Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bibi's Strong Words vs American Pro-Apartheid Jerusalem, Too Little Too Late

Like many Israelis and Jews all over the world I'm very happy that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has pointed out the hypocrisy of American policy vis-à-vis Jews, Israelis and Jerusalem.
On CBS's "Face the Nation" he described the administration's condemnations as peculiar, saying they were "against the American values. And it doesn't bode well for peace. The idea that we'd have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace, I think it's anti-peace."  (Israel Hayom)
I just can't get all excited about what Bibi said for a very simple reason. This should have had been said by him years ago. Obama's latest "keep the Jews out..." statement wasn't the first of such sentiment by an American President or high official. This has been their unabashed policy for decades already.

It would be hard, impossible to find one American President who while in office recognized Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem or any of the territory liberated in the 1967 Six Days War. I don't have time to search, but I don't even think that any have recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Old City and the Kotel, though they pay lip-service to our rights to pray there.

There's nothing new about Americans condemning us for building and living on the "wrong side of the green line..."

Nu, so why now has Bibi burst forth with brave honest words? And please don't get me wrong; I'm glad he said it.  But, just words?  Where's the "hammer?" Where are the sanctions against America and all of those countries that want us to impose strict apartheid restricting where Jews can live, work and study while allowing Arabs to take over Jewish neighborhoods?

I'm not surprised. Bibi's specialty is "talk" not action.

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