From Buddy Macy:
Mr. Diament, I find it more than telling that you have responded to my email to AIPAC, while you have ignored my four previous URGENT emails to you and the OU! When are you going to begin acting in the best interest of our vulnerable fellow Jews in Israel -- specifically, why have you not publicly criticized the Israeli Government for its appalling, amoral behavior in ordering the Federman/Tor attack and home destruction, for its threats to the residents of Bet Hashalom and other legally-purchased properties, and for its use and threats of further employment of administrative detention and other cruel, illegal actions against Israeli citizens throughout Judea & Samaria?
In regard to your attempts to refute and discredit my AIPAC email, I ask you: If the Times of London is such an unreliable media source, why then did "the Obama campaign distance[d] itself from [Robert] Malley in May after the Times of London reported that he was meeting regularly with Hamas terror leaders (from Caroline Glick's Jerusalem Post column http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?apage=1&cid=1226404736073&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull)?" And, how were you able to definitively refute the information contained in the current Times of London piece, when the article you have sited, itself, explains, "Among those who have reportedly lobbied the incoming president in favor of the [2002 Arab peace] plan are Lee Hamilton, the former co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group; Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser during the Carter administration; and Brent Scowcroft, who was national security adviser to President George H.W. Bush?"
Mr. Diament, I urge you to focus on the inaction and silence of your organization, rather than to make vain attempts at defending another.
On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 9:19 AM, Nathan Diament <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
For more, see:
Buddy Macy wrote:
date: Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 2:13 AM
Howard Friedman/David Victor/Howard Kohr: When Will AIPAC Confront Obama?
Messrs. Friedman, Victor and Kohr,
On June 4, 2008, Barack Obama said to you and a huge AIPAC audience: "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." Now that it is apparent that the President-Elect has broken his promise, and not just "clarified" his position, when are you going to confront him about his grievous breach of trust, and what will you say to him? You owe it to all of our fellow Jews in America, including the 78% of the Jewish voters who cast their ballot for Mr. Obama, and all of the Jews in Israel, to demand that he keep his original promise.
Israel Insider <http://israelinsider.ning.com/xn/detail/u_ReuvenKoret>
Report: Obama backs Saudi plan to force Israel to 1949 borders, divide Jerusalem
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Despite all his election promises and assurances to Jewish groups and Israelis, Barack Obama plans to throw his weight behind the Saudi royal family's 2002 plan to roll back Israel to at least its 1949 borders, the Times of London reported <http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5162537.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093> Sunday, citing sources close to America's president-elect.
While the Saudi plan calls for recognition of Israel by Arab states, such promises have historically proven of scant value relative to the "hard currency" of territorial retreats. Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister and leader of the ruling Kadima party, and President Shimon Peres, have said that the Saudi plan could be a starting point for discussions but have stopped far short of accepting it.
Contrary to Obama's promises at the last AIPAC conference in support of an "undivided Jerusalem" -- a position he retreated from days later -- the Saudi plan divides Jerusalem, hands over the Old City, Temple Mount and the adjacent Western Wall to the Arabs, and calls on Israel to take responsibility for the "Palestinian refugee problem." It requires Israel to restore the strategic Golan Heights to Syria and allow the Palestinians to establish their capital in east Jerusalem. It would dismantle all Jewish settlements and even Jewish suburbs of Jerusalem, dislocating nearly a half-million Israelis, and leaving the state behind what diplomatic dove Abba Eban described as "Auschwitz borders."
On a visit to the Middle East last July, the president-elect said privately it would be "crazy" for Israel to refuse a deal that could "give them peace with the Muslim world", according to a senior Obama adviser.Apparently there are many crazy Israeli, since the Saudi plan is unacceptable to the vast majority of Israelis, including Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud, the frontrunner to be prime minister in the next round of elections, slated for February 2009.
The Arab peace plan received a boost last week when President Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace laureate and leading Israeli dove, commended the initiative at a Saudi-sponsored United Nations conference in New York, stepping far beyond the ceremonial role that the Presidential role typically accords. He was loudly applauded for sycophantically telling King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who was behind the original initiative: "I wish that your voice will become the prevailing voice of the whole region, of all people."
There are unconfirmed reports that the conference had to be temporarily suspended as Peres sought with difficulty to extract his proboscis from the rectum of the plenum.
A bipartisan group of senior foreign policy advisers have urged Obama to give the Arab plan top priority immediately after his election victory as the basis for an imposed solution on Israel. The advisers -- enemies of Israel all -- included Lee Hamilton, the former co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, a Democrat former national security adviser.
Brent Scowcroft, a Republican former national security adviser and Israel bashed, piled on as well, suggesting that an early start to the Palestinian peace process was "a way to psychologically change the mood of the region".
According to a Washington source, Obama told West Bank constable Mahmoud Abbas: "The Israelis would be crazy not to accept this initiative. It would give them peace with the Muslim world from Indonesia to Morocco."
Dan Kurtzer, a former Ambassador to Israel, submitted a paper to Obama on the question before this month's presidential elections arguing that trying to reach bilateral peace agreements between Israel and individual countries in the Middle East was a recipe for failure as the record of Bill Clinton and George W Bush showed. In contrast, the broader Arab plan "had a lot of appeal".
A leading Democratic expert on the Middle East said: "There's not a lot of meat on the bones yet, but it offers recognition of Israel across the Arab world."