January 10, 2008, - 12:35 pm

Help Me Read the Morning Papers, Understand Bush’s Mixed Messages

By Debbie Schlussel
I need your help. You see, I’m confused after having read this morning’s newspapers. I can’t really figure out what happened in the Middle East during Bush’s trip to Israel, yesterday. Maybe you can help me figure it out.
First I read the Wall Street Journal, where the headline is this:

Bush Gives Israel Scope for Antiterror Acts

And the article says this:

President Bush signaled he would give Israel broad leeway to continue raids targeting Palestinian militants and to develop settlements in disputed parts of Jerusalem, despite international pressure to curb such actions.



Thanks to Esser Agaroth for the Photos of These Posters

But then I read an article from Associated Press, which appeared in today’s Detroit Free Press, with this headline:

Bush’s Orders: No Settlements, Terrorist Havens

It features this text:

President Bush, in the Mideast to push along a peace deal by the end of his presidency, gave orders to both sides on Wednesday. He told Israelis that “illegal” outposts in disputed land must go. . . .
Of unauthorized Jewish outposts in the West Bank, Bush said simply: “The agreement was get rid of outposts — illegal outposts. And they ought to go.”

Well, first of all, the adjective “unauthorized” is incorrect. The land is owned by Jews, and they have every right to build on it.
But the two stories–or, at least, their headlines–are contradictory. So, which do you think is Bush’s true position? The story the Free Press claims says “No Settlements” is actually not Bush’s order. He differentiates between “settlements” (neighborhoods of Jerusalem) and “outposts” (suburbs nearby in the rest of the so-called “West Bank.” It’s a silly distinction, which basically says, Jews can live in suburbs bordering Detroit, but not in the outlying suburbs. There, no Jews or dogs allowed.
So, it’s quite clear to me, from everything Bush and Condi Clueless have been saying over the last year or so, that the latter story reflects the Bush apartheid position.
And then there’s this from today:

Bush also called for the end of the “occupation” of Arab land by the IDF [Israel Defense Forces].

Bush also called for the end of the “occupation of Mexican land by California, Texas, Arizona, etc. Well, no, he didn’t do that because that wouldn’t get him a Nobel and some sort of legacy for his failed Presidency. It would be his epitaph, as this should be.
Oh, and by the way, check out this welcome Bush got from HAMAS. Does it look to you like Israel will ever get peace from them by ceding them more land? . . .


Compare that to the way the kids treat him in Israel. . . .

Which group of these people would you reward . . . and which would you punish? Too bad dopey Bush is doing the opposite.
Yup, sadly, the posters above–which some Israelis used in protests prior to Bush’s visit–are accurate, indeed.

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The Arabs have such hatred and ingratitude for the infidel and the Jews are so open and friendly. All of which makes Condi Rice’s declaration that Jews shouldn’t be allowed to buy, build and have babies in Har Homa and Maale Adumim all the more sickening and perverted.

NormanF on January 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm

One of these days you need to have a long talk with some of your fellow (politically) conservative Jewish friends. To this very day, many of them still insist that President Bush is “the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House”. In fact, the Jerusalem Post today had yet another editorial making that claim.
In my humble opinion, the strategic path to victory in the war on terror (and the War Against Israel) remains the elimination of petroleum as the prime mover of America’s transportation system. So we can debate until the cows come home whether Al Gore or John Kerry would have been any better than President Bush on “settlements”, terror, “land-for-peace” in Israel etc. But one thing I am certain of: it wouldn’t have taken SIX YEARS past 9/11/01 for Al Gore or John Kerry to pass a national energy plan just to BEGIN economic confrontation with the Saudi Petrochemical Lobby.

There is NO Santa Claus on January 10, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Bushki demands a “contiguous and viable Palestinian State”
I already live on the coast of Israel with my back to the Mediterranean Sea….and we are all of 9 miles from the Qalqilia terror encampment of the [so called] PA.
To create a corridor linking the Gaza Strip with the West Bank will cut Israel in half. Bush has no problem with an Israel separated by a corridor of terrorist controlled territory…………………but the Terrorist State itself, must be “contiguous!

Miluimnik on January 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm

I always tend towards the more pessimistic interpretation, i.e. the one where the President is anti-Israel. Also, the word “signalled” in the WSJ article is somewhat vague. Maybe President Bush is interested in more than his legacy. Maybe he is interested in finding a good job in 2009. He wouldn’t be the first public servant to follow such a route.

c f on January 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm

I’d call Bush’s current trip the ‘Endlosung tour’ or the Final Solution tour. Such a name would be symbolic in more ways than one.
Too bad he ain’t visiting the streets of Gaza. He ought to take a stroll there – with virtual bodyguards.

Infidel Pride on January 10, 2008 at 6:01 pm

I usually don’t post follow up comments but something Yoni the Blogger wrote that has stayed with me. I needed to share it here:
“What Mr. President you don’t trust your peace partners?
If you will not put your life on the line?
How can you put my children’s life on the line?
You sir are a coward.”
My feelings exactly. If the PA’s security is unacceptable to the President Of The United States and he won’t put HIS LIFE on the line with it, why should Israelis be asked to do it? In other words, if he doesn’t trust them, why should Israel? Another reason why Palestine will never be.

NormanF on January 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm

For the Jews;
On a tone of reproof, Bush said: “Israelis should help not hinder the modernization of the Palestinian security forces. To the extent that the Israeli military undermines the Authority – that is something we do not agree with. After driving through the checkpoints, I can understand Palestinian resentment; I also understand Israel’s need for security and non-acceptance of a state from which missiles are fired.
The checkpoints create massive frustration for the Palestinians and security for Israel. My 45 cars went through without being stopped. But a Palestinian negotiator was stopped.”
For Bush himself;
DEBKAfile Exclusive: Bush’s 1,500-strong Secret Service unit occupies Palestinian government center in Ramallah for his first visit

Miluimnik on January 10, 2008 at 6:21 pm

A map of Judenrhein;

Miluimnik on January 10, 2008 at 7:01 pm

That map still shows Golan Heights under Israeli control, but if the Republican Guards of Booosh, such as Daryl Issa have their way, that will be back in Syrian hands.
Also, with this map, Israel is no longer contiguous. The only way Israel too can be contiguous is with the entire Negev being handed over to the Palis, after of course being made Judenrein.
As for the Gore Kerry energy plans, the Dems have none – all they want to do is CONSERVE. It’s one thing to shut off the lights or the heater in order to reduce electric bills, but on an industrial scale, energy is needed in order to enhance productivity, not to mention transportation and commerce, which would have to be reduced in order to conserve. The Dems don’t have an energy policy. The GOP has too many wusses like McCain who oppose things like ANWR, thereby forcing surrender to the Dems, and indirectly, the Jihadis, with this strategy.

Infidel Pride on January 10, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Once I was a Bush man. After having my eyes opened from studying up a little bit, I realized that to blindly support someone because of party affiliation i madness. After today I am convinced that Bush is almost as corrupt as Moorer suggested he is. What Israel needs is more land to create a safe buffer zone, not a closer neighbor that is bent on its destruction. Has this tin horn been paying attention to world events for the last 8 years or so or what? How about that border with Mexico?

samurai on January 10, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Debbie, IMHO Bush has been the best friend Israel has ever had in the WH. Despite shenanigans at ICE, DHS, State and every other federal agency, he has consitently promoted Israel’s security despite political considerations (eg. Jews vote against him, Arabs have the Oil, etc.). While his enemies on the Left have done their best to sabotage his time in office and his own Party sells him down the river, he has become a virtual refusenik who pursues terrorists, safeguards Israel and generally has the vision thing. I don’t think he gets anywhere near the respect he deserves.

Anonymous1 on January 10, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Bush is like his vomiting, crying father in his Arabphilia. What do you expect from someone who consults with uber Jew-hater, James Baker?

lexi on January 10, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Am I the only one upset about this? Bush’s actions were unprecedented by any American President in this nation’s History! In fact he out Cartered Dhimmi Carter.
I have but one question for this pathetic loser – Why can Arabs live in Israel, but Jews can’t live in Palestinian areas? You want peace? The day that Jews can live in Palestinian areas (which we all know by the way is land which was traditionally Jewish and usurped by Arabs) will be the day we have peace.

Bubbaman on January 10, 2008 at 10:34 pm

The Oval Office…new TV series
George W Bush potrays a character similar to the one Steve Carell plays in the current TV series..The Office. With unshaken enthusiasm, George believes he is the Oval office funnyman, a fountain of business and Arab wisdom and Israels cool friend. He has no clue that the Israelis tolerate his inappropriate behavior only because he signs their foreign aid requests. Painstakingly trying to be liked and look cool, George comes off alternately absurd and pathetic. His prize possession is his “World’s Greatest President” mug — which he had to buy for himself.

TheOmegaMan on January 11, 2008 at 12:14 pm

B”H Debbie, thanks for the link, and for clearing up the confusion about the media coverage in the U. S.
“Milu’imnik” above alludes to another problem Israel is facing, not just the proximity of the so-called “Palestinian” Arabs in Qalqiliyah and Tul-karem, 8 miles away from his house on the coast. There’s something called the “Triangle” kind of between the Sharon and Gallil areas of Israel filled with so-called “Israeli” Arabs, who have never accepted Israel’s control of the UN mandated Jewish State. There is more and more evidence that there will be an uprising from within the area Bush and Rice propose to “let” us keep.
The cheering in Natzeret (Nazareth) and Shfar’Am of Arabs whenever Israel gets misslied, and then there’s Peqi’im, an ancient Jewish town, where mostly Druze live. Druze have served in the IDF since the 50’s, and have proven their loyalty to Israel time and time again. However, even they are have been getting agitated.
I live in the Shomron (Samaria) near Shchem (The Romans renamed Napolis, Arabs and CNN call it Nablus) and Josef’s Tomb. Yet, I’d feel safer here than Tel-Aviv, if the gov’t didn’t start taking weapons and security away, which they have started doing.
Ashqelon used to be considered too far from Gaza to get hit by missiles. Now it’s starting to get hit on a regular basis by Hamas. How did they get such misslies?
It was hushed up, but missiles from Hizbollah reached as far south as Netanyah in the summer, 2006. I wonder how many more missiles they have now, and how improved they are. We really are sitting ducks, but only because the gov’t cares more about following Bush’s orders than about protecting its people.

Ben-Yehudah on January 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm

There is extreme in every religion. What you mentioned Ben is an isolated incident. The Druze are neither Arabs nor Muslims and hate to be called by these names.
Ben-Yehudah, dig deeper with the Druze religious leaders and they might tell you the facts. Please try to ask them about the observation of the Noahide laws or what is called in Hebrew “Sheva Mitzfot B’nei Noach”.
A small example of the Druze Sacrifice:

Daniel on January 12, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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