Obama Administration Calls for End to Israel ’50-Year Occupation’
By Pamela Geller – BarbWire guest contributor
The attacks from the Obama administration are not just daily now, but multiple times a day. Earlier today, I published reports that the Obama administration had abandoned Israel at the UNHRC, a veritable snake-pit of antisemitism. Now this.
Today, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough called for the end of Israel’s “50-year occupation.” It is also telling that the Obama administration chose to make these remarks before a viciously Jewcidal, radical left group, J Street, this century’s kapo council.
These statements echo the most annihilationists on the face of the earth, Herr Obama.
The J Street political action committee has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations from dozens of Arab and Muslim Americans, as well as from several individuals connected to organizations doing Palestinian and Iranian issues advocacy, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Additionally, at least two State Department officials connected to Middle East issues have donated to the PAC, which gives money to candidates for US Congress supported by J Street. (Jerusalem Post)
One might think the J stands for Jewish, but really it stands for jihad.
Top White House official calls for end to ’50-year occupation’
Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says that Israel’s government must match up ‘words with actions and policies,’ warns Netanyahu’s statements can’t be willed away
By Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, Times of Israel, March 23, 2015
WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough called for the end of Israel’s “50-year occupation” and doubled down on the Obama administration’s critique of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a warmly received speech to the lobbying group J Street in Washington Monday.
Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email
and never miss our top stories Free Sign up!
Speaking to to the dovish group’s national conference, McDonough became the latest in a series of Washington officials to highlight the administration’s displeasure with Netanyahu, while also talking up the permanence of US-Israel ties, repeating Washington’s commitment to continued military, security and intelligence cooperation.
“No matter who leads Israel, America’s commitment to Israel’s security will never waiver,” McDonough said.
At the same time, McDonough said later, “an occupation that has lasted for more than 50 years must end,” referring to Israel’s 48-year hold on the West Bank.
The statement represented an unusually harsh repudiation of Israel’s control over the Palestinian territories, using a term the administration has historically avoided.
The longtime confidant to US President Barack Obama said that the administration believes that “the best way to safeguard Israel’s longterm security is to bring about a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Washington, he said, “has long advocated direct negotiations” toward a two-state solution – a position he noted that Netanyahu embraced in his 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan University.
“That’s why the prime minister’s comments on the eve of the election [that] made very clear that a Palestinian state will not be established while he is prime minister were so very troubling,” McDonough said, referring to comments made by Netanyahu in a pre-election interview with the NRG website in which he seemed to take a Palestinian state off the table.
McDonough rejected Netanyahu’s claims that he had not changed his position, as well as Netanyahu’s explanation that conditions in the Middle East must be more stable for a Palestinian state to be established.
“We cannot simply pretend that these comments were never made,” McDonough proclaimed, receiving a standing ovation from the 3,000-person audience.
McDonough did not, however, address the first pre-condition that Netanyahu stipulated earlier this week for Palestinian statehood – that the Palestinian Authority renounce its nearly year-old alliance with Hamas.
McDonough denied that the basis of the current low in US-Israel relations was based upon bad personal chemistry between Obama and Netanyahu.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said, arguing instead that it stems from the fact that “America’s commitment to a two state solution is fundamental to American foreign policy.”
“We will look to the next Israeli government to match words with action and to policies that demonstrates a commitment to a two state solution,” McDonough said.
McDonough said that “in the end, we know what a peace agreement should look like,” including borders based on the 1967 lines that are “secure and recognized” and that guarantee Israel’s security.
“In the end we know what a peace agreement should look like – the borders should be based on the 1967 lines, and robust provisions that safeguard Israel’s security.”
Pamela Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of PamelaGeller.com and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is the author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), (Simon & Schuster). Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. She is also a regular columnist for World Net Daily, the American Thinker, and other publications. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.
Top 6 on BarbWire.com
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.