"This movement (International Jewry) amongst the Jews (the Russian Revolution) is not new. This world wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and the reconstruction of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played.. a definitely recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century. There is no need to exaggerate the part (they) played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistic Jews. Moreover, the principal inspiration and driving power comes from Jewish leaders."
— Winston Churchill, “Zionism vs. Bolshevism”, in Illustrated Sunday Herald, February 8, 1920
Obama: Regardless of Arab Upheavals, our Commitment to Israel and Oil Producing States is permanent and rock solid.
Secretary Clinton, Honored Guests, Department Officials and Civil Servants. I am once again honored to be with you today to address the rapid and unpredictable transformation across the Middle East where people have for so long been deprived of their basic human rights of freedom, liberty, hope, and a prosperous economic future.
We have seen young men and women risking their lives, families, and properties for a chance to live in free democratic societies where government powers stem from the will and acquiescence of its citizens. We have seen the Arab youth brilliantly utilize modern technology, facebook, twitter, cell phones, and emails to awaken and unite the passions of the youth in Tunis, Egypt, Libya, and Syria to establish democracy in their nations.
These young people want to share, participate, and belong to a world that upholds the values we fought for and that are enshrined in our Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and our daily lives. Values such as freedom, a democratic government, respect for the rule of law, with equal rights for all.
America’s gift to history has been this template of guaranteed liberties and human rights to all nations. While many nations have adopted our values, many still struggle to attain such liberties. We live in the age of American and Israeli Exceptionalism.
What role will America play in the rapidly evolving Middle East? What national interests in the region must we uphold and guarantee despite recent events?
We must strike a thoughtful rational strategy that will both meet our national interests while we continue to call for a democratic Arab world. That is no easy task, but our nation has successfully met every challenge in our history and I am confident that we shall not only meet this challenge but exceed it.
First and foremost Let me be abundantly clear about one paramount national interest of this country and that is our unshakeable and undying support and commitment to the only democracy in the Middle East and our closest friend in the world, and that is the Jewish democracy of Israel. Our chains and bond with Israel is independent of any change in the region or the world. Israel is and will forever be America’s friend and in turn we will never let Israel down and will never turn its demands upon our treasury, our military support, our intelligence, or our consistent vetoes to shield it from any criticism at the U.N. or its agencies.
Most of the world, including many misinformed American and Israeli citizens, accuse the United States that our foreign policy is filtered through an Israeli prism. I say, so what? That’s the nature of true allies. Many accuse us of supporting and protecting Israel as it launches preemptive wars on nations and civilians that threaten it. I say, so what? That’s the Bush doctrine that led to removal of the tyrant Saddam Hussein and established a flowering democracy in Iraq. Many accuse us of sending hundreds of billions of dollars in free aid to Israel, the largest recipient of our foreign aid despite its enormous wealth, while our nation is economically suffering and millions of Americans are out of work.
But, isn’t that what friends are for? Many accuse us that AIPAC’s influence on Congress and our foreign policy is overwhelming and unprecedented and only on Israel is their resounding bipartisan support So what? This is a free country where citizens and groups can freely lobby their government on issues of policy.
Until the American people say otherwise and until our campaign finance laws are reformed we as politicians are bound to our wealthy campaign donors whether it be Wall Street, the Oil, Banking, Health Insurance industry or from wealthy Jewish Americans whose primary allegiance is to Israel’s welfare. That is American politics today, yesterday, and tomorrow until the American people unite and tell us to work for our national interest.
As you know I met with the young King of Jordan yesterday for a few minutes where I listened to his concern about the potential threat to his rule. I informed him that he can count on our support as long as he upholds the Peace Treaty with Israel
You also know that yesterday I imposed sanctions on Syria’s regime for allowing Palestinian refugee thugs to enter the Jewish land of the occupied Golan Heights and attack peaceful Israeli soldiers who were then forced to defend themselves causing a few casualties which I deeply regret. I gave President Assad ample time to stop the violence against his people. I was heart broken when I saw innocent Syrian families carrying their infants or holding the hands of their children while carrying their simple belongings on their head leaving their homeland to seek safety in Lebanon. It reminded me of the Nazi Holocaust and the ethnic cleansing of Jews in Europe.
I am happy to report that Prime Minister Netanyahu is in Washington. I will be meeting with him tomorrow to review the cross border attacks by Palestinian refugees as well as how best to respond to the Arab uprisings. I know we both share the loss of our dear friend, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. I’m told the prime minister will be asking for another $20 Billion to prevent further invasions of Palestinian refugees and to modernize Israel’s Anti Missile defense against a potential Iranian attack.
On Sunday he’ll be giving a speech to a joint session of Congress outlining the same issues we’ll discuss. I am positive he’ll receive a resounding bipartisan support for Israel along with what I’m told will be Congressional approval of an additional $10 Billion in aid.
The Prime Minister and I are deeply concerned about the illegal unilateral proposal of the Palestinian Authority to submit to the General Assembly their request for recognition of a Palestinian State. We both agree the United Nations has no charter authority to establish, recognize, or gift any land to any people as a national homeland and we will press that point. America and Israel will work tirelessly to thwart this threat to Israel. I have communicated such to President Mahmoud Abbas informing him that such an action will jeopardize the peace process and impact our mutual relations.
As my reelection campaign kicks off I will be attending the obligatory annual AIPAC conference this Sunday. I will express the American people’s good wishes and congratulations to Israel on its 63rd anniversary of Independence. I will also express my diehard allegiance to Israel as well as the support of all the American people for this miraculous nation that in sixty three years has established itself as a political, economic, and military juggernaut around the world. No nation on earth can afford to ignore Israel’s interests knowing that our government is solidly behind it supporting its policies and interests around the world.
I deeply regret the resignation of my dear friend and envoy to the Israeli Palestinian issue, Senator George Mitchell. He’s worked tirelessly to renew peace talks between the two parties only to be met time after time with Palestinian intransigence and demands for a halt in illegal settlement construction. He will be sorely missed. I plan to consult with Secretary Clinton on a new envoy to the region.
As for the broader region. It needs no repeating that our main interest in the region is oil, the very lifeline of our economy. President Carter accurately defined the Persian Gulf as vital to our national interest.
Let me be clear, we will allow no nation, no group, no organization, and no chaotic upheaval to disrupt the exploration, production, refining, and transport of oil to our nation. We will always be on the side of democratic change and human rights but let’s be honest, as much as we dearly respect and uphold such ideals and values; Americans cannot and will not tolerate 6, 7, or 8 dollars a gallon of gas. No President or Congress can survive such a domestic crisis. Not only our economy but the entire world’s economy is growing but is still in a tepid fragile state that can easily be thrown into a deep depression with higher gas prices.
Secondly, our interest lies in maintaining stability and the status quo in the oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. These monarchies have ruled their nations wisely using their enormous wealth to benefit their citizens who have among the highest per capita income in the world. These nations are also our primary purchases of weapons and thus support an important segment of our economy with hundreds of thousands of jobs. These weapons are strictly for self defense thereby meeting the requirement of our Arms Export Act which prohibits the use of American weapons in offensive wars or to kill innocent civilians.
Thirdly, the United States, the Arab world, and our closest of allies, Israel, all share the same threat of terrorism. All of us have endured horrendous terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda and the Iranian supported Hezbollah and Hamas.
Terrorism is a constant threat that must be met with force and defeated and I want to assure the American people that we will defeat terrorism. America and the world shared in the joy and relief of the murder of Osama Bin Laden.
The Chinese define a crisis as an opportunity for change. The upheaval in the Middle East presents us with an opportunity, yes, a challenging opportunity, but nevertheless an opportunity to be proactive and mold the situations in each country, case by case, to serve America’s and Israel’s interests. No matter the changes in the region no nation can afford ill will toward us or Israel
The Arabs are smart enough to know not to challenge our interests, our power, or even contemplate asking us to remove our basis. For as long as there is oil, as long as there is Israel, the 300 million Arabs as well as the 1.6 Billion Muslims know instinctively not to cross swords with America or Israel. We’ve demonstrated such in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In conclusion, let me be clear, America’s presence in the region is permanent and unchallengeable. We are intent on establishing multiple military bases in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, in addition to those already in the Gulf, Jordan, Oman, and Africa.
Thank you and God bless America.