President's UN Condemnation of Israel was Wrong
Immediate Release. September 23, 2004 Once again President George W. Bush demonstrated his fundamental lack of understanding of the Palestinian Arab/Israeli conflict when he said, “Israel should impose a settlement freeze, dismantle unauthorized outposts, end daily humiliation of the Palestinian people and avoid any actions that prejudice final negotiations,” as he took center stage at the United Nations (UN) on September 21, 2004.
Daily, Israel is on the front line in the war on terrorism and must use anti-terrorism security measures to inspect travelers for bombs at security checkpoints to protect its citizens from suicide bombing attacks. And although similar procedures are used regularly to prevent terrorist attacks against US troops in Iraq, President Bush considers these tactics as actions of humiliation when used by Israelis.
In the President's worldview, it must have been Palestinian humiliation that caused an 18-year-old female Palestinian suicide bomber to blow herself up on a crowded bus station in Jerusalem on September 22, 2004, murdering two borders policemen and wounding 16 other civilians including four seriously. Furthermore, it must have been Palestinian humiliation that caused the murder of approximately 1,300 Israelis and wounded upwards of 7,000 since the 1993 Oslo Accords. If one compares this in proportion to populations, this would be the US equivalent of 380,000 wounded and 70,000 dead.
According to a recent PSR-Survey Research Unit: Public Opinion Poll #12, 59 percent of Palestinians support suicide bombing inside Israel. “Yet the President continues to send a mixed message against terrorism as he failed to demand the Palestinian Arabs to bring an end to their campaign against Jewish genocide in the state of Israel,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy. He added, “The President has failed to suggest alternative measures as he criticized Israel for using security measures to stop Palestinians from transporting ammunition, bombs, and guns to terrorize and murder Jews in Israel.”
President Bush has no right to criticize Israel in how it fights the war on terrorism. It was the Palestinian Arabs who started the recent Intifada against Israel even though Israel tried to negotiate peace by giving up Israeli land to the Palestinian Arabs.
In Gaza, terrorists linked to Yasser Arafat murdered three Americans almost a year ago. Their crime of Palestinian humiliation was that they were traveling to a refugee camp to recruit candidates for Fulbright scholarships in the US.
The President's response to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority's murder of Israeli and American citizens is a Palestinian state and some $200 million annually in American aid.
What President Bush should have done at the UN instead of criticizing Israel was call the world to action and should have sought a UN declaration against Islamofascism terrorism. Such actions would force UN members to go on record as for or against a clear statement against Islamofascism terrorism and finally show the world the irrelevance of the UN in fighting Islamofascism as well as stabilizing and bringing peace to the world. Instead, the UN is an organization that is a collection of nations that are committed to undermining both Israel and the US.
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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