From Frontpage Mag, by Ari Lieberman
Ten percent will likely go to pay salaries of proud convicted killers and “martyrs.”
In just over a 10-week period during the transition, Barack Obama has transformed himself into a one-man wrecking ball. It is astonishing to watch just how much damage one man can inflict during such a short period of time. In fairness, Obama had some assistance from his dim-witted sidekick, Secretary of State John Kerry, who dutifully obeyed his master’s orders.
Despite full throated denials, which later turned into meek, half-hearted denials, there is clear and convincing evidence that the Obama administration orchestrated and secured the passage of the immoral and perfidious United Nations Security Council resolution 2334, in direct defiance of bipartisan congressional wishes. Under resolution 2334, it is a “flagrant violation of international law” for Israel to reconstruct East Jerusalem synagogues and other religious institutions dynamited by the Jordanians (for no apparent reason other than pure anti-Semitism) during their 19-year occupation of the Old City. That gives one a good sense of just how absurd this rancid resolution, bearing Obama’s fingerprints, is.
After securing the passage of resolution 2334, Obama continued to jab at Israel, America’s closest ally in the region and arguably, the world. Hauling Israel before the world’s greatest purveyors of anti-Semitism wasn’t enough for the lame duck president. He had to ensure that the Mideast’s only democracy was thoroughly tarnished as well and just days later, had his secretary of state launch a scathing 75-minute attack speech against the Jewish state.
Kerry’s long-winded and somewhat incoherent screed paid mere lip service to Palestinian terrorism and incitement and focused almost exclusively on “Israeli settlements.” The Obama administration even challenged the legitimacy of Israel’s democratically elected government, characterizing it as the “most right-wing” government in Israel’s history.
Kerry’s trashing of Israel at Obama’s behest proved too much to bear and provoked a rare but stern rebuke from the United Kingdom. In an unusually harsh tone, British Prime Minister Theresa May stated, “We do not… believe that the way to negotiate peace is by focusing on only one issue, in this case the construction of settlements, when clearly the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is so deeply complex.” May also criticized Kerry’s negative characterization of Israel’s government stating that it was inappropriate “to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an ally.”
Australia’s Prime Minister Julie Bishop also voiced strong support for Israel. Even Russia, not known for warmth toward Israel, criticized Kerry’s speech as unhelpful.
With just five days to go before the end of his term, Obama sent his glorified messenger boy to France – a nation itself wracked by unprecedented Islamist violence – to partake in an international conference aimed at lambasting Israel. The “Paris peace conference” thankfully produced nothing but a banal communiqué. This was due largely to the efforts of Britain and Australia, which expressed adamant reservations and refused to sign off of the summit’s closing statements. In dissenting, the two nations noted the aggressively one-sided nature of the confab and that Israel, the nation most adversely impacted by such a conference, wasn’t even invited.
Not content with fundamentally altering decades of U.S. policy by shamefully permitting the passage of a rabidly anti-Israel UNSC resolution, the Obama administration took its final parting shot at Israel and Congress by authorizing the release $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that Republican members of Congress had been blocking. Written notification of the transfer was issued on January 20, just hours before Donald trump assumed the presidency.
Although the funds had already been approved for the 2015 and 2016 budgets, GOP lawmakers had placed holds on their allocation due to unilateral Palestinian attempts to gain recognition and entry into international bodies. Such deleterious, bad-faith Palestinian actions, deliberately ignored by the Obama administration, represent clear violations of written agreements signed by the PA.
In fact, the PA has not adhered to any of its obligations under accords signed with Israel. It continues to incite to violence though official state forums, including media and educational platforms. For example, Jews are routinely referred to apes and pigs and blood libels directed at Jews or Israel are regurgitated with banal regularity.
Just as alarmingly, a whopping 10% of the PA’s budget goes to pay the salaries of convicted terrorists or is allocated to families of deceased terrorists, killed in “martyrdom operations,” the Palestinian euphemism for bloody terrorist carnage. Thus, the family of the terrorist who stabbed US Army veteran Taylor Force to death while he was touring Jaffa receives a stipend from the PA. Similarly, the family of the beast who broke into the house of Hallel Yaffa Ariel and butchered the 13-year-old while she was sound asleep in her bed also receives a portion of Obama’s taxpayer-funded aid money.
While the release of the funds was technically legal, it demonstrates the utter disdain Obama has for Congress and the system of checks and balances. This has been a common theme throughout his tenure. More importantly, Obama’s unilateral anti-Israel actions during the transitional period placed encumbrances on the incoming administration and severely undermined the interests of a long-time, reliable and vital strategic ally. That he would take these harmful actions at a time when the U.S. faces infinitely more daunting and pressing international challenges, speaks volumes about the man and his nefarious agenda. His final act as president represents an ignominious end to a disastrous presidency. Good riddance.