In this post I want to highlight the brazen double standards and utter screaming hypocrisy demonstrated by that ill-mannered hostile man who stands at the head of Israel’s ostensible best friend, America.
The White House has acknowledgedfor the first timethat strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria’s Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.
Remember the US outrage about the Gaza school hit by the IDF (or perhaps it was Hamas after all) and the world’s anger at the civilian casualties caused by Israel’s airstrikes despite the civilians having been warned to get away?
I’m not going to list all the dozens of incidents and world reactions. Just do a search for Gaza on this blog and you’ll have enough reading material for a year.
Blogger Ilya Myer at Times of Israel points out this double standard when he writes “when disproportionate force inexplicably faded from the vocabulary”:
The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.”
Thus spoke US President Obama on the subject of IS.
The two-faced double-standard smugness of US President Obama and other world leaders renders you almost speechless. Just think about it:
Two (2) US citizens have been brutally murdered by genocidal racist IS Islamist terrorists. On a continent far, far away from the US homeland.
One (1) Frenchman has been brutally murdered by genocidal racist IS Islamist terrorists on an entirely different continent – Africa (France, as we know, is in Europe).
And yet the US and France have deployed massive “disproportionate force” (let’s use the same term that the US, France and other Western nations use when criticising Israel’s self-defensive measures against Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists). This disproportionate force consists of fighter aircraft, bomber aircraft, cruise missiles and killer drones despatched against IS.
They are hitting not just the “martyrs” and “freedom fighters” of IS (once again, let’s use the same terminology that is applied so freely to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Fatah), they are also deliberately targeting non-military, dual-role civilian infrastructure such as oil refineries that provide the fuel needed to keep power stations running for civilian use.
Do a quick calculation of how many UN resolutions have been supported by none other than the US and France, roundly condemning Israel for accidentally hitting non-military infrastructure in Gaza or for deliberately targeting dual-role civilian/military infrastructure that Hamas terrorists use to shield their rockets in blatant defiance of UN regulations…
Yet the US and France, currently bombing the life out of terrorists AND civilians in Iraq and Syria, harshly criticise Israel for taking defensive measures that are way, way more considerate than those currently being deployed by the US and France. Haven’t heard of any IDF-style leaflet drops, SMS text-message campaigns or automated phone calls to landlines and mobile phones warning people away from the area of imminent US and French bombing missions…
Where’s all the harsh criticism of “disproportionate force”, where’s the consideration for the “justified grievances of the militants” who don’t want “foreign interference” and “foreign occupation” of lands they consider their own?
What exactly is the difference between IS, who routinely and indiscriminately kill civilians who do not adhere to their religious and political beliefs, and Hamas/Islamic Jihad/Fatah who routinely and indiscriminately kill civilians who do not adhere to their religious and political beliefs?
You know the answer.
And when the same President Obama says “the United States of America will work … to dismantle this network of death,” he is referring to an Islamist network of death that he asserts has no grounding in Islam (a statement repudiated strongly by the followers of that religion) – but ONLY that part of the network that doesn’t target Jews or the Jewish state. THAT particular network of death – consisting of Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and 101 other radical, genocidal Islamist groups openly extolling the virtues of ethnic cleansing – THAT network of death is left alone to continue its work.
Well, not really left alone – it is actually provided with financial aid and diplomatic support from the UN and the EU to get the job done.
One wonders whether, his flowery language notwithstanding, President Obama actually understands any language at all. Because he seems to show a signal failure in his grasp of logic, ethics, morals and principles.
Edgar Davidson has created a very clever table showing how the media should report on attacks against Hamas and ISIS, perfectly illustrating the double standards used against Israel. Here are the first few lines, but go and read it all:
|Event||American/British attacks against ISIS||Israeli attacks against Hamas|
|Military target destroyed in populated area||Military target destroyed in pinpoint attack||Mass destruction of civilian area in bombardment|
|Terrorists killed in populated area||Militants killed in pinpoint attack||Massive loss of life in bombardment of civilian area|
|Between 1 and 5 civilians accidentally killed||No news value in this, so do not report||Deliberate massacre of civilians|
|Over 5 civilians accidentally killed||No news value in this, so do not report||Genocide committed against the civilian population|
|Civilians used as human shields are killed||Militants to blame as civilians used as human shields are killed||Deliberate killing of civilians|
|No civilians on our side are killed on our soil||Why would this even be considered as news?||Lack of civilian deaths is proof of disproportionate and unjustified attacks by Israel|
|Enemy fuel resource is destroyed||ISIS fuel resource destroyed||Civilian population left without fuel after Israelis deliberately target resource|
Read the whole thing. It’s so true.
Indeed Obama seems to have a serious problem with reading comprehension – and comprehension of Middle East realities in general. Once again Israel-US ties are “in crisis” because of regurgitated building plans for Jerusalem.
News that a Jerusalem planning committee had signed off on the final stage of approval for housing in a major new neighborhood of East Jerusalem — made public in a press release from anti-settlement group Peace Now just before the White House meeting — prompted the administration to issue some of the strongest language it has employed to condemn Israel, including the warning that Israel was endangering its relations with “even its closest allies.”
The comments from the White House and the State Department were issued after Peace Now revealed that the Jerusalem municipality last week okayed construction of some 2,500 homes for Jews and Arabs in the Givat Hamatos neighborhood. The US statements suggested that Washington felt deeply embittered and blindsided by the move, viewing Netanyahu as being disingenuous when telling Obama, at their press conference, that he wanted the US to help him win over Arab states to warm their ties with Israel and advance a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
The one small part of this story that mitigates my aggravation somewhat is that Netanyahu did not take this criticism lying down. In fact he rather undiplomatically hit right back at Obama:
Netanyahu rejected the American statements, telling reporters upon his return from the White House to New York: “I don’t understand this criticism, and I don’t accept this position.”
Implying that the US had jumped to erroneous conclusions about the intended mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood, he added, “It’s worth learning the information properly before deciding to take a position like that.”
As for Jews moving into homes in the Arab Silwan neighborhood, also criticized by the US, he said: “Arabs in Jerusalem purchase homes freely in the west of the city and nobody says that’s forbidden. I don’t intend to tell Jews that they can’t buy homes in East Jerusalem.”
The American disingenuousness at being “blind-sided” (they really ought to get better glasses, multi-focals and not rose-tinted, for reading the Middle East) is ridiculous in the face of the fact that these plans are the same plans that were announced in 2011 and 2012, and probably will be announced annually until the end of days.
The American outrage continued to bluster:
Netanyahu said the US had been informed of developments in Silwan, but not updated about the latest phase of the Givat Hamatos approval process, which he said was merely a “statutory formality that does not require publicizing.” He said discussion of the settlement issue in the White House meeting was not heated.
But nearly identical, stridently critical comments on the Givat Hamatos building plans were issued by State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki and White House spokesman Josh Earnest, soon after Netanyahu and Obama completed their White House talks.
Psaki said the US was “deeply concerned” over Israel’s move to advance construction in the East Jerusalem neighborhood. “This step is contrary to Israel’s stated goal and it would send a very troubling message if they proceed with tenders or construction,” Psaki said, adding the move would “call into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement.”
Acknowledging that the language she was using was “strong,” Psaki went on to say: “This development will only draw condemnation from the international community, distance Israel from even its closest allies, poison the atmosphere not only with the Palestinians but also with the very Arab governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted to build relations.”
Earnest said the issue was discussed by Obama and Netanyahu, and used very similar language to condemn the move: “This development will only draw condemnation from the international community,” Earnest said. “It also would call into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.”
“Condemnation from the international community” – been there, done that, expect no different.
“calling into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians” – Israel’s very existence and refusal to commit suicide calls into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.
“Poisoning the atmosphere with other Arab governments” – now that’s a new one. For a moment I thought she was going to accuse Israel of poisoning the wells.
I’m just surprised the Americans didn’t accuse Israel of global warming too.
Really, I wonder if the Americans going overboard in their condemnations is connected to their onslaught on ISIS in Iraq and Syria? Nah, perish the thought! That would be hypocrisy!
Another aspect in the article refers to the treasonous actions of Peace Now:
Earnest also condemned the recent move by a right-wing group to move Israelis into seven homes in the Silwan neighborhood of the capital in the dead of night.
“The US condemns the recent occupation of residential buildings in the neighborhood of Silwan by people whose agenda provokes tensions,” Earnest said. “It only serves to escalate tensions.”
It was Peace Now who went out of their way to advertise the building plans, davka in order to sour relations between Israel and the US, as the Israeli non-profit organization Regavim, which promotes building in the Land of Israel, reports on its Facebook page: (following is a rough translation):
A New neighborhood in Jerusalem, Givat hamatos.
^^ “Peace now” recycles materials once every year or two in order to create chaos. But why did they publicise the plans to build 2600 housing units at Givat Hamatos precisely now, knowing that this had already been announced in 2011 and again in 2012?
The simple answer is: Barack Obama.
Peace Now understood that they don’t have a way to succeed in their job in Israel. The vast majority of Israel opposes their activities and their methods. But they don’t give up and they will do anything to destroy. So now, when Netanyahu comes to his meeting with Obama, they bring up old news about building in Jerusalem (which is a terrible thing in their opinion…) change the date and try to spread the fire.
This is another trick from the radical New Israel Fund.
When will Israel ever be allowed to act like any other country, to kill its enemies and protect its citizens without fear of international committees of inquiry who have decided on the sentence before the verdict, and without fear of criticism even from its ostensible allies?
And when will it be allowed to build in its capital city and in its historical heartland without being accused of endangering alliances and poisoning the atmosphere? Not to mention global warming.
When will Israel’s foreign-funded NGOs learn that their first loyalty should be to their country and not to foreign entities hostile to their home country? (The answer is “never”).
I look forward to a Goldstone Committee examining the war crimes of the US, Britain, France and Australia. I think one of Israel’s own judges should chair the committee.