Tuesday, May 31, 2011


WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 — Israel is the land of my dreams. The first time I visited Israel, I knelt and kissed the Holy Land.

I touched the stones of Jerusalem, thinking that King David, King Solomon and so many others had walked those paths, and I admired the beauty, the miracle that the Israelis had managed to build, right there in the middle of the desert.

And I admired the Israeli Jews, my tough brothers and sisters, and I kept smiling, thinking, "it’s okay, be patient, they are fighting for survival in the middle of those barbarians."

Last week, during a speech in Congress, most of us felt the force of leadership of a man whose country’s safety and existence were at stake. We heard his voice resonate through Congress like a roar, strong and decisive.

He was one of King David’s successors, Benyamin Netanyahu. The Lion of Judah had been awakened.

A few days earlier, President Obama had unexpectedly asked flat out that Israel go back to its pre-1967 borders, a veiled maneuver to achieve the destruction of America’s best ally. He asked them to surrender territory that is strategically crucial to their defense from the usual, yet ever more ferocious enemies of the State of Israel.

But what, really, are Obama’s objectives? Let’s look his track record:


On December 2, 2010, the Obama administration approved passing control of two uranium mines in Wyoming to a Russian company, Uranium One, after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved transferring the mines’ licenses.

Thus Russia gained control of half of US Uranium production at the same time that it has been supplying uranium to Iran’s nuclear program.

On January 1, 2011, Ukraine sent a shipment of highly enriched Uranium to Russia for secure disposal, a move Obama lauded, saying it "advances a top priority for my administration and for global security."

The shipment adds, with Obama's approval, more weapons grade material to the Russian stockpile, again at the same time that Russia supplies uranium to Iran's nuclear program.


In February, 2010, Obama banned weapons sales to Israel, and at the same time authorized $10 billions in arms to Arab-Muslim states belonging to Arab League, including Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

In September that year, Obama authorized the largest arms sale ever to Saudi Arabia, worth $67 billion. The package included 84 new F-15 fighters, as well as upgrades to 70 fighters already in the Saudi arsenal. It included three types of helicopters: 70 Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and 36 Little Birds. The sale also included $30 billion in ships and hardware to upgrade the kingdom’s naval forces.


Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy reported, “At a White House celebration of Ramadan tonight in the company of representatives of several of the Nation’s most prominent Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, President Obama announced his strong support for one of their most immediate objectives: the construction of a mega-mosque and “cultural center” at Ground Zero [area]. In so doing, he publicly embraced the greatest tar-baby of his presidency.”

Naturally, the President has been accused by relatives of 9/11 victims of “abandoning America” over support for Islamic cultural centre.


You might wonder, why bring up Itamar at this point?

We all remember the horrible massacre on Shabbat, when beasts murdered five members of the Fogel family while they were sleeping.

The Muslim Palestinian terrorists slit the throats even of the children, among them tiny three-month old Hadassah.

Slitting throats, Muslim-terrorist-style, is done slightly, so as to make the victim die slowly, in the most horrible pain while the blood runs out their bodies.

Why did this happen?

My friend, Leah Goldsmith, the wife of Itamar’s mayor, stated at a rally of support we hosted in NYC: “We are at war when people come on Shabbat to slaughter men, women, and children. President Obama has asked the Israeli government to remove the soldiers from the Tapuach junction near us, which protected the Jerusalem-Shechem road. [The Israeli government accepted Obama’s demands.] So you got the butchering of a family, then a bombing at a bus stop because the White House thinks that soldiers checking Arabs is a human rights violation.

"Itamar is on a mountain. To the west we can see the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, and to the east, we see the Jordan Valley. Do you want us, or Hamas, on that mountain?” (Arutz Sheva, March 27, 2011)


In the same vein, Obama last week attended, in Deauville, France, the G8 summit of the leaders of some of the world's most powerful economies. They retain this status even though America is quasi-bankrupt and the other members, except Germany, are in dire straits as well.

During the summit, despite America's near bankruptcy and despite the fact that Joplin, Missouri had been ravaged and hundreds of Americans killed by devastating tornadoes, the President of the United States decided that his top priority should be the financial support of Muslim countries by the G8. He claimed this would advance the cause of democracy in what his administration has taken to calling the "Arab Spring."

Obama succeeded in getting $40 billion committed to advance the “Arab Spring,” rather than trying to get it from the wealthiest Muslim countries, which should and could create that fund to help their own.

Notwithstanding America’s bankruptcy, Obama could have been presidential enough to get some of that money for the people of Texas and Missouri, ravaged by fires and tornadoes, respectively. He might even have suggested that the money go to Japan, a nation devastated by earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.

Obama's priorities are not surprising from a man who, in his “Middle East” speech on May 19 said that, “we are connected to that region by forces of faith.” Muslim faith, that is.

Each item in this list might seem small, but taken together, the picture they paint of Obama's priorities is damning. And the full list is much, much longer.

When Obama demands bluntly that Israel go back to its pre-1967 borders, it is a veiled way for him to set up Israel’s destruction.

Sadly, the suicidal collective viewpoint that has been developing in Israel since its inception is moving the likes of Ehud Olmert to speak up, in spite of the fact that Olmert’s moral corruption strips him of any kind of moral authority to speak up on any grounds.

Israel should only be burdened with one enemy, the enemy without.

Israel is at war, and this critical fact is ignored when it allows the enemy within, emboldened by Israel's most important ally, to become vocal and express opinions that are detrimental to the country’s security.

Whoever speaks of giving up the strategic zones that are historically and forever connected to the heartland of the Jewish people should be incarcerated. These verbal attacks are even worse than exploding a grenade in the middle of innocent civilians.

The effect of a grenade stops with the victims.

The impact of any verbal and ideological attack by Israelis who are unaware and unwilling to identify themselves as Jews is such that those attacks can be repeated, retransmitted, copied, distributed and manipulated ad nauseam in this internet era.

Obama’s greatest victory would be to get Jews to harm other Jews, G-d forbid.

That should never happen.

Land for peace has never worked. Any mathematician can easily say there is no chance, such a formula is doomed.

Peace for Peace. That’s a possibility.

Israel has only ONE possible answer to Obama.


Goodwill Ambassador Eliana Benador is US Representative of the Shomron Liaison Office, Samaria, Israel, former President of Benador Associates, and a national and international political analyst and global strategist. The Washington Times - Communities is running her column In the Eye of the Storm a few times a week.

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