Michele Bachmann: US pressure and demands on Israel to make concessions must stop

At last, an American politician who tells the truth about the jihad against Israel. “US pressure and demands on Israel to make concessions must stop,” by Michele Bachmann in the Jerusalem Post, November 4 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

In his address over a month ago to the UN General Assembly, President Barack Obama said that “Israel’s security as a Jewish and democratic state depends upon the realization of a Palestinian state.” He even inferred it had equivalent priority, while saying that “the United States will never compromise our commitment to Israel’s security.”

Yet, only some weeks earlier, the administration, contrary to public assurances that it supported Israeli-Palestinian peace talks without preconditions, pressured Israel to free jailed Palestinian terrorists to bring the Palestinian Authority to the negotiating table. This pressure is symptomatic of a larger, fundamentally flawed approach that has failed the cause of peace.

The administration rightly expressed concern that among the terrorists released by Israel was Al Haj Othman Amar Mustafa, who in 1989 murdered an American and former marine, Steven Frederick Rosenfeld. However, this begs the question why the administration has pressured Israel to free any terrorists at all.

If it is unwise and unjust to free someone who murdered an American citizen, it is equally unwise and unjust to free someone who murdered non-American citizens.

Indeed, why do we accept PA demands to free people who have committed the war crime of targeting civilians? And why are we pressuring Israel at all? We have frequently pressured Israel to concede, including things it never agreed to in signed agreements, while ignoring the Palestinians” refusal to fulfill the vital concessions and reforms — arresting terrorists, outlawing terrorist groups, confiscating illegal weaponry, ending incitement to hatred and violence against Jews and Israel — they solemnly undertook in the 1993 Oslo and other signed agreements.

It is not Israel that has declared war on its Arab neighbors since its inception in 1948. It it is the neighboring Arab states which invaded Israel the day it declared independence.

It is not Israel that refused peace talks following the first Arab-Israeli war, it was its Arab neighbors.

It is not Israel that refuses concessions. Under the 1979 Israeli/Egyptian peace treaty, it uprooted 4,000 Israelis and returned all of Sinai to Egypt, including the airfields it had built and the oil fields it had developed.

We can’t recall any other country that ever gave back territory won in self-defense, especially containing a reliable source of oil.

Indeed, since the commencement of the Oslo peace process in 1993, Israel has made far-reaching, sometimes irreversible, concessions. In contrast, the Fatah party of Mahmoud Abbas, which controls the PA, has never even rescinded the 10 articles of its Constitution which call for Israel’s destruction and terrorism against Israel.

This has been the pattern since Oslo: Israel undertakes to withdraw from territory or hand over assets and authority — and does so; the PA undertakes to accept Israel, dismantle terrorist groups and prepare its public for peace — and does not do so.

Under successive agreements — the May 1994 Gaza-Jericho agreement; the September 1995 Oslo II agreement; the January 1997 Hebron agreement; the October 1998 Wye River Memorandum and the September 1999 Sharm el-Sheikh agreement — Israel withdraw from over 40 percent of the West Bank and nearly 90% of Gaza.

In the negotiations of 2000-2001, Israel agreed to the Clinton peace plan for Palestinian statehood in Gaza and over 90% of the West Bank, something not promised or undertaken in any previous agreement.

It agreed to uprooting many Jewish communities in the West Bank and the division of its holiest city and capital, Jerusalem.

And it agreed to cede the Jordan Valley, a strategically vital buffer zone protecting Israel’s narrow waist to the east — a massive security risk and unprecedented concession which Yitzhak Rabin himself had explicitly ruled out just before his death.

Yet, the PA did not accept the plan and instead launched a terror wave which claimed the lives of over 1,500 Israelis during the succeeding five years….

Read it all.

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  1. says

    Bravo Michele Bachmann. At last someone who has a “voice” (albeit a small one that is always criticized by her so-called “colleagues” in Congress) telling it like it is and speaking the unvarnished truth. No whitewash here. I only wish Michele could take Boehner’s place.

  2. says

    WELL DONE, MICHELLE!

    Quite truly, the demands on Israel from the US give the Pallies more encouragement to use terrorism to ALARM the US and INFLAME world opinion with the childish cry: ‘SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO? YOU REALLY MADE ME MAD THIS TIME!’

    Childish! Stupid! Moronic!

    Yet the world falls for the terrorist ploy every time!

  3. says

    Michele Bachmann: US pressure and demands on Israel to make concessions must stop

    At last, an American politician who tells the truth about the jihad against Israel….
    ………………………

    Kudos to Michele Bachmann! Alas, she is not often taken seriously by the middle-of-the-road dhimmis”and I doubt that her principled stance here will do much to change that.

  4. says

    Just as an aside, and something that may seem terribly strange – but this comes from a guy living in China.

    Why haven’t the Chinese pressured Israel into doing, or not doing anything, hmmm?

    China has nukes. China has the world’s 2nd largest economy. China needs oil. China holds a huge amount of the foreign debt of the USA.

    Why no word from them – for decades?

  5. says

    IS anybody listening, WELL DONE MICHELLE,
    Why do people ignore the facts? You cant negotiate with terrorists. They are laughing at us every waking moment….

  6. says

    lets not forget, Arafat used to target school buses in the 70’s. Killing children going to school….PLO will never accept Israel.

  7. says

    Read link

    The Senate DEMANDS that Abbas abolishes the parts of the Fatah Constitution that tells their only job is to eliminate Israel – and Obama continues to give them money to do just that!

  8. says

    Ralph Haglund wrote:

    The Senate DEMANDS that Abbas abolishes the parts of the Fatah Constitution that tells their only job is to eliminate Israel – and Obama continues to give them money to do just that!
    ………………………..

    Thanks for the information, Ralph. I had missed this back in 2008.

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear, ultimately, that the Senate demanded any such thing”which is, probably, why I had not heard of it previously.

    Senate Resolution 499 from April 2008 was “sent to committee”, where it quietly died.

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/sres499

    That it was *not* passed”or even loudly championed in the press”tells us, alas, a great deal about the state of the US Congress in these dark days.

    But kudos to Senator Arlen Specter, who sponsored the bill”and who died last year”and anyone else who may have supported it.

  9. says

    Graven, her stated position may bring her Jewish-American support in her campaigns in gratitude for her telling the truth about our dhimmi backing of the Arab neighbors of our only true ally.

  10. says

    We have nukes, Israel has nukes, so did we both succeed in strong-arming the Chinese into keeping their noses out of this business?

  11. says

    I haven’t lived in China for a while, but I have my take on the matter–especially since I read the language.

    China’s official line is unmistakably pro-Arab/Palestinian. It has not wavered an inch on its “anti-colonialist” stance about the Middle East. However, it’s gotten some technical and weapons help from the Israelis in recent years, so probably doesn’t shout its official position too loudly when speaking another language.

    Hence, when I ran into some Christians from Mainland China, it utterly surprised me how pro-Zionist they were. I’d have thought that the Three Self Movement might have been better at promulgating the Party Line; but it turns out that the unregistered churches have their own ideas.

    A further issue is that the American policy elite has set itself on a quest for the modern holy grail of a permanent Mideast peace. This is partly driven by a strongly liberal internationalist bent (in international affairs parlance) in both the Democrat and Republican parties. In contrast, China’s foreign policy thinking is pretty coldly on the side of “realipolitik”. They’re also pretty good and walking relatively softly while carrying a respectably-sized stick, even if they can’t project much power–yet.

  12. says

    Yet, Israel knows that the only thing Arabs respect is force. It is said all over Israel –expect by their left wing, of course, who still protest for more and more privileges to be granted to those stinky a–holes in robes.

  13. says

    Bettina wrote:

    Graven, her stated position may bring her Jewish-American support in her campaigns in gratitude for her telling the truth about our dhimmi backing of the Arab neighbors of our only true ally.
    ……………………………

    Well, I hope so, Bettina”although I doubt that this was Ms. Bachmann’s main motive in speaking out here. Even her harshest critics generally agree that she consistently acts from her convictions.

    And Jewish people in the Twin Cities area statistically tend to be a pretty left-wing bunch’some of them actually agree with putting this kind of pressure on Israel, believing that these endless concessions to an implacable foe intent on her destruction are somehow actually helpful.

    Still, I hope Bachmann does garner support because of this”from decent and clear-eyed people, Jewish or Gentile.