Last week President Barack Obama exercized his audacity again, declaring that Israel has the green light from the US to go ahead and complete construction on housing units in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria that were already begun. But he added that after those projects were completed, he was demanding "a full construction freeze" in all the communities "across the disputed territories." And he added that he expected Israel "to fully comply with its demands."
I don't recall that it was Barack Obama who won the last election for Prime Minister of Israel. Do you? Yet it seems as if he thinks he holds the office of Super Prime Minister, or is it Dictator? How does he think he has the authority to make such dictatorial demands on Israel? How can he ignore that Israel is a viable and successful independent sovereign state? Does he consider Israel to be just another US state, or a colony of the US under his empirical administation?
I must add, how can anyone in the world understand why Obama and all the leaders of the United Nations and the European Union keep pressuring Israel concerning the relatively insignificant matter of building a few more houses in the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and at the same time keep putting no pressure on the Palestinians for not keeping any of the commitments they have made in five documented peace agreements?
They keep talking about a "peace process." The last of these so-called peace agreements that the obviously dishonest and deceitful Palestinians signed was called the Roadmap to Peace. At the end of this great Road was to be the prized and peaceful Palestinian State. However, all of these world leaders have deliberately ignored the Roadmap's initial demands that the Palestinian Authority root out all incitement against Israel and the Jews, and instead to foster an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence.
All these world leaders just keep pouring the blame on Israel for the Roadmap's lack of success. They claim that Israel has put up so many roadblocks to hinder the poor Palestinians' progress. They accuse Israel of being a big, bad bully - always giving the innocent, hapless Palestinians a hard time.
How can anyone with clear eyesight not see through such unreal and untruthful charges? How can anyone continuously ignore all the explosive rockets, the homocide bombings, and the unrelenting Arab terrorism? How can all these world leaders ignore the reality that the Palestiians have not shown even the faintest desire to live in peace with the Jewish people of Israel? It looks like a tragic epidemic of intentional blindness.
Israeli Minister Benny Begin responded to Obama's dictates by turning the table on his administration. He said that "Washington needs to honor its commitments" in regard to the Middle East peace process. He stressed that the guarantees made by the previous administration regarding the continued growth of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria "cannot be brushed aside."
Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom also could not hold back comment on Obama's edicts. He charged that Obama "is displaying an enormous amount of hypocrisy by nitpicking over the construction of a few Jewish houses, while all but ignoring the on-going officially sanctioned Palestinian incitement against Israel."
Why in the world can't world leaders see that Israel is the party that genuinely wants peace, but there is no such true desire on the part of the Arabs? Why do these world leaders believe that Israel should give half of their God-given land to the Arabs for an independent state they do not deserve? Why do they keep blaming Israel for all the Arabs' troubles?
There are just too many things that are just too hard to believe!
Dr. Al Snyder is a former professor of Communications at Liberty University in Virginia and North Greenville University. He has done extensive missionary work in Israel and Africa.