Apologize to Israel, Mr. President

David French

This summer, as Hamas was raining rockets on Israeli civilians, storing munitions in civilian buildings, and firing rockets from mosques, schools, and clinics, the Obama administration had the audacity to say that it was “appalled” by Israeli attacks that unintentionally killed civilians, even calling them “disgraceful.”

In response, I observed that the administration holds Israel to a higher standard than it holds itself, demanding stricter rules of engagement for Israelis than Americans.

Now, as we drop our own bombs in Syria (and civilians die), the administration is further exempting itself from its own standards:

The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq…

…I can’t help but notice the double standard. If Israel’s acts of self-defense are “disgraceful,” then how does the administration describe our own strikes?…



Read the entire article at ACLJ.org


Related: Netanyahu strongly rejects US censure of Israeli housing moves in Jerusalem

Prime minister rejects US stand that Jews can’t buy homes throughout Jerusalem, says Peace Now lacks “national responsibility.”

Prime Minnister Binyamin Netanyahu strongly rejected on Wednesday harsh US criticism of Israeli moves in east Jerusalem, saying that just as Arabs have the right to buy and live in property throughout the capital, so too do Jews.

Netanyahu, in a briefing in New York with reporters who accompanied him on his trip to the US, said that as Israel’s prime minister he did not understand the criticism of Jews legally buying and moving into property in Jerusalem.

“Arabs in Jerusalem freely buy apartments, and nobody says that is forbidden. I will also not say that Jews cannot buy property in Jerusalem. There cannot be discrimination between Jews and Arabs,” he said….


At Reason, We spend $3.1 billion a year on aid to Israel and we also spend $4.1 billion on aid to countries that don’t formally recognize Israel. U.S. Sends Billions to Israel–and to Countries That Don’t Recognize Israel.



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