Obama meets Jerusalem kids 370.
(photo credit: Marc Neiman/GPO)
As a couple of weeks have now passed since President Barack Obama’s visit to
Israel, it is possible to get a better perspective on many of its aspects. Focus
must not only be placed on what was said and done, but also on what was
One omission is a speech not given to Palestinian youngsters in
Ramallah. A draft of what Obama could have said follows: “In my Cairo speech in
2009 at the beginning of my first term, I made major efforts to accommodate the
Muslim world. I did something similar in Israel this visit. I peppered my
lecture with Hebrew words.
For narcissistic Israelis in dire need of
love, parts of what I said could almost be considered ‘Zionistic.’ For the
numerous masochistic Israelis, I voiced my disapproval of the occupation and
settlements. And I told Israeli students that they should pressure their
country’s politicians to promote peace.
“For you young Palestinians,
peace is even more important than it is for the Israelis. Their quality of life
is much better, due to their efforts. Because of your various leaders’ policies,
you live worse now than before the Oslo agreements were signed. You may all
research how cooperation with Israel helped develop your society in many fields,
before much of that cooperation was ended by your leaders.
Arabs were granted a state by the United Nations in 1947. The decision not to
accept it was their right. To the Jews in what was then Palestine, a state was
equally granted. It was a crime of the Palestinians to attack it, together with
the Arab states, and try to wipe Israel off the map.
“Some of your
leaders have told you that in 1948 a nakba, a disaster, took place, which was
similar to the Holocaust. That was a lie. European Jews did not attack the
Germans who murdered them. Palestinians were among the failed aggressors in
1948. They had to bear the consequences of their acts. The Israelis were willing
to live in peace with you. Some Palestinians and their foreign allies are now
falsely promoting the idea that Israel is conducting a genocidal war against
your people. Yet we see that the Palestinian population has kept growing in
recent years. In fact, Israeli doctors help save Palestinian lives.
doubt whether the Palestinian-Israeli struggle would make the list of the 50
bloodiest conflicts since the Second World War. In Syria in the past two years,
approximately 70,000 people have been murdered by what are often called their
‘Arab brethren.’ The tens of thousands killed during the Arab Spring in Libya
have almost been forgotten.
“You may believe that I am not trying to
accommodate you. As said, I already attempted to accommodate the Islamic world
in Cairo, to little avail.
What I am telling you may actually do the
Palestinian people more good than any superficial charming.
after Israel conquered the territories west of the Jordan River ruled by the
Jordanians, your leaders went along with the three “no’s” of the Khartoum Arab
summit. These were: ‘No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel and no
negotiations with Israel.’ I have asked my staff to investigate which other
nation could have gotten a state by making peace, yet refused to do so. They
haven’t come up with any so far.
“Before Israel, Jordan’s government
ruled over the West Bank. It wasn’t recognized by the United Nations, nor by
almost anyone else. Yet no one ever spoke about territories being ‘occupied by
the Jordanians.’ So why should one speak about an ‘Israeli occupation’ today?
Are there two types of international law? Can any of you explain why Jordan is
not a Palestinian state? The majority of its population is of Palestinian
“One of my predecessors, Jimmy Carter, stressed how ‘democratic’
the Palestinian elections of 2006 were. The Hamas movement won 74 out of 132
seats – an absolute majority. Hamas promotes the murder of Israelis and Jews in
its platform. You should also investigate how Hamas dealt with Fatah’s
leadership when they took control of the Gaza Strip. In the meantime, the
Palestinian Authority glorifies the murderers of Jewish men, women and
“During this visit, rockets were launched at Israel from
Hamas-controlled territory in Gaza. Do you believe that voting for Hamas,
glorifying murderers and shooting rockets promotes Israeli confidence in the
value of signing agreements with Palestinian representatives? Do you think that
the Palestinian Authority’s preconditions for resuming negotiations with Israel
are helpful? “The Palestinians west of the Jordan River are one of the world’s
few nations desiring their own state that could attain it soon. If you want a
better future, create a party which promotes real peace with
Start pressuring your leaders to accept what the Israelis are
proposing. Then you can help build a second Palestinian state in addition to
Jordan. Afterwards, make sure that your state lives in peace with all of its
neighbors. All of this is far more important for your future than anything
else.”The author is a board member and former chairman of the Jerusalem
Center for Public Affairs (2000-2012). He is the recipient of the Lifetime
Achievement Award (2012) of the
Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism.