Obama to Is­rael: Drop dead

By let­ting a U.N. res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing Is­rael es­cape veto, Obama aban­dons an ally

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By Cal Thomas Cal Thomas is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist. His lat­est book is “What Works: Com­mon Sense So­lu­tions for a Stronger Amer­ica” (Zon­der­van, 2014).

Ahead­line that would be­come fa­mous ap­peared in the New York Daily News in Oc­to­ber 1975 af­ter Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford de­nied fed­eral as­sis­tance to spare the city from bank­ruptcy. It read: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”

Pres­i­dent Obama has told Is­rael much the same. By in­struct­ing his U.N. am­bas­sador not to veto a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing Is­rael for build­ing so­called “set­tle­ments” on dis­puted land, the pres­i­dent has aided and com­forted that na­tion’s en­e­mies. The U.S. ab­sten­tion will in­evitably in­vite stepped-up at­tacks against Is­raelis, as well as calls for more boy­cotts by the Euro­pean Union, whose ugly anti-Semitic past and present is well doc­u­mented.

In the Mid­dle East, sym­bols can be more im­por­tant than sub­stance, and this sym­bolic act will send a strong mes­sage to Is­rael’s en­e­mies.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu called the res­o­lu­tion a “shame­ful am­bush” and “dis­torted,” not­ing, “It states that the Jewish quar­ter and West­ern Wall (in Jerusalem) are oc­cu­pied, which is ab­surd.” Ne­tanyahu, who has had a tense re­la­tion­ship with Pres­i­dent Obama, sug­gested he ex­pects bet­ter re­la­tions be­tween the U.S. and Is­rael af­ter Don­ald Trump be­comes pres­i­dent.

Mr. Ne­tanyahu likes to cite his­tory to show how the Jews were in the land long be­fore Arab peo­ples showed up and started rewrit­ing the past to the point that it be­longs in the fic­tion sec­tion of book­stores.

What makes any­one think that what Is­rael does, or does not do, has any ef­fect on the be­hav­ior and de­clared re­li­gious man­date of those ded­i­cated to elim­i­nat­ing the coun­try and killing and/ or ex­pelling ev­ery Jew from it? Did uni­lat­er­ally re­lin­quish­ing Gaza bring

Is­rael closer to peace? It did not. In­stead, it in­vited Ha­mas to use the re­gion as a launch­ing pad for ter­ror­ist at­tacks. It is the same with agree­ments be­tween Pales­tinian and Is­raeli lead­ers. Is­rael re­leased ter­ror­ist pris­on­ers and got more ter­ror. Is­rael gave up land and got more ter­ror. Only the de­lib­er­ately blind and deaf who refuse to be­lieve the stated and re­peated goals of Pales­tinian lead­er­ship and much of the Arab world (and Iran) to elim­i­nate Is­rael still think that the key to peace and sta­bil­ity lies solely with that coun­try.

Only the self-deluded think the es­tab­lish­ment of a sep­a­rate Pales­tinian state will re­sult in peace. Such a state would most cer­tainly be used as a base for a mod­ern “fi­nal so­lu­tion” against Is­rael.

What kind of state would the Pales­tini­ans es­tab­lish? Their lead­ers have al­ready said it would be one with­out Jews. Ne­tanyahu noted that in any other sce­nario this would be seen as “eth­nic cleans­ing,” but be­cause much of the world hates Jews and is em­bar­rassed by Is­rael and its pros­per­ity, it ap­plies a dif­fer­ent stan­dard to the Pales­tini­ans.

The late Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Me­nachem Be­gin once told me that while Is­rael needs friends, it could never fully trust any na­tion for its se­cu­rity. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­fusal to veto the U.N. res­o­lu­tion is more proof he was right.

Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, South Carolina Re­pub­li­can, says he will ask Con­gress to stop send­ing money to the U.N. un­til the res­o­lu­tion is re­pealed. His pro­posal is gain­ing sup­port among some pro-Is­rael Democrats. Mr. Ne­tanyahu has an­nounced the ter­mi­na­tion of pro­grams and aid to na­tions that voted in fa­vor of the res­o­lu­tion and re­called some of his coun­try’s am­bas­sadors from those states.

At a time when Jews the world over are cel­e­brat­ing Hanukkah and the mir­a­cle of lights, Barack Obama has at­tempted to turn out the light on the Jewish state. Is­rael will sur­vive, be­cause it has sur­vived worse than a U.N. res­o­lu­tion, but the ac­tion will only en­cour­age her en­e­mies, which in­clude ev­ery na­tion that voted for this res­o­lu­tion and en­gaged in boy­cotts of Is­raeli prod­ucts and busi­nesses.

The prophet Isa­iah wrote: “Speak ten­derly to Jerusalem” (Isa­iah 40:2). The Psalmist said: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). In his fi­nal in­sult to Is­rael, Pres­i­dent Obama has spo­ken harshly and en­sured there will be more war, not peace. The No­bel com­mit­tee should de­mand he re­turn his pre­ma­turely awarded Peace Prize.

What kind of state would the Pales­tini­ans es­tab­lish? Their lead­ers have al­ready said it would be one with­out Jews. Ne­tanyahu noted that in any other sce­nario this would be seen as “eth­nic cleans­ing.”

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