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We Need a President who Tells the Truth about the Middle East
If there was ever doubt in anyone's mind about the goals of so-called "Palestinians," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' recent letter to the residents of Gaza should settle the matter once and for all:
It's obvious that Abbas, his henchmen, and the Hamas thugs in Gaza will never accept Israel's existence because all of the land that we call Israel today, every single square meter of it, was secured through fighting. Stated another way, if you took away from Israel all of the land that the Israeli people have fought to secure since 1948, there would be absolutely nothing left.That's precisely what Abbas wants, and although he was late to the game, it's the same point that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been making tirelessly since he took office in 2005.
The Palestine Liberation Organization's (the Palestinian Authority's parent organization) and Hamas' true intentions have been evident for the world to see since their inception because both of their charters have called for Israel's total annihilation since Day One. Like a pack of wandering hyenas, they strike out against the Israeli people every time they get a chance, and each time they have been repelled. Even so, they have proven over time that they are determined because they don't give up. When they are defeated, they lick their wounds and plan the next attack.
This is the point: Israel has been fighting for her existence since 1948.That's not the path she chose, but that's the reality she has been forced to accept. What passes for peace between Israel and her neighbors is nothing more than a lull in the fighting. Arab hatred and animosity toward Israel has no limits. Abbas' letter is yet another confirmation of that fact.
And Abbas is not alone. Since his ascension to power, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has tried to walk a fine line between pretending to support Egypt's peace treaty with Israel which translates into U.S. dollars flowing into Egypt's coffers, and threatening to re-negotiate or abrogate the treaty which his Islamist Brothers demand.
During unguarded moments, though, Morsi reveals his true feelings. At a recent religious service presided over by Egyptian cleric Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, this prayer was offered to the assembled throng for affirmation:
To which Morsi dutifully replied "amen" thus leading the Simon Wiesenthal Center to issue a strong condemnation. Concerning Morsi's active participation in the service, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Wiesenthal Center, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center's associate dean, rightly observed:
We need a president who tells the truth about what is taking place in the Middle East right under our noses and one who is willing to position the United States as Israel's unswerving ally. President Obama won't do it even though he portrays himself as Israel's friend because it means so much to many of his big donors, but his actions reveal the truth.
President Obama has done everything in his power to destabilize the region thus making Israel's already precarious position even more threatening. Re-electing him will only make matters worse since he won't have to contend with the constraints imposed by having to raise money to win another election.
Mitt Romney's position regarding Israel is crystal clear. In September, he said, "Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace." That's what Abbas' letter said and that's what Morsi's "amen" meant.
Romney told the unvarnished truth and for that he was vilified by the left-leaning media and staunch Obama supporters across the fruited plain, but he stuck to his guns. That's something Barack Obama seldom does unless, for example, it's to try to bankrupt the coal industry in the United States which he promised to do before he was elected in 2008.
During Monday night's presidential debate, Romney said that he wants the Israeli people to know that he has their backs because their interests are our interests:
And with regards to Iran and the threat of Iran, there's no question but that a nuclear Iran, a nuclear-capable Iran is unacceptable to America. It presents a threat not only to our friends but ultimately a threat to us to have Iran have nuclear material, nuclear weapons that could be used against us or used to be threatening to us.
President Obama's actions have made his position on Israel all too clear. He'll continue to lead from behind, so the Israeli people had better watch their backsides if he is re-elected.
Neil Snyder is a chaired professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. His blog, SnyderTalk.com, is posted daily.
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