President Obama criticized Israel for constructing new settlements in what Israel calls Judea and Samaria and what the Palestinians call the West Bank.
In an uncommonly harsh statement, the State Department “strongly condemned” the move, asserting that it violated Israel’s pledge not to construct new settlements and ran counter to the long-term security interests Israel was seeking to protect. …
The new settlement, one of a string of housing complexes that threaten to bisect the West Bank, is designed to house settlers from a nearby illegal outpost, Amona, which an Israeli court has ordered demolished.
Settlements have poisoned the relationship between Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu from the earliest days of the administration. Mr. Obama demanded that Israel halt construction as a gesture to draw the Palestinians back to the bargaining table. Mr. Netanyahu complained that the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, frittered away most of the 10-month moratorium before sitting down to talk.
Jews have lived in Judea and Samaria for thousands of years. In more recent times, the area became depopulated because of repeated pogroms, ormassacres, of Jews by the Palestinians. Now Jews are moving back to Judea. They are not taking any homes from Palestinians; rather, they are setting up shop on empty hilltops, turning barren desert into homes, farms, schools, and businesses.
Obama sees that as a threat. He isn’t bothered by Arabs living in Israel, but he wants territory he has unilaterally decided belongs to the Palestinians to beJudenrein, or free of Jewish people.
Curiously, Obama also has no problem with Muslim settlements in America. In fact, he aggressively pushes them. He has given green cards to over amillion Muslims in his eight-year presidency. Many of these Muslims live in insular communities one could call “settlements.”
The differences between these Muslim settlements in America and Jewish settlements in the Middle East are striking. The Israelis are moving into and developing unoccupied land. The Muslims coming here are taking homes that could be occupied by Americans. The Israelis support themselves and do not take money from their Arab neighbors. Many of the Muslims who come here go on welfare and are supported by the American taxpayer. And most importantly, the Israelis in settlements do not go out and kill people. Nor do they impose their religion on others. That is an important difference from some of the Muslim immigrants we take here.
And yet Obama has no qualms about expanding Muslim settlements in America. As their numbers grow, we will start to have “no go” zones like Muslim enclaves in Paris and London. Obama calls the Jewish homes a threat to peace, but it is some of the Muslims in America who are a threat to peace, as we have seen in mall shootings, workplace shootings, and bombings, just to take a few of the most recent examples.
The hypocrisy of Obama pushing this kind of “diversity” in America while declaring Judea Judenrein is inescapable.