A good beat and you can kill to it
by Scott Johnson
Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama draws on the deep well of his wisdom and his foreign policy successes to instruct Israelis on the path to peace in today’s Haaretz column “Peace is the only true path to security for Israel and the Palestinians.” Warning: Reading may induce nausea.
“In President Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel,” Obama writes. Benjamin Netanyahu? The observant reader — such as Josh Lederman, the author of this AP story — will note that Obama offered no parallel praise for Netanyahu. He also omits any mention of the peaceniks in Gaza barraging Israel with rockets.
Because of the ludicrous timing of Obama’s column, Haaretz emphasizes: “This article was written for Haaretz’s Israel Conference on Peace before June 30, 2014.” Obama’s wisdom, however, is timeless. It can’t have proved obsolete in a matter of days, can it?
Obama has not yet publicly embraced Hamas. He simply ignores it. Hamas doesn’t rate a mention. Obama’s silence regarding Hamas is the midpoint on his journey toward the post-presidential phase of Jimmy Carter’s career as a Middle East peacemaker.
Abbas is such a peacenik that the media under his control via Fatah or the Palestinian Authority regularly call for the extinction of Israel. Palestinian Media Watch makes the work of the Palestinian media accessible in English and interested observers can witness the phenomenon for themselves.
Let’s take a recent example highlighted by PMW. Only four days after the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers, Abbas’s Fatah movement posted a video on its Facebook page promising Israelis: “Death is near.” PMW observes: “The song promotes violence and destruction in the name of Allah, as it calls to ‘smash the fortress of the hopeless[.]‘”
Israelis and/or Jews are addressed directly and promised death:
Stop and consider, sons of Zion, that death is near… All you’ll get from us is death Stop and consider a thousand times That a revolution sparks with a flame Fatah is like a rock, whose soldiers love to fight
Hey, President Obama, it’s got a good beat and you can kill to it (video below).
Scott W. Johnson is a Minneapolis attorney and a fellow of the Claremont Institute. His articles have appeared in National Review, The Weekly Standard, The New York Times, and newspapers from Florida to California.