Whipping up public opinion on how desastrous the Obama administration views Israel and, oh horror, shaping US foreign policy towards a new peace initiative in the Middle-East. Best is to knie-cap Secretary of State John Kerry before he even started. Watch all israeli lobby groups on the Hill to inform Congress of such a treacherous act and invite the new members to spend a holiday in Eretz Israel, all expenses paid.

Here comes the pressure

(Jerusalem Post) – While last week’s elections were justifiably front-page news in the local press, it’s important to remember that for the rest of the world, particularly here in the Middle East, life continued as usual, with media reports still covering all the other events and developing stories.

While relegated to the back pages, the Syrian civil war continues to spiral out of control, with the current death toll according to the United Nations exceeding 60,000, nearly half of whom were civilians either caught in the crossfire between the regime’s forces and the insurgents or simply massacred by one side or another.

And even closer to home there was yet another instance of anti-Semitic propaganda being spewed – not by Hamas, but by our peace partner, the moderate, Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. As reported by this newspaper, last week Abbas was quoted as saying that “the Zionist movement had links with the Nazis before World War II.”

AS REPORTED by this newspaper last Friday, at incoming US Secretary of State Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Massachusetts) confirmation hearing a day earlier, Kerry said he hoped the Israeli elections would help restart the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

“So much of what we aspire to achieve and what we need to do globally, what we need to do in the Maghreb and South Asia, South Central Asia, throughout the Gulf, all of this is tied to what can or doesn’t happen with respect to Israel-Palestine,” he said.

TO HIS credit, Netanyahu, who surely knows Abbas’s true sentiments (despite the fact that some of his policies don’t always reflect that knowledge), told a delegation of visiting US Congressman he is aware that instant solutions were not possible, despite the latest “peace” buzz.

As a resident of Judea and Samaria, my hope is that our prime minister, along with our newly elected representatives will withstand the pressure on Israel to make territorial concessions which will surely be applied by Kerry and many other international bodies, who not only ignore Abbas’s incitement, but are failing to prevent the death and suffering of so many other people around the world, simply because they are not part of their Israel/Palestinian infatuation.

Author is a resident of Judea and Samaria in Israel illegal occupied Palestinian territory.

Josh Hasten is the president of the Jerusalem-based Bar-Am Public Relations Firm, specializing in working with non-profit organizations, NGOs and municipalities. Josh recently launched the website www.lettersforisrael.com as a service to assist pro-Israel writers in getting their letters and op-eds published. He is also the host of several radio shows including Israel Hasbara Hour, on www.Israelnationalradio.com. Josh was the CAMERA organization’s 2009 Letter Writer of the Year, and resides in Elazar, Israel.  

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