Sunday, April 11, 2010

Israel, Obama, Jerusalem and the Holocaust

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem ---- April 10, 2010 …. It's really kind of difficult to know where to begin here. Perhaps it is with a profound feeling of nausea toward the current President of the United States.

Barack Obama has acted to create instability and conflict in the Middle-East more than any other US President.

But first allow me to preface that I will tread gently here as many do not really know the history nor the politics of the Middle East. For academics, journalists and INTEL, you would eat any news coming out of Israel for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But for John Doe in Cleveland or Michael Rubin on Facebook, little is known about Israel, her democracy and the terrorism, the real threats that Israel faces on a minute by minute basis.

So here is a little Israel 101.

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. The Jewish state has its ancient roots going back in Israel well over 5,000 years. Jewish history can be physically traced back over 3,000 years to 1400 BCE while the invention of Islam was AD 610 and Islamic Palestine was 1967.

Lastly, there was never a Palestinian state. Never a Palestinian capital, nor currency or stamps. The word Palestine is the cognate of an ancient word meaning "Philistines" or "Land of the Philistines". The Philistines were neither Jewish nor Muslim though they did fight the Israelis as illustrated in the biblical stories of Samson, Samuel, Saul and David. As a matter of pure fact, the Dead Sea Scrolls - authentic copies of the Jewish bible dating back to before the destruction of Judea - illustrate the history of the ancient land of Israel.

As modern Israel was created by the UN in 1948, the UN General Assembly on November 29, 1947 offered a partition plan in British Palestine, calling for the creation of two states, one Arab and one Jewish. The Jews legally accepted the plan as the Arabs, led by greed, went to war against the Jews hoping to secure all of British Palestine.

The Arabs lost and the Jews won this war of 1948. In doing so, the ancient Jewish capital of Jerusalem was now clearly back in the hands of the Jews. David the King of Israel first established Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish Nation in 1000 BCE, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city. The Western Wall of the Second Jewish Temple in Israel or otherwise known as the HaKotel, still stands today and is revered as Judaism most holiest site. The Babylonians destroyed the First Temple with the Romans destroying the Second Temple on the same site and the new Muslim religion built the Dome of the Rock over the Jewish Temple in 691-692.

As a result of Israel's victory over Jordan in the Six-Day War of June 5–10, 1967, what was then East Jerusalem became united into one city. The Jewish Western Wall was now open to Jews to pray at after thousands of years.

From the 1960s onward, the term "Palestine" was reinvented by Egyptian born Yasser Arafat and his Palestine Liberation Organization and used in political contexts by Arabs to refer to the land that was once ruled by the Jordanians and the Israelites thousands of years before.

Jerusalem was, is and will always remain the Israel capital. Under Jordanian rule, Jews were forbidden to pray in Jerusalem while under Israeli rule, all three major religions enjoy democratic and the free right to pray where they wish.

Now enter US President Barack Obama.

After making every effort to seduce the Jews of the US to vote for him, including this writer, once in office he declared that Jews no longer should have the right to live in Jerusalem. Obama was referring to what was once East Jerusalem.

Barack Obama has made it perfectly clear that Jewish blood is worth less than an Islamic terror presence placed directly in Jerusalem.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was actually told this again when he was in Washington two weeks ago as he visited the White House. But Obama would not listen to Netanyahu. Rather he walked out of his meeting with the Israel Prime Minister to have dinner with his wife and left Netanyahu with a tapped phone to use. Netanyahu, embarrassed as no Israel leader has ever been before, left the White House for the Israel Embassy where he held consultations.

Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, had been treated like dirt, behavior usually reserved for a third world dictator by the US.

Yes, I voted for Barack Obama. Yes, I was proud of voting for the first Black US President. But I had become color blinded, voting for Obama more as a symbol of my Jewish heritage reflecting tolerance and respect for minorities than voting for Obama out of his political and intellectual abilities.

But that same tolerance and respect has not been shown to the Jews of the US let alone the Jews of Israel. Jews who now face increased terrorism and a new regional war as a result of Obama trying to sell the Jews of Israel out to Arab oil. The appeasement of Islamic Jihad.

Let's keep this simple.

Jerusalem is the ancient capital of Israel. The Jews have every historical and biblical right to live and build in Jerusalem. Second, even if Israel attempted to compromise on some of what was once East Jerusalem - one must look at what happened when Israel left Arab Gaza in a unilateral peace move in August 2005.

Since 2005, the Islamic terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad have continued to wage an Islamic Holy War against Israel by attacking Israel with over 12,000 lethal rockets. Hamas has openly declared, as its supporter Iran has, that they would only accept the complete and total destruction of Israel.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad have declared war on every Jew and Christian - from the New York World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington, the London Underground Bombings to terrorism and murder in the streets of Moscow, Paris, Egypt, India and Turkey.

If Israel was to give the "Palestinians" - whoever they might be - Fatah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hizbullah - one square mile of Jerusalem - would they not use it again to launch attacks against Jewish and Christian Jerusalem?

Barack Obama does not care. It is not as if Hamas and Islamic Jihad were slamming missiles into Los Angeles or Detroit from the Mexico or Canada border.

Barack Obama has made it perfectly clear that Jewish blood is worth less than an Islamic terror presence placed directly in Jerusalem.

Obama "bows" to an Islamic King in Saudi Arabia, while spitting in Netanyahu's face.

And how would Israel respond to Qassam and Katusha rocket attacks from a new Islamic Jihad third front on Israel in East Jerusalem? Would Jordan, a peace partner of Israel, not be sucked into conflict? Would that not lead to a regional war?

How many Jewish, Christian and Muslim lives would be lost?

Does Barack Obama really care?

Both his words and actions have already created increased acts of terror and anti-Semitism against every Jew from Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv to Miami, Paris and London.

As Israel enters Holocaust Memorial Day, we silently bow our heads and tearfully remember the lives of over 12 million people murdered by the Nazis, of which 6 million were Jews who had perished by being shot, hung or gassed.

Barack Obama - do you not remember your visit to the Yad Veshem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem? Or was this just a "campaign stop" to secure the Jewish vote for the White House?

Mr. President, why is it that you have traveled to so many Islamic nations in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt - but not Israel?

To the President of the United States of America - Israel has only two words for you.

Do not try to spin these words with a Passover Seder at the White House or some PR spin as to how you sympathize with all Jews on the occasion of the Holocaust.

Mr. Obama, hear it loud, hear it clear.

Never again.

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