By Jim Fletcher
My friends at Encounter Books are innovative and informative. Their “broadsides” collection of pamphlets, in the tradition of the Founding Fathers, offers booklet-size position papers that are terrific for understanding our world, especially geopolitics.
Michael A. Ledeen has written Obama’s Betrayal of Israel, and I’d urge you to get a few copies and pass out to friends. I read my copy this morning after hearing about the Egyptian mob that stormed Israel’s embassy in Cairo.
We have Mr. Obama to thank for this. His sycophantic speech in Cairo a few years ago let the radicals know that the White House would stand-down if the Muslim Brotherhood came to power.
Which has now happened.
Only this morning, a statement was issued that Obama is “very concerned” about the situation. What is he concerned about, that Israel will actually keep its embassy in a sea of hostility?
Obama’s claim that American support for Israel is “unbreakable” is either disingenuous or naïve. And I don’t think he’s naïve. As I often tell liberals in the Church, one cannot — at least in the current climate — claim to be “for Israel’s security” while at the same time advocating for a Palestinian state. The Palestinians are thirsting for the liquidation of Israel, so it is illogical that one is both “pro Israel and pro Palestinian.”
Interestingly, as Ledeen points out,
“Israelis certainly get the picture. In a recent poll, only 4 percent of Israelis said they thought President Obama’s policies are supportive of Israel.”You see, the people who actually live in the region, and defend themselves daily against Arab terrorism, understand what the American liberal Church evidently does not: the Palestinians want all of the land. This is expressed over and over in their publications and speeches, and now, as I pointed out after my recent trip, they are even selling t-shirts that say “Free Palestine,” and depict a map without Israel at all.
Question for the left: why do you think the Palestinians would live peacefully with Israel?
Ledeen’s broadside gives compelling evidence that this president is not only not interested in Israel’s security, he telegraphs to the world constantly that he is bent on the country’s destruction. Ledeen points out that Obama “personally attended” a ceremony awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson. She is the former UN official who “presided over the Durban conference in 2001 that denigrated into an angry hate rally against Israel, America and Jews.”
In 1970, Yasser Arafat’s PLO was limited in scope. So the lifelong terrorist enlisted the help of the North Vietnamese in developing strategies for winning over the West in his drive to exterminate Israel.
No less than Ho Chi Minh himself, along with General Vo Nguyen Giap schooled Arafat in the art of propaganda. A key factor in Arafat’s subsequent success was his adoption of the tactic of presenting the Palestinians as a “liberation movement” (which resonated with the American left from the beginning, after its own education in such from the Soviets). One can track, then, the gradual acceptance of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization, founded in 1964, three years before Israel’s acquisition of territory during the Six-Day War! I’ve never heard a liberal respond to this amazing tidbit).
No less than Ronald Reagan, early in his presidency, decided that formally recognizing the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinian people was in everyone’s best interests.
When his own vice president assumed the top job several years later, Arafat was rescued from oblivion in Tunisia, cleaned-up, and presented to the Israelis as their negotiating partner. No doubt the killer, in his homemade paramilitary uniform, could scarcely believe his luck. It’s been downhill ever since.
Another inconvenient truth for the left is the fact that UN Resolution 242, which was drafted just after the Six Day War, calls for Israel to give up “territories,” not “the territories.” This important-but-overlooked clause would allow Israel, in any settlement, to retain some of the territory captured, for security purposes.
But the PLO/PA, and their supporters in the West will have none of that. They claim that Israel is to surrender all the territory. That is false, but it is effective propaganda. Further, Israel has already surrendered more than 90 percent of the territory, ceding the Sinai to Egypt 30 years ago(!), pulling out of Gaza in 2005, and leaving the buffer zone in Lebanon in 1999.
What has that gotten the Israelis? More venom! More demands!
Of course, the left is dismissive of such facts. The left is also dismissive when the facts are documented.
Mohammad Dahlan, Fatah’s (the political wing of the PLO) leader in Gaza, said that “Arafat would condemn [terrorist] operations by day while at night he would do honorable things.” Of course, you can imagine what he meant by “honorable things.” (Hint: murdering Jews).
My critics on the left, in the Church, accuse me of being “uninformed” and by that they mean that I have not talked to Palestinian Christians in the land.
That is a false charge, and you’ll have to do better than that! When a Christian contact in an Arab town told me several years ago that I was buying trinkets from young men who were terrorists (by night), I began to realize what we are dealing with.
I’ve also spoken to many Palestinian Christians who insist on anonymity because they are afraid of the Muslims. Overwhelmingly (though they are no fans of the Israelis), they prefer life under Israeli administration, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that their families don’t live under the threat of murder for not towing the Muslim line.
And the left’s Palestinian friends, such as Naim Ateek, brand Christian Zionists as more dangerous than Hamas! Isn’t that incredible?
In any event, I predict this situation will grow worse. The American Church leadership is turning on Israel. At the same time they deny they are turning on Israel.
It seems Ho Chi Minh influence extended far beyond the bearded Egyptian terrorist who took their instruction 40 years ago.
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