My heart wails. President Obama has lost the plot entirely. Despite earnest and passionate pleas from Democratic and Republican Senators, Representatives, and other politicians and noted Americans in all fields; despite attempts by Donald Trump to sway Obama from his foolish warmongering path; despite almost fifty years of US policy on the matter; despite the steadfast examples set by Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and W. Bush; and despite pleas and entreaties from Israel, President Obama just gave the Wailing Wall, perhaps the holiest site in Judaism, to the Muslims. The UN Security Council resolved that the Wailing Wall doesn’t belong to the Jews, and cravenly, our President refused to veto the resolution.
It gets worse. Obama also gave the part of Jerusalem known as the “Jewish Quarter”, where Jews have lived since, well, forever, to the Muslims.
You know, I didn’t like Obama for a host of reasons. But this is just unexplainable. Obama has said over and over that he had Israel’s back … and now he has stabbed them in the back. Not only has he exposed Israel to further sanctions. The part folks don’t understand is that Obama has driven a stake through the very heart of the Mideast peace process. Let me explain why this action is lethal to the peace process.
In 1967, all of the countries surrounding Israel banded together and attacked Israel en masse. To their shock, they lost big, and Israel ended up with a lot of territory. Now me, I thought at the time that Israel should have just kept the land. On my planet their neighbors forfeited it by their attack. To paraphrase Obama, “Wars have consequences”.
However, repeated experiments on my part have shown that the universe is not all that interested in what I think should happen … who knew, right? In any case, Israel held on to the land as a negotiating tool, and their standing offer to their neighbors since that time has been:
The Israelis will give you land if you will give Israel peace.
As near as I can tell this has not been all that successful. For example, the Israelis gave Gaza free and clear to the Palestinians and they’ve just used it as a base from which to launch attacks.
However, this has been the accepted format for the so-called “Mideast two-state solution” for about a half-century now. The Israelis have been willing to give up some of the land they won in the war for peace. The Israelis know that when there is a final deal, the settlements in the occupied territories beyond a certain line will have to be given up. And they are and have been willing to do that. Land for peace, that’s been the offer from day one, in dozens of forms and lots of attempts.
Now, here is the problem with the recent UN resolution that Obama shamefully did not veto. It says “Hey, Jews, you know that land you’ve been offering to trade for peace? Guess what? IT’S NOT YOUR LAND! It already belongs to the Muslims”
Seriously. The UN resolution says that the Israelis have no land to trade for peace. This is the first time in the long history of this struggle, through every President since 1967, that the US has allowed this to happen. Every President, Republican or Democrat, has prevented that from happening by vetoing this madness every one of the dozens and dozens and dozens of times it has come up. It is a shameful, shameful day, and an eternal stain on the Obama Presidency.
So now, according to the UN, the “Land For Peace” policy of the last fifty years is over because Israelis have no land to trade.
And sadly, tragically, it gets worse. The Israelis might have been able to stand it if it were just referring to the Occupied Territories. But Obama also gave away East Jerusalem, including the Wailing Wall and the Jewish Quarter, to the Muslims! That is total madness. Telling the Muslims that they own the Wailing Wall can only cause increased violence and pain. Giving away the Wailing Wall to the Muslims is like a UN Resolution giving Mecca to the Jews. Such a resolution can only harm, it can never help.
I can’t tell you how heartbreaking this is for me personally. My grandmother, the Captains Daughter, worked in Egypt in 1944 and 1945 for an organization that eventually became UNRRA, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Association. My mother and father also both worked for the UN after the war. So I come from a family proud of what the UN used to do and our contribution to it.
As a result I’ve come to this conclusion slowly and sadly, but I have to say that I think that the UN has outlived its usefulness. It has become a snake-pit of dictatorships, corrupt, cynical, and hypocritical. It has taken me a while to accept that. When totalitarian regimes known for routinely torturing their own citizens were appointed to head up the UN “Human Rights” Commission, I was tired of it. When the UN passed twenty resolutions condemning Israel for every resolution speaking out against totalitarians, I was depressed about it. When all the UN did for Haiti was supply them with cholera, I was sick of it. When UN Peacekeepers were found to be sexually abusing those they were sent to protect including children, I was angry at it. When Kofi Annan corruptly made billions off of Food For Peace, I was sick at heart.
But now that the UN has given the Wailing Wall to the Muslims, I gotta say, I’m done with the UN. Over it. Finished. That’s the last straw. Whatever good it might be doing is a mote in the whirlwind of discord and destruction it is sowing around the world.
So the only good news out of all of this is that perhaps folks will see how vile the UN has become. It may ignite a groundswell where we can now turn in our UN membership card and ask them to move out of town. We have the dumbest deal on the planet with the UN. We pay 22% of all UN expenses, New York has to put up with criminal actions from “diplomats” we can’t arrest, we listen to them abuse the US and the Western democracies day after day on our dime in our home … and now these allies of Shaitan just gave the Wailing Wall to the Muslims.
That’s it. Enough. Here’s the Willis Plan, my five-part scheme for the UN:
- Withdraw our funding, every penny. We can give it directly to those in need.
- Turn in our UN membership card. Not interested.
- Kick them out of their New York City headquarters, to the great relief of New Yorkers.
- Turn the UN building into mixed office/apartment/performance spaces, and
- Put the UN headquarters in one of the poor countries that it is claiming to be helping, say Zimbabwe.
That should keep the number of parasites and rent-seekers down to a minimum, which is as much as we can hope for given the fact that it’s been scientifically shown that even intense gamma radiation can’t kill 100% of them …
Curious. Obama has just made his name forever cursed and reviled by Israelis and friends of Israel as the man who gave the Wailing Wall to the Muslims … I truly can’t understand an action both so unnecessary and so destructive, first to world peace, and second to his reputation. My guess is that he let spite get the best of him, but who knows?
PS—After Trump successfully got Egypt to withdraw the resolution, it was re-presented to the Security Council by Senegal, Malaysia, Venezuela, and New Zealand. The first three I can understand, they would have been susceptible to pressure to re-present the resolution.
But New Zealand? Why on earth would the Kiwis want to associate their nation with such a despicable act?
I note that Israel sent the New Zealand Ambassador home, and deservedly so. This is a dark, dark day for New Zealand, to be complicit in giving away the Wailing Wall to the Muslims. Unfathomable.