Are We Back To The Days Of Czechoslovakia ?

On Tuesday, Frank Gaffney posted an article in the Washington Times about the treatment of Israel by the Obama Administration.

The article begins by reminding us:

In October 2001, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued a prophetic warning: “Do not repeat the dreadful mistake of 1938, when enlightened European democracies decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia for a ‘convenient temporary solution.’ ” He declared: “Israel will not be Czechoslovakia.”

Mr. Gaffney compares the statements of the Obama Administration that indicate Israel is on its own to the statements made by western nations in 1938, which Hitler took as a green light to invade the nation of Czechoslovakia. The Obama Administration does not seem to notice that Iran is closely watching the statements the administration is making regarding Israel.

The article reminds us:

Even more troubling has been the cumulative effect of Obama policies toward the Middle East that are helping transform large swaths of the region into a festering Islamist sore, prone to jihad — most immediately against Israel and, inevitably, against the United States. In particular, Mr. Obama’s determination to legitimize, empower and enrich the government of Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi adds materially to the danger confronting the Jewish state and American interests.

The legitimization will reach new heights later this month when Mr. Morsi gets the red-carpet treatment in New York and Washington. The empowering included not just demands conveyed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in July that the Egyptian military surrender power to the Brotherhood-dominated presidency and legislature. It also apparently entails U.S. acquiescence to Mr. Morsi’s moves to remilitarize the Sinai in violation of the Camp David Accords. The enriching piece involved an unconditional, lump-sum payment earlier this year, over bipartisan congressional objections, and is reportedly to be followed by the incipient transfer of a further $1 billion.

Predictably, as with the sellout of Czechoslovakia in the 1930s, what such concessions will produce is an emboldening of freedom’s enemies. That will not be good for its friends — here or abroad.

We can sit and watch as Egypt remilitarizes the Sinai Peninsula or we can choose to develop a backbone and cut off any aid to Egypt until it removes its troops and weapons from the area. Unfortunately, I think under President Obama, we will sell out Israel just as Europe sold out Czechoslovakia. Selling out Israel may bring us a temporary period of something that looks like peace, but it will not bring us peace.

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This Is Not Unexpected But It Is Unfortunate

Many people had high hopes for an Arab Spring when tyrants in the Middle East were toppled during the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, the tyrants that were toppled allowed freedom of religion and were somewhat tolerant of Israel and the West. Now in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist Al-Nur party, both of which support an Islamic state, have gained control of the Egyptian Parliament. As a result of these two Islamic parties gaining control, the Coptic Christians (who have been in Egypt since 42 AD) have been increasingly under attack. Now we are seeing Egypt’s attituded toward Israel reflect the new political reality in Egypt.

Haaretz is reporting today:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said that the country’s peace treaty with Israel needs re-evaluation by the country’s new parliament, in press remarks by a senior member of the group published Friday.

“A long time has passed since the Camp David accord was signed, and like the other agreements it needs to be reviewed, and this is in the hands of the parliament,” said Mahmoud Hussein, the group’s secretary-general.

This is like asking the local foxes to reevaluate security in the chicken coop. The article further reports:

“The brotherhood believes the treaty is of great importance, but it is not on the top of our list. There are other priorities for the time being,” Hussein told the regional Asharq al-Awsat daily.

“Generally, Israel does not honor the agreement,” he added.

He denied a report saying that the Muslim Brotherhood had reached an understanding with the United States and Israel on “the importance of safeguarding the peace treaty with Israel.”

There are two things to note in this statement–Israel is accused of not honoring the treaty (therefore Egypt can easily break it) and the denial of the report that there was an understanding with the United States and Israel on the importance of the treaty. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is not viewed as dedicated to protecting Israel, and the enemies of Israel will probably use the months before the 2012 elections in America to do as much damage to Israel as possible, fearing that if a new U. S. President is elected in 2012, he might support Israel.

The statement by the Muslim Brotherhood about the Israeli-Egypt treaty is not encouraging.


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