Here where I live in South Florida there’s a very large Jewish community. I’ve had the great privilege to speak in many of the local chabad centers and synagogues — and the humble honor of visiting the Holy Land of Israel twice.
On more than one occasion I find myself wondering, “on whose side is the Obama administration?” And I ask that once more as the State of Israel again finds herself under siege from the forces of Islamic totalitarianism and jihadism committed to her destruction.
Jonathan Tobin, writing for Commentary Magazine appears to have the same question, saying that while the Obama administration’s Middle East policies may be counterproductive, at least it’s consistent: “Rather than let the fact that hundreds of terrorist rockets were launched at Israeli cities affect their public pronouncements, the administration went ahead and let a White House official blast the Jewish state and its government yesterday.”
“Philip Gordon, the White House coordinator for the Middle East and a special assistant to President Barack Obama, gave the keynote address at the Haaretz Conference on Peace in Tel Aviv yesterday. Yet rather than use the opportunity to focus on American support for Israel’s right to self-defense at a time when the very city he was speaking in was being targeted by Hamas rockets, Gordon centered his remarks on harsh criticism of the Israeli government and lavished praise on the Palestinian leader who had embraced unity with the people currently shooting at Tel Aviv and scores of other Israeli cities, towns, and villages.”
Let me attempt to put this into perspective. Imagine if President Franklin Roosevelt’s special assistant was in London, criticizing the British government for not seeking peace with Germany and Adolf Hitler — while the Battle of Britain was ongoing and London was being bombed. That is exactly how stupid Phillip Gordon appeared as he represented the Obama administration — and one has to presume its views.If you haven’t taken the time to read it, just check out the Hamas charter and its objectives for the (non)existence of Israel and Jews in general. Hamas is the “Palestinian” wing of the Muslim Brotherhood — feel free to read their charter as well. So what would you expect Israel do to? Oh, I got it — give out free “coexist” bumper stickers in the Gaza Strip! Message to Phillip “Flash” Gordon: Hamas wants all the Jews dead, not a little, not half, all dead – comprende, amigo?
And furthermore, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, an original Fatah terrorist member, has entered into a reconciliation pact with Hamas — so much for the “peace process.”
Tobin points out that “the Obama administration believes Israel must negotiate a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority because it cannot remain a Jewish and democratic state while continuing to rule over millions of Arabs in the West Bank. And he blames Israel for the failure to conclude such an agreement with PA leader Mahmoud Abbas.”
First of all, the two-state solution was Jordan and Israel and it was Fatah and Yasser Arafat who created such angst in Jordan that they and all Palestinians were expelled to Syria — where they took up terrorism as the means to their ends. Perhaps that’s why progressive socialists and radical Islamists find solidarity: the use of fear, intimidation and coercion to advance their respective agendas.
And don’t forget the key lesson of history. The word Palestine has nothing to do with Arabs, quite the contrary. It was derived from the declaration of Roman Emperor Hadrian of Palaestinia when, after the second Jewish insurrection known as the Bar Kokhba revolt, he sought to eradicate Jewish history and existence in changing the region’s name from Judea — just as he renamed Jerusalem, Aeolia Capitolina. And the root word for Palaestinia came from Philistia, ancient Greeks themselves. Hmm, seems like the modern-day nomadic Arabs and Islamic terrorists and jihadists are just trying to complete the work Hadrian began. And based on Gordon’s comments, it seems he and his boss are willing accomplices.
So as we watch Israel besieged – can’t be that bad since President Obama was throwing down beers and shooting pool in Colorado — are we standing by as a strong ally? As ISIS caliph/emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi set his sights upon Jordan and Israel, do we have any response? I certainly hope it is not that of Mr. Gordon — but then again, it is rather Pavlovian that the American Jewish community for the most part continues to fawn over the man who has turned the Middle East into a jihadist haven.
Jonathan Tobin’s conclusion to his piece hits the nail on the head, and hopefully my Jewish friends here in South Florida will take heed:
“When a sea change in the political culture of the Palestinians happens that will allow their leaders to recognize Israel’s legitimacy and end the conflict, they will find their neighbors willing to talk and to once again offer them sovereignty over part of the land they share with the Jews. But if Obama, Kerry, or Gordon think Israelis are likely to embrace Abbas or to start more withdrawals on the West Bank at a time when the Palestinians are using the only territory they control to wage war on them, they’re as arrogant as they are clueless.”
I can’t wait to read the venomous comments from all the anti-Semites on the Left — so predictable.