December 12. 2014

 

Why does President Barack Obama continue to go against the grain on Middle East policy? He makes it so easy for critics to continue condemning him for “treating our friends like enemies and our enemies like friends.”

Newsmax.com reported on Dec 5, that Obama is seriously considering sanctions against Israel for building in Jerusalem, while at the same time threatening to veto sanctions against Iran. Defiant about Israeli building in its own capital, “the administration warned Israel that the project would raise questions about Israel’s commitment to peace with the Palestinians.”

Why is it, that the Administration never raises questions about the “Palestinian commitment to peace with the Israelis?”

If there was a way of writing “speechless” I would be typing it out right now. Sanctioning Israel for this is so justifiably anti-American that his own people can’t explain it.

“On Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dodged questions on whether the administration was considering sanctions against Israel, saying she would not comment on ‘internal’ deliberations.”

Could it be that President Obama is pretty much out there on his own?

An unidentified congressional aide stated in the Washington Free Beacon, “If these reports are true, this would mark a new era of unprecedented hostility from the White House against our strongest ally in the Middle East, It’s impossible not to notice the irony of the administration mulling sanctions on Israel while threatening to veto new sanctions against Iran.”

The report didin’t say whether the aide was Republican or Democrat, but it hardly seems to matter at this point. There are so many in Congress on both sides of the isle who are very worried about what the president is doing. Mr. Obama really needs to rethink this one.

On Oct. 29th in “The case for a unified Jewish Jerusalem” I wrote, “Over the centuries Palestine in general was the one place on Earth that Jews migrated to because they wanted to, not because they were forced out of somewhere else which has been a major part of the Jewish story for the last 1000 years. And, most of those Jews settled in Jerusalem.”

Critics always tell Zionists that claiming Jerusalem on religious grounds for the last 3000 years has no bearing on modern day political realities. They’re right.

It is unnecessary to cite the Hebrew bible to trace Jewish roots to that part of the world. The secular historical narrative will do fine, thank you very much, Mr. President.

Archeologists consistently find Hebrew coins and other Jewish artifacts from 2000 years ago, confirming Jewish existence on the land. There is something called “the City of David” which occupies an ancient section of the old city. David being “the” David from the Israelite kings. He was the one to established Jerusalem as the capital of the Hebrew people at the end of the second millennium BCE .

Wasn’t the Gezer calendar from thirty centuries ago found somewhere near Jerusalem? With Hebrew writing on it that can still be read today. University of Arizona’s, Professor William Dever’s life work in the area shows a direct link from the people that first settled in that area at the end of the Bronze Age with the Jews of today.

The Jewish connection with that city is aboriginal and goes back 3000 years, longer than most of us can fathom one people existing in one place throughout civilized time.

And, yet Barack Obama wants to tell us we can’t build there.

Not only have we lived there since the first civilizations on Earth but since the early 1800s we’ve maintained a majority in that city—more Jews in Jerusalem than Christians or Muslims. A people who comprised one tenth of one percent of the world’s population have held a popular majority in Jerusalem 100 years before the founding of the modern State of Israel.

Mr. President, that is our city, don’t tell us what we can and can’t do with it.

Oh, and Iran, well that’s another story for another time.

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