President Obama’s peace-keeping trek to Israel — his first to our only real ally in the volatile region since taking office — wobbled like Jell-O, after he chided the Israelis to accommodate the Palestinians, who responded by burning Bam effigies, torching the American flag, and launching rockets.
Their disrespect would have more bite if Palestinians didn’t lap up U.S. foreign aid quite so greedily.
American taxpayers have handed Palestinians $3.5 billion since 1994, including $147 million last year, and another $500 million frozen by Congress for months that the State Department unblocked in time for Obama’s trip.
The leader of the free world was predictably deficient, delivering dog-eared, campaign-esque speeches that berated Israel, but didn’t waggle a finger at the Palestinian Authority — a terror haven that whooped it up after 9-11.
He lost me at, “Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this.”
He advanced his pro-Arab, pro-Muslim agenda — painstakingly and needlessly orchestrated since day one — at the expense of Israel, as Palestinian-stoked missile fire exploded overhead.
“Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer,” Obama said, oblivious to Israel’s long effort to stave off round-the-clock Palestinian mischief and violence for more than 60 years.
“Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land,” he said, heedless of Israel’s grave expenditures in blood, sweat, tears, and olive branches to coexist — if not in harmony than in truce — with its unyielding nemesis.
“You must create the change that you want to see,” POTUS continued, upbraiding the Israelis, when he should have been telling that to the Palestinians, whose proud nationalism is a contemporary stunt in response to Israel’s successes.
Modern-day Palestinians cannot lay claim to Israel because they never ruled ancient Palestine. Their genealogy is virtually untraceable because the Arab and Muslim conquerors who imposed their foreign rule and religion on the region for millennia didn’t keep ancestral paper trails. Jews by comparison have maintained perpetual ties to the Holy Land and have their ink stains on some of our first documented records to prove it.
The Palestinian push for a homeland is a new contrivance. After the 1948 War of Independence, Arabs and Muslim gulf nations ruled the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem — areas that Palestinians claim today, but didn’t ask for then, to be their home territory.
“By appropriating to themselves the values, traditions, and historical facts that belong to the Jews, Palestinians have managed to fabricate a ‘legitimate’ history and political traditions out of nothing while denying those of Israel,” David Bukay asserts in the Middle East Quarterly.
Jealousy grinds the Palestinian cause — a beef that goes back to the late 1800s when Jewish settlers made the Mideast’s barren desert livable, stimulated commerce and employment, and improved life for both communities. The Jews hoped to live peacefully alongside their nomadic neighbors, who responded then as they do today: with unchecked, unwarranted violence.
Palestinians must stop heralding their suicide missions as “the best day” of their lives — and President Obama must stop funding their Pales-whines with American tax dollars — if peace is to prevail in the Mideast.
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