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Open Letter to Obama's Speech

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Submitted by NuritG (United States), May 20, 2011 at 01:54

May 19, 2011 To: President Barack Hussein Obama,

In your tsunami speech today, May 19, 2011, regarding your Middle East policy, mostly concerning Israel, you have crossed the red line. This speech leaves most of those who see clearer than you and are not stuck in Arabism ideology to wonder how you and your staff came up with this ill conceived idea which is, Israel fold back to your armistice 1967 lines. You might as well join Helen Thomas and tell the Israelis to "get the hell out of Palestine." I understand your preference is the dysfunctional, autocratic Arab world over the democratic State of Israel, that is the only ally the United States has in the region, and that is also a major asset to the USA. But to be so perfidious simply borders betrayal.

After the 1967 war, Israel negotiated with the United States, not with the White House, certain terms every president, no matter what party he belonged to, adhered to. The People of the United States gave Israel the written, vowed promise that she will not have to return to the 1967 armistice lines, not border, and whatever it negotiates with its hostile neighbors will be based on everlasting security and defensible border, real defensible borders, on the ground, not in a sketch you may have seen while sitting at your Oval office desk with your legs up on top of it. What you have done today, you ripped all of what the American People promised the People of Israel and sent it to the trash bin. And you call yourself a Zionist? You need to read what Zionism really mean, or perhaps you invite me, to the White House and I will explain to you the term Zionism, not the pejorative one Israel's enemies use, but the one who gave my Holocaust survivors parents, a new meaning to shattered life, a new beginning in the Jewish Homeland they could, against, after 2000, call HOME.

President Obama, you may or may not know what you have done wrong in delivering such a speech as the one you have delivered today. I hope you do, but if you do not, allow me go over just few points: It is obvious that you are pro-Arab-Moslem world and you take their position regarding Israel. It is also obvious that you have some deep biased issues when it comes to the State of Israel and that makes you a one sided mediator, unfit to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Arab Palestinians. Since 1967, based on many military, intelligence and security reports, prepared by neutral parties, not Israel, Israel had maintained, and the United States agreed with her, that the 1967 armistice lines, not borders, are indefensible; the pre-1967 picture has changed, thus a new map of Israel must be drawn. You cannot put the baby back in his mother's womb, as you allude, and new, fair and implementable approach must be applied.

Shrinking Israel into the pre-1967 lines, means the Golan Heights go back to Syria and then what, Mr. President? The hostility, the ongoing bombardments, the shooting and the terror the entire Jordan Valley lived under for 20 years starts all over again? Did you even give it one moment of thought when you shot your mouth today? What you are talking about is Israel needs to make concessions, on the ground, and in return receive a piece of paper that have no meaning to the Arabs. After all, they have not followed on one clause in the Oslo Accords and the Road Map on which they agreed to and signed for. Your statement that Israel is "occupying" land is false and only shows that you do not know, or you chose to ignore, or prefer to whitewash the history about the establishment of the modern state of Israel and what really belongs to the Jewish state. So let me tell you that in 1967, Israel simply took back land that BELONGS to her, which the Arabs occupied, illegally, for 19 years. By using the wrong lexicon to support your agenda and your Islamism belief you will not bring peace, rather war.

Then there are issues of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria that, if Israel does what you exclaim, will make thousands of Jews refugees in their own Homeland. Have you thought of that? Do you have a plan to sustain such national calamity? And what about Arabs 'right of return' clamor? Have you ever thought it through? Do you know that if Israel to survive, this issue must be solved by the international community only outside the borders of Israel, or this "return" will end the state of Israel? You also gave little regard to the Arab-Palestinians' effort to isolate Israel at the UN, in September, by bringing a resolution calling for recognition of a Palestinian state without any negotiations with Israel. Just like that they will become a state on Israel's legal land, in Israel's back yard? The same with the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, little regard as if it means hardly anything. The joke is that you claim to have strong words of commitment to Israel's security, but you are ready to shrink it back to Auschwitz borders.

So allow me to end my rant here with the following: You may have good intentions, but the road to Hell is paved with lots of good intentions and you are doing a great job paving the road to Hell for Israel and the USA too. Your betrayal of promises the United States made to Israel leaves the People of Israel and Israel's supporters overwhelmingly distrusting you and the USA. The trust and respect is out of the main entrance door. I for one have had enough. I see you totally unfit to be our president. Comes 2012 elections year I will do all that is in my power to make sure that in 2013, you are seeking a new job and the People of the United States get to have a president who deserves representing them.

Nurit Greenger, Los Angeles, California

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