Ok. So do you know what I am so sick and tired of hearing about already? How Prime Minister Netanyahu’s pre-election comments are racist. Because everything is racist now. Calling things “racist” is a leftist tactic that is getting old already. Everything is racist to these people! It also takes away from the crimes or statements that truly are racist and desensitizes people to the issue of racism.
Funny thing though…its only ever the Left that cries racism. It’s like the cop-out answer to everything now. You don’t like what someone just said? Call it racist. Don’t like the person who just made the comment? Call them racist and get them fired (right, Michelle Obama???). Upset by the outcome of a democratic election? Accuse the winner of racism. As if we’ve never seen a U.S. politician resort to accusations of racism to try and win an election before.
Want to know my solution?
GET. OVER. IT.
It’s no secret that President Obama is unhappy by the outcome of the Israeli elections but you know what? You’re the leader of the free world and it’s your job to rise above it and create an open and productive dialogue with world leaders. Not to throw temper tantrums and go behind the back of our closest ally in the Middle East by going to the UN in hopes of magically creating a Palestinian state without the support and agreement of Israel.
GROW UP AND GET OVER IT. Stop being so petty.
And by the Left crying “racism” in the case of the Israeli elections, they are distracting from the real issues like…the U.S. MAKING A NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN!
Do you feel completely lost by what I’m talking about? If so, let me fill you in.
On the day of the Israeli election (this past Tuesday), Netanyahu made an appeal to his supporters to go out and vote because the Arabs were voting “in droves.”
Did you hear me??? In droves!!!! Isn’t that soooooo racist of him??? How dare he say that?!
I really hope you caught my sarcasm there. If not, you probably need to get out more.
Personally, I don’t find anything racist about these comments. PM Netanyahu has never hidden the fact that he supports a two-state solution as long as said Palestinian state would recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland and the safety and security of Israel would not be compromised. He had just finished reaffirming this commitment, which many took as a signal that he flip-flopped on this issue and is no longer committed at any level (again, a politician who flip-flops on campaign promises??? I’m shocked!), when he made the comments about the Arab vote.
Now I consider myself to be a rational person. I try to look at both sides of the issue and make a judgment call. (Unlike most people on the Left who see the world only through the eyes of their rhetoric and clearly don’t have the mental capacity to look beyond that…but hey, to each his own right?) And when I heard those comments from Netanyahu, I took him to mean: “Hey Israelis who don’t want a two-state solution or are concerned about our national security because of the threat from violent, Muslim, extremist groups that are sitting right outside our doorstep! If you want to ensure that your voice is heard you better get out here and vote because the Arabs who support a two-state solution and want your land and your death and our destruction are out here voting. So get to it!”
Could he have said it a little better? Perhaps. Was he flip-flopping on his commitment to a two-state solution? Only time will tell. But were his comments racist in any way? Absolutely not.
But leave it to the great people at CNN to twist these comments into a race issue. Because of course they would.
Liberals are now claiming that these comments were somehow racist and that Netanyahu was dividing Israeli citizens and was trying to keep Arab citizens from voting.
But on an interview with Megyn Kelly last night, PM Netanyahu explained what he meant.
He said that when he made those comments, he was referring to the foreign money and support that was being funneled into groups that have sympathies with Hamas and other terrorist organizations. These organizations who had foreign (including American and other countries as well) money and manpower funneled into them were using part of the funds to bus Arabs (“in droves”) who are also sympathetic to terrorist organizations to the voting booths.
He was in no way trying to stop or discount the Arab vote. Israeli citizens are not only Jews but Arabs as well. There are those Arab-Israeli citizens who fully back Netanyahu and even met with him the night before the election. Moreover, there are many Arab-Israelis who love Israel, proudly serve in the military to defend their country Israel, and do not support the creation of a Palestinian state.
Netanyahu has stated many times, and reaffirmed in his interview tonight, that he is proud to serve the entire population of Israel; Jew and Arab alike. But unlike other countries in the world who worry about simply defending their country, PM Netanyahu has the overwhelming burden of ensuring the very survival of his people. Part of that includes making sure that Hamas linked organizations do not sway the vote and tarnish the democratic process (as is done in other Middle Eastern countries where Arabs and Muslims can’t vote as freely as they can in Israel).
So just who are these groups that were receiving foreign funding and were trying to hijack the Israeli election?
“OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution. The Movement works to forge consensus for conflict resolution and build a human infrastructure capable of mobilizing the people toward a negotiated, comprehensive, and permanent agreement between Israel and Palestine that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for both sides, and solves all final-status issues in accordance with international law and previous bilateral agreements. The 1967 borders form the basis for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state, with permanent borders and any modifications to be agreed upon by both parties. The Movement recognizes that violence by either side will never be a means to end the conflict.” (emphasis mine)
Parts of OneVoice’s mission statement bother me a little bit. Notice that their entire goal is to bring about a two-state solution. Their entire goal is to divide the Land of Israel. Second, they recognize the current nation of Israel as the “occupier,” meaning that they probably don’t and won’t recognize Israel as the sovereign Jewish homeland. While they may state that they don’t support violence from either side, they also never say anything about recognizing a sovereign nation of Israel. They only focus on their goal of achieving a Palestinian state. Moreover, they use the 1967 borders as the basis for their purposed Palestinian state…a suggestion which is riddled with problems and flaws.
Victory 15 (V15) is the other group that was receiving “foreign funding” during the Israeli elections. V15 is a subsidiary of OneVoice whose stated goal is to “replace the government” in Israel. It is reported that V15 was receiving funding from OneVoice who, in turn, received $350,000 in recent U.S. State Department grants.
In response to all this shadiness, a U.S. Senate investigatory committee has launched a probe into OneVoice’s funding efforts to oust PM Netanyahu using Obama’s State Department taxpayer-funded grants to this end.
Essentially, the money train goes like this:
Anti-Netanyahu funding → V15 → OneVoice → State Department grants → President Obama
Follow the paper trail and do the math.
There’s some sketchy things going on here.
All of this is especially interesting given the fact that the reason President Obama gave for not meeting with Netanyahu and disapproving of his address to congress a few weeks ago was because it was too close to the Israeli elections and he didn’t want to influence the outcome. So much for that…
But the fact remains. Netanyahu won the election. Even after Obama and other nations and those who seek to do Israel harm tried as hard as they could, they could not succeed in defeating Netanyahu.
But it isn’t even about Netanyahu. Ultimately it’s all about YHVH’s plan. YHVH explicitly said that His Land was not to be divided. The majority of people who support a two-state solution also support groups that have terrorist sympathies or outright ties with terrorist organizations such as Hamas in the West Bank.
A two-state solution will not bring about peace. Remember those 1967 borders I mentioned earlier? Ya, even after giving the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to the Palestinians (which they swore would make them happy and bring about peace) we are still in the same struggle for peace but now Israel has less land and more threat from inside her own borders. And what did the Palestinians do with the West Bank and Gaza? They turned over control to Hamas! Who do you think will be leading the government of this so-called Palestinian State?
Personally, I think that with the situation the way it is in the Middle East, Netanyahu’s main focus will be on the security of Israel and defending her from the growing list of terrorist groups in the region and not on creating two-states with Israeli land. In doing this, however, I believe it will push him further and further away from other world leaders and that it will isolate Israel even more so in the international arena. When you think about the situation in Syria with ISIS, Iran and their determination to obtain a nuclear weapon, and Russia trying to take the Ukraine, I think Netanyahu will have plenty on his plate this coming term without dealing with accusations of racism.
So back to my original question: was Netanyahu truly being racist or is this yet another example of king Obama using his Lackeys on the Left to throw another hissy fit when he didn’t get his way?