be on a container ship in a port, or in a suitcase on a subway.
Now the threat to my country cannot be overstated. Those who dismiss it are sticking their heads in the sand. Less than seven decades after six million Jews were murdered, Iran's leaders deny the Holocaust of the Jewish people, while calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state.
Leaders who spew such venom, should be banned from every respectable forum on the planet. But there is something that makes the outrage even greater: The lack of outrage. In much of the international community, the calls for our destruction are met with utter silence. It is even worse because there are many who rush to condemn Israel for defending itself against Iran’s terror proxies.
But not you. Not America. You have acted differently. You've condemned the Iranian regime for its genocidal aims. You’ve passed tough sanctions against Iran. History will salute you, America.
President Obama has said that the United States is determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. He successfully led the Security Council to adopt sanctions against Iran. You in Congress passed even tougher sanctions. These words and deeds are vitally important.
Yet the Ayatollah regime briefly suspended its nuclear program only once, in 2003, when it feared the possibility of military action. That same year, Muammar Qadaffi gave up his nuclear weapons program, and for the same reason. The more Iran believes that all options are on the table, the less the chance of confrontation. This is why I ask you to continue to send an unequivocal message: That America will never permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
As for Israel, if history has taught the Jewish people anything, it is that we must take calls for our destruction seriously. We are a nation that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust. When we say never again, we mean never again. Israel always reserves the right to defend itself.
My friends, while Israel will be ever vigilant in its defense, we will never give up on our quest for peace. I guess we’ll give it up when we achieve it. Israel wants peace. Israel needs peace. We've achieved historic peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan that have held up for decades.
I remember what it was like before we had peace. I was nearly killed in a firefight inside the Suez Canal. I mean that literally. I battled terrorists along both banks of the Jordan River. Too many Israelis have lost loved ones. I know their grief. I lost my brother.
So no one in Israel wants a return to those terrible days. The peace with Egypt and Jordan has long served as an anchor of stability and peace in the heart of the Middle East.
This peace should be bolstered by economic and political support to all those who remain committed to peace.
The peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan are vital. But they're not enough. We must also find a way to forge a lasting peace with the Palestinians. Two years ago, I publicly committed to a solution of two states for two peoples: A Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state.
I am willing to make painful compromises to achieve this historic peace. As the leader of Israel, it is my responsibility to lead my people to peace. This is not easy for me. I recognize that in a genuine peace, we will be required to give up parts of the Jewish homeland. In Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers. We are not the British in India. We are not the Belgians in the Congo.
This is the land of our forefathers, the Land of Israel, to which Abraham brought the idea of one God, where David set out to confront Goliath, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace. No distortion of history can deny the four thousand year old bond, between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.
But there is another truth: The Palestinians share this small land with us. We seek a peace in which they will be neither Israel’s subjects nor its citizens. They should enjoy a national life of dignity as a free, viable and independent people in their own state. They should enjoy a prosperous economy, where their creativity and initiative can flourish.
We've already seen the beginnings of what is possible. In the last two years, the Palestinians have begun to build a better life for themselves. Prime Minister Fayad has led this effort. I wish him a speedy recovery from his recent operation. We've helped the Palestinian economy by removing hundreds of barriers and roadblocks to the free flow of goods and people. The results have been nothing short of remarkable. The Palestinian economy is booming. It's growing by more than 10% a year.
Palestinian cities look very different today than they did just a few years ago. They have shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants, banks. They even have e-businesses. This is all happening without peace. Imagine what could happen with peace. Peace would herald a new day for both peoples. It would make the dream of a broader Arab-Israeli peace a realistic possibility.
So now here is the question. You have to ask it. If the benefits of peace with the Palestinians are so clear, why has peace eluded us? Because all six Israeli Prime Ministers since the signing of Oslo accords agreed to establish a Palestinian state. Myself included. So why has peace not been achieved? Because so far, the Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a Palestinian state, if it meant accepting a Jewish state alongside it.
You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about. In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews said yes. The Palestinians said no. In recent years, the Palestinians twice refused generous offers by Israeli Prime Ministers, to establish a Palestinian state on virtually all the territory won by Israel in the Six Day War.
They were simply unwilling to end the conflict. And I regret to say this: They continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees.
My friends, this must come to an end. President Abbas must do what I have done. I stood before my people, and I told you it wasn’t easy for me, and I said - "I will accept a Palestinian state." It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say - "I will accept a Jewish state."
Those six words will change history. They will make clear to the Palestinians that this conflict must come to an end. That they are not building a state to continue the conflict with Israel, but to end it. They will convince the people of Israel that they have a true partner for peace. With such a partner, the people of Israel will be prepared to make a far reaching compromise. I will be prepared to make a far reaching compromise.
This compromise must reflect the dramatic demographic changes that have occurred since 1967. The vast majority of the 650,000 Israelis who live beyond the 1967 lines, reside in neighborhoods and suburbs of Jerusalem and Greater Tel Aviv.
These areas are densely populated but geographically quite small. Under any realistic peace agreement, these areas, as well as other places of critical strategic and national importance, will be incorporated into the final borders of Israel.
The status of the settlements will be decided only in negotiations. But we must also be honest. So I am saying today something that should be said publicly by anyone serious about peace. In any peace agreement that ends the conflict, some settlements will end up beyond Israel’s borders. The precise delineation of those borders must be negotiated. We will be very generous on the size of a future Palestinian state. But as President Obama said, the border will be different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. Israel will not return to the indefensible lines of 1967.
We recognize that a Palestinian state must be big enough to be viable, independent and prosperous. President Obama rightly referred to Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, just as he referred to the future Palestinian state as the homeland of the Palestinian people. Jews from around the world have a right to immigrate to the Jewish state. Palestinians from around the world should have a right to immigrate, if they so choose, to a Palestinian state. This means that the Palestinian refugee problem will be resolved outside the borders of Israel.
As for Jerusalem, only a democratic Israel has protected freedom of worship for all faiths in the city. Jerusalem must never again be divided. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel. I know that this is a difficult issue for Palestinians. But I believe with creativity and goodwill a solution can be found.
This is the peace I plan to forge with a Palestinian partner committed to peace. But you know very well, that in the Middle East, the only peace that will hold is a peace you can defend.
So peace must be anchored in security. In recent years, Israel withdrew from South Lebanon and Gaza. But we didn't get peace. Instead, we got 12,000 thousand rockets fired from those areas on our cities, on our children, by Hezbollah and Hamas. The UN peacekeepers in Lebanon failed to prevent the smuggling of this weaponry. The European observers in Gaza evaporated overnight. So if Israel simply walked out of the territories, the flow of weapons into a future Palestinian state would be unchecked. Missiles fired from it could reach virtually every home in Israel in less than a minute. I want you to think about that too. Imagine that right now we all had less than 60 seconds to find shelter from an incoming rocket. Would you live that way? Would anyone live that way? Well, we aren’t going to live that way either.
The truth is that Israel needs unique security arrangements because of its unique size. Israel is one of the smallest countries in the world. Mr. Vice President, I'll grant you this. It’s bigger than Delaware. It’s even bigger than Rhode Island. But that’s about it. Israel on the 1967 lines would be half the width of the Washington Beltway.
Now here’s a bit of nostalgia. I first came to Washington thirty years ago as a young diplomat. It took me a while, but I finally figured it out: There is an America beyond the Beltway. But Israel on the 1967 lines would be only nine miles wide. So much for strategic depth.
So it is therefore absolutely vital for Israel’s security that a Palestinian state be fully demilitarized. And it is vital that Israel maintain a long-term military presence along the Jordan River. Solid security arrangements on the ground are necessary not only to protect the peace, they are necessary to protect Israel in case the peace unravels. For in our unstable region, no one can guarantee that our peace partners today will be there tomorrow.
And when I say tomorrow, I don't mean some distant time in the future. I mean tomorrow. Peace can be achieved only around the negotiating table. The Palestinian attempt to impose a settlement through the United Nations will not bring peace. It should be forcefully opposed by all those who want to see this conflict end. I appreciate the President’s clear position on this issue. Peace cannot be imposed. It must be negotiated. But it can only be negotiated with partners committed to peace.
And Hamas is not a partner for peace. Hamas remains committed to Israel's destruction and to terrorism. They have a charter. That charter not only calls for the obliteration of Israel, but says "kill the Jews wherever you find them." Hamas’ leader condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden and praised him as a holy warrior. Now again I want to make this clear. Israel is prepared to sit down today and negotiate peace with the Palestinian Authority. I believe we can fashion a brilliant future of peace for our children. But Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of Al Qaeda.
So I say to President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas, Sit down and negotiate! Make peace with the Jewish state! And if you do, I promise you this. Israel will not be the last country to welcome a Palestinian state as a new member of the United Nations. It will be the first to do so.
My friends, the momentous trials of the last century, and the unfolding events of this century, attest to the decisive role of the United States in advancing peace and defending freedom. Providence entrusted the United States to be the guardian of liberty. All peoples who cherish freedom owe a profound debt of gratitude to your great nation. Among the most grateful nations is my nation, the people of Israel, who have fought for their liberty and survival against impossible odds, in ancient and modern times alike.
I speak on behalf of the Jewish people and the Jewish state when I say to you, representatives of America, Thank you. Thank you for your unwavering support for Israel. Thank you for ensuring that the flame of freedom burns bright throughout the world. May God bless all of you. And may God forever bless the United States of America.
FIRST STEP TOWARD JAIL OR EXECUTION
Abandoned and betrayed by America after three decades of friendship and support. Click here or scroll down to read yesterday's Foreign Confidential coverage of the unfolding Egyptian nightmare.
Predictions are unfortunately coming true.
On January 29, this reporter wrote:
The speed with which the Obama administration has publicly turned against America's longtime ally is truly astonishing--unprecedented. In a replay of Jimmy Carter's betrayal and abandonment of Iran's Shah, Obama believes that he can jump aboard the Islamist bandwagon. Gornisht helfen! If the Brotherhood comes to power, Egypt will become a viciously anti-American, anti-Israel power, a threat, also, to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Hence, the Saudi King's decision to speak out in support of Mubarak--in defiance of Obama.
Two days later, this reporter added:
Nearly a century ago, a despised autocrat was suddenly and unexpectedly overthrown. The February Revolution of 1917 paved the way for the Bolshevik takeover of Russia, and a totalitarian nightmare that lasted until 1991.Egypt's February revolution is underway. How it ends remains to be seen. This reporter predicts a repeat, more or less, of the Russian and Iranian examples: interim, or provisional governments, ultimately replaced by totalitarian regimes....In short, a disaster for the United States and its allies, including, of course, Egypt's neighbor and America's great ally, Israel--the only democracy in the Middle East.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, an American ally for three decades--an Arab leader who preserved the peace with Israel and was instrumental in aiding America's fight against Al Qaeda--having been abandoned and betrayed by Barack Obama, is in imminent danger of being transferred to a so-called criminal court. Click here for the story.
A court of criminals is more like it. Middle East sources tell Foreign Confidential that Mubarak's life is in danger. He could be tried, convicted--and executed. Obama's "Arab Spring" speech gave Mubarak's enemies a green light to dispose of him as they see fit.
Mubarak's plight has shocked the Saudi regime. Expect the family business posing as a country to draw closer to Russia and China in the coming months.
Monday, May 23, 2011
"No American Jew who values the existence of the nation of Israel can kid himself any longer. President Obama is against the Jewish state. His speech on Thursday overtly embraces the position of the Palestinians and is designed to force Israel to surrender to their domination."
Click here to read about the flourishing Jewish communities that U.S. President Barack Obama wants to destroy in order to create yet another Arab state in historic Palestine. Read about the historical/legal context over here.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The White House has released an advance copy of U.S. President Barack Obama's May 22 address to AIPAC, the leading lobbying organization for Israel. The President's speech stresses the "ironclad" bond that exists between Israel and the United States, based on mutual interests and shared values, while also reaffirming his commitment to creating a "sovereign, viable" Palestinian state (a second Arab state in historic Palestine after Jordan) with "contiguous" borders based on negotiated "land swaps." The key excerpt is set forth below.
Obama's repeated reference to "contiguous" coupled with "viable" and "land swaps" is most ominous as it implies chopping Israel into two sections. Israel would be reduced to a bifurcated ghetto, reliant on outside powers for security.
It is inconceivable that any U.S. state (Israel is roughly the size of New Jersey) would voluntarily agree to such a suicidal scheme, let alone the U.S. itself, of course, or any nation on earth. The outline of Obama's peace plan recalls the "peace for our time" Munich Pact and the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. History is either repeating, or, as Mark Twain put it, rhyming, in ways that threaten Israel's survival.
I said that the United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself - by itself - against any threat. Provisions must also be robust enough to prevent a resurgence of terrorism; to stop the infiltration of weapons; and to provide effective border security. The full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces should be coordinated with the assumption of Palestinian security responsibility in a sovereign, non-militarized state. The duration of this transition period must be agreed, and the effectiveness of security arrangements must be demonstrated.That is what I said. Now, it was my reference to the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps that received the lion's share of the attention. And since my position has been misrepresented several times, let me reaffirm what "1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps" means.By definition, it means that the parties themselves - Israelis and Palestinians - will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. It is a well known formula to all who have worked on this issue for a generation. It allows the parties themselves to account for the changes that have taken place over the last forty-four years, including the new demographic realities on the ground and the needs of both sides. The ultimate goal is two states for two peoples. Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people; each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.