Ken Blackwell

Negotiate with whom? Not Jordan. Not Syria. Not Egypt. Not Saudi Arabia. Presumably, they mean with the Arabs of Palestine. That means the former Palestinian Liberation Organization, or PLO. Or, as it is known in Arabic, Fatah. Or, if they ever hold an election on the West Bank, the openly terrorist outfit, Hamas. Hamas is pledged to the destruction of Israel. (Fatah could not get billions in U.S. aid dollars if it openly called for the destruction of Israel, so it simply publishes maps of “Palestine” that show no Israel. The Fatah leaders dedicate public squares to suicide bombers who murder Israelis—and they still cash their U.S. taxpayer checks.)

What connection is there between Jerusalem and Berlin? The late Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al Husseini, spent World War II in Berlin, helping Hitler. He managed to get out of the city before it fell to the Russians. He returned to the Middle East, where he continued his calls for annihilation of the Jews. His great work was continued by his nephew, Yassir Arafat, the founder and promoter of the PLO--whose objective was unvaryingly the elimination of Israel. Offered 97% of the land he claimed by the Ehud Barak government of Israel in 2000, in a Clinton-backed deal, Arafat instead launched another intifada—a revolt of stone-throwing teens.

Instead of giving the Israelis the same goodwill and encouragement we gave to democratic, peaceful Germany, the Obama administration bitterly denounces Israel for building houses for Jews in Jerusalem. This administration, as Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has noted, denounces Israel more fiercely for building homes than it has denounced Iran for building nuclear weapons.

President Obama took the occasion of his trip to Indonesia to launch a blistering criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government of Israel. From Jakarta, his boyhood home, Mr. Obama deplored Jews building homes in their own capital city. He spoke from a city which no Jew can even visit!

Jews have an expression, shanda fur die goyim, which variously translates as a shame before the nations or something done by a Jew that embarrasses the Jewish community before non-Jews.

The Obama policy toward Jerusalem must be a shanda for all Americans. In view of history, law, and logic, it cannot be anything but shameful. We know Mr. Obama despises Winston Churchill. He threw the bust of this great friend of the Jews out into the snow when he entered the White House. But Americans should heed Churchill before demanding “final status negotiations” on the capital of Israel. He said: “Let the Jews have Jerusalem. It is they who have made it famous.”

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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