While construction in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria and neighborhoods of Jerusalem has long been carried out within the frame of the law and in accordance with proper licenses issued by the relevant authorities, the Palestinian construction is illegal in every respect. By: Bassam Tawil, The Gatestone Institute As the international community continues to... Read more »
Perhaps President Obama forgot that he is leader of the free world and could have used the death of a dictator to say something about the importance of human liberty and human rights. But why, after eight years of Obama cozying up to Erdogan of Turkey and, worse, Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran, should we expect anything else?
Important government action was taken to protect the environment in the Middle East. But don't expect the government in question to get any credit—because it was the Israeli government, and the Palestinian Arabs were the polluters. And the Palestinians seem immune from international criticism.
Among the many significant positions taken by President Barack Obama in opposition to the will of the electorate have been his stance on relations with Israel and his approach to the Iranian regime. Trump has promised to change all that.
There is a growing fear that despite US public opinion, Obama’s obsession to distance the US diplomatically from Israel could lead him to forgo employing the US veto in the Security Council, or worse, endorse a resolution which could pave the way for global sanctions against Israel.
President Obama should take no action (or inaction) that invites UN involvement in the peace process – involvement that would guarantee failure for any future president’s efforts to encourage a negotiated peace.
Since before its modern independence, Israel has tried to seize every opportunity to make peace with its neighbors. Conversely, Israel’s enemies have tried to seize every opportunity to destroy the Jewish state, no matter its concessions. Yet through it all, the Israelis have maintained their moral clarity.