By Schmoel Yitzhak
The good news is that -- in his address to Americans from the State Department on Thursday -- Barack Obama did not call for the dissolution of Israel all at once.
The bad news is that what the White House seeks is the piece-by-piece eradication of the only democracy in the Middle East; no more, no less.
Make no mistake, the Muslim president, who never has visited Israel, was doing what he does best -- cow-towing to the Arabs.
By endorsing a Palestinian state on pre-1967 lines, Obama must know that such a move would inevitably lead to Israelis destruction.
Has he not heard of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah nor Bashar al-Assad?
Does the Muslim president not listen to his chief Middle East advisor, Dennis Ross, who has spent years witnessing militant Islam's perfidy and who has viewed, first-hand, the treachery of Yassar Arafat?
Of course Obama is aware of that but it has been obvious since his fateful Cairo speech -- that was when he still was loving Hasni Mubarak and not knifing him in the back -- that the Chief Executive will appease, mollify and virtually get on his hands and knees to slake the thirst Arabs have for Jewish blood.
Impetuously -- stupidly -- the president undercut Mubarak and now what do we have in Egypt?
Massive anti-Israel demonstrations in Cairo. The unmitigated Muslim Brotherhood power grab. And -- bet on this -- an election which will install -- as columnist Barry Rubin asserts -- "a radical, nationalist, anti-Israel, anti-American president and a parliament dominated by revolutionary Islamist anti-American anti-semites."
Is Obama so shortsighted that he believes an Israel that reverts to the 1967 borders will be in a position to protect itself from Jew-hating enemies, surrounding it at almost every border?
Either that, or the White House simply could not care less about what supposedly is America's best friend in the Middle East.
Editor of the Middle East Review, Rubin pinpoints precisely what would happen if the Obama plan were adopted; Bingo! Bye-bye, Israel!
"We can look forward to demonstrations in Palestine's capital after independence takes place," Rubin asserts, "demanding an abrogation of the Israeli-Palestine peace treaty and the end to Israeli occupation of... Israel."
Pity Benjamin Netanyahu -- pity his nation! -- if the Prime Minister bends even a millimeter to Obama's demands. Israel has made too many concessions while getting NOTHING in return but a harsh slap on the other cheek.
It has happen so many times, you would think that Israel would once and for all say, "Enough, already""
The fact is that since 1967 Israel has repeatedly tried to concede "land for peace."
In a weak moment after Egyptian President Sadat's historic 1977 visit to Jerusalem and the Camp David Peace accords, Israel withdrew from the vast Sinai Peninsula expecting a warm peace with Egypt. Well, you can see that peaceful dream fading away. It was a cold peace from the get-go and has gotten worse ever since.
Then there were the dreadful Oslo Accords. Has Bibi forgotten what happened after 1993 when Israel ceded administrative control of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority (formerly the PLO)?
The PA promised -- as in PLEDGED -- to end propaganda attacks and drop the Palestinian National Charter's call for Israel's destruction. The promise never was fulfilled. Surprised? Never!
Wake up, Obama, and smell the rockets! Who's kidding whom?
Every Israeli attempt at amity with the Arabs is either greeted with a gratuitous kick in the ass or some similar form of cynicism.
This is a never-ending pattern that continued under Prime Ministers Barak, Olmert, Sharon and even Bibi. Try as they might with huge concessions, the Israeli leaders could not obtain anything but more hostility.
* BARAK: He offered Yasser Arafat full sovereignty over 97 percent of the West Bank, a corridor to Gaza and a capitol in the Arab section of Jeriusalem.
SLAP! Arafat nixed the super-generous bid.
* OLMERT: He made almost the same offer to Mahmoud Abbas and received the same negative response. SLAP!
* SHARON: He gave up Gaza and the Arabs gave us incessant mortar and rocket fire. SLAP!
* NETANYAHU: He tried once again, willing to participate in unconditional negotiations leading to a Palestinian State. Abbas demanded more unilateral Israeli concessions including a total freeze of all Israeli construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. SLAP!
Why in the world would the American president believe that it would be different this time around?
Sorry, Barack Obama, but Israel has done more than enough to seek peace with its Islamic enemies.
The equation is as simple today as it was in 1948 when the State of Israel was formed.
All the Arabs really want is the same objective as it was 63 years ago; push all the Jews into the sea!
As for Obama's reaction: He either just doesn't get it; or he just doesn't care!