By Schmoel Yitzhak
When it comes to out and out perfidy and hypocrisy nothing can match the respective actions of the United Nations and the Obama administration in terms of downright venal treatment of Israel.
For starters, just about anyone who knows anything about Middle Eastern politics knew from the get-go that Washington's most recent attempts to jump-start "peace talks" was doomed from the very beginning.
The reasoning was simple: 1. Benjamin Netanyahu had already agreed to a settlement construction freeze and honored it from beginning to end. It was designed to lure the Arabs back to the negotiation table and did nothing of the kind; 2. Once the freeze had ended, Israel's prime minister was free to flash a green light to a construction renewal and he did; 3. In a desperate attempt to lure Mahmoud Abbas back to peace talks, Barack Obama offered a thinly-veiled bribe -- warplanes and UN support -- for yet another construction freeze to Bibi who wisely said, in Hebrew, of course: "Thanks, but no thanks!"
This, eventually, led to acknowledgement by America's State Department that the latest American-sponsored mediation attempts had failed. There also was the promise that Uncle Sam was working on new ways to bring the rival groups together.
Unfortunately Obama couldn't leave well enough alone. The White House -- via the State Department -- then added its own version of yet another slap at Israel.
State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley declared that his country does not and will not accept Israel's continued West Bank "settlement" activity.
"The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements," said Crowley, "and we will continue to express that position."
The United States was built on Native American land and continues to build on land expropriated from the Native Americans. I've never heard Bibi suggest to Hilary Clinton nor her State Department Arabist cohorts that Israel does not accept the legitimacy of continued American settlements on what once was Native American land.
When will Obama and companions get it into their heads that it happens to be the Arabs who are not only intransigent but continually belligerent and hostile toward Israel. Not yesterday, not last year but forever. Yet not a peep about this is heard from Crowley, Clinton nor Obama.
Not a peep about Arab exultation over the horrific fire that gutted Northern Israel. The Palestinians cheered the blazes until the Arabs were hoarse.
Nor have we heard any State Department reprimands over the latest attacks emanating from Gaza. Apparently, the White House believes that mortars fired at Israelis are manufactured by Toys 'R Us.
Over and over again, mortar shells and rockets continue to be lobbed into Israel forcing residents to stay in shelters for their safety. This is warfare being launched by the Arabs and ignored by the United States and the United Nations as well.
You would think that UN Secretary-General Ban K-moon would take note of the fact that Arabs in Gaza incessantly wage war on Israel. In the most recent mortar attack a piece of shrapnel struck the head of security in one of the kibbutzim in the Eshkol regional council. The shrapnel hit the victim in the neck and he was airlifted to Soroka hospital in Be'er Sheva.
Instead, the UN leader parrots the Obama line about settlements rather than deal with life-and-death episodes constantly being provoked by the Arabs.
Let's not forget that one Israeli government after another endorsed settlement construction and the Netanyahu administration merely is continuing this policy.
It does so because there never has been one iota of reciprocity on the Arab side when it comes to seeking an agreement.
Always, it comes down to the bottom line: Bibi endorsed a two-state solution; an Arab Palestine and Israel as the Jewish state.
Abbas and his henchmen say nix to that; thus building continues in the West Bank.
Really, it's a simple equation; they want an Arab Palestine but they don't want to accept a Jewish state.
How come we never hear acknowledgment of that fact from Crowley, Clinton and their godfather the duplicitous Obama?
Answer: Because their idea of a fair shake in the Middle East is to tilt on the side of the Jew-haters.