This article totally undermine’s Michael Oren’s views expressed in a recent interiew in which he considered Obama, Israel’s friend, Ted Belman
From coast to coast, authentic, courageous American Jewish groups are forming and organizing. Their members understand that there are things that are more important than multi-million dollar budgets and invitations to White House parties
Last month, we learned that in addition to targeting groups that oppose abortion and that support limited government and lower taxes, the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service has also apparently been singling out non-leftist pro-Israel groups. According to numerous media investigations, beginning as early as March 2009, a consortium of powerful forces including the Palestinian Authority, the New York Times, columnists in the Washington Post, administration-allied anti-Israel groups including J Street and the Arab American anti-Discrimination Committee, and the State Department lobbied the IRS to discriminate against these pro-Israel groups.
They alleged that since these groups opposed the administration’s policy of coercing Israel to vacate Judea, Samaria and northern, southern and eastern Jerusalem, they had no right to receive tax-breaks as non-profit groups.
There is no legal basis for the claim that US groups which lawfully oppose government policy should be barred from receiving non-profit status. Since Israel’s presence and the presence of Jewish civilians in Judea and Samaria is completely legal, there is also no justification for vilifying those in the US or in Israel who support and work to expand that presence.
True, the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s Middle East strategy is to delegitimize the Jewish presence in these areas as a prelude to eliminating it. If nothing else, the contrast between Secretary of State John Kerry’s peripatetic efforts to restart peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel on the one hand, and his demonstrated indifference to the convulsions now engorging Egypt, not to mention the Obama administration’s generally lackadaisical attitude towards the Syrian civil war on the other hand, make that point.
Like President Barack Obama, Kerry has adopted the PLO’s position that talks between the Palestinians and Israel must be based on presumptive Palestinian sovereignty of all territories illegally captured by Egypt and Jordan in Israel’s war of independence up to the 1949 armistice lines (falsely, and misleadingly referred to as the 1967 borders). Implicitly, the administration supports the PLO’s demand that for a Palestinian state to be formed, those areas – as well as much of Jerusalem – must first be ethnically cleansed of Jews.
The administration’s obsession with coercing Israel to make massive concessions to the PLO is based on its belief that the Palestinian conflict with Israel is the greatest source of all instability and anti-Americanism in the Arab world.
Every day, the utter folly and madness of this position is revealed. For the past two and a half years, it has been exposed in the chaos that has taken hold in state after state throughout the Arab world, and the fanatical forces released by this chaos. True, Jew hatred is endemic throughout the Arab world. But …read more