THE RIFT BETWEEN OBAMA AND
NETANYAHU WIDENS

By SR Shearer

If Israel doesn't disentangle itself from the lives of West Bank Palestinians, the world will one day decide it is behaving as an apartheid state. Netanyahu is a political coward.

-- President Barack Obama


Adrian Blomfield of the British newspaper, The Telegraph, reported in March of last year that Obama actually walked out of a meeting with Netanyahu at the White House and left him stewing alone while he had dinner with his family.

Blomfield writes:

"The snub marked a fresh low in US-Israeli relations and appeared designed to show Mr Netanyahu how low his stock had fallen in Washington after he refused to back down in a row over Jewish construction in east Jerusalem."

Excuse me while I go have dinner with my family; if you change your mind about anything, let me know.

NOTE: The Israeli prime minister had arrived at the White House on Tuesday evening brimming with confidence that the worst of the crisis in his country's relationship with the United States was over. Over the previous two days, he had been feted by senior Republicans and greeted warmly by members of Congress. He had also received a standing ovation from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, one of the most influential lobby groups in the United States. But Mr Obama was less inclined to be so conciliatory. He immediately presented Mr Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands designed both to end the feud with his administration and to build Palestinian confidence ahead of the resumption of peace talks. Key among those demands was a previously-made call to halt all new settlement construction in east Jerusalem. When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: "I'm going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls."

As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. "I'm still around," Mr Obama is quoted by Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. "Let me know if there is anything new."

Since then, the "slights" and "humiliations" that the Obama Administration has heaped on Netanyahu have only grown.

Israel's Maariv newspaper reports that -

"There is no humiliation the Americans have not tried on the prime minister and his entourage. Bibi is receiving from the White House the treatment reserved for the president of Equatorial Guinea."

Amy Teibel of the Associated Press (AP) reports:

"This week an American columnist with close ties to the White House [i.e., Jeffrey Goldberg] described Obama's disdain for Netanyahu, warning that Israel's all-important relations with the U.S. could suffer in unprecedented ways if the Israeli government doesn't change its policies."

She continued:

"The Goldberg article, along with Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, has been interpreted in Israel as clear signs of the president's exasperation with Netanyahu ... Hagel is seen as 'anti-Israel' because of his questioning of Israeli government policy and the pro-Israel lobby in the US.

"Goldberg, who is known to be close to the president, wrote that Israel risked becoming 'a pariah' ... [in the Middle East because of its refusal to be more 'moderate' in its dealings with the Islamic world] ...

"On matters related to the Palestinians, the president seems to view the prime minister as a political coward who is unwilling to lead or spend political capital to advance the cause of compromise, Goldberg wrote.

"Obama... has been consistent in his analysis of Israel's underlying challenge: If it doesn't disentangle itself from the lives of West Bank Palestinians, the world will one day decide it is behaving as an APARTHEID STATE." The White House did not deny the words attributed to the president.

"Barack Obama said, simply and clearly, what he thinks about Israel's prime minister and where he is leading Israel', wrote former Israeli diplomat Alon Pinkas in Yedioth Ahronoth. 'These are grave, alarming statements, which are without precedent'."

Obama takes the view that Israel is in fact an APARTHEID state - which is exactly the view held by his old friends and associates in Chicago such Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalidi. Ultimately, according to those who hold this view, Israel must cease to be a JEWISH STATE and allow the Palestinians the "right of return." Needless to say that given the hatred of the Islamic world towards the Jews, that would mean their annihilation. [We URGE you to see our article, "OBAMA'S MIDEAST POLICY: Making peace with Islam by throwing Israel 'under the bus'."]

Teibel goes on to report that -

"Israel's premier ... dismissed President Barack Obama's reported displeasure with his hard-line policies toward the Palestinians, a sign that the two could be headed for a showdown.

She continued:

"The White House did not deny the harsh sentiments Goldberg put in Obama's mouth. The tone and timing of the column suggested the U.S. leader might be readying to play hardball with Netanyahu ..."

Goldberg warns:

"With each new settlement announcement, in Obama's view, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation. And if Israel, a small state in an inhospitable region, becomes more of a pariah, one that alienates even the affections of the U.S., its last steadfast friend, IT WON'T SURVIVE."

THAT MAY BE ...

That may be! – but what Obama and the world seem to forget is that NEVER AGAIN will the Jews place their safety in the hands of others. They are now determined to take matters into their own hands, even if it means they must attack Iran's nuclear facilities alone and without the help of the United States; and even if that leads to a repeat of what happened to them some 2,000 years ago at Masada. What this means, of course, is that by doing so Israel will ignite the Gog/Magog War and initiate the Tribulation Period.

Masada:

Masada (Hebrew for fortress), is situated atop an isolated rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. On the east the rock falls in a sheer drop of about 450 meters to the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth, some 400 m. below sea level) and in the west it stands about 100 meters above the surrounding terrain. The natural approaches to the cliff top are very difficult. Some 75 years after Herod's death, at the beginning of the Jewish Revolt against the Romans in 66 AD, a group of Jewish rebels overcame the Roman garrison of Masada. After the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple (70 AD) they were joined by zealots and their families who had fled from Jerusalem. The Romans established camps at the base of Masada, laid siege to it and built a circumvallation wall. They then constructed a rampart of thousands of tons of stones and beaten earth against the western approaches of the fortress and, in the spring of the year 74 AD, moved a battering ram up the ramp and breached the wall of the fortress.

Josephus Flavius dramatically recounts the story told him by two surviving women. The defenders - almost one thousand men, women and children - led by Eleazar ben Ya'ir, decided to burn the fortress and end their own lives, rather than be taken alive. The Zealots cast lots to choose 10 men to kill the remainder. They then chose among themselves the one man who would kill the survivors. That last Jew then killed himself.

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God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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