President Barack Obama is planning to finally visit Israel on his trip through the Middle East in the middle of March. It is rumored that President Obama is seeking to have at least one joint meeting with both Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas with the press allowed to take pictures and hold a short press conference. Many pro-Israel people who have followed the history of President Barack Obama and his early little surprises which he sprung on Israel likely have the same trepidations as do I. President Obama inventing the now infamous precondition of an Israeli building freeze on all lands beyond the Green Line was only the first insult. Then as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was boarding his plane to fly to Washington for a meeting with President Obama, the United States President gave a short speech where he called for Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks and for the negotiations to utilize the 1949 Armistice Lines, also referred to as the 1967 Lines as President Obama referred to them, as the initial new borders with the possibility of minor adjustments made through mutual land swaps as allowing for East Jerusalem to be ceded to be used as the Palestinian capital. The implication was left that Jerusalem would be divided exactly as it were under Jordanian control before the 1967 Six Day War which would leave all of the Old City, the Temple Mount, and all access to the Kotel and the Western Wall, which is among the holiest of sites in Judaism, inaccessible to Israeli and the world’s Jews. Add the personal insulting behaviors shown Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israelis in leadership positions by President Obama simply adds to the apprehensions that President Obama is planning the joint appearance before the press in order to launch yet another broadside against the Israeli positions thus further aiding the demands by Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians of both Fatah and Hamas.
The additional rumors that Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein may also be invited to the President Abbas, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama meeting before the press simply makes suspicions grow to new heights. It is a very unfortunate and telling indicator of the trust which had been built between Israel and the United States has so casually been violated sufficiently in the recent past that a visit by high Administration representatives, especially a visit by the President, would set off alarm bells to be prepared for unpleasant surprises. The larger problem is that among the leaders of the world’s countries, nongovernmental organizations, international justice establishments such as the ICC and the ICJ, and international organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, Arab League, Organization of Islamic Countries, Nonaligned Movement or other centers of power represent almost as serious and equally as concerning threats to Israel as are recognized terror organizations such as Hezballah, Hamas, and the international terror cells receiving direction through the IRGC. What makes this situation even more unfortunate is that Israel is almost equally guilty in allowing this situation to fester to the point it has reached largely due to their ignoring and leaving unanswered the persistent and vicious propaganda campaign which has denigrated Israel making her to appear as an evil entity practicing hatreds and racist policies stealing land and continuing in an illegal existence as Israel relied on the rest of the world resisting the accusations due to their lack of factual basis. Unfortunately, the constant battering and nearly incessant denigration of Israel’s reputation has been effective and with the current media accomplices in portraying Israel as such a malicious entity will take even longer to repair and has made any treatment used against Israel to appear legitimate. A good amount of blame for the current situation can be laid at the feet of the Israeli government and the lack of efforts by many of the world’s Jews who have been mostly passive in the war of words and reputation smearing. Thankfully there are some in the private sectors who have finally picked up the charge for defending all that is Israel and that the government has at least recognized the problem and recognizing you have a problem is the first step towards a solution.
The meetings in March will likely get a good amount of coverage here at BTC where we will hopefully have only good news. Since President Obama was reelected his attitude towards Israel has shown some indicators of improvement and hopefully it is actual truth and not a mirage showing me what I so badly wish to see. I would be glad should much of the world simply move on and leave Israel alone for a while rather than making her the central topic and most important issue and invest their precious time in actual instances of human rights violations and let Israel take care of herself. I know it would be too much to ask but if should the world really be interested in furthering a lasting peace between Israel and her Palestinian neighbors, could they just entertain themselves with the difficulties in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Mali and the rest of the places where there is far more violence being perpetrated on the peoples. Who knows, if the Europeans would simply allow Israelis to fund and care for their political groups and decide that they might better use their funds, which amounts to tens of millions of Euros, to address their financial instability and to buttress their sagging economies rather than buttress civil unrest in Israel and surrounding areas, perhaps that might help to solve both problem areas. After all, does Israel meddle in European affairs and fund civil unrest and protests which often resort to attacking law enforcement personnel and uprooting fields after the European farmers have planted a fresh crop? Then perhaps the European governments and the European Union can return that favor and keep their anarchists home. Thank you.
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