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Daybreak: Bibi Plants Flag at the Jordan

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President Obama yesterday.(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

• Prime Minister Netanyahu declared that Israel would maintain a military presence in the Jordan River valley—the West Bank’s east—under all possible Palestinian deals. President Abbas is known to oppose this. [NYT]

• Jewish leaders—and the Jewish community—are starting to take stock of President Obama’s tenure as the 2012 presidential campaign revs up. [LAT]

• SEC Chairwoman Mary L. Schapiro is in the hot seat for having hired as general counsel a lawyer, David M. Becker, who was financially impacted by the Bernard Madoff scandal. [NYT]

• The six powers that have been negotiating with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program urged it to return to the table. [JPost]

• On the presidential campaign trail with Amr Moussa. [NYT]

• A race to replace a seat in Arkansas’s state legislature has included emails urging voters to reject “a pro-abortion Jewish lawyer,” a.k.a. Democratic candidate Jerry Rephan. [Right Wing Watch]

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rose says:

I am not Jewish but even I know that Obama does not care about America or Israel. When will the Jewish people undersatand this and not support him. I will not vote for him again or for anyone else who does not support Israel completely. That means not giving up land to the Palestinians, who don’t care about the land but just want to get rid of a nation called Israel.

Arlene Moore says:

Rose I agree with you 100% When will the Jewish people wake up??

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

It would be wise to remember, especially when following the trendy way of thinking in certain circles of blaming Israel’s government and its leaders, that the late Mr. Yithaq Rabin, Israel’s former prime minister and one who has been dubbed worldwide as the Prince of Peace stated in his last speech at the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) his vision of a future Palestinian state as follows:

1) Jerusalem will remain united under Israeli sovereignty and will also include the suburbs of Giv’at Zeev and Ma’aleh Adumim

2) Major Jewish settlement blocs will be part of sovereign Israel, including among others the Etzion Bloc and Ariel

3) The Jordan Valley must be viewed in the widest sense of the word and it too must remain under Israeli control

4) A future Palestinian state will not be regal state, e.g. it will be demilitarized, its airspace will be controlled by Israel as will its border passes – land, sea and air.

Mr. Rabin’s vision was primarily based on ensuring Israel national and security interests and within the framework of UN Security Council Resolution, 242, which called upon Israel to withdraw the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to “secure and recognized boundaries”.

Mr. Rabin was a Jewish and Israeli patriot who knew a thing or two about the Jewish people’s connection to the Land of Israel in general and Jerusalem/Zion in particular, and about Israel’s security needs. His views were not much different if any than those of the present prime minister of Israel, Mr. Binjamin Netanjahu, also a former officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in an elite unit and a patriot of the Jewish people and the state of Israel.

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

P.S. Let us never lose sight of the fact that the basis of all peace talks to date have been UN Security Council Resolution, 242, accepted by all relevant parties, including the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

242, while expecting of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to withdraw from territories captured in the Six-Day War, 1967, does not expect it to do so to any particular lines but rather to “secure and recognized boundaries”.

Also, let us not again: 242 does not call at all for the setting up of an additional state in the region, nor does it make any use of phrases such as “Palestinians” of “Palestine”.

Israel’s willingness to help set up a “Palestinian state” in parts of the territories captured in 1967 and which are historically part of Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) has been a gesture of good will – some would say too good a will!! – for which gesture the Arabs are yet to reciprocate…!!

But, to date, the Arabs categorically refuse to even accept Israel’s right to be, to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people, despite historic, ethical and legal grounds for doing so.

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

If Mr. Obama wishes to be accepted by the Jewish community he should first and foremost state publically that he thinks the way out of the present Arab Israeli conflict is a “two-states for two-peoples”.

Obama, by contrast, to date, has refused to state the above and instead has attempted to hide his true ideology behind the statement “two-state solution”.

The two, please note, are fundamentally different from each other; even contradicting one another!!

“Two-states for two-peoples” implies that each people: the Jewish people on the one hand, and the Arab people on the other, is eligible to its own nation-state. This was the intent of the UN when it resolved to set up a “Jewish state” and an “Arab state”, 29 November 1947.

“Two-state solution” on the other hand, implies simply two states in Eretz Israel (Land of Israel), without specifying the right of each of the two peoples to the universally accepted right of national self-determination and independencce. Indeed, even today the Land contains already three states (not including Jordan of course), i.e. Israel, Gaza, West Bank PA.

Obama’s refusal to pronounce the phrase “two-states for two-peoples” is indicative, in the mind of Jews, that he objects to Israel being the nation-state of the Jewish people, hence his rate of approval among Israeli Jews, bout 4%….


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