The White House has released a troubling statement from White House Chief of Staff c regarding the President’s stance on Israel, Jewish people, and Palestine. This is beyond the pale, even for Obama, on his obvious hatred of the Jewish people.
How could anyone say the things he says and care at all for Israel? G-d help us all.
That is why President Obama has said that we need to re-evaluate our approach to the peace process and how we pursue the cause of peace – because, like all of you, we care deeply about Israel and its future. We will look to the next Israeli government to match words with actions and policies that demonstrate a genuine commitment to a two-state solution.
And, like every administration since President Johnson, we will continue to oppose Israeli settlement activity since it undermines the prospects for peace. Meanwhile, we share Israel’s concern about the security environment in the region – which is why, as part of the last round of talks – the President and Secretary Kerry had General John Allen prepare a detailed plan to provide for security in the West Bank over the long-term.
In the end, we know what a peace agreement should look like. The borders of Israel and an independent Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. Each state needs secure and recognized borders, and there must be robust provisions that safeguard Israel’s security.
An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end, and the Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state.
President Obama still firmly believes what he said in Jerusalem two years ago—that peace is necessary, just, and possible. Peace is necessary because it is the only way to ensure that a secure State of Israel is both Jewish and democratic. I
srael cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely. That’s the truth. And as President Obama has said, neither occupation nor expulsion of Palestinians is the answer. Anything less than true peace will only worsen the situation. A “one-state solution” would effectively end Israel’s nature as a Jewish and democratic state. Unilateral annexation of the West Bank territories would be both wrong and illegal.
The United States would never support it, and it’s unlikely Israel’s other friends would either. It would only contribute to Israel’s isolation.
Peace is also undeniably just. Palestinian children deserve the same right to be free in their own land as Israeli children in their land. A two-state solution will finally bring Israelis the security and normalcy to which they are entitled, and Palestinians the sovereignty and dignity they deserve.
What exactly is going on here? More, now than ever, Obama should be strengthening our bond with Israel. He should be meeting with Netanyahu, to come up with a real plan of peace. There should be no giving to the vicious Palestinians.
As a Jewish-American woman, this is the type of policy decision that makes me sick to my stomach. Israel wants peace. They would gladly lay down arms and give land to Palestine if they would agree not to fight. The Palestinians don’t want land – they want Israel to disappear.
Obama will not help the Jewish community with this move. he hurts not just the Jews in Israel, he hurts the Jews in America, too. We are all from the same holy lineage, and it affects our entire family line. The freedom of our Holy Land is everything.
May G-d keep his holy hand on Israel.
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White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough – Occupation Must End
A top White House official doubled down on criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech to an American Jewish organization Monday.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at KatieFMcGuire@gmail.com
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