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by Ronn Torossian
The New York Times reported this week that President Barack Obama sees Israel as being responsible for the failure of the latest round of the Middle East peace talks. The unnamed official was described as saying, “At every juncture, there was a settlement announcement.”
Anyone truly interested in peace should join me, Ronn Torossian, in applauding those responsible for building settlements in Israel – the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. Martin Indyk, who served as Obama’s envoy to the last failed round of negotiations, also blamed Israel’s “settlement activity” as being the main reason for the failure of the talks.
These absurd – and absolutely wrong – accusations are consistent for an administration that continues to be more committed to fighting Jews building homes in the ancient Jewish homeland than Arabs building a nuclear bomb in Tehran.
There are so many questions that one should consider when pondering the Obama administration’s perpetual casting of blaming on Israel:
Why is it that throughout the Muslim world, Arabs are killing Arabs? Would not 125,000 Syrians being killed be of more interest than Jews building homes if indeed Middle East stability is the concern? Is Israel to blame for that as well?
If Israel wasn’t building in these so-called settlements, would there magically be peace? And, if Israel only reclaimed the areas of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) in 1967 – why was there no peace before that? Could it be that peace is not possible with the Palestinian Arabs because they will not recognize a Jewish presence in the region at all?
How come after Israel – a nation the size of New Jersey – has given back land on multiple previous occasions, peace has not arrived?
Why can’t Jews build homes in all areas of this region? If Jews can own property anywhere they choose in the world, why not in the land of our forefathers? Christians and Muslims can build in this region, but if Jews do so then it’s a reason for “peace” to fail? Doesn’t this deprive Jews of equal rights?
Why doesn’t America insist that Jews should be able to live in all Arab countries in the interest of “peaceful” co-existence? When one speaks of “refugees,” why not discuss the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees forced out of Arab countries in the region?
Christians believe that Jesus is the story of the birth of a Jewish baby to a Jewish family living in Bethlehem. This man was circumcised, and lived and prayed as a Jew in the Land of Israel. If many in the world believe this, then how can it be possible that Jews can be occupiers in Israel? How much simpler than this can it get in showing that indeed Jews have always lived and had sovereignty in the so-called West Bank? Simple reading on the subject will reveal that Bethlehem was a Jewish town – and today someone can claim it was an Arab region? Two billion Christians around the world celebrate the fact that the West Bank has always been the home of the Jewish people – are they wrong?
Is it appropriate for America to pressure Israel repeatedly through the media, intelligence leaks and more? Have nations such as Cuba, China or others seen public shaming? Wouldn’t issues like Iran or Russian involvement in Ukraine be a better use of time for American resources?
Do the Palestinian Arabs – who asked to join 15 international conventions and signed a unity deal with an organization which America recognizes as a terrorist organization – Hamas – hold any responsibility? Is Hamas committed to peace? These are today’s partners of the Palestinian Authority. And, if Hamas is committed to peace, then when will Mr. Obama be meeting them?
Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the ideological forefather of the ruling Likud Party of Israel, put it best many years ago when he said that “settlement of the “land” is the only “law.” “There is no justice, no law, and no God in heaven, only a single law which decides and supersedes all — [Jewish] settlement [of the land].” Jabotinsky – rightfully – noted, “We hold that Zionism is moral and just. And since it is moral and just, justice must be done, no matter whether Joseph or Simon or Ivan or Achmed agree with it or not.” “Is a situation moral in which one side can commit any crime or murder and the other is forbidden to react?”
The Obama Administration remains more concerned with Jews building homes in the State of Israel than Arabs building a nuclear bomb in Tehran. It’s radical Muslim extremists that pose a danger to the West – not Jews who seek to raise their families in the Land of Abraham.