Following up on our discussion on J Street and the problems they cause for the real pro-Israel (read: ZIONIST) movement we come now to the speech that inspired all this.
On June 4th, President Obama gave a speech to the greater Islamic world. At the time, I had intended to do a breakdown of Obama's speech but never got around to it. Luckily, thanks to J Street I have finally been suitably inspired. And I'm not alone. Many prominent Jewish organizations, leaders and commentators have criticized this speech as being damaging to public perceptions of Israel and may even go so far as giving terrorists a pretext for committing their atrocities.
But not according to J Street's "Obama Smear Busters" campaign. According to Smear Busters:
Obama threw Israel under the bus in Cairo speech? Nope. A nasty smear claims President’s Cairo speech was the “end of the America’s strategic alliance with Israel” or worse. That’s nuts – did they even watch his remarks?
Yes. We did watch his remarks. And read them. Or at least I did. And nuts is right. Smear Busters continues:
As a senior Obama Administration officials said about the speech, “The President went before a Cairo audience in a speech co-sponsored by Al-Azhar with Muslim Brotherhood members in the audience and spoke of America’s strong, unshakable support for Israel. He could have gone to a million different venues to say this, but he went to Cairo, and it wasn’t exactly an applause line.”
Wow, an unnamed Obama Administration official liked what Obama had to say. What a tremendously authentic, non-partisan authority on Zionism! But enough of the stupidity, because as Smear Busters itself tells us:
...don’t just take this advisor’s word for it. Read the speech transcript below – or watch the video (also below) and make your own conclusions:
Indeed we will.
For starters, Smear busters doesn't even give us the entire speech on their site...click here to read the whole thing.
For seconders even the parts they quote has several issues. The following is a selection of the more unsettling statements and some rebuttals for them:
and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied." Rebuttal: The aspiration for a Jewish homeland is NOT "rooted in a tragic history" - it's rooted in the right for self-determination. We don't deserve Israel because the world feels guilty or bad for us, we want Israel because it is historically our homeland and it is our RIGHT to have one. Obama's statement plays into the "it's to make up for the Holocaust so go get your land from Germany" argument that Israel haters always like to throw around. That this is BOLDED by the J Street writer shows that he/she either has no understanding of the situation or is also on Team Hamas. Strike 1.
On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people -- Muslims and Christians -- have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.Rebuttal: Holocaust on the one hand, Palestinian suffering "on the other hand". I see, 6 million dead in 5 years, 99.9999% of which are innocent civilians brutally massacred just for being alive VS maybe 6,000 dead over 22 years, half of which are terrorists or their collaborators and 70% of which approve of the terrorists and were tragically caught in the crossfire of a war that their side instigated. Right. Totally the same thing. Great linkage there Mr. President. Strike 2.
Just for fun by the way, check out where the overall Arab-Israeli conflict ranks on the list of conflicts since 1950 with over 10,000 fatalities. I'll give you a hint - if it was the Billboard Top 40 list you'd never hear it on the radio. That's Gwar territory.
Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations -- large and small -- that come with occupation.Rebuttal: Why are they in refugee camps exactly? It's been several decades and billions of dollars in aid already. Shouldn't the Palestinians have built up some infrastructure during that time, using that money? Or maybe...you know...a few permanent houses? Why hasn't Hamas, Fatah, Jordan (which administered the West Bank for almost 20 years in an ACTUALLY apartheid occupation), or Egypt (which administered GAZA for almost 20 years) done anything to build anything other than rockets, bombs and terrorist summer camps for children? Why keep the Palestinians in refugee camps? It's pretty clear why...if they're in refugee camps they're angry. If they're angry they fight the "Zionist occupation". If they fight the "occupation" they're too busy to realize how badly their leadership is screwing them on a daily basis. Which keeps the leadership in power.
And why is there an occupation anyway? Is it a land grab? Is Israel just keeping the Palestinians down for the sake of keeping them down? Or is it because every Palestinian that crosses into Israel is a potential exploded bus or restaurant or mall or school. To be very clear, not all Arabs who cross into Israel-proper are terrorists. The vast majority of them want to work in Israel's economy and bring Israeli money back to their families.
However, nearly every attack in Israel has originated in the West or Gaza. If the Palestinians did a better job of reining in the murderers, there would be no need for checkpoints or "humiliations" of any kind. When there is quiet, restrictions are relaxed. When there is violence, the military does what it needs to break it up and prevent it from affecting innocents. To suggest otherwise only feeds into the enemy's propaganda. Thanks Mr. President! STRIKE THREE.
And America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own. Rebuttal: Who doesn't give them dignity? Israel? Check the standard of living for Arabs living in Israel VS say... Arabs living in Egypt. You know where Palestinians have the least amount of dignity and opportunity? In Gaza, which is also the only place on Earth where they happen to have a de facto state of their own. And Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and the rest of the Arab states are in a 22-way-tie for 2nd-worst conditions. Strike 4.
For decades then, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirationsWrong again. There have been numerous opportunities for the Palestinians to achieve their national aspirations and they have declared war at every opportunity. Israelis have legitimate aspirations for peace and security. Palestinians in large part and especially their leadership, have aspirations to destroy Israel. Is that legitimate? I think not...what say you Smear Busters? J Street? Mr. Obama? Jimmy Carter? Anyone? Anyone?
each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive.Rebuttal: There's that ridiculous equivalency again. Holocaust = Palestinian rejectionism? Again, I think not. Remember, no one asked the Jews if they WANTED to be brutalized by the Nazis or any of the other groups that have tried to put an end to our way of life over the centuries. Palestinians have been asked SEVERAL times if they want a state or prefer violence and destruction. They have chosen war every time. Strike 6.
It's easy to point fingers -- for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought about by Israel's founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond.Rebuttal: Whoops! There's that false moral equivalency again. Displacement? How come there are more Arabs living in Israel today than in 1948? Compare that to the number of Jews in Arab countries today VS the 40's and I'll school you a bit about the term "displacement", sir. Strike 7.
But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth......that this is a terrible speech.
For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals atRebuttal: This is possibly the most egregious and insulting error of all. Drawing a comparison between the non-violent struggle of Blacks in America to the ultra-violent rocket attacks, bus bombings, pizzeria explosions, hotel massacres and all-out war of the Palestinians is absurd. Comparing the ACTUAL enslavement of Africans...their kidnappings and forced transportation to be beaten on the plantations of Virginia...to the reality of Palestinian life in Israel is embarrassingly false, only serves to cheapen the narrative of Black history in America and pushes the view that Israel is some kind of "apartheid" society for Palestinians. Which again, is not true and only feeds into their propaganda. Palestinians are not slaves. PERIOD. They have no non-violent Martin Luther King and their struggle is EXTREMELY violent. PERIOD. Strike EIGHT!
the center of America's founding.
At the same time, Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel's right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine's.Rebuttal: This too is a false equivalence. Regardless of whether or not the Palestinians should have their own country (they should)...comparing a theoretical independent Palestine to the established state of Israel (which had a tradition of independence for a thousand years before it was destroyed once and for all by the Romans...who then renamed it as the province of Palestine as a final insult to the conquered Jews and to prevent a re-emergence of rebellion) removes legitimacy from Israel much more than it grants it to "Palestine". I will say this emphatically, there has never been an independent state of Palestine ever. EVER. There is no equivalency. Acting as if there is, is something Israel's enemies do in their propaganda. It is NOT something our alleged BFF should be doing. MAJOR strike 9.
The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. (MASSIVE APPLAUSE from the crowd)Rebuttal: Which settlements precisely are you referring to Mr. President? Are you talking about those guys who squat in trailers in outposts that are frequently vacated by the Israeli military? Or are you talking about Ariel? Gilo? The Old City? Tel Aviv? WHICH SETTLEMENTS. Furthermore, we have already established that the presence of Israeli settlers are NOT the cause of Middle Eastern strife, as violence existed there long before any "occupation" of the West Bank or Gaza. Strike 10.
This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop (APPLAUSE APPLAUSE APPLAUSE APPLAUSE).Disgusting. Strike 11.
And Israel must also live up to its obligation to ensure that Palestinians can live and work and develop their society. Just as it devastates Palestinian families, the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel's security; neither does the continuing lack of opportunity in the West Bank. Progress in the daily lives of the Palestinian people must be a critical part of a road to peace, and Israel must take concrete steps to enable such progress.Rebuttal: WHAT!?!?!?!?! Did he get this right out of the Hamas "how to brainwash ignorant Americans without really trying" handbook? Does Obama even know what the biggest source of money for Palestinians is? Money that they feed their families with! Money that ironically, they also use to build rockets and suicide bombs. Is he serious? Because if he really doesn't know who provides Palestinians with more assistance and economic opportunity than ANYONE including the Arab states, I'll give you a clue...it starts with "Is" and almost ends with "real". Too bad this speech was real.
And in other news, the West Bank economy is booming! Mahmoud Abbas says he has a "good reality" and that his people are "living a normal life". How terrible! Please note that the statements from Abbas came out almost a full WEEK before the Cairo speech. This is an astonishing willful ignorance of the facts my friends. Strikes 12, 13 and 14 ALL ROLLED INTO ONE!
The Arab-Israeli conflict should no longer be used to distract the people of Arab nations from other problems.Rebuttal: So this is what we get in return?! Palestinians get a nice chunk of prime real estate and we get.................the opportunity to not be used as propaganda tools? Shouldn't this be a basic expectation for all civilized countries and UN members? Enough already! This is absurd! If Obama could pick up this many strikes in bowling he'd be the national champion! And I haven't even touched the Iran stuff yet!
The argument I always get from pro-Obama Jews (like J Street) is that they're citizens of America, not Israel and it's not the president's job to defend a foreign country like Israel. The world expects impartiality, so that's what they should get. Right? Well, that's really great and everything if this issue was only limited to Israel. While al Qaeda and other worldwide terrorist organizations do not take their orders from Hamas, Hizballah, Fatah and all the other organizations who want to turn me into a shish kabob...they are necessarily linked together by their common ideology.
Their war isn't against Israel, it is against all of Western Civilization. Israel is just their most immediate target...and as we have learned from history, totalitarian dictatorships are never satisfied with their first target. A shark is never satisfied with its first meal. And you can keep feeding it and feeding it - until you run out of food...and then guess what?
YOU become the food.
To hell with this speech and to hell with anyone who tries to defend it. This was a stab in the eye for all of us and to try to tell me that it was anything but that, is a massive insult to my intelligence. You got that, "Smear Busters" ? You get it J Street? You got that Jimmy Carter? And no, it's not racist to point this out by the way - you naive clown.
That a group of supposed pro-Israel lobbyists defend it speaks volumes about their organization. That the president is pushing them as a legitimate voice for Israel says even more.
Now go stick that in your smear pipe and smoke it.
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