If Obama asks, here’s how Netanyahu should respond

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is http://tuviainil.blogspot.com He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

According to news reports, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet next week with US President Barack Hussein Obama. The meeting is to take place in Washington, DC.

For his part, President Obama has signalled what he wants from this meeting. He supposedly intends to get from Israel a commitment to go forward to a ‘two-state solution’ (Ben Ariel, “Obama to ask Netanyahu to avoid 'one-state solution'”, Arutz Sheva, November 6, 2015).

But that may not be correct. Obama’s senior advisor on the Middle East, Rob Malley, is reported to have suggested that Obama really doesn’t believe there’ll be a two-state solution anytime soon (ibid).Therefore—please don’t hurt yourself trying to understand this logic—Obama wants to know from Netanyahu how he’s going to stabilize ‘the situation on the ground’ (ibid).

If that’s what Obama intends to ask, here’s how Mr Netanyahu should respond: Mr President, if you’re looking to ‘stabilize’ the situation ‘on the ground’, don’t put that question to me. After all:

-It’s not the Israeli Prime Minister—or my ruling Likud Party-- who calls for blood to be spilled in Jerusalem. It’s the Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Abbas—along with his ruling Party Fatah--who make that call.

-It’s not I who calls for Jews to attack Arabs. It’s Abbas and his Fatah who call for Arabs to attack Jews.

-It’s not my Likud which announces that a Jew was killed after he’d just stabbed two Arabs to death in a terror attack; and my Likud certainly would not call such a Jew a ‘heroic religious martyr whose pure blood waters Israel soil’. It’s Abbas’ Fatah which speaks that way. It’s Fatah that calls an Arab terrorist killed immediately after stabbing two Jews to death ‘a heroic martyr whose pure blood waters Palestinian soil (“More Palestinian blood worship and Martyr glorification”, Palestinian Media Watch [pmw], November 6, 2015).

-It’s not Israeli TV that praises a young girl for reading a poem calling Arabs ‘barbaric monkeys’. It’s Palestinian TV that praises a young girl for using such offensive language (“Jews are barbaric monkeys, most evil among creations, in poem recited by girl on PA TV”, pmw, May 29, 2015). 

-It’s not Israeli Rabbis who call Arabs apes and pigs. It’s PA ‘clerics’ who speak of Jews that way: (“PA cleric: Jews are apes and pigs and slaves of deities”, pmw, January 30, 2015).

-It’s not the Jewish Likud which calls the murder of Arabs a ‘symphony of love’ for Jerusalem, it’s the Muslim Fatah that does that (“Abbas’ Fatah: Stabbing Israelis is a symphony of love for Jerusalem”, pmw, October 12, 2015).

-It isn’t Likud that uses its Facebook page to de-stabilize this area by encouraging Jews to stab Arabs. You should know that Likud doesn’t behave that way. It’s Fatah that uses its official Facebook page to do that (“Fatah posts image encouraging stabbing Jews on its Facebook page”, pmw, October 4, 2015). 

Mr President, the Israel Prime Minister should say, if you want the political and social situation here to become more stable, don’t talk to me. I’m the one that wants that stability.

You should talk instead to the man who works overtime to de-stabilize our situation. That man is Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas calls for genocide. He won’t stop. He’s created a complete resume of actions which match precisely the UN definition of genocide. That definition, Mr President, has been published for all to see in the UN Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime Genocide.

Mr President, I suggest you look it up. Then ask yourself, when in history has genocide led to a peace that is just and humane?

Mr President, Jews don’t talk about ‘peace’ with those who embrace genocide. Neither should you.

Get rid of the genocide, Mr. President. Then you can call for ‘peace’.

Actually, I personally do not care how Obama responds to such a blunt statement. I care only that Israel’s Prime Minister has a responsibility to protect Israel’s Jews.

I believe Mr Netanyahu should use this meeting to stand up for us. He certainly needs to do that if he gets hectored for supposedly opposing peace.