Obama supporter, Volleyboy1, has commented under my recent post, “Barack Obama is No Friend to the Jewish People or the Jewish State.” His argument seems to be that if the Obama Administration is encouraging the Radical Jihad then the Israeli government is seeking to communicate with the Muslim Brotherhood... as if these two things are somehow equivalent.
They are not.
Volleyboy quotes Ha’aretz:
Israel's new ambassador in Cairo, Yaakov Amitai, will attempt to open communication channels with Islamic officials in Egypt, including representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood and the radical Salafi movement's Al-Nour Party, according to a senior diplomatic official in Jerusalem.
He goes on to suggest that American capitulation to the Jihad is not only a Democratic Party weakness, but also a Republican Party weakness.
But while we are on "Islamists" how about our friendship with the Saudi Royal family? A friendship that blossomed under Republicans.
Volleyboy’s problem is that no one here is defending the Bush administration and just because Israel is willing to talk with Egypt, including the Brotherhood, this is not nearly the same thing as suggesting, as Barack Obama did, that the rise of the Jihad is something similar to the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s.
The fact of the matter is that the Obama administration is quite literally encouraging the rise of a genocidal anti-Semitic movement and there is no possible spin that can turn that into a good thing.
Israel is a very small country, surrounded by enemies, and will talk with anyone who will talk with her. This is only natural given Israel’s position in the world, but the President of the United States is a world leader that sets world agendas. Israel has a practical need to speak with its neighbors no matter who is in charge, but Barack Obama is literally encouraging the rise of the Jihad. Whatever his intention, this is clearly the effect.
Furthermore, Volleyboy1 fails to address the two other major criticisms in my piece. He does not explain how it is that the Obama administration ruined the “peace process” by demanding “total settlement freeze,” thus forcing Mahmoud Abbas to demand nothing less as the price for negotiations.
He also fails to explain how it is that the Obama administration dares to tell Jews where they may, or may not, live on ancient Jewish land, despite the fact that such a demand justifies Arab racism toward Jews. There is no reason why the presence of Jews in what the Jordanians dubbed “the West Bank,” land that has been known for millenia as Judea and Samaria, should prevent the Palestinians from accepting a state on that land.
If Volleyboy1 wants Jewish people to continue to support this administration, as I did initially, then he will have to do considerably better then merely noticing that Israel will talk with her neighbors, whomever they may be.