Wednesday, 17 March 2010

TIME TO MOVE ON



In past articles I have mentioned that Obama is not the friend of Israel that he proclaims. Over the last few days we have learned that the Obama administration has denounced Israel’s plans for a housing project in East Jerusalem.
Vice President Biden accused Israel of “endangering US lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. (how does he get to that conclusion???)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Bibi Netanyahu of “insulting” the US.”
Obama’s chief political adviser David Axelrod even claimed that the Israeli government was “deliberately undermining peace talks.”
All of this despite Obama pledging on his website www.barackobama.com that “Barack Obama and Joe Biden strongly support the U.S.-Israel relationship, believe that our first and incontrovertible commitment in the Middle East must be to the security of Israel, America's strongest ally in the Middle East. They support this closeness, stating that that the United States would never distance itself from Israel.”

With one fell swoop they have done that.

I have said from the beginning that Israel better watch out with this guy and that he was no friend. Of course the Obama fans will revert back to statements that he made in the past about Israel and the support it receives from the White House but for me the issue is about actions. What actions have Obama and his team taken since he took office? He has intentionally forced Israel’s hand at every opportunity and laid the responsibility solely on one side. All he asks from Abbas and his Palestinian friends is for a statement along the lines of “we promise we won’t talk publicly about the destruction of Israel”. Then Obama has the audacity to question Israel’s commitment to the peace process. Asking that question is like asking someone that has successfully beaten cancer, to prove he wants to live!! It is insane and I am grateful that Netanyahu is starting to stand his ground.

I genuinely cannot believe that I would ever say this, but I think it is time for Israel to move on from America. Israel must proceed as if the United States is a mere afterthought. At some stage I believe that a more reasonable President will occupy the White House who will genuinely believe in what Israel is fighting for, but until that day arrives, Bibi and the State of Israel must move on.

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