Barack Obama Has Learned Nothing

suckers1.jpg - image uploaded to PicamaticHe is making the same mistakes, viz-a-viz the Arab-Israel conflict, now as he made in the beginning of his first term, which leads one to wonder whether we are dealing with presidential malice or stupidity?  Then, as now, he is making an issue of the fact that Jews build housing for themselves within existing Jewish communities in Judaea and Samaria.

Jeffrey Tobin, writing in Commentary, says the following:

Kerry’s current objective is to get both parties to agree to a framework for continued talks. As has been widely reported, Netanyahu has already signaled his consent to the framework even though he and his Cabinet have grave misgivings about where the talks may eventually lead. By contrast, the Palestinians have repeatedly and publicly rejected the framework. The Palestinians have angrily rejected the framework’s requirement that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state, which is to say they agree to end the conflict rather than merely pause it. They also reject the West Bank security guarantees included in the framework even though it also contains their basic demands about a Palestinian state whose borders will be based on the 1967 borders while leaving open the possibility of territorial swaps. In other words, the Israelis have already given Kerry what he wanted while the Palestinians have done the opposite.

This is a major part of the story of the long Arab war against the Jews.

Consistently, decade upon decade, Israel has agreed to another Arab state within the traditional Jewish heartland only to be told “no” by the very Arabs who claim that they want such a state. Then the international community pressures Israel to make concessions and to agree to what it has always agreed to since the Peel Commission of 1937.

The great majority of Jews in the Middle East have always accepted the notion of yet another Arab state.  The Arabs of Judaea and Samaria refuse to accept such a state and then people like Barack Obama tell the world it is because Jews are building housing for themselves in Judaea.

It’s a suckers game, and Jews who think that Obama is having a positive influence or who think that what the local Arabs really want is a state for themselves in peace next to Israel, are the ultimate suckers.

There are currently twenty one Arab states in the world.  They are Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Mauritania, Qatar, Bahrain, Djibouti, and Comoros.

The Arabs, following the example of their warlord prophet, conquered the entire Middle East and hold over 99 percent of that landmass today.

So, clearly, we need another Arab state at the expense of the tiny, lone, sole, Jewish state, which represents the only part of the Middle East which the Arabs failed, ultimately, to conquer and hold.

Obama, it must also be stressed, is leading current trends in the delegitimization campaign against the Jewish people.  In his recent interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, he said the following

Israel doubled West Bank Settlement Construction in 2013…

As the FresnoZionist points out:

President Obama and most of the journalists who use the expression “settlement construction” are native English speakers. Yet they persist in using this misleading expression, which anyone who didn’t know differently would think means “building (new) settlements.” But in fact, the construction they are referring to is construction of houses and apartments within the boundaries of existing communities. The truth is that there have been virtually no new settlements established since the 1990s, except for unauthorized outposts which the government often demolishes by force.

Precisely.

When president Barack Obama complains about “settlement construction” he gives people the impression that Israel is – heavens to mergatroid! – building new townships on historically Jewish land.  It is not.  The Jews certainly have every right to, because that small bit of land is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, but the state wants to “make nice” with the west and therefore comply with Obama’s racist demand that Jews not build townships for themselves or their children on the very land that Jews come from.

The effect of this today, just as in Obama’s first term, is to suggest to Mahmoud Abbas that Obama has his back in the ongoing rejection of both Israel and “Palestine” by the Arab world.

Either Barack Obama knows what he is doing, in which case he is malicious, or he does not know what he is doing, in which case he is dumb.  I have to say, while I do not believe that Obama is nearly as intelligent as his sycophants tell us he is, he is certainly not dumb.  Stupid people may, perhaps, get to be president of the United States, but I do not believe that they ever get to be the president of the Harvard Law Review.

In any case, the “non-peace process” is rolling out more or less as predicted.

This is what we are looking at:

1) The US and the EU demand negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

2) The parties agree to talk and then the PA, the US, and the EU demand various concessions from Israel for the great privilege of sitting down with the PA’s foremost undertaker.

3) Israel fails to meet all the concessions, thus causing the PA to flee negotiations, which they never had any intention of concluding to begin with.

4) The PA and the EU and the Obama administration place the blame for failure at Jewish feet.

5) The EU and various European countries announce additional sanctions, thereby essentially joining the anti-Semitic anti-Zionist BDS movement.

6) Arabs seek to murder Jews.

{Keep up the great work, guys.}

Tobin concludes:

Though the president warned Netanyahu that he wouldn’t be able to protect Israel if peace talks falter, his interview with Goldberg guaranteed that this is exactly what will happen. From here on in, everything else he says about the topic is moot.

Indeed.

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Michael Lumish is the editor of Israel Thrives.

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15 comments

  1. Michael

    Great article – but three corrections:

    1. You state:
    “Consistently, decade upon decade, Israel has agreed to another Arab state within the traditional Jewish heartland only to be told “no” by the very Arabs who claim that they want such a state. Then the international community pressures Israel to make concessions and to agree to what it has always agreed to since the Peel Commission of 1937.”

    In fact the Jews gave up their claim to reconstitute the Jewish National Home in 78% of Palestine in 1922.

    2. You state:
    ” The US and the EU demand negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”

    The Palestinian Authority no longer exists – having been declared dead and buried by Abbas by decree dated 3 January 2013

    3. You state:
    “Obama, it must also be stressed, is leading current trends in the delegitimization campaign against the Jewish people. In his recent interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, he said the following
    Israel doubled West Bank Settlement Construction in 2013…

    Obama did not say this to Goldberg.

    • David,

      thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      I suppose that I will take it point by point.

      1) Your claim is not inconsistent with or in any way refutes my own. My claim is that the Jews of the Middle East, since at least 1937, have agreed to share that land while the Arabs have never agreed to do so.

      That is the point.

      2) If the PA no longer exists somebody better tell the western press because they seem not to have gotten that news.

      3) My mistake.

      • Michael

        Re your numbered responses:

        1. I was just pointing out that the first concession was made by the Jewish people in 1922 – not 1937

        Fifteen years is a long period of time in the era of the Mandate for Palestine 1920-1948

        2. The Palestinian Authority went out of existence on 3 January 2013
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-v-whitbeck/the-state-of-palestine-ex_b_2431690.html

        All of us need to point this out to the Western Press and anyone else who continue to use this non-existent entity’

        Words count – and Abbas must be made to account for his unilateral action in rubbing out one of the negotiating partners to the Oslo Accords and the Roadmap..

        Obama and Kerry still believe they and Israel can negotiate with a ghost – which is pretty scary.

        No one at the State Department has apparently told Obama and Kerry either.

      • David,

        the article that you point to claims that the PA no longer exists because it has been replaced by the State of Palestine and that, therefore, Israel is occupying a sovereign country.

        The fact of the matter, of course, is that there is no such Arab-Muslim country known as “Palestine” and there never has been.

        From my perspective, we should neither recognize, nor negotiate with, any “Palestinian” Arab entity whatsoever.

        From an historical perspective they never existed as a distinct people until the end of the twentieth-century and then they only came into existence as a means of destroying Jewish nationalism.

        It seems to me that we are under no moral obligation to recognize a people whose purpose for being is the elimination of Jewish sovereignty and self-defense and that we would be far better off ending any such associations.

        To be blunt, Israel needs to declare its final borders, remove the IDF to behind those borders, and, as Empress Trudy of Israel Thrives might say, toss the keys over the shoulder.

        What do you think?

        • Michael

          With respect you miss the point.

          I am concerned with what Abbas said and the effect his words had on what we are told by Kerry and Obama are continuing negotiations to achieve the two-state solution.

          What happened on 3 January 2013 was a decree issued by the PLO:
          1. Disbanding the Palestinian Authority
          2. Declaring the existence of the State of Palestine.

          Abbas’s statement amounted to a repudiation of any further negotiations under the Oslo Accords, the Bush Roadmap and Annapolis.

          Abbas took that action – and he must live with its consequences.

          It ended the claim that the Palestinian Arabs lacked a state and were homeless.

          Whether you wish to dispute these PLO claims is not the point.

          Whether you think it means Israel is now occupying a sovereign country might not be the conclusion others will draw.

          The PLO can only declare a state in land it effectively controls – not in land that it has never exercised control over in recorded history.

          For anyone to give the Palestinian Authority any standing in 2014 after it was buried in 2013 is to give the claimed miracle of resurrection new life.

          Anyone talking about the Palestinian Authority in 2014 needs to revise his thinking. That includes you, Obama, Kerry and the western press.

          A new ball game was created on 3 January 2013 – but the players are trying to play it under rules that no longer apply.

          Obama and Kerry have made that abundantly clear by continuing to negotiate with a ghost – making them the laughing stock of anyone who understands what Abbas did on 3 January 2013.

          Before Israel contemplates making the decision you posit – my suggestion is that every effort first be made to hold direct negotiations between Israel and Jordan to redraw the international border recognized between their respective states under the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty 1994.

          Should those negotiations succeed – involving only some new lines being drawn on a map – such a solution would be preferable to Israel acting unilaterally as you have suggested.

          Netanyahu first suggested the basis for this approach in 1984. Thirty years later it still seems the best way to prevent the outbreak of serious conflict between Israel and its Arab adversaries.

    • Just looked it up Mike.

      “…we have seen more aggressive settlement construction over the last couple years than we’ve seen in a very long time” — Barack Obama, interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, March 2014

  2. Dear Michael
    I worry sometimes that you yankee guys have to endure the plight of successive, no less, unpalatable national leaders. What gets me is inconsistencies in misplaced affections.
    I, for one, was not all that irritated by that bloke G.W. Bush. Sure, I wouldn’t have joined his class if he were a Harvard (!!!!!) Professor, nor would I had used his “Bushy” brand after-shave lotion simply because I am alergic to that stuff, but yourse guys elected him TWICE and asked for more of the stuff you were suposed to hate, deride, ridicule him for.
    Now, YOUR il Presidente Mohamed Abdulrahman Obama got a second looking at White House amid cat-calls of incompetence, hubris, autocracy, all in all eveything that contravenes THE Amerike way of macht a leben.
    One thing I must agree though. If not for this perennial “irritant”, you, Michael could not secrete in such providential abundance all those creative juices we are regaled with, true !!!
    Thus, I find it entertaining that a whole nation from the mountain to the sea uses as spiritual fodder contradictions, some of which would terminate a regular bloke’s breathing capacity, suffocate his “reason”, stop the blood circulation to most of his vital organs. No, in Amerike this is not the way organisms function.

    As long as you are happy being miserable I shall endure with appropriate adjustments your musings which, to be fair, feed into MY OWN predilection for existential cynicism, something instilled into me as early as the day the mohel said : “And who is this gorgeous little ingele !!??”
    It ….clicked immediately with me….
    My only problem is that our own, Australian variety, political leaders are so bloody hopeless these days, so uninspiring and dull, so innept at even doing stupid things, so intellectually impotent, that we are looking with envy at you people who have such a golden calf of critical oportunities.
    I envy you because you posess these punch-bags who offer you the possibility to exercise your vital functions.
    It must be said that our Jewish fold could not have survived cohesively if not for the target-subjects of derision driven comparatives, in fact for the living and …thriving examples of repugnancy at the “others”. What kept us going as a distinct entity has been the tangibles that “if not like us we could , G-d forbid, end up like THEM !!!” This spiritual/intellectual comparative allertness has kept the Jewish fold loyal to IT’S own fundamentals.
    I am not digressing, nor am I being flippant, but serious in appraising the fundamental motivations of the Yidische mind and soul.

    A long winded way of saying: I enjoy your stuff tremendously.

    • Otto,

      I’m telling you. It’s just me and you, buddy.

      That was a very thoughtful, kind, and interesting comment, so let me take a little of it.

      “I, for one, was not all that irritated by that bloke G.W. Bush.”

      Y’know, after 9/11 polling data showed that 90 percent of Americans favored GWB. That was natural enough. The US had just taken a hit and people rallied around the president.

      I did not.

      I was part of the other ten percent. I despised George W. Bush and his entire administration… although I will say that Donald Rumsfeld was good for some yucks, as we might say here. I marched against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at least a dozen times, perhaps more. And then one day in Civic Center, at an anti-war rally in San Francisco, I looked up and saw a Shield of David entwined into a Nazi Swastika.

      It was at that moment that I came to truly understand the progressive-left betrayal of the Jewish people.

      • “I looked up and saw a Shield of David entwined into a Nazi Swastika.

        It was at that moment that I came to truly understand the progressive-left betrayal of the Jewish people.”

        …………….and that for me is one powerful statement Mike

    • It was a heart-breaking moment, Shirlee.

      It was the moment that I realized that my political friends weren’t.

      • I don’t understand the Jewish Left.

        Good heavens above, I grew up on the Left and my parents, and their friends, were strong Israel supporters. My father, alav ha-shalom, must be turning in his grave to see what has happened.

        My zaida was an ardent Zionist taking his entire family of 10 children to Israel in 1920. So strong a Zionist was he, he named his 10th child, my father Bar Koch Bar.

  3. “which leads one to wonder whether we are dealing with presidential malice or stupidity”

    Well, you know he’s not stupid, and that leaves only one other option.

    Great article!

    • hi Rach, good to see you here. Will write when I have a moment.

      • Thanks, Shirlee.

        “I don’t understand the Jewish Left… Good heavens above, I grew up on the Left and my parents, and their friends, were strong Israel supporters.”

        Many Jewish left-wingers are strong Israel supporters. In fact, I’ve known people who have said they are right-wingers when it comes to Israel but left-wingers regarding everything else! I think it has to do with the strong desire to help people, and there is that naivety that liberalism is about helping the less fortunate. The problem is that this is not the way things are now. Politicians have taken liberalism to such an extreme, and no extreme is good.

  4. Fred Weisinger

    I always thought Abbass to be more honest in his stance not to recognise the state of Israel no mater what. Yet, Obama/Kerry keep floundering with a so called Kentucky Tried Chicken
    solution that would mean the disembowelling of Israel with deadly but final results. They should learn something of the Philistine psyche & add lies & deception.