Israel & The Middle East: The Difference A President Makes (American–that is)…

  Israel & The Middle East: The Difference A President Makes (American, that is)…

                                                           by Gerald A. Honigman

Fast forwarding from the days that Presidents Truman had to fight his own Arabist, Big Oil-connected State Department over the very rebirth of Israel in ’48; when Secretary of State Dulles and Eisenhower threatened to cut off all private as well as official aid to Israel over its response to incessant terror and blockade in the Sinai Campaign in ’56; the officially neutral stance of President Johnson in the brief “Six Day War” in ’67; positive response from Nixon but horrendous reviews for his machiavellian SoS, Kissinger, in the Yom Kippur War of ’73; etc….there were reports that emerged, despite “the filter,” that the ground-breaking flight of President Sadat of Egypt directly to Israel in 1977 and historic peace treaty which followed in ’79 actually took place as much as despite Jimmy Carter than because of him

Carter wanted such things as bringing Russia in on the deal, shoving a Palestinian State upon a super vulnerable 9-15 mile wide Israel, and so forth. The Sunday School teacher–      who, among other things, still likes to preach about G_d-killing, money-loving Jews, and so forth, and writes about “Apartheid Israel”–changed his mind only when he saw in ’77 that Egypt and Israel were about to leave him behind in history…

And then there was William Jefferson Clinton…the president who had a murderous Arafat to his White House repeatedly, and who pressured Prime Minister Ehud Barak at Camp David in 2000 to forsake the promise of meaningful territorial compromise via the final draft of UNSC Resolution 242 in the wake of the 1967 War that Israel would never have to return to the suicidal ’49 Auschwitz/Armistice lines of 1949–which made Israel, for almost two decades, a mere sardine can ghetto of a State where most of its population and infrastructure where located. George W. Bush would comment that Texas had driveways larger than that. 

During the era of Clinton’s so-called “Oslo Peace,” the more Israel gave in territory, the more it profusely bled via predictable increased blown buses, restaurants, and other acts of Arab “peace making”–courtesy of the American State Department and its Hebrew arm-twisting boss in the White House. First Lady Hillary gave Arafat’s wife a big hug right after the latter gave a speech accusing Israel of poisoning Arab children.

Only Arafat’s refusal to accept almost all of the disputed territories (i.e., forget about Israel getting 242’s more defensible, secure, and real borders)–along with a 33 billion dollar virtual slush fund, half of Jerusalem, and more–were these terms not shoved up or down some Israeli orifice. Yasir’s Swiss bank accounts were/are legendary. His latter day Arafatians-in-suits, led by Fatah and the PLO/PA’s Mahmoud Abbas, learned this lesson well: It literally pays nicely to be designated a “moderate.” 

While Israel thankfully was saved from Slick Willy’s dangerous machinations via the Arabs themselves, the “Progressive” Ehud Barak’s caving became the starting point for later American “peace making”–notably that of Barak Hussein Obama.

The very first person Obama called on the international arena after winning the presidency was Mahmoud Abbas. This would prove to be a harbinger of what his eight years in office would bring to an Israel seeking some degree of a viable existence.

Earlier, he had a long history in Chicago attending one of the worst antisemitic pastors’ in America church for decades–Reverend Jeremiah Wright, bosom buddies of the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farakhan, who himself later proclaimed Obama to be “the messiah.” Guess why?

To be fair, however, after all, there were no other churches in Chicago that Obama could have frequented…Right?

Obama hounded any Israeli leader who expected UNSC Res. 242’s call for a meaningful compromise in the disputed territories as if he/she was Public Enemy # 1. And he hated/hates Benjamin Netanyahu in particular for this—what the “Settlement Issue” is mostly all about.

Earlier, President Trump’s opponent in 2020, Senator Joseph Biden, pounded the table to try to intimidate the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin over the same issue; and John Kerry warned that Israel needed to be saved from itself because of this as well. Both were later peas in the Obama pod and served as major attack dogs

While still a senator, Obama began stating that Israel would be crazy–exact words–to not accept the “Saudi Peace Plan.” He would repeat this when in the White House as well. Among other things, that beloved Obama plan demanded Israel withdraw to its ’49 Auschwitz/armistice lines (not official borders) existence which made it 9-15 miles wide at its waist, and expected it to allow itself to be inundated by real or fudged jihadi-raised  Arab refugees. Recall more Jews fled Arab/Muslim lands than vice-versa over a war Arabs started in 1948 over Israel’s rebirth on less than one half of one percent of the region.

How dare those Jews–at least some–not be thankful for such a “deal”!

At least so thought Barack Hussein Obama…the same leader who most American (pathetic) Jews voted for TWICE and poured numerous $$ millions into his campaign to accomplish.

And they’ll do it again when they support Biden in this coming election…Obama, Take 3 (but now perhaps even worse).

There’s more, but for the sake of the length of this analysis, let’s move on to the present news…

If President Trump was a Democrat, 99% of all American Jews would canonize him Hebrew style–as they did/do with FDR…and for far less reasons, indeed, regarding the latter.

For starters: Trump moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and  recognized the latter for what it is—Israel’s 3,000 year-old historical capital, the City of David.

He recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, where Syrian Arabs pounded Jews below for decades. Trump then closed the PLO/PA office in Washington and cut other funding due to its “pay to slay” policies awarding Arabs for such heroism as beheading Jewish infants asleep in their homes and such. (Would you believe that Israel still does not have a death penalty for such sub-animals?)

Trump cut off funds for the Israel-hating UN agency, UNRWA, and some other previous support for the UN as well. He then passed advanced legislation combatting antisemitism on campus, etc., etc., etc.

Finally, for this review, the Trump Team (including a revised State Department with a non-career Arabist at the head) defied the previous alleged wisdom of Foggy Bottom along with its executive enablers like Carter, Clinton, and Obama, by devising a new peace deal which did not expect that Israel offer itself and its innocents up as a sacrifice instead.

Rather than demanding Israel return to the ’49 Auschwitz Lines, and baring the necks of its kids, the “Deal of the Century”: recognized the age-old connections of Judeans to Judea–Jews to Judea and Samaria…aka “West Bank” only since the early 20th century, and allowed Israel the territorial compromise of UNSC Resolution 242 to provide it with more secure, defensible, and  REAL BORDERS–the very things Team Obama warned that Israel must be saved from itself over

And  the latest icing on the Trump cake comes on September 15, 2020 when Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain sign peace treaties in Washington….the first between Arabs and Jews in over four decades for a cold peace with Egypt and another chilly one with Jordan almost three decades ago.

As the Jewish New Year 5781 approaches, May G_d  bless the whole world, and do such for these new courageous peace-makers in particular. No doubt they will need extra Heavenly protection afterwards….

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