Monday, April 2, 2012

Next Year In...Palestine?

This Friday at sundown begins the Jewish Passover. At the end of the Passover seder Jews around the world will say: "Next year in Jerusalem."  This is said in pride for the state of Israel, as when we say Jerusalem, we recognize this as the capital of Israel. When we say "next year in Jerusalem" we are expressing our yearning not just to go to Israel, but the view that God will bless us in making sure that Israel will always be there for the Jewish people. We are in effect saying: Long live the state of Israel.
From the JTA March 29, 2012 "

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jerusalem's relationship to Israel was raised anew with the recent itinerary for a State Department official's Middle East visit.
A news release on March 18 detailing the itinerary for acting Under Secretary of State Kathleen Stephens listed four countries she would visit, including Israel, and listed Jerusalem separately.

They were going to Israel and also Jerusalem? Like these were seperate entities.  Well once this statement was released and objections were raised, the State Department implied that this was just a wording slip and changed the itinerary release to say they were going to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Yes, of course, that's what they meant to you believe that? In my opinion, this was no wording slip but a freudian slip.  Evidence of that is clear in this story from the Weekly Standard:

The Weekly Standard Blog, by Daniel Halper.

"There was an amazing exchange today at the State Department press briefing when the press secretary refused to say that Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Israel. “We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem,” State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said in response the question.

When pressed further, Nuland stood her ground. “Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations. That's all I have to say on this issue,” said Nuland."

Later in the article we have this disturbing exchange between the reporter and Ms. Nuland:

"What is the capital of Israel?
MS. NULAND: Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations. That's all I have to say on this issue.
Q: What is the capital of Israel according --
MS. NULAND: Our embassy, as you know, is located in Tel Aviv.
Q: So does that mean you regard Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel?
MS. NULAND: The issue on Jerusalem has to be settled through negotiations.
Long forgotten is candidate Obama's statement in 2008 before AIPAC that he believes in a united, undivided Jerusalem in Israel. Of course that statement [LIE] was taken back just two days later by Obama himself. There is no more pretense of support for Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel or even belonging to Israel.  That is confirmed in this state department official's pronouncement that the status of Jerusalem must be settled through negotiations. Make no mistake, when the state department official said 'the issue of Jerusalem has to be settled through negotiations', she wasn't talking about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel. Every country has a right to choose their own capital.  No, she was talking whether Jerusalem should even be considered as a city in Israel itself. That is what the Obama administration thinks should be up for grabs in negotiations.

I wish the next time an Israeli official visits our country he would say he would be visiting two  places .  He would be  going to Washington, D.C., and he would also be visiting the United States of America.
This very distrurbing statement by Obama's State Department, accompanied with Obama's recent "hot mic" statement to the Russian President Medveded, that he will be more flexible [with regard to our missle defense systems] once he is re-elected, should make not just all Americans but every citizen of Israel extremely uneasy. Shouldn't Israel assume that if Obama is re-elected he will be more flexible with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbolah, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.  He won't have to worry about votes from the Jewish American electorate anymore.

If, God forbid, Obama is re-elected, will the phrase "Next year in Jerusalem" come to mean 'Long live Palestine?'

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