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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Obama and Israel

Nadene Goldfoot
Obama said at a recent APAC forum: We should all be concerned about the agreement negotiated among Palestinians in Mecca last month. The reports of this agreement suggest that Hamas, Fatah, and independent ministers would sit in a government together, under a Hamas Prime Minister, without any recognition of Israel, without a renunciation of violence, and with only an ambiguous promise to "respect" previous agreements.
This should concern us all because it suggests that Mahmoud Abbas, who is a Palestinian leader I believe is committed to peace, felt forced to compromise with Hamas. However, if we are serious about the Quartet's conditions, we must tell the Palestinians this is not good enough.
But as I said at the outset, Israel will have some heavy stones to carry as well. Its history has been full of tough choices in search of peace and security.

My concern is that we've had some heavy stones to carry all along. We give in at every meeting and give land, but our opponents never do. We can't even get them to recognize us other than a target for killing. In order to accomplish his goal, I'm afraid he'll put added pressure on Israel to "give" another small piece of our already extremely small state. Jerusalem is land I'm thinking about. I'm not willing to part with one speck of it. If there is to be a Palestine next door to us, it will only come when they recognize and accept us and not do harm to us. They already live in East Jerusalem. We haven't kicked them out. I think it's safer all around if it remains under Israel's authority, considering what happened when Jordan was in control. For what they have done to us for 60 years of being terrorists and warring, I think we can say that they've never even had the option of taking Jerusalem from us. Israel has carried far too many heavy stones. It's the future Palestinians whose turn it is now.

Another problem I foresee is Abbas, who is said to be a moderate. Fatah is not as moderate as they should be. I'm afraid it's a ruse. One cannot be too naive. They talk with Hamas and plan. If Obama wins I would pray that he be wary of their intentions and promises. During February the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Salaam Fayyad issued a poster to honor the 43rd anniversary of Fatah's party depicting Israel, Judea, Samaria and Gaza draped in an Arab headdress with a rifle and Yasser Arafat and honored the late terrorist George Habash by having 3 days of mourning, which included flying PA flags at half mast and publicly praising him as a great Palestinian hero. Mr. Fayyad is one of the "moderates" who is said to promote peace.

George Habash's terrorists murdered hundreds of Jews and Americans and instigated suicide bombings and airplane hijackings, were involved in the Munich massacre and murdered an Israeli cabinet minister, Zeevi. Even Fatah's office in Washington praised George Habash and dared to ask members of Congress to sign a book of condolence. American Jews who questioned Mr. Fayyad are just now realizing that the PA leadership is not moderate or peaceful. As they put it, "It's just Yasser Arafats in suits and ties. " Obama, our Israeli leaders had spoken with our enemies, but they were fully aware of whom they were speaking to. Our next president must have his or her eyes wide open and not be gullible. This must be the most important foreign relations skill. This is what I worry about. Enough with the heavy stones for Israel to carry. We've done our share already.

References: Obama speech to AIPAC
2/27/08 Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations: Palestinian PM Fayyad refuses to answer question about PA's honoring terrorist Habash & PA/Fatah Poster erasing Israel.

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