After a year without their anti-Israel rhetoric and actions, the Obama team is back, and just as bad as ever. Last Wednesday, former President Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry each made news demonstrating their negative feelings about the Jewish state.
Obama’s reoccurrence was an act of Jewicide; the anti-Semitic former president was given a platform by Temple Emanu-El, a Reform synagogue in Manhattan. Obama used the opportunity to defend his abstention on an anti-Israel U.N. Security Council vote less than one month before the end of his presidency.
Not only did the Obama-directed action in the anti-Israel U.N. deliver a vote that gave the Palestinians a free pass to continue to avoid negotiations, it tried to lock Israel into the untenable 1948 Armistice lines and it declared Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem occupied Palestinian land. As Security Council resolutions create international law, this made the Jewish state’s presence in East Jerusalem, commonly known as the “Jewish Quarter,” technically illegal. This absurd action ignored the fact Jews have been living in the “Jewish Quarter” since the time of King David — except between 1948 and 1967 when Jordan kicked out the Jews and destroyed many Jewish holy sites there.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center ranked Obama’s abstention number one in its annual listing of top “Global anti-Semitic/anti-Israel incidents” in 2016.
The Security Council resolution that passed thanks to Obama’s abstention also asked U.N. member states not to use Israeli products that were created in the disputed territories — for all intents and purposes an endorsement of the anti-Semitic BDS movement.
Per the Daily Mail in Great Britain, here’s what the former president said of his December 2016 decision to abstain: “The pace of [Israeli] settlement construction skyrocketed, making it almost impossible to make any kind of Palestinian state. … Voting against the resolution would have damaged our credibility on affirming human rights only when it’s convenient not when it has to do with ourselves and our friends. … To be a true friend of Israel it is important to be honest about it, and the politics of this country sometimes do not allow for it.”
Obama reiterated what he had said while in the Oval Office, that the September 2016 signing of a $38 billion military aid package for Israel, the largest ever provided by a U.S. administration to any country, as proof of his support of the Jewish state. That excuse ignores that his eight years of trying to delegitimize Israel in the world community, as well as his flawed Iran nuclear deal, made it more likely that the military aid would need to be used to protect innocent Israeli lives.
Meanwhile, Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry continued his anti-Israel endeavors, possibly violating U.S. law at the same time.
Israeli’s Ma’ariv newspaper reported that Kerry sent a message to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, that he should ignore President Trump’s demands, because Trump would be out of office within the year.
Kerry met in London with a close associate of Abbas, Hussein Agha, for what was described as a “long and open conversation that contained many headlines.” Agha apparently played the role of messenger, sending details of the discussion to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior Palestinian official confirmed to Ma’ariv there had indeed been such a meeting.
Kerry asked Agha to convey a message to Abbas “ask him to ‘hold on and be strong. ‘Tell him, he told Agha, ‘that he stays strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President Trump’s demands.’ According to Kerry, Trump will not remain in office for a long time. It is a good chance that within a year he will not be in the White House.”
Kerry offered his help to the Palestinians in an effort to advance his version of the peace process and recommended that Abbas present his own peace plan. “Maybe it is time for the Palestinians to define their peace principles and present a positive plan,” Kerry reportedly said. He promised to use all his contacts and all his abilities to marshal support a Palestinian plan.
He advised Abbas through Agha not to attack the U.S. or the Trump administration, but instead to concentrate on personal attacks on Trump himself, whom Kerry says is solely and directly responsible for the situation.
Kerry described President Trump in derogatory terms and offered to go around the U.S. to help create an alternative to Trump’s peace initiative and work to gain for it ] support from Europeans, Arabs, and others in the international community.
Kerry also hinted that many in the American establishment, as well as in American intelligence, were dissatisfied with Trump’s performance and the way he leads America. He surprised Agha by saying he was seriously considering running for president in 2020. When asked about his advanced age, he said he was not much older than Trump and would have no age problem, that even many in the GOP do not know what to do with Trump, are very dissatisfied with him and need patience and breathing time to get through this difficult period.
I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but Kerry’s actions sound like a violation of the Logan Act. “The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953, enacted Jan. 30, 1799) is a United States federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.”
The words of Obama and Kerry demonstrate the Obama administration is like an anti-Israel cancer that’s come back after a year in remission. Their attacks on the Jewish state will continue, as will our criticism of their hateful acts.