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September 24, 2013

Contrary to Obama's Assertion, Israeli Existence Not 'Dependent' on PA State

Topics: Israel, Political News and commentaries

My jaw dropped when I first read that Barack Obama had in speaking to the UN General Assembly referred to Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria as "the occupation of the West Bank" and argued that "Israel's security... depends on the realization of a Palestinian state." I wasn't really surprised - just dismayed at his 'chutzpah' ... because what he said was total nonsense and did nothing but support and encourage the Palestinians to be more demanding in their non-negotiations with Israel (which may have actually been the intention of our pro-Islamic president).

Clearly, Likud Minister Yisrael Katz and Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon had a similar reaction:

[...] "I believe this is one of the most disturbing statements that a United States president has ever made," Katz wrote on his Facebook page.

"Mr. President, the existence of the state of Israel is unconditional, and does not depend on the Palestinians," he declared.

"The United States helps Israel, but we have always known how to protect ourselves by ourselves," he added. "We want peace, but we will not take unnecessary risks, and we will not accept an agreement that puts our continued existence in danger."

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon responded to Obama's speech with a message to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. "If this is the wind that now blows from the direction of the President of the United States, then expect serious pressure down the line," he warned.

"I'm sure you will represent Israel in the spirit of [Zionist leader Ze'ev] Jabontinsky, 'The Iron Wall' - strength combined with determination and stability will guarantee Israel's might," Danon told Netanyahu. ...

More here.

As for the designation "Under Israeli Occupation Since 1967" on the above map - it's a bit of a misnomer, as the JFNA explains:

In politics words matter and, unfortunately, the misuse of words applying to the Arab-Israeli conflict has shaped perceptions to Israel's disadvantage. As in the case of the term "West Bank," the word "occupation" has been hijacked by those who wish to paint Israel in the harshest possible light. It also gives apologists a way to try to explain away terrorism as "resistance to occupation," as if the women and children killed by homicide bombers in buses, pizzerias, and shopping malls were responsible for the plight of the Arabs. Given the negative connotation of an "occupier," it is not surprising that Arab spokespersons use the word or some variation as many times as possible when interviewed by the press. The more accurate description of the territories in Judea and Samaria is "disputed" territories.

In fact, most other disputed territories around the world are not referred to as being occupied by the party that controls them. This is true, for example, of the hotly contested region of Kashmir.

Posted by Hyscience at September 24, 2013 6:12 PM

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