Once, when trying to describe Richard Wagner’s music to a friend Mark Twain said it was better than it sounds. No such claim can be made for the speech given last week on the Middle East by Barack Obama. Displaying all the confidence of his inability he confirmed in the starkest terms why his long held prejudices, cloaked as a foreign policy, have made his Oval Office not only the graveyard for any peace and justice in the Middle East but also the incubator for the next great conflict there.
Obama’s intentions towards Israel have never been good but last week he proved just how hostile he is to the Jewish state of Israel. By suggesting that Israel should return to the indefensible armistice lines of 1967 he is deliberately creating a situation whereby Israel could easily be cut in half in any future Arab attack upon her. One of the most perverse forms of anti-Semitism is to expect Jews to die meekly, but despite just enough rhetoric to make it sound as if he is an honest broker this is just what Obama has in mind. If this were not the case he would not propose such a suicidal arrangement and he would have condemned the recent alliance between Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization dedicated to Israel’s destruction, and the so called Palestinian Authority which is just the PLO masquerading as a government. Furthermore, he would have condemned the identical Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Authority rhetoric of Jew-hatred and incitement to violence which has greatly increased during his administration. This increase is due to their perception that when the president of the United States demonstrates a cold reluctance to impose any penalties for bad behavior and keeps making demands on Israel he shows he is actually entirely sympathetic to their cause even if he is unable to actually come out and say so in public.