The Middle East is certainly not our President’s strong point. First he tells Mubarak he’s got to go, then un-friends Gadhafi, now he’s telling Benny that his fort is too big.
In a speech Obama gave on May 19 he stated:
So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, and a secure Israel. The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.” –President Obama, May 19, 2011 (Emphasis added.)
Alert! Shocking history lesson ahead! Israel’s 1967 borders are much smaller than they are now.
Obama is essentially calling for Israel to give up the land that it gained during the Six Day War of 1967. As soon as Israel — the only sane country in the Middle East — is smaller the world will be a better place! Everyone will calm down and stop hating Israel as soon as they’re smaller, right? All hail Obama! Ruler of the universe!
But, you know, the US been fighting these Mexican drug cartels for quite a while, so why don’t we just make peace with Mexico and reduce our borders to pre-1789 lines? Wouldn’t that just make the world a better place? Wouldn’t cartels just stop crossing the borders? After all it is rather hypocritical to tell one country to do something we aren’t willing to do ourselves! And we all know that Obama’s no hypocrite!
You know, I wasn’t going to write this commentary. I wasn’t going to until I heard the response from Benjamin Netanyahu, so brilliant, eloquent, a speech that demonstrates the Israel has real leadership, diplomacy, backbone and guts.
[The] path of liberty is not paved by elections alone. It’s paved when governments permit protests in town squares, when limits are placed on the powers of rulers, when judges are beholden to laws and not men, and when human rights cannot be crushed by tribal loyalties or mob rule. Israel has always embraced this path in a Middle East that has long rejected it. In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out. It is different.
Courageous Arab protesters are now struggling to secure these very same rights for their peoples, for their societies. We’re proud in Israel that over 1 million Arab citizens of Israel have been enjoying these rights for decades. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. Now, I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of 1 percent are truly free, and they’re all citizens of Israel.
This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East; Israel is what’s right about the Middle East.” -Benjamin Netanyahu, May 24, 2011
I don’t know about you, but I find Netanyahu’s speech to be a much better read than any of Obama’s. Netanyahu’s message is crystal clear: Mr. President, you are looking at the wrong country to blame for the continuing unrest in the Middle East.
Netanyahu brilliantly refocuses that the problem in the Middle East is not Israel but radical Islam. Israel is not the reason that they do not have peace with Palestine, Palestine is. I stand in admiration that finally a respected leader of a democratic country has rebuked the ignorant and inconsiderate statements made by our President. Bravo Netanyahu!
If the goal is to have peace maybe we should go back to the boarders Israel had between 1072 and 992 B.C. After all, that’s when there was the most peace in the Middle East.
P.S. In case you’re interested, here’s a map of Israel between 1072 and 992 B.C.: