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Borderline Treachery
National Review ^ | 5/21/2011 | Andrew C. McCarthy

Posted on 05/21/2011 6:47:02 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross

Would that the president of the United States were as worried about Arizona’s border as he is about “Palestine’s.”

There was less fanfare about this latest Obama oration on the future of the Middle East, staged at Foggy Bottom, than there was about his 2009 Cairo speech. It was, however, every bit as delusional, and twice as treacherous.

As for the delusional, “Arab Spring” devotees are thrilled that the president has morphed into his predecessor on the Democracy Project — the enterprise in which future generations of American taxpayers go deeper into hock as our tapped-out government borrows more Chinese billions in order to stimulate the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the few shovel-ready projects President Obama has managed to find (and as a union, the Brothers make the SEIU look like the Jaycees). There is cruel irony in the Arab Spring hallucination, though, evidenced by this bit of rhetorical flourish: “Through the moral force of nonviolence, the people of the region have achieved more change in six months than terrorists have accomplished in six years.”

As the president utters his paeans to nonviolence, Egyptians and Iraqis continue slaughtering their religious minorities, and Bashar Assad, the “reformer,” murders his Syrian subjects in the street with the help of his friends at Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist organization whose day job is running the Lebanese government. The democracy fetish that gave Hezbollah and Hamas thugs the patina of political legitimacy is about to place Egypt under the thumb of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is itching to deep-six the treaty that has kept peace with Israel for 30 years. Speaking of Israel, it is recovering from a weekend in which thousands of “peaceful protesters” stormed four of its borders. Meanwhile, Iraq, which is touted by Arab Spring enthusiasts — and now even the Obama Left — as a Democracy Project success story, just announced that it will show its gratitude to American soldiers and taxpayers by expanding military ties with Iran, the world’s leading facilitator of Islamist terror. Pakistan, when not holding memorial services for Osama bin Laden, is exploding in bloodshed. The Obama administration is pleading with the Taliban to come to the negotiating table; you may recall that the Taliban is the reason our troops are still in Afghanistan preventing the collapse of its fragile “democracy” and the reopening of a safe haven for al-Qaeda. And al-Qaeda’s current safe haven, Yemen, is the site of a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. So much for nonviolence.

The president stumbled into a bracing truth when he compared the change achieved by the people in the region, on the one hand, and by terrorists on the other. The change both are seeking is the same: the creation of sharia societies. Obama and Democracy Project promoters like to frame the Arab Spring as the ultimate rejection of al-Qaeda. But it is, at most, a discovery that there are better tactical routes to the promised land than al-Qaeda’s crude brutality. That promised land is not Western liberalism; it is Islam in all its repression of free speech, religious liberty, and equality — American principles the president spoke of his boundless determination to promote, while avoiding a single mention of Islam or sharia, which make achieving those principles a pipedream in this region.

Speaking of the promised land, the real one, Israel, is apparently getting smaller. This was Obama’s news-making treachery, and its ramifications are impossible to predict, other than that they bode ill.

For the first time in history, an American president explicitly called for a settlement of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict premised on the 1967 borders — i.e., the 1949 armistice line, the tenuous state of play before Israel captured the West Bank (actually, Judea and Samaria), the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights in the Arab war of aggression to destroy the Jewish state. To be sure, Obama said that there would also have to be territorial “swaps” to satisfy security concerns. This caveat, though, is cold comfort for Israel, America’s only true ally in the region.

To begin with, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to point out, the 1967 borders are “indefensible.” That is why they have never been the starting point of U.S. policy, even though they always hover over negotiations. In its implacable hostility to Israel, the “international community” chooses to forget how and why the Arab side first grabbed, then lost, the territory in question. For nearly a half century since the adoption of U.N. Security Council resolution 242, the Washington Institute’s Robert Satloff explains, American administrations of both parties have called for eventual Israeli withdrawal to “secure and recognized” borders, a phrase interpreted as “not synonymous with the pre-1967 boundaries.”

By his new articulation, President Obama would deny Israel crucial negotiating leverage. If there is to be a peace settlement (which there cannot be until there are two parties that want peace), Israel must have the latitude to make territorial concessions in exchange for reliable concessions on security and other matters. It cannot be coerced into accepting an Obama-imposed fait accompli that leaves it fatally vulnerable to enemies whose ferocity is only encouraged by this bullying.

Bear in mind that what are called the “1967 borders” were never agreed-upon national boundaries. The Jewish claim on Judea and Samaria has roots in antiquity. This fact was intentionally obfuscated by Obama’s earlier suggestion in Cairo that Israel’s creation was an ill-conceived payback for the Holocaust, as it is by the convention of referring to Judea and Samaria as “the West Bank,” the name Jordan gave them when it seized and occupied them at the conclusion of Israel’s war of independence. The Arabs, of course, never created a Palestinian state when it was within their power to do so. Thus, the final disposition of this territory has never been resolved. It is a subject for negotiations, not predetermined Palestinian sovereignty.

When, in the decades after the 1967 war, Israelis built homes in Judea and Samaria, they were building on ancient Jewish land. Hundreds of thousands of them now live in the thriving communities that the world, in its glossary of delegitimization, calls “settlements.” But recognizing how dramatically conditions on the ground had changed since 1967, President Bush declared in 2004 that that there could not realistically be “a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.” As the Washington Times’ Eli Lake reports, Prime Minister Netanyahu — who was sandbagged by Obama’s newly announced policy only a day before his scheduled meeting with the president — will now press for a reaffirmation of this U.S. commitment, reminding Obama that Bush’s conclusion was overwhelmingly supported by Congress.

Not only is Obama’s new position on the borders a sellout of this American commitment to Israel; it is an adoption of Hamas’s position. This is palpably alarming for several reasons. The first involves rewarding terrorism, the Islamic practice of which Obama purports to be eradicating. Hamas (i.e., the Palestinian branch of the same Muslim Brotherhood that is poised to take the reins in neighboring Egypt) remains pledged to Israel’s destruction. In his speech, Obama paid lip service to the pie-in-the-sky assumption that Hamas will ultimately come to see terrorism as futile (even as the jihadists reap the benefits of practicing terror). But he did not demand that Palestinians convincingly renounce terror and accept without reservation Israel’s permanent existence as a Jewish state. This president’s demands are made only on Israel; Hamas gets hopey-changey cajoling.

Because it will never recognize Israel’s right to exist, Hamas’s support for the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders does not translate into support for the dreamy two-state solution. It is a way station to Hamas’s goal of a one-state solution. This is to be reached by an inside/outside strategy: The newly formed “Palestine” would continue to pressure Israel with terror attacks from without, while within Israel, Islamists would exploit democracy, assembling the critical mass of Israeli Arabs, leftists, and returned Palestinian “refugees” needed to destroy Israel’s character as a Jewish state.

Then there is the matter of timing. The president chose to announce his new position on the 1967 borders only days after the Palestinian Authority — run by Fatah, the “moderates” who maintain their own terrorist wing, the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades — formed a unity government with Hamas. Again, while from one side of his mouth the president claims the Arab Spring is a rejection of terror, from the other he tells the terrorists that their methods work.

In the course of insisting that the Palestinians must have their own sovereign state, Obama also slipped in the stipulation that it must be a contiguous state. Oughtn’t it to go without saying that Gaza does not abut Judea and Samaria? You can’t make them “contiguous” without ceding to the Palestinians the swath of Israel that would be needed to connect them.

To be fair, Obama is not the first to use this disturbing formulation. Bush State Department officials, who often seemed every bit as eager to placate the Palestinians, used to say “contiguous,” too. Still, hearing this word from a U.S. president who has already called for a territorial contraction that would make their country indefensible, and who seems decidedly blasé about its contiguity, Israelis cannot be blamed for wondering whether the land “swaps” Obama has in mind will carve Israel into separate slices.

For all the appalling things Obama did say, however, the worst was what he didn’t. In the greater scheme of things, borders are a subordinate issue, and they’d be a trivial one were it not for Israel’s existential security problems. Many rival countries have territorial disputes, but they either live with them or settle them because they do not question each other’s right to exist as sovereign nations. The Palestinians, by contrast, do not accept Israel’s existence. They do not want peace and they will not renounce terror. And why would they? Terror is serving them quite well, the “international community” having embraced the terrorists while making pariahs of the region’s only true democracy and beacon of human rights.

An American president who really wanted to outline the only worthy settlement of this intractable conflict could have given a very short speech. The Palestinians must accept Israel, they must convincingly renounce terrorism (none of this “resistance” legerdemain), and they must drop the ludicrous demand for a right of return that would effectively overrun Israel. If they did those three things, the territorial boundaries would take care of themselves, and Obama could go back to not worrying about America’s borders.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arabspring; bhounderthebusspeech; border; hamas; israel; mccarthy; obama
For a imposter poseur who "utters his paeans to nonviolence", this liar has set the world on fire, with intention.


1 posted on 05/21/2011 6:47:05 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross

Just FYI: The Nogales Border Patrol station, the most porous in America and running without a leader for nearly a year, has just named a woman to its head. Her qualifications are found in representing the BP in Mexico City, and seeking ways to entice more women to join the BP. In other words, just another politically correct appointment.


2 posted on 05/21/2011 6:54:50 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: Melchior

—bflr—


3 posted on 05/21/2011 7:00:18 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Servant of the Cross

                MAN                                                                  mouse

4 posted on 05/21/2011 7:01:53 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

My advice to Israel: Simply ignore Obama. He is an @ss. He will never offer anything of benefit, and he lives in an American-Lefist fantasy land. Also, he is a weakling, so there will be no consequences to ignoring him.


5 posted on 05/21/2011 7:04:04 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: PGR88
Israel cannot afford to ignore obama. He is their mortal enemy. And, until he is replaced, we as a nation are their enemy.

That is the reality of it.

6 posted on 05/21/2011 7:06:58 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: Servant of the Cross

Bibi was SO HOT way back when. I was embarrassed for my country yesterday, yes, embarrassed by our head of state in comparison to that of Israel. The fools who voted for Obama elected an unqualified, ill-informed, traitorous monster who is forwarding the cause of evil the world, and using our money to do it. Just horrible.


7 posted on 05/21/2011 7:08:09 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: PGR88

Nothing said or done yesterday matters much. In a round about way, both messages were the same. The peace process is only expensive posturing and acting.

There are three Palestinian groups that can’t live together. Until that situation is resolved the peace process is a farce.

The only question of importance is how can Gaza be obliterated.


8 posted on 05/21/2011 7:13:09 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Servant of the Cross

BRAVO Andrew C. McCarthy!

The world said, “Never again.”

Well “never again” is on our door step.

Stand with Israel now, or bow to Islam.

Obama has to be defeated in 2012 right along with every other anti-Israel politician.


9 posted on 05/21/2011 7:16:25 AM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx
Stand with Israel now ...

Ich bin ein Israeli! (We're all Israeli's now!)

10 posted on 05/21/2011 7:20:44 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

This is to the Muslim in he white house..

http://www.youtube.com/embed/wbV3lf1HzQI


11 posted on 05/21/2011 7:21:15 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Melchior

Extrapolating, she has no balls


12 posted on 05/21/2011 7:22:32 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: PLD

Great video! Thanks for sharing.


13 posted on 05/21/2011 7:28:46 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Israel needs to conduct a military training drill when the American spy satellites can get a good picture. Roll a couple of nuclear tipped missiles out of where ever they are kept and go through the usual preparation for launch steps, make sure Obama gets his personal autographed copy “Bebe” and then roll them back into storage.
14 posted on 05/21/2011 7:31:36 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: La Lydia

>Bibi was SO HOT way back when.<

My heart pounds every time I see that picture.


15 posted on 05/21/2011 7:32:57 AM PDT by Califreak (You can't go swimming in a baseball pool)
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To: Servant of the Cross
THEYWILLCOME
16 posted on 05/21/2011 7:37:07 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Israel’s resistance to this proposal will be used as a pretext for a 3rd intifada or an all out war against them. Ultimately the PA state will be imposed upon Israel by the UN (led by the USA) whether they like it or not.

Get ready, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride


17 posted on 05/21/2011 7:40:17 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: onyx

Agree with you 100% young lady...


18 posted on 05/21/2011 7:44:22 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Servant of the Cross

A question that should be asked by everyone is, what will happen to Jews everywhere when Israel is destroyed?

This is one the American liberal Jews refuse to confront.

The average American [liberal] simply doesn’t realize that without Israel, the Jews everywhere are in a heap of trouble.

I *absolutely* refuse to believe that what Obama and the Democrat leadership are doing here can be explained by naivete and incompetence. It is malicious, with the goal being the Muslim takeover of Israel.


19 posted on 05/21/2011 7:45:43 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: Servant of the Cross
The President is absolutely concerned about the Mexican border situation. He has decided upon the following measure. All American settlements will be evacuated and withdrawn to the borders of 1803, the Louisiana Purchase.
20 posted on 05/21/2011 7:48:01 AM PDT by Sienovan
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To: wtc911
Time for the Mosad to get busy and spill all of the Illegal's records.
21 posted on 05/21/2011 7:51:03 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

I agree, and I wonder what Bibi held over bambi’s head that made him sit there and take the public de-panting.


22 posted on 05/21/2011 7:52:40 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Servant of the Cross.


23 posted on 05/21/2011 7:53:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Califreak
My heart pounds every time I see that picture.

_______________________________

One hopes that you're a chick.

24 posted on 05/21/2011 7:53:56 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: wtc911

Wasn’t that the best? theWon sitting there getting schooled by a real man....left him speechless. Perfect. Wonder how the state dinner went. Would have LOVED to have been at that.


25 posted on 05/21/2011 7:56:26 AM PDT by tioga (2012 - the year Obama gets slapped down....coming soon.)
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To: libstripper
You know, I've been thinking about it since your mosad reference and I am convinced that the only way Bibi got obama to sit there and take it was some serious threats behind closed doors concerning what Israel knows and can prove about his personal life and/or his back-channel contacts with the muslim world.

I have no idea what it could have been but it had to be powerful.

26 posted on 05/21/2011 7:58:00 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: wtc911
"I agree, and I wonder what Bibi held over bambi’s head that made him sit there and take the public de-panting."

If we ever got on Israel's really bad side, they could make al qaeda look like a bunch of girl scouts. I think threatening Israel's very survival would be an extraordinarily bad idea.

27 posted on 05/21/2011 8:01:40 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Or, “I am an/one Israeli!”


28 posted on 05/21/2011 8:05:46 AM PDT by jamaksin
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To: Servant of the Cross; All

HOORAY Andrew C. McCarthy! Thanks for the post/pic; thread.


29 posted on 05/21/2011 9:14:36 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Servant of the Cross
"...this liar has set the world on fire, with intention."

Just wreaking the atavistic vengenge on the western world that Frank Marshall Davis taught him to seek.

30 posted on 05/21/2011 9:22:11 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: Flag_This
History has shown that every Nation that has mistreated the Jews has come to a bad ending. And vice versa,while they bless the Jews, they , in turn are blessed.

Thanks to the fools and idiots in 2008. The United States of America is about to learn this lesson the hard way.

31 posted on 05/21/2011 9:32:04 AM PDT by sport
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To: Servant of the Cross

What is “borderline” about it?


32 posted on 05/21/2011 9:36:42 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi
What is “borderline” about it?

Absolutely nothing. Could be a pun for the editors, but I'm quite sure that McCarthy meant it only as relating to Border (line) issues. It is FULL, INTENTIONAL and UNMITIGATED treachery.

33 posted on 05/21/2011 9:43:56 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Absolutely!
34 posted on 05/21/2011 9:46:12 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Video- Cain: "You Mess with Israel, You are Messing with the United States. It's that Simple"
35 posted on 05/21/2011 9:57:00 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Sienovan

Texas isn’t giving up shiite...I have a pretty good feeling we’ll just reform the Republic of Texas and take it from there...

I’m ok with that senario...


36 posted on 05/22/2011 3:23:25 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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