Obama's relentless pressure on Israel to stop building new settlements

Barack Obama recently met with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, on his visit to America and was pressuring the Israeli leader to stop building settlements in Israel. America's foreign policy establishment continues to harass the only legitimate democracy in the Middle East and to endanger the security of this tiny country nestled amongst hoardes of vipers.

As one of the speakers during a Support Israel Rally at a recent Christian Coalition of America Road to Victory Conference wrote in an email this week: "'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace." Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director of the International Christian Zionist Center, was quoting Jeremiah 8:11 as he realistically assessed the ever-tumultuous situation in the Middle East concerning Israel and Obama's 2-state solution.

When are the starry-eyed dreamers in the Democrat establishment, and some on the Republican side of the aisle, ever going to realize that the terrorists in the Middle East and, indeed, even the PLO and Palestinian Authority -- which will supposedly govern the new Palestinian state -- have no intention, whatsoever, to recognize a Jewish State. Mahmud Abbas, the leader of the PLO and Palestinian Authority recently said: "A Jewish State, what is that supposed to mean? You call yourselves as you like, but I don't accept it, and I say so publicly."

Mr. van der Hoeven also wrote that even if the United States, "with all her own financial upheavals." could help Israel pay just $250,000 in compensation to each of the families living in the Israeli settlements which Obama wants dismantled, "the evacuation (of these settlements) will not lead to peace. It will result in the destruction of Israel as Palestinian spokesmen from all factions - from Hamas to the Fatah - have made abundantly clear."

He goes on to quote PLO representative, Mohammed Dahlen, in "The Jerusalem Post" March 18, 2009: "[Hamas says] that Fatah has asked them to recognize Israel's right to exist and this is a big deception. For the one thousandth time, I want to reaffirm that we are not asking Hamas to recognize Israel's right to exist. Rather, we are asking Hamas not to do so because Fatah never recognized Israel's right to exist. We acknowledge that the PLO did recognize Israel's right to exist, but we are not bound by it as a resistance faction,"

Even more ominously, on May 14, 2009, Mr. van der Hoeven cites the article under the headline "Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Abbas Zaki: Two-State Solution Will Lead to the Collapse of Israel," MEMRI (www.memri.org) which quotes PLO Ambassador Abbas Zaki as saying: "They talk about a two-state solution, and when that is achieved... Even (Iran's leader) Ahmadinejad, leader of the rejectionists throughout the region, said he supports a two-state solution. Nobody fools anybody.

"With the two-state solution, in my opinion, Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People? What will become of all the sacrifices they made - just to be told to leave? They consider Jerusalem to have a spiritual status. The Jews consider Judea and Samaria to be their historic dream. If the Jews leave those places, the Zionist idea will begin to collapse. It will regress of its own accord. Then we will move forward."

"The PLO proceeds through phases, without changing its strategy. Let me tell you, when the ideology of Israel collapses, and we take, at least, Jerusalem, the Israeli ideology will collapse in its entirety, and we will begin to progress with our own ideology, Allah willing, and drive them out of all of Palestine." (Excerpts from an interview with PLO Ambassador to Lebanon Abbas Zaki, which aired on ANB TV on May 7, 2009.)

As seen in the quotes above, Israel's enemies actually are arrogantly signalling to the world foreign establishment that they reject the 2-state solution. What Barack Obama needs to do is to listen to the actual statements made by Israel's enemies -- with whom he is trying to negotiate a 2-state solution -- and to throw the entire weight of his presidency behind Israel.

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