The Lessons of Annapolis

[American Spectator] Jeff Emanuel - In his address to the Knesset last week, President Bush sounded like a different man from the one who called Israel an "occupying force" at the Annapolis Conference on Palestinian Statehood last November, and demanded that the Middle East's lone functioning democracy make unilateral concessions to its terrorist enemies as a show of "good faith." His call for Israel to retract its borders to the indefensible 1949 armistice line not only demands that Israel almost completely compromise its ability to defend its civilian population but, worse, it directly contradicted the president's 2001 promise to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that such a demand would never be made. The President Bush who addressed the Israeli Knesset last Thursday appeared to be far more in touch with the reality of the Middle East. Rather than calling on Israel to make unilateral concessions to those who call daily for a genocide that would result in its citizens' extermination, Bush praised Israel's strong national defense. Bush warned against any attempts to "explain away" the murderous words and actions of Hamas, Hizbullah, and their ilk.

2008-05-21 01:00:00

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