In just over a 10-week period during the transition, Barack Obama has transformed himself into a one-man wrecking ball. It is astonishing to watch just how much damage one man can inflict during such a short period of time. In fairness, Obama had some assistance from his dim-witted sidekick, Secretary of State John Kerry, who dutifully obeyed his master’s orders.
Despite full throated denials, which later turned into meek, half-hearted denials, there is clear and convincing evidence that the Obama administration orchestrated and secured the passage of the immoral and perfidious United Nations Security Council resolution 2334, in direct defiance of bipartisan congressional wishes. Under resolution 2334, it is a “flagrant violation of international law” for Israel to reconstruct East Jerusalem synagogues and other religious institutions dynamited by the Jordanians (for no apparent reason other than pure anti-Semitism) during their 19-year occupation of the Old City. That gives one a good sense of just how absurd this rancid resolution, bearing Obama’s fingerprints, is.
After securing the passage of resolution 2334, Obama continued to jab at Israel, America’s closest ally in the region and arguably, the world. Hauling Israel before the world’s greatest purveyors of anti-Semitism wasn’t enough for the lame duck president. He had to ensure that the Mideast’s only democracy was thoroughly tarnished as well and just days later, had his secretary of state launch a scathing 75-minute attack speech against the Jewish state.
Kerry’s long-winded and somewhat incoherent screed paid mere lip service to Palestinian terrorism and incitement and focused almost exclusively on “Israeli settlements.” The Obama administration even challenged the legitimacy of Israel’s democratically elected government, characterizing it as the “most right-wing” government in Israel’s history.
Kerry’s trashing of Israel at Obama’s behest proved too much to bear and provoked a rare but stern rebuke from the United Kingdom. In an unusually harsh tone, British Prime Minister Theresa May stated, “We do not… believe that the way to negotiate peace is by focusing on only one issue, in this case the construction of settlements, when clearly the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is so deeply complex.” May also criticized Kerry’s negative characterization of Israel’s government stating that it was inappropriate “to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an ally.”
Australia’s Prime Minister Julie Bishop also voiced strong support for Israel. Even Russia, not known for warmth toward Israel, criticized Kerry’s speech as unhelpful.
With just five days to go before the end of his term, Obama sent his glorified messenger boy to France – a nation itself wracked by unprecedented Islamist violence – to partake in an international conference aimed at lambasting Israel. The “Paris peace conference” thankfully produced nothing but a banal communiqué. This was due largely to the efforts of Britain and Australia, which expressed adamant reservations and refused to sign off of the summit’s closing statements. In dissenting, the two nations noted the aggressively one-sided nature of the confab and that Israel, the nation most adversely impacted by such a conference, wasn’t even invited.
Not content with fundamentally altering decades of U.S. policy by shamefully permitting the passage of a rabidly anti-Israel UNSC resolution, the Obama administration took its final parting shot at Israel and Congress by authorizing the release $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that Republican members of Congress had been blocking. Written notification of the transfer was issued on January 20, just hours before Donald trump assumed the presidency.
Although the funds had already been approved for the 2015 and 2016 budgets, GOP lawmakers had placed holds on their allocation due to unilateral Palestinian attempts to gain recognition and entry into international bodies. Such deleterious, bad-faith Palestinian actions, deliberately ignored by the Obama administration, represent clear violations of written agreements signed by the PA.
In fact, the PA has not adhered to any of its obligations under accords signed with Israel. It continues to incite to violence though official state forums, including media and educational platforms. For example, Jews are routinely referred to apes and pigs and blood libels directed at Jews or Israel are regurgitated with banal regularity.
Just as alarmingly, a whopping 10% of the PA’s budget goes to pay the salaries of convicted terrorists or is allocated to families of deceased terrorists, killed in “martyrdom operations,” the Palestinian euphemism for bloody terrorist carnage. Thus, the family of the terrorist who stabbed US Army veteran Taylor Force to death while he was touring Jaffa receives a stipend from the PA. Similarly, the family of the beast who broke into the house of Hallel Yaffa Ariel and butchered the 13-year-old while she was sound asleep in her bed also receives a portion of Obama’s taxpayer-funded aid money.
While the release of the funds was technically legal, it demonstrates the utter disdain Obama has for Congress and the system of checks and balances. This has been a common theme throughout his tenure. More importantly, Obama’s unilateral anti-Israel actions during the transitional period placed encumbrances on the incoming administration and severely undermined the interests of a long-time, reliable and vital strategic ally. That he would take these harmful actions at a time when the U.S. faces infinitely more daunting and pressing international challenges, speaks volumes about the man and his nefarious agenda. His final act as president represents an ignominious end to a disastrous presidency. Good riddance.
A Sa’ar 4.5-class Corvette of the Israeli Navy fires its canons during a naval exercise off the coast of Israel.
Israel’s Defense Ministry on Sunday announced a series of deals for the purchase of combat systems from local defense industries in the amount of $420 million by the end of this year. This is part of a project to acquire warships whose mission would to protect natural gas platforms within Israel’s “economic waters” in the Mediterranean against military threats.
An Israeli soldier training in Krav Maga.
Several dozen members of the Indian military are currently learning how to protect themselves using the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga, India Today reported this weekend.
“I brought Krav Maga to India in year 2002 after intensive training in Israel,” Vikram Kapoor — the head instructor at the International Krav Maga Federation — was quoted as saying. “This is the only self-defense technique that is being evolved every moment and that is why it is the best.”
Culminating a three-year process, delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in Orlando on Thursday adopted a resolution titled “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine,” with approximately 98 percent voting in favor. The resolution calls on members to “avoid purchase of products associated with the occupation or produced in settlements in occupied territories.” It also establishes a process for the church to review its investments “for the purpose of withdrawing investments from companies that are profiting from the occupation.”
Rabbi Steven Wernick says Netanyahu recruited progressive Jews to find a compromise for the holy site; now that the PM has reneged, world Jewry won’t be silent
The fight for pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall is a battle already won by Jewry’s Conservative movement. For some 20 years, Conservative Jews have inhabited a spiritual home at Jerusalem’s contentious holy site, which they won through a series of Supreme Court cases — in a section allocated to the Davidson Archaeological
Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. (Photo credit: hebron.com)
In a secret ballot held at the World Heritage Committee’s 41st annual summit in Krakow Poland, on Friday, UNESCO voted twelve to three in favor declaring the Holy City of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs “Palestinian world heritage sites”.
The resolution described a Muslim history of the city while blatantly ignoring the Biblical narrative describing 3,000 years of Jewish connection to the site. Six countries abstained from the controversial vote which, at the request of Poland, Croatia, and Jamaica, was a secret ballot; a first for such a vote.
During last month’s 2017 Chicago Dyke March, the true face of “inclusion” among “progressives” finally surfaced. According to the Chicago based newspaper Windy City Times, the march proceeded calmly with people “of all races, genders and gender identities” attending, until “the Dyke March Collective ejected three people carrying Jewish Pride flags (a rainbow flag with a Star of David in the center).”
Something is terribly broken in the relationship between American and Israeli Jews. I say this as an American Jew who has lived in Israel for almost half a century. But if anyone thinks this started with Women of the Wall or PM Netanyahu’s recent – and I believe unfortunate – backtracking on the agreement over egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, he is suffering from selective memory, if not total denial.
gentleman from times gone by. He was soft-spoken, courtly, and wore his pants hoisted high and held up by suspenders; clearly, a European who had personally endured horrors in the last century.
Indeed, he had personally survived the Holocaust in Poland. Therefore, I could not immediately understand why he now attends a very left-wing synagogue—but, totally incomprehensible, was his unexpected and rather passionate defense of Poland and of the Poles. He argued on their behalf as if his very life still depended upon it.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s decision to visit Jerusalem but not Ramallah has prompted much comment.
The expectation of equal treatment goes back to the Oslo Accords’ signing in Sep. 1993, when the prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, represented his government in the handshake with Yasir Arafat, the much-despised chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. No one found it strange or inappropriate at the time but things look differently nearly a quarter century later.
Matthew Healy at the Atlantic, one of the few remaining liberal anti-censorship magazines, offers a disingenuous counterpoint to the debate over political correctness.
The attempts to silence dissenting points of view are counter-speech, according to Healy. And counter-speech is an important form of free expression.