After Failed “Peace” Talks: Brass Knuckles & Velvet Gloves


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According to an article published by Arutz Sheva yesterday, a senior Washington official has stated that President Obama blames the failed “peace” talks on “settlement” construction in Judea and Samaria, also referred to as the West Bank.  The senior official was quoted in The New York Times.

As reported in the article, “At every juncture there was a settlement announcement,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. “It was the thing that kept throwing a wrench in the gears.”

Obama comes out swinging at Israel with the brass knuckles coming down hard in what appears to be a phased, two part plan of failed “peace” talks, followed by blame and denigration of the Jewish people for living in their historical, cultural, legal and biblical homeland.  This brutality is nothing more than thuggery and psychological warfare.

Contrast this with his velvet glove approach of the PLO while denying all reality as to the true nature of the intentions of his “peace” partner. Obama doesn’t appear to have the same plan of denigration and bullying for the other side at all. No outrageous act is too extreme, such as the latest marriage to the designated terror group Hamas, for him to ignore and smooth over with his special brand of fantasy and denial.

A President of the United States, a Secretary of State and the State Department can repeat dangerous lies and distortions carte blanche about Israel and the Jewish presence in their historic homeland without impunity because Israel stopped proclaiming their rights within the land. Given the sensitive history and current situation of the Jewish people in Israel, promoting such lies and propaganda is outrageous.

There is a campaign underway to refute the sort of lies and distortions regarding the Jewish Settlement activity in Judea and Samaria regurgitated by Obama and his ilk.  It is called LEGAL GROUNDS – The Campaign to Promote Israel’s Rights. For the last 20 years, for the benefit of “peace” talks, Israel has quashed any discussion of their historical, cultural, biblical and not to mention Legal Rights to Judea and Samaria thereby adopting a moral equivalence with the PLO.

The LEGAL GROUNDS campaign is being Co-Chaired by Jeff Daube of ZOA and Arlene Kushner.  LEGAL GROUNDS bases its findings on the Levy Report commissioned by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

The LEGAL GROUNDS website states:

“The findings by the Committee provide basic legal conclusions. Because of both historical and legal factors, the decades-long presence of Israel in Judea and Samaria is not “belligerent occupation.” Israel’s situation is unique (sui generis) and Israel has the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria. The accusations currently being leveled by the international community against Israel as a violator of “international law” because of plans to build in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria are countered by the report’s conclusions.”

Watch Jeff Daube on i24News explaining LEGAL GROUNDS Here:

Ambassador Dore Gold wrote in his article on the subject:

“Moreover, as the Levy Report points out, the Jewish people still had residual historical and legal rights in the West Bank emanating from the British Mandate that were never cancelled, but rather were preserved by the U.N. Charter, under Article 80 — the famous “Palestine Clause” that was drafted, in part, to guarantee continuity with respect to Jewish rights from the League of Nations.”

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Cesarea, Israel Photo Credit: Leslie-Ann Stoffel

Currently, there is an ongoing educational campaign to the Members of Knesset and eventually to the public at large.

Dr. Harel Arnon, world-renowned lawyer and co-author of Land Laws and International Law in Judea and Samaria, spoke on behalf of LEGAL GROUNDS on Sunday February 23, 2014 at the Knesset.

Watch the Video of Dr. Harel Arnon Here:

Did the Jewish people come back to their homeland after 2,000 years, many coming straight out of concentration camps in Europe to fight the war of Independence to be bullied, harassed discriminated against by the likes of Obama, Kerry & Indyk?

It has been written that this administration’s Foreign Policy is based on fantasy and denial. We can now add dangerous, feckless and reckless to that statement.  This observation has never been more clear than in the so-called “peace” process conducted by John Kerry.

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Leslie-Ann Stoffel is a Canadian pro-Israel advocate and blogger. She is very active in this capacity on Facebook and Twitter with over 21,000 followers. She also writes for The Jewish Press, has reported for Israel National News and has a blog on the CIJA - Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs Blog - The Exchange.