By: Steve Yuhas
It didn’t take an expert in the art of body language to know that the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama did not go well. The two men were seated in front of a fireplace in the White House and for the first time since Obama went on the public stage what I saw was a deflated shell of a man. A man not used to being told no or for things not to go his way.
Obama is said to have told Netanyahu that he wanted the so-called peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to resume and for Israel to stop building in areas of Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu said that negotiations with an enemy of Israel could continue immediately, but that the Palestinians would have to recognize one simple thing: that Israel has a right to exist.
For the Palestinians that is a non-starter for their masters in the Hamas and the Hezbollah refuse to recognize the “Zionist Entity” (the pet name for Israel used by peaceful people the world over: bin Laden uses it; Iranian leaders seeking nukes with the sole purpose of wiping Israel off the map use it and Palestinian leaders use it.
Who then would Obama like Israel to negotiate with? A group that says Israel should be pushed into the sea or a group that took over Gaza after every single Israeli and Jew left it only to turn it into a concentration camp for the Palestinian people?
Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the world ignores thousands of rockets being fired at Israeli towns and cities out of an exclusively Palestinian part of the world and goes apoplectic when Israel issues a building permit in her own capital city.
The US State Department wasted little time when Netanyahu told Israelis, “United Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. It will never again be partitioned and divided.” The State Department, headed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, disagrees.
“Jerusalem is a final status issue,” said an unnamed State Department spokesman (why are you a spokesman making definitive remarks about the future of an ally like Israel if you are doing it off the record)? But worse, how would the United States react if Britain decided to fly some delegates into America to claim half of Washington, D.C. (the good half, not the part ravaged by Democratic zeal to be a welfare state)?
Netanyahu dropped a bomb on Obama when he let him know that he says what he means and he means what he says. Obama is not used to that kind of candor. It is not like the Israeli Prime Minister asked to see Obama’s birth certificate or anything (or maybe he did and that is what rankled the feathers of our President to the point of pouting).
All the Prime Minister did was inform Obama that there is no partner for peace in Israel and that the partner that the United States favors is one that has no problem endorsing the Iranian position of blowing Israel up in an hours worth of aerial bombardment.
On Monday Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas rejected an Israeli invitation to begin negotiations to peace, even though Israel is still being fired upon by Palestinians in the south. The reason given for the refusal was because there were building permits issued in Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel. That, however, is little more than a condition fulfilling a need.
The Palestinians do not want peace. They need a conflict so that there can be billions of dollars thrown their way and so that the corruption in the Palestinian Authority may continue. For all of the billions of bucks there has not been anything built that would make life better for Palestinians. The money finds its way into the coffers of PA leaders’ bank accounts, but never to the people who can actually use it. PA leaders are content to leave their people in poverty and misery so that they can use it to their political advantage when they meet with world leaders.
Former President George W. Bush was not fooled the way former President Bill Clinton was, who had Yasser Arafat to the White House more than any other world leader. The same lessons learned by Clinton when Arafat walked away from a deal that would have given the PA almost everything it wanted are being ignored by Obama and the PA is finally happy to be back on the world stage.
The difference is that today the people of Israel are tired of the false promises and the refusal of American leaders to do more than talk. Obama talks about the fact that he will not allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon, but that window is quickly closing and it is expected that if the world does not act by the end of the year that the window will close and we will see a nuclear armed Iran. Obama talks about peace yet sits idle as people in the Middle East campaign for office on a platform of destroying Israel and Obama is impotent when it comes to the leaders in Gaza, Palestinians all, firing missiles on Israel towns.
It is the impotency of Obama to influence the Palestinians that has given Netanyahu the ability to act in Iran, to act in Israel and to make declarations that shouldn’t have made news: the Israel’s capital city is Jerusalem. How can that be controversial? Doesn’t matter a lick because it was for as soon as the Associated Press asked the question to the State Department the United States said it was ready to negotiate the future of a city that belongs to Israel – always has and always will.
What is amazing is that Obama just finished another stop on his America is Arrogant Apology Tour yet it is America that is trying to tell one country what to do with their capital city. Try that with France of Britain: France you must divide Paris, after all the Germans once conquered it so give a little to Berlin; Britain, London was once part of Greece so cut it in half and start serving pasta. That is an insane way to think. So one has to ask.
Should all capital cities won in war be given back or split and controlled by the UN? If that is the case then look out Washington D.C. because the Indians and the British are coming.
Steve Yuhas is a radio talk show host in southern California and may be heard from Tijuana to Santa Barbara; San Diego through Los Angeles on AM 600 KOGO. He may be reached at www.steveyuhas.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org