JERUSALEM – A graphic, brief YouTube video takes strong issue with President Obama’s contention Jewish communities in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem are major obstacles to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
“Which is the greatest obstacle to peace in the Middle East?” the video asks.
“A: Two Israelis lynched by a Palestinian mob,” it continues, showing images of the murder of two Israeli reservists who had unintentionally entered Ramallah in 2002 and were arrested by PA police.
The video can be seen here:
The police allowed a Palestinian mob to murder the pair and throw their lifeless bodies out a second floor police window. A crowd then tore apart the bodies and mutilated them beyond recognition. Some Palestinians were recorded dancing and singing in the streets, which were covered in the soldiers’ blood.
The video continues: “B: Over 4,500 rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilians,” showing images of the aftermath of some of those attacks.
“C: Over 1,180 Israelis killed and over 8,340 wounded by Arab terrorists.”
“D: Jewish families moving to eastern Jerusalem.”
The clear message of the video is that Palestinian rejection of Israel and the Palestinian’s terrorist war is the central obstacle to Mideast peace.
Obama, however, has several times labeled Israeli settlement activity as a main impediment to peace. He has called for a complete halt to Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, areas claimed by the Palestinians for a future capital.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in London where he told British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Tuesday that the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as the national home of the Jewish people is the core problem preventing a peace agreement.
The so-called settlements are not the cause of the Israeli-Arab conflict but the result of it, Netanyahu told Brown, pointing out that the conflict long predated the settlements. Arab armies several times ganged up to destroy Israel before the Jewish state retained the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem after the defensive 1967 Six Day War.
Netanyahu’s comments came just hours before a meeting in his London hotel with U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell, who is seeking a deal for Israel to halt all Jewish West Bank and Jerusalem construction for a period of two years.