I am a Jew. I am a Zionist. I am an American. I voted for you twice. I find myself not only disillusioned by your responses to the murder of the 3 Israeli teenagers, but angry as well. This is not a time for packaged responses and clichés. This is a time to utilize the power of your office, a power that extends around the globe if utilized correctly, to make a strong and significant statement impacting not only the well-being of Israel today but the future of the entire planet.
I begin with two questions we are all entitled to have answered.
Question number 1. You coined the phrase “senseless act of terror”. Does that imply that some acts of terror are not senseless? Is that a redundancy overlooked by your speechwriters or is that part of the thinking that allows you to be willing to accept Hamas as part of a Palestinian government? Please keep in mind that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is also a terrorist organization transformed into a political organization and the so-called “unreasonable” Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to deal with them, despite the fact that so many of their leaders formerly took part in “senseless” acts of terror.
Question number 2. In what is clearly the administrations careful wording, since it was uttered in both your initial comments and those of your Secretary of State John Kerry, why do you feel it necessary to caution Israel to not “destabilize the situation”, be it further or at all? I am fairly certain that the mothers of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel are not looking at this situation as anything resembling stable. Neither am I for that matter. And I know that most people who share the same concerns that I do would feel the same way.
I am aware that you inherited a bad economy, high unemployment and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Much to the dismay of many who will read this, I have been a defender of you and your presidency and have not blamed you for everything wrong in the country, as so many Republicans do. I have however, as have many others, been concerned over your approach towards Israel as well as your responses to acts of terror and terrorist organizations and regimes. My deepest fear going into your presidency was that you would make the same tragic mistake that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made when he declared there would be “peace in our time”. He convinced himself he was dealing with a willing peace partner in Adolf Hitler. We all know how that turned out. It concerns me now that in comparing you to Neville Chamberlain I may have been giving you the benefit of the doubt. It is a terrifying and potentially tragic road it leads us all down, and we all can only hope you either wake up to the realities or change your tune, whichever one is necessary to set this in the right direction.
I do not question whether or not you understand the responsibility you have at this moment, but as an American citizen and as a Jew I hope you are aware that your words and actions can make the difference between life and death for so many good people who want nothing more than to live in peace. I can only hope that matters enough for you to change your approach.