|“Israel has a prime minister whose policies|
have no connection to what
he promised during the election,”
Livni said. “It’s all due to pressure.
Because he lacks the courage
to stand up to his ministers
and insist on differentiating between
the settlement blocs and isolated settlements,
he has shifted the international debate
to [territories] that we once took for granted.”
...“A responsible leader helps
our friends around the world
and does not embarrass them.
The president of the United States
wanted two months of quiet
and Netanyahu responded
with a shameful request to
receive something to persuade
the right-wing parties
in his government.”
Regarding Netanyahu’s decision
not to cave in to pressure from
US President Barack Obama
to extend the 10-month
West Bank moratorium on housing
The Prime Minister’s Office denied a report on Wednesday that Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu had asked President Shimon Peres to pressure Kadima leader
Tzipi Livni to join the coalition.
A report in Wednesday’s Yediot Aharonot said Netanyahu had met secretly with Peres for more than three hours over dinner on Monday night. It said they had analyzed the political situation and the challenges of the current US-Israel relationship and that Netanyahu had asked the president for help with Livni.
In an interview broadcast on Saturday, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman told Israel's Channel 2 television that many people in the United States are fed up with Israel.
New York Times opinion columnist Thomas Friedman said that many Americans are becoming "fed up" with Israel. Friedman's comments came in an interview with Channel Two reporter Dana Weiss aired on Saturday.
Friedman stated that while the American public was by no means anti-Israel, they no longer care about the Israeli-Arab conflict and this could eventually hurt Israel's national security interests, as the US is Israel's only friend.
Friedman added that he believes Israel is not doing the utmost to promote renewed peace talks with the Palestinians. Friedman derided Israel's calls for the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish State in exchange for a renewed freeze on construction in the settlements that could revive peace talks. He jokingly said that Israel is asking for "Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] to sing Hatikva [Israel's national anthem] in perfect Yiddish."
The New York Times columnist also lamented the fact that young American Jews are drifting away from Israel.
Friedman's comments followed a controversial op-ed entitled "Just Knock it Off" that appeared in Tuesday's New York Times in which he said "Israel today really is behaving like a spoiled child."
Op-ed: US president’s policy focuses on boosting Israel’s international isolation
Shoula Romano Horing
It seems that President Obama’s confrontational and accusatory attitude toward Israel during the last two years has encouraged the anti-Semites in the international community, who did not dare to reveal themselves during the Bush Administration. Now, they have resurfaced and are making Israel the new scapegoat for all the evils in the world. Furthermore, the Obama Administration has been an active participant in international bodies with bias against Israel which the Bush Administration refused to join or concur with. In some instances, the current Administration even consented to these bodies’ investigations of so-called Israeli “crimes.” But more cynically and morally repugnant, Obama has been using the threat of international isolation to pressure Israel into more concessions.
Otherwise, why would one of the assurances reportedly given by the US to Israel, in an effort to get the West Bank settlement freeze extended for 60 days, be an American commitment to use its veto to prevent UN recognition of a unilaterally declared Palestinian state? Under Presidents Bush and Clinton it was taken for granted that the veto would be used, as it was understood that any peace deal premised on the “two-state solution” would only be decided through negotiations.
Reportedly, Prime Minster Netanyahu also fears that as soon as any new 60-day freeze ends, and with the November US midterm elections over, the Obama Administration - with the help of the international community - will aim to force a permanent agreement on Israel by presenting a “take it or leave it peace plan.”
Such initiative would publicly support the Palestinian position that the 1967 borders should be the basis for a future Palestinian state, including a divided Jerusalem.
Breaking 40-year precedent
In the last two years, Israel has been under a new kind of attack on her legitimacy and on her right to exist. A campaign has been conducted where many of Israel’s enemies are employing legal tricks, through multinational and international bodies, to present Israel as an illegitimate pariah state that should be isolated like Apartheid South Africa.
Sadly, the Obama Administration was an active participant in these efforts until it recently felt the backlash from Jewish voters and has eased off before the midterm elections.
In May, the Obama Administration broke 40 years of US precedent and shamefully signed a unanimous resolution adopted at a meeting of the 189 signatories of The Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, singling out Israel’s atomic program without even mentioning Iran’s. The draft urged Israel to sign the NPT and put its nuclear facilities under UN International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.
During the previous NPT conference in 2005, the Bush Administration refused to accept parts of the draft document that called on Israel to join the NPT and turned down the idea of holding talks in order to create a region free of nuclear weapons.
While President Bush refused to join the UN Human Rights Council and lend it legitimacy, President Obama’s first foreign policy decision was to join the Council, knowing that it has adopted more resolutions and decisions condemning the state of Israel than all others 191 UN members combined.
In August, under heavy Obama Administration pressure, Israel agreed for the first time ever to participate in a UN review panel investigating IDF actions in the Gaza-bound flotilla incident.
It appears that letting Israel feel isolated and alone while relying on the US as her only friend is the Obama Administration’s strategy to “deliver” Israel to the Arabs. However, recent polls reveal great support for Israel by the American people.
The American people who care about Israel’s survival must stand by Israel in the upcoming November elections and only vote for the Republican Party, to deflect future US pressure by Obama. In the meantime, the Israeli government must wait for the American voter’s verdict against Obama and the Democratic Party.
Shoula Romano Horing was born and raised in Israel. She is an attorney, a national speaker and a radio host in Kansas City Missouri. She blogs at www.shoularomanohoring.com.
Barack Hussein Obama, in a determination letter to Congress, has announced that he will allow an additional 80,000 immigrants – – mostly from Islamic countries – – to resettle in the United States during fiscal year 2011.
That’s 80,000 more leeches on the welfare rolls, not to mention potential terrorists from countries like Somalia.
Paul L. Williams, The Last Crusade
Refugee Resettlement Watch and other organizations have expressed grave concern that Mr. Obama is allowing so many immigrants into the country while so many Americans remain out of work and living in poverty.
According to the US Department of Labor, 14.8 million Americans remain unemployed. 6.1 million have been out of work for 27 weeks or over. This figure has been challenged by
the Union of the Unemployed who provide statistics that the actual number of unemployed Americans is 31 million.
The U. S. Census Bureau shows that the median household income for Americans has fallen to $49,777 – – a decline of 0.7% in the past year.
A refugee is defined by The US Department of Immigration and Naturalization as someone who has left one’s country due to persecution or a fear of persecution.
This accounts for the sharp rise of Somali communities throughout the country.
However, the definition of refugee is ‘fudged’ in several cases. “Refugees” who have not left their country due to persecution, according to Mr. Obama’s determination letter, can still be called “refugees” if they are from Iraq, one of the Islamic countries of the former Soviet Union, or Cuba.
According to Section 413 (a) of the Immigration and Nationalities Act, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is required to submit an annual report to Congress on the activities of the refugees.
The report is supposed to include the number who are on public welfare programs.
But no report has forthcoming from the Office of Refugee Resettlement since 2007.
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