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Opinion Editorials, June 2009
The Second Coming of Moses, Exodus Preparations
By Hesham Tillawi
ccun.org, June 14, 2009
“Israel must halt West Bank settlement activity…” –
President Obama on May 28, 2009 after meeting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“I want you to know that today I’ll be speaking from my heart, and as a true friend of Israel. And I know that when I visit with AIPAC, I am among friends. Good friends. Friends who share my strong commitment to make sure the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, tomorrow and forever.”
Obama June 4, 2008 during his speech to AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
On June 4, 2009 President Obama spoke to the Arab and Muslim “worlds”. On the surface at least, Obama’s speech marked a turning point in the American Administration speech on the Middle East in the last 60 years. Predictably, his even-handedness-with-the-Muslims-speech was received in all the typical ways. Political operative Dick Morris characterized it as America “turning her back on Israel” while Rep Gary Ackerman (D-NY) said in reference to the settlements issue that “I don’t think anybody wants to dictate to an ally what they have to do in their own national security interests.”
We are not witnessing the AIPAC controlled Congress waging the kind of war, which those of us who are familiar with AIPAC’s capabilities expect. Very strange indeed.
From the beginning of this conflict in the Middle East, Palestinians and many others around the world have accused America of being one-sided when it came to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This speech (for the first time) however sounded as if America actually wants to be “fair and balanced” as one infamous pro-Zionist news network likes to call itself. It is obvious–considering some of what Obama said – why many in Israel have their collective underwear in a knot. Rather than the typical “let‘s blame Israel‘s enemies for all the unrest in the Middle East“ the new president stressed that tried-and-true truism that it “takes two to tango” when he said–
“But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.”
During the recent Israeli war on Gaza where over 1300 Palestinians (more than half of whom were women and children) were butchered and Gaza destroyed beyond repair, Obama did not say a word publicly or privately in criticizing the Jewish state and not even when the rest of the world was. He even went further than just remaining silent on the issue by sending a letter to Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States representative to the UN with the message that “The Security Council should clearly and unequivocally condemn the rocket attacks against Israel.… If it cannot…I urge you to ensure that it does not speak at all.” He also added that he understood why Israel was forced to close border crossings to Gaza where over one and a half million people were left to die of hunger and lack of medicine.
We remember the barrage of attacks Obama endured back in March of 2008 while on the campaign trail in Iowa where he had a “slip of the tongue” moment, expressing compassion for the plight of the Palestinians when he said “Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.” As a result, Obama spent the next nine months of his campaign proving his love and commitment to Israel and the Jewish people. So what happened? Why is Obama now “turning his back” on Israel?
Those who reject the idea he is doing just that should take stock of the fact that within the Zionist community worldwide bells are ringing, whistles are blowing, and in general a hurricane of screaming and hollering is being heard ‘round the world about Obama’s “anti-Semitism”, his being a “secret Muslim”, a “Jew hater”, a ” friend of the Palestinians” and of course “anti-Israel”, as well as all the others that cannot be listed here for reasons of decorum.
Those who understand the American political system know that someone with those kind of credentials should not dream of being elected even to a neighborhood association, much less the highest office in the world. Obama was scrutinized by every Jew on the planet but yet he became the president of the USA. Confused and boggled? Its OK, stick around, it gets better. So how could Obama in his first term, and not in his second term and early on make the kind of speech he made to the Muslim world?
As all persons know too well by now, the Jewish people throughout history have been systematically rejected and thrown out of virtually every country in which they lived. In 1290 they were expelled from England, 1392 from France, 1492 from Spain- same year Columbus went out looking for India, and 1497 from Portugal, and the list goes on and on. The latest such experience was in the 30’s and early 40’s of the last century during the Nazi’s rein on power. The reasons cited by Hitler himself were Jewish control of money, media, and political power within Germany.
The recent Israeli-engineered/executed massacres in Lebanon and Gaza coupled with the popularity of the Internet have (finally after 6 decades) exposed Israel for what its victims have always known it to be – a murderous state with no concern for human life or the rules of law. As a result, many people around the world are now rethinking their support for the great experiment in Jewish self rule in the Middle East and the Jews in general. The latest of such evidence is the defeat of the ADL at the University of California at Santa Barbara against Professor William I. Robinson. Added to that is the world financial collapse that many squarely blame on Jewish control over money and banking. The war on Iraq for Israel (combined with the above mentioned factors) have many Jewish writers and leaders around the world (and particularly in the US) sounding sirens of warning or maybe the sound of Shofar- the Jewish Horn-in the interest of stopping the course of history from repeating itself by going against their perceived sense of “Manifest Destiny” even if only temporary.
In other words Jews in the US and around the world have realized the “existential threat” Israel poses to worldwide Jewry as a result of its behavior. Powerful Jewish interests on the left and the Right know what “the Israel Lobby” in Washington is doing must be stopped at least temporarily until they can regroup and the world fall back asleep. More and more people in the USA are learning from the likes of Mearsheimer and Walt rather than from Fox and CNN, and those leaders know it is only a matter of time before the masses in the US start (rightly or wrongly) to better understand the realities of how their political and economic systems truly function and turn against Jewish interests in the USA. The Jewish people – as smart as they are – are trying now to change the course of history by accepting the fact that the dream of greater Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates must be abandoned – for the moment.
Unfortunately for the world that is not how the leadership in Israel feels. Far-right extremists in Israel now rule the country and believe they are obligated to “redeem the land” in order to redeem themselves even if it means killing every Palestinian and destroying every non-Jewish Holy Site. The charge that such assertions are mere anti-Semitic conspiracy theories no longer holds water, as Jews–both religious and irreligious–are “feeling the power” as it were and letting the cat out of the bag as to what their idea of “redeeming the land” really means. Case in point are the comments of one Rabbi Manis Friedman–fellow traveler of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman– who recently responded to the question “How should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors” by saying–
“I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries, don’t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral. The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).The first Israeli prime minister who declares that he will follow the Old Testament will finally bring peace to the Middle East. …”
Needless to say, going public with such statements in this modern informational age, where sound bites can travel the globe in a matter of seconds does not bode well for a nation trying to depict itself as a ‘light among nations’ and the only democracy in the Middle East. Obviously then, there are some within the Jewish community made very nervous by such statements and have come to realize that the Jewish state has actually become detrimental to Jewish survival in the world.
In short, the real fight we see taking place here is not one of principles as much as it is one of the preferred tactics and timing.
Some in the Jewish community believe Israel is putting the whole Jewish people in danger with its policies towards the Palestinians and it must be stopped. Despite the racist, bigoted, violent statements being leveled against him by Israelis and Jews the world over, the fact nevertheless is that Obama is “God’s messenger” sent to the Jewish people, a modern-day messiah or the “second coming of Moses” if you will. The Jews must leave this track of destruction which will lead them to the same end they have experienced in centuries past – isolation and expulsion. They must come out and be free from the grip of their perennially-mad leaders whose only real goal – apart of waging war against non-Jews – is devising new schemes for bringing persecution and oppression on themselves. Obama must lead them through and out of this “Red River”.
By settling the Palestinian-Israeli issue under the two-state solution, Israel is contained and transformed into a manageable beast. In other words what Obama is doing falls squarely within the interest of Israel in particular, and the Jewish people in general. Make no mistake about it, Obama will not “bravely and courageously” go against the Jewish community in the United States, which happens to field an arsenal of WMD’s that includes but not limited to AIPAC, ADL,JDL, and JINSA. These organizations understand that it is only a matter of time before the story of the Holocaust, which was a major stepping stone in the creation of Israel is exposed, and in turn leads to the loss of its legitimacy in the eyes of the World ... a huge embarrassment to all Jews and western governments in the World. Now, you understand why Israel and the Jewish community would fight tooth and nail to protect the sanctity of their Holocaust narrative, a war that they themselves know it will come to an end not in their behalf.
You did not truly believe that America’s banking system could fall overnight, did you? But it did. Is the economic and banking collapse in the US part of this Jewish in-fight? We may have to wait few decades before we will find out.
Of course, don’t forget also that the Arab and the Muslim worlds are the only salvation left in the world for America’s economic recovery. The Chinese, Japanese, Europeans, and the Russians don’t want to buy America’s Treasury Bills - which is how America issues money - anymore because they don’t believe they will ever get their money back. In the cold reality of the business world, the only remaining people susceptible to American arm-twisting is the Arab world. Therefore, catering to the Arabs will not only put pressure on Israel, but will also bring in economic benefits to an economically-beleaguered USA. The only bad thing is, economic help from Arab countries will come much faster than any thing Israel might relinquish under pressure.
Hesham Tillawi, Ph.D. in International Relations is a Palestinian American writer, Political Analyst and a TV and Radio Talk Show Host. His program Current issues with Hesham Tillawi can be viewed Live every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM Central Standard Time on Cox Cable system Channel 15 in Louisiana, Nationwide on Bridges TV, and Worldwide on Amazonas Satellite, as well as Live on the Internet at http://www.currentissues.tv and can be contacted at email@example.com Interviews then archived for on demand viewing at www.currentissues.tv Radio show broadcast on RBN www.republicbroadcasting.org every Saturday at 4-6 PM Central Time.
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