Republicans who are looking to commence 2017 with a bang now have an opportunity to put Democrats on defense on the very first day of the new Congress. Together with repealing Obamacare, defunding both the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations would go a long way to creating real change before Trump is even sworn into office.
Obama literally collaborates with terrorists against Israel
At this point, it is no longer an exaggeration to suggest that Obama is more anti-Israel than many Arab heads of state. While many Arab leaders now recognize that both Iran and Sunni grassroots uprisings pose a greater threat to regional and global stability — even in their minds — than the state of Israel, Obama is literally working with Islamo-fascists to destroy Israel.
According to The Times of Israel, the Egyptian Al-Youm Al-Sabea newspaper is now confirming Prime Minister Netanyahu’s allegation that the Obama administration orchestrated the UN gang rape of Israel. They obtained a transcript of a meeting between Kerry and Palestine Liberation Organization officials in early December showing the Secretary Kerry pledging support for a UN assault on Israel.
After eight years of this maniacal administration, there is no denying the fact that this man is either an Islamo-fascist sympathizer or he hates Israel enough that he is willing to work with terrorists against them.
Let’s be very clear: the Palestinian Authority (sanitized from its previous name, “Palestine Liberation Organization”) shares the same fundamental ideology as Al Qaeda and all the other Sunni Islamist groups. And it’s not just because of their unity government with Hamas. The ruling Fatah Party just held new elections and the top two spots for its central committee went to Marwan Barghouti and Jibril Rajoub. Barghouti is currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison for orchestrating multiple terror attacks during the Second Intifada (Israel doesn’t administer the death penalty). Rajoub, who is currently a senior official in Abbas’s government, once said that if he had a nuclear bomb he would not hesitate to drop it on Israel.
Yes, folks, these are the people who will be leading any negotiation for “peace” when current Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas retires, not that he was any better. And these are the people with whom John Kerry is plotting to destroy Israel.
Indeed, these people have never changed since their “PLO” days. In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw on March 31, 1977, the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein said the following:
The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.
Nothing has changed since their days in exile other than their candor.
Time for Congress to go on offense
Obviously, the U.S. policy towards Israel is expected to shift dramatically when Trump is sworn in as president on January 20, 2017. However, these is legitimate concern that Obama and Kerry will spend the next few weeks delegitimizing Israel’s sovereignty over the land west of the Jordan River. Doing so would lay the groundwork for an international excommunication of Israel at the January 15 conference in Paris.
This is where Republicans in Congress must step up to the plate.
Congress begins its new session next Tuesday, almost three weeks before Trump is sworn into office. What better way to begin this new era than by putting Democrats on defense on a 62-15% issue with the American public. Democrat leaders in Congress continue to express faux outrage over Obama’s treatment of Israel. However, as they have done throughout Obama’s tenure, and particularly with regards to the Iran alliance, their outrage never translates into action. Now, Republicans will have an opportunity to drive a wedge between the different factions of the party by forcing them to pick a side.
Instead of passing some vacuous resolution, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (F, 40%) should immediately move legislation with teeth to cut funding to the U.N. and the PLO until the UN resolution is repealed and until the PLO changes its leadership structure. The best way to counter Obama’s plan to delegitimize Israel is to delegitimize the notion of an Arab Palestinian authority west of the Jordan River and defang the U.N. of any moral authority to bolster such an entity. The tortured soul of Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (F, 2%) who is now the Democrat Senate leader, will be forced to pick a side once and for all.
For starters, Republicans can pass the The Palestinian Accountability Act (H.R. 1337), which would suspend our $500 million in annual aid to the PLO. It would also suspend $250 million in American aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the organization that harbors Palestinian terrorists under the guise of humanitarian aid, until they are completely reformed.
Congress should also consider The PLO Accountability Act (H.R. 4522 and S. 2537),sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (A, 97%), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. (F, 24%), and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. (A, 94%), which would close all PLO offices in our country until they stop inciting and funding terror. Under existing law, they should not be able to operate diplomatically on our shores, but Bill Clinton gave them a waiver in 1994 to set up shop. Now is a good time to correct the 22-year mistake.
There will be many issues that divide various Republican factions as we enter 2017. This is an issue, however, that unites Republicans of all stripes and divides Democrats. Republicans would go a long way in eschewing their reputation as the stupid party if they went on offense against Obama’s anti-Israel jihad.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.