Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Days After Boston, Obama Pressures Israel To Release Terrorists As A 'Goodwill Gesture'
Here's more proof that in spite of all the photo ops and rhetoric, the Obama Administration learned nothing from the Boston Marathon bombing. Nor does it particularly want to.
It hasn't even been a week since Islamist terrorists unleashed carnage in Boston, but the Obama Administration outraged Israeli public opinion and the Israeli government by pressuring Israel to release Palestinian murderers convicted in Israeli civil courts as a goodwill gesture to Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.
Knesset MK Orit Struk from the Bayit Yehudi party said, "the demand is shocking, not just because the peace talks must begin without preconditions, and not just because of the danger that these terrorists will return to terrorist activity once they are released, but because the release of terrorists is an energizing shot of encouragement to terror and terrorists."
"Every release like this," she continued, "causes potential terrorists to make the decision to become one, because they see that they will be given support."
Struk added, "is the America that is asking Israel to release terrorists the same America that has carried the flag in the struggle against terrorism and who recently experienced the hands of terror in their house?!"
This story made headlines in Israel.
Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis promised on the floor of the Knesset that the Netanyahu government would not cave in to U.S. demands in this area.
It's worthwhile taking a look at who the Obama Administration demanded Israel free because they were on the Palestinian's wish list, and what they were convicted of:
Amongst the terrorists that the US is demanding Israel release, are those who burned Amnon Pomerantz alive in his car in 1990, the terrorists who murdered tractor driver Yigal Vahknin in 1993, the terrorist who murdered 39-year-old Gush Katif resident Shaya Deutch in 1993, the terrorists who burned to their deaths Rachel Weiss and her three children; Ephraim, Netanel and Raphael as well as soldier David Delarosa who tried to save them and the terrorist who murdered Professor Menachem Stern in the Valley of the Cross (in Jerusalem) while he was on his way to Hebrew University.
I'm surprised they didn't demand that Israel cut loose the murderers of the Fogel family, who murdered a mother, a father and three of their children in cold blood, including 3-month-old newborn baby girl.
Abbas and the PA used the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day last year to have official Fatah-run Palestinian TV glorify the murderers of the Fogels.
And by the way, our tax dollars paid by the Obama Administration as jizya to Abbas and the Palestinian Authority go to fund the salaries that Abbas and the PA pay to every one of these killers and their families. In fact, the PA considers paying these killers one of its highest priorities, or in th ewords of Mahmoud Abbas 'Our highest joy'.
Don't think for a moment that this is news to Washington. Yet these are the kind of people the Obama Administration is pressuring Israel to make concessions to and make a peace agreement with.
Does he really consider the blood of Israel people that cheap? Did he somehow dial out from the carnage that occurred in his own city of Boston a few days ago? Or is he just clueless?
I can't imagine how this president expects Israel or anyone else, friend or foe to take him seriously about terrorism or anything to do with security issues when he is so shockingly callous. Perhaps he should set an example by releasing the Tsarnaev brothers, Major Nidal Hassan, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the Blind Sheikh.
What an embarrassment to us all...but at least I have the slight comfort of saying I didn't vote these people into office.
There's a lot more I could say about this, but perhaps it's better I exercise a little self censorship.