U.S. Presidents as Seen Through Israeli Eyes

Just a reminder from The Flying Camel : While the overwhelming majority of the American people support Israel, most U.S. Presidents have been Arabists and anti-Israel.

I am posting this information on the duplicity of U.S. Presidents in response to the good Christians on Twitter and elsewhere who, while using a Star of David as their avatar, condemn me to hell for pointing out historic facts about Obama and former American Presidents relationships with the Jewish State.  I should consider myself a very fortunate Jew to be merely denounced and “blocked” by the Tweeterati. Two thousand years ago, their ideological ancestors  nailed another big-mouth Jew to a plank of wood for similar statements about their rulers..

I have included an excellent article by Steven Emerson regarding the Obama Administration’s “true colours” when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict and Israel’s continuing war against Islamic terrorism

Clintons and ArafatSome misguided Americans continue to insist that George Bush was the best president Israel has ever had. While the Bush administration had taken a number of positions that  garnered support among friends of Israel, the Bush record on Israel, like his predecessors,  is far from perfect — and friends of Israel must be prepared to criticize Bush’s policies where appropriate. The following facts are also a part of the Bush record on Israel.

BushAbbasIsrael should free settlement construction, dismantle unauthorized outposts, end the daily humiliation of the Palestinian people and not prejudice final negotiations with the placements of walls and fences.  GW Bush

A History of Opposing Israel’s Security Fence:

(Bush, to be fair, didn’t approve of the U.S.-Mexican border either)

 George Bush and his administration were opposed to the construction of Israel’s security fence, and had threatened to penalize Israel for constructing the fence. Echoing many other Jewish and secular press articles, one press report noted in 2003 that “the Bush administration … has been pressuring Israel about its fence because the barrier veers over the ‘green line,’ the old 1949 armistice line, to encompass at least two large West Bank settlements. The administration has said it may deduct what Israel spends on the fence from loan guarantees. … ‘We have made it clear that the fence… is a problem,’ Secretary of State Colin Powell told The Washington Post [in October], in language that has been echoed by Bush” (The Forward, October 10, 2003).

Continuing to Oppose the Fence Through January, 2004:

 George Bush and his administration were clearly opposed to the fence as recently as five months ago, after which President Bush reversed his position. In January, the Forward reported that “Israel is pressuring the Bush administration to omit references to the West Bank security fence from the State Department’s annual human rights report. … The administration is still considering whether it will support Israel’s position [on the fence] in front of the [International Court of Justice at the Hague]” (The Forward, January 16, 2004). A week earlier, the Forward explained, “The Bush administration, which takes a dim view of international tribunals but does not approve of the fence, has not yet decided if it would support such a campaign [against the International Court of Justice], several sources said” (The Forward, January 9, 2004).

Both Supporting and Opposing Israel’s Targeting of Terrorists:

 Following Israel’s actions targeting Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin in March, White House spokesman Scott McClellan first said on-camera that “Israel has the right to defend herself.” But then, according to Reuters, “…in off-camera comments minutes later, McClellan revised the White House position by adding, ‘We are deeply troubled by this morning’s actions in Gaza'” (Reuters, March 22, 2004). The same rhetoric was echoed days later by the Bush Administration’s Ambassador to the United Nations at the time, John D. Negroponte, who told the UN Security Council that “the United States was ‘deeply troubled’ by the killing of Sheik Yassin and believed Israel’s action had escalated tensions in the region” (New York Times, March 26, 2004).

Following Israel’s actions targeting Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin in March, White House spokesman Scott McClellan first said on-camera that “Israel has the right to defend herself.” But then, according to Reuters, “…in off-camera comments minutes later, McClellan revised the White House position by adding, ‘We are deeply troubled by this morning’s actions in Gaza'” (Reuters, March 22, 2004). The same rhetoric was echoed days later by the Bush Administration’s Ambassador to the United Nations at the time, John D. Negroponte, who told the UN Security Council that “the United States was ‘deeply troubled’ by the killing of Sheik Yassin and believed Israel’s action had escalated tensions in the region” (New York Times, March 26, 2004).

Sharp Criticism of Israel:

 In May 2004, the Bush administration had sharp words for Israel, and the administration permitted the UN to pass an Arab-sponsored resolution condemning Israel. Under the headline “Bush’s Support of Israel Falters,” the Associated Press reported that the White House “sharply criticized Israel’s military operations in Gaza and the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council to condemn the Jewish state. … [I]n a sudden turnabout, Secretary of State Colin Powell lashed out at Israel, the White House issued a statement criticizing Israel on humanitarian grounds and the United States dropped plans to veto — or at least weaken — an Arab resolution at the U.N. condemning Israel for the housing demolitions and the attack on Palestinian demonstrators. By abstaining, as it almost never does when Israel is under assault in the Security Council, the Bush administration permitted the resolution to pass, 14-0” (Associated Press, May 20, 2004).

Retracting Pledges to Prime Minister Sharon:

Under the headline “President Bush retracts pledges to Sharon,” Israel’s Maariv newspaper reported in May 2004 that George Bush was stepping back from promises he made to Prime Minister Sharon regarding Israel’s borders and the Palestinian right of return: “Despite his warm embrace of Sharon recently, US President George Bush is showing signs of capitulating in the face of pressure from Arab states. In a press conference held following his meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah today (Thursday), Bush called on Israel to withdraw from territories it captured in 1967. Bush also failed to repeat an earlier statement that Palestinian refugees will not be allowed to enter Israeli territory. ‘The US will not determine the results of the negotiations,’ he noted. …The Palestinians, however, were very pleased with Bush’s speech. Palestinian Minister Saeb Erekat said that ‘Bush understood that international agreements and direct talks are the guarantee for continuation of negotiations. The Palestinians are very encouraged by Bush’s declaration, since only the Palestinians and the Israelis can discuss their conflict and come up with solutions. The pledges Bush made to Sharon are not legally valid'” (Maariv Online, May 6, 2004).

Refusal to Call Arafat a Terrorist in 2002:

The UPI wire service reported in 2002: “President George W. Bush on Monday said he would not label Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat a terrorist since the Arab leader remained engaged in peace negotiations despite a week of devastating suicide bombings within Israeli cities. ‘We’ve got a plan that will lead to peace. It’s a security plan called Tenet, it’s a political plan called Mitchell. Both sides have agreed to this plan,’ said Bush speaking to reporters in the Oval Office. The president said that Arafat’s involvement in negotiating a peace settlement was prevented him from designating him a terrorist” (UPI/United Press International, April 1, 2002).

 Bush calls on Israel to impose settlement freeze
Bush urges Sharon to end ‘daily humiliation of the Palestinian people’;

Just a reminder from The Flying Camel that while the overwhelming majority of the American people support Israel, most U.S. Presidents have been Arabists and anti-Israel.

 John D. Negroponte,  told UN Security Council that “the United States was ‘deeply troubled’ by the killing of Sheik Yassin (The Founder of Hamas and muderer of thousands) and believed Israel’s action had escalated tensions in the region” (New York Times, March 26, 2004).

obamaabbas2Op-Ed: The President’s True Colors Finally Revealed

by Steven Emerson
Jerusalem Online

When I first glanced at the headline on today’s Jerusalem Online and reports in the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli newspapers, I thought they must have been a satire: “Washington officials have told Egypt that the US will guarantee Israel’s commitment to any agreement signed.” But it was not a satire. This was deadly serious, confirmed by other Israeli newspapers and sources in Cairo.

The US offering to Hamas to “guarantee” Israeli commitments to any agreement signed? As if anyone needed proof of the Obama administration’s antipathy to Israel, here it was in black and white. If any party needed a commitment to enforce its agreements in any deal, it would have been Hamas, which has been known to break every commitment it ever made. To pick just a few at random:

  • Hamas recently violated 9 cease fire agreements, including two of its own.
  • Hamas illegally siphoned thousands of tons of cement and steel shipments it received from international donors and Israel that it had committed to use to build the civilian infrastructure in Gaza for hospitals, schools and apartment buildings; instead it spent upwards of $500 million of these humanitarian shipments to covertly build numerous tunnels buried deep underground into Israel in order to carry out murderous raids on Israeli civilian communities intended to kill tens of thousands of Israelis.
  • Hamas violated the terms of the 2012 ceasefire negotiated by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton together with Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi. Under the terms of that agreement, Hamas committed to stop firing missiles into Israel from Gaza. But in fact, Hamas never honored its commitment and continued to fire hundreds of missiles from Gaza into southern Israel during the entire year of 2013 and the first half of 2014. But then in July, Hamas initiated a full scale war against Israel in which it launched 4,000 missiles into 80 percent of Israel’s population centers.
  • Hamas violated the commitment to the Palestinian Authority that it would never launch a coup d’état against the PA after Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005. But in 2007, Hamas did exactly that in a bloody takeover of Gaza, kicking out and killing PA officials.
  • Hamas violated a solemn commitment to its own civilians that it would uphold the rule of law (yea, right) when it took over Gaza only to subsequently execute hundreds of dissident Gazans, torture and imprison thousands of political opponents, violently persecute the minority of Christians still living in Gaza and imprison and prosecute suspected gay Gazans.
  • It violated a commitment it made in the Clinton-negotiated 2012 truce that it would cease its missile attacks on Israel.

And at the same time, it should be noted that President Obama personally signed an official letter at the time of the 2012 negotiated ceasefire to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US would provide Israel with the technology to defeat and stop Hamas smuggling of weapons. But subsequent to that promise, Hamas soon received in massive quantities from Iran, Sudan, and North Korea. That promise was never carried out.

Israel, on the other hand, meticulously fulfilled its part of the bargain by significantly relaxing the blockade on Gaza, allowing tons of previously restricted cement and steel into Gaza, increasing the number of daily truckloads of food, medical stuff and building equipment through the two Israeli checkpoints into Gaza by more than 250 truckloads ( a commitment that continued during the Hamas war against Israel, a fact mostly ignored by the mainstream media blindly committed to the Hamas narrative that Israel was the aggressor).

Remember when Obama spoke to the annual AIPAC conference a few years back and ceremoniously declared, “I got your back”? This is the same president who, as the Wall Street Journal disclosed last week, personally held up the Israeli request for additional Hellfire missiles that it had depleted in its war with Hamas.

As far back as 1967, the United States made a firm promise to Israel that it would never allow the Egyptians to blockade the Straits of Tiran, considered the lifeline of Israel. But when the Egyptians blockaded the Straits of Tiran in May 1967, what did the US do? Nothing.

And in the current round of negotiations being held in Cairo now, according to leaked details in Egyptian newspapers reported by today’s Jerusalem Online

Israel agreed to make the following astonishing concessions:

  • “Israel will stop its attacks in Gaza – in land, sea and air. No ground operations will be conducted.”
  • Israel has agreed to the “opening of crossings between Israel and Gaza [in which] Movement of people and merchandise will be allowed, to rebuild Gaza.”
  • “Eliminating the buffer zone in the North and East of Gaza and deployment of Palestinian military forces starting from January 1, 2015.”
  • “Freedom of fishing and action in the territorial waters of the Palestinians in Gaza to a range of 6 miles. The range will gradually be increased, to no less than 12 miles…”
  • “Israeli authorities will assist the Palestinian Authority to restore the foundations in Gaza, as well as help provide the necessary living needs for those who were forced to leave their homes due to the battles. Also, Israel will provide emergency medical attention to the wounded and will supply humanitarian assistance and food to Gaza as soon as possible.”

It should be noted that even during the recent murderous war waged by Gaza, Israel opened up its borders to treat wounded Gaza civilians in Israeli hospitals and continued to supply more than 500 tons daily of humanitarian assistance and food to Gaza daily, even as Hamas launched thousands of rockets and attempted mass murder of Israeli civilians, fortunately thwarted by Israel, to infiltrate dozens of fully armed Hamas terrorists into Israel via the tunnels dug by Hamas.

And what did the Hamas commit to?

  • “All Palestinian factions in Gaza will stop the attacks against Israel, in the land, the sea and the air; also, building tunnels from Gaza to Israeli territory will be stopped.”

That was it. Virtually the identical commitments it agreed to in December 2012. Quite interestingly, Hamas insisted—which Israel did not agree to—to the immediate opening of a Gaza seaport and airport. But the party that suggested to Hamas that they insist on these demands was none other than the Qataris, the country—the top financial patron to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and many of its terrorist offshoots—curiously selected personally by Obama to be the official diplomatic interlocutor in the Cairo talks. The role that Qatar was supposed to play was to convince Hamas to make concessions. But the opposite happened. Qatar, the country to which that the US just sold $11 billion worth of military weapons, actually sabotaged the negotiations. So far, the president has been silent on this betrayal.

In light of the fact that Hamas has never upheld any of its past commitments, the salient question that has to be asked is why did Obama feel compelled to assuage Hamas with an assurance that the US would “guarantee” that Israeli upheld its commitments? The word “guarantee” has a rather expansive and vague latitude for definition. The most recent demonstration of an American guarantee that Israel would halt its defensive war against Hamas was the suspension of critical military deliveries to Israel during the height of the conflagration instigated by Hamas.

Indeed, for all the public affirmations made last week—after the WSJ expose– by the Obama administration that the U.S. was “totally committed to the security of Israel,” Obama suddenly decides to make a promise to Hamas—whose covenant differs not one bit from the fascist radical Islamic doctrine adopted by ISIL—that it would enforce the commitments made by Israel, which in fact have historically been studiously upheld by Israel.

If Obama was truly sincere in his now obviously contrived promises to “watch [Israel’s] back,” he would have offered to guarantee Hamas commitments, a terrorist group that has repeatedly violated its commitments in previous agreements. But with his statement that he would “guarantee” Israeli commitments and not those made by Hamas, the president has revealed his true colors for everyone to see.

Steven Emerson is executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (www.investigativeproject.org), a non profit group that investigates the threat of radical Islam, author of 6 book on terrorism and national security and executive producer of the award winning 2013 documentary “Jihad in America: The Grand Deception” (www.granddeception.com)

The Flying Camel notes: Since 1991 all so called “Peace agreements”, including the De-occupation of the Gaza Strip and the rise of the Hamas government, included “security guarantees”  by the USA and the “Quartet”. After thousands of dead innocents in Israel, none of the “Guarantors” have used their influence to put an end to Palestinian terrorism.  Indeed, the only visible “treaty compliance force” is the  Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) in Sinai that are charged with monitoring Israeli compliance with the Camp David Accords and Peace Treaty with Egypt.

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6 Responses to U.S. Presidents as Seen Through Israeli Eyes

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