First, allow me to thank President Obama. Who could have imagined that O would have been the one to bring me back to AIPAC? After the 2007 AIPAC, I never thought I would return. Obama was there, too. Having researched and documented Obama's background and history of Jew-hating friends and alliances, I was embarrassed by the panting and fawning over him, particularly after he had just said, "Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people."
Obama's longtime anti-Israel allegiances and radical connections were deeply disturbing and meticulously documented in my book, The Post American Presidency.
I argued with the executive director about it as well. My break with AIPAC was sealed back in May of '08, when a reader invited me to the AIPAC Wall Street dinner at Cipriani. I went up to the Executive Director, Howard Kohr, and said that I understood that AIPAC was "non-partisan, but Obama will be lethal for the Jews." Kohr scoffed. I went on to relate all that I had unearthed in my two years of relentless investigation of Obama, and I laid it out, point by point, fact by fact, with as little hyperbole as I could. Kohr shook his head. He would have none of it. We are non-partisan, he insisted. To what point are you non-partisan? If there is a candidate, a party, an official who is a Jew-hater, do you maintain neutrality, like Switzerland? He just smiled and walked away. And I walked away from AIPAC.
Until now. The destroyer took office, and so I returned to the fold, albeit for the moment. Who'd a thunk that Obama would be the catalyst to my return to the mishpacha? And not just me. This AIPAC conference is the largest-attended ever, with over ten thousand people. Over 1500 students came from across the country and around the world, and 215 student government presidents were there as well. And so I took my place in a two-and-a-half hour line, a line of polite, erudite and lovely people. It was good and nourishing to see so many concerned Jews, coming to get activated. When I remarked to the two gentlemen in front of me, who had just gotten in from California, that the schmeckle should be heckled, I was warned that anyone heckling was to be removed immediately. Everyone had been warned. And I thought, How ridiculous. I had intended
to politely heckle -- to hisssssssssss -- when he spoke of the Auschwitz borders. The idea that we should go quietly when we're being loaded onto the trains is not a mistake that the Jews should make again.
A number of AIPAC notables kicked off the event. Steny Hoyer was the first politician to speak, and while strongly supportive of Israel, his idiotic insistence on a two-state solution was only met by more idiocy: a round of rousing applause. What delusional mental acrobatics must be engaged in to imagine a Philistine state living in peace and harmony. Hoyer talked out of both sides of his mouth. No support or tolerance for extremists or terrorists, but let's give the savages a state.
When BHO was introduced, he was given a standing ovation. One has to wonder: if Hitler came to AIPAC, before the world became aware of the Holocaust, would he, too, have received a standing ovation, out of respect for a head of state? No, I am not equating Obama to Hitler; what I am saying is that not every head of state is worthy of respect just because he is a head of state. And many did not stand up. Obama fell off the teleprompter when he was describing Iran as wanting to wipe Israel off the "face of the map." If Sarah Palin had said that they wanted to wipe Israel "off the face of the map," "face of the map" would be the new bumper sticker and the crawl at CNN all through the news cycle.
Once again, he cited "the new generation of Arabs changing the region." As if this new generation of goosesteppers have any other intention than to destroy the State of Israel -- which is why the peace treaty with Egypt is now in jeopardy.
Obama began to whine that his call for a return to the Auschwitz borders was not his original idea. But did anyone really think he was capable of an original idea? His copout was that these 1967 borders had been whispered about behind the scenes for years by previous administrations. But this weak excuse rings hollow. You don't publicly start negotiations with your end position. The Muslims in Gaza, and in Judea and Samaria, have given nothing, have agreed to nothing. Their only movement has been toward radicalization by aligning with Hamas.
In a rare, useless skill set mastered by our clumsy President, Obama managed to double down and backpedal at the same time. He tried to softshoe the '67 borders remark by focusing instead on the caveat of mutually agreed-upon swaps. He admonished us for taking him the wrong way. I kid you not.
I said that the United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.
That is what I said. Now, it was my reference to the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps that received the lion’s share of the attention. And since my position has been misrepresented several times, let me reaffirm what “1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” means.
By definition, it means that the parties themselves – Israelis and Palestinians – will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. It is a well known formula to all who have worked on this issue for a generation. It allows the parties themselves to account for the changes that have taken place over the last forty-four years, including the new demographic realities on the ground and the needs of both sides. The ultimate goal is two states for two peoples. Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people; each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.
As if the Muslims would swap anything with the Jews and allow the Jews peace in their rightful homeland. Lunacy.
The money quote of the day was "If there's a controversy, then, it's not based in substance." Oh, really? I vill gaslight you and you vill like it.
Obama's declaration that the U.S./Israel relationship was ironclad does not reassure me. I am dubious about Obama's promise. Obama's idea of ironclad is sketchy at best. After all, in 2008 Obama vowed at the AIPAC conference that Jerusalem would remain the undivided capital of the state of Israel if he was elected. He walked back on that promise the next day. In 2009 at Cairo University (with the Muslim Brotherhood in attendance at his invitation), he called on Israel to stop all the settlement activity, and created a crisis in US/Israel relations when Israel approved 1600 houses in Jerusalem. And of course last week, Obama caused fright and worry amongst freedom-loving peoples when he endorsed the Auschwitz borders. I am glad that he said that the UN won't create "Palestine," and while this is elemental, with Obama, you gotta be happy with any crumb. When he said that Israel's isolation in the international arena won't be sanctioned or tolerated, he did not expand upon that. So while his propaganda ministers will spin this for the Jewish campaign dollar, when you really look at it, it's a lot of empty rhetoric. He used AIPAC today to reassure the Jews ....... and many bought the ruse.
Text of Obama's speech to AIPAC here.
There is something about the Jews that brings out the best in the best people and the worst in the worst people. As evidenced here.
Outside, these people (below) were on Obama's side. It is important to mention that in previous years the Jew-haters' protests were small, insignificant. This is the Obama effect. What these pictures fail to convey is the malevolent carnival atmosphere, the strange dirge of death music played by awful musicians and drummers. It was a surreal hell.
The dancing Nazis
Self loathing Jew Medea Benjamin (nee Susan, who changed her name to that of the monster who killed her children; I guess "Eva Braun" was taken) was dancing wildly with the hijabed one on the left. Medea is a constant vistor to the White House, acting as an emissary between Obama and Hamas.
There was a small, passionate pro-Israel contingent.