The headlines in Israel during Mr. Biden’s visit are making me angry. First, I take exception to his statement that Israel’s announced plan to build 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem “undermines peace.”
What peace is that? The Arab “piece” plan, where Israel turns over more and more “pieces” of land to Palestinians who can then turn them into ”terror-tory,” as they did with Gush Katif? Mr. Biden, you come here declaring that the Israeli and Palestinian sides are “not that far apart,” and only Israel’s policies are holding peace from breaking out, “endangering American soldiers,” as one headline put it.
Are you for real?
You expect six million of us to wait patiently as the current American administration pussyfoots with healthcare while an A-Bomb is aimed at our heads. And ISRAELIS ARE ENDANGERING AMERICANS? Are you for real?? Nothing on the Palestinian side has changed since the lies of Oslo, and yet you fully expect Israel to give up sovereignty over her capital, Jerusalem, in exchange for ….what?
I would like to remind Mr. Biden of the following Congressional resolution, April 24, 1990:
House Resolution Expressing Support for Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
Whereas the State of Israel has declared Jerusalem to be its capital;
Whereas from 1948 to 1967 Jerusalem was a divided city and Israeli citizens of all faiths were not permitted access to holy sites in the area controlled by Jordan;
Whereas since 1967 Jerusalem has been a united city administered by Israel and persons of all religious faiths have been guaranteed full access to holy sites within the city;
Whereas the President and the Secretary of State have demonstrated their strong desire to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and have worked diligently toward that end;
Whereas ambiguous statements by the Government of the United States concerning the right of Jews to live in all parts of Jerusalem raise concerns in Israel that Jerusalem might one day be redivided and access to religious sites in Jerusalem denied to Israeli citizens; and the search for a lasting peace in the region:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Congress
(1) acknowledges that Jerusalem is and should remain the capital of the State of Israel;
(2) strongly believes that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic religious group are protected; and
(3) calls upon all parties involved in the search for peace to maintain their strong efforts to bring about negotiations between Israel and Palestinian representatives.
Bye, bye Mr. Biden. Thanks for dropping by. Come again soon when you have your next liaison with reality, and the American administration is a little more deserving of Israel’s trust.
Reaction to Vice President Joe Biden’s talk at Tel Aviv University was mixed. According to JTA’s Ron Kampeas, “Biden’s speech was an opening salvo in rolling back Israeli and Jewish insecurities stoked by President Obama’s speech last summer to the Muslim world…Jewish community leaders in the United States and some Israeli leaders were unsettled by Obama’s sharp parallels in that speech between Israeli and Palestinian suffering… The concerns were exacerbated a few weeks later when Obama met with the Jewish leadership and said he would make public disagreements with Israel. The White House, which insisted Obama had emphasized the Holocaust to scold the Arab world for allowing its denial to flourish, was frustrated by Jewish unhappiness with a speech that was supposed to have been about outreach to Arabs and Muslims — a point that Biden made in his remarks…” – Ed.