With foreign policy on every front literally falling apart as this article goes to print, I was reminded by a friend of mine of just one more jolt of hypocrisy coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Mere days ago, three Jewish teen boys, one of whom is reported to be an American, were kidnapped by terrorists now believed to be from Hamas. Israeli forces have already arrested more than 80 terrorists and are frantically searching for the missing youths.
While no demands have yet to be made public, a historical look would suggest another prisoner swap. Israel is being placed in a tough situation again: Juggling the sadness of families wishing to hug their sons again with national security and the understanding that releasing those guilty of spilling innocent blood will result in more killings by angrier, hardened terrorists, as well as more kidnappings.
If you give a mouse a cookie, it’s going to want a glass of milk.
Fresh off the prisoner swap scandal now shaking the Obama Administration to its core, I’m sure the hyper-political White House is scrambling to pen a message of strength and support for Israel. Or maybe I’m just exerting wishful thinking.
The reality is that there is nothing coming out of the Oval Office besides cheap talk and Air Force One flight bookings to his next round of fundraisers and golf games.
So what about his surrogates?
Where is first lady Michelle Obama with her stupid hashtag sign and pouty sad face, seen following the tragic kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls took place? Why did that situation provoke her reaction but not in this case, when an American is among the captured?
The first lady, who recently took over one the president’s weekly addresses, called the mass abduction of Nigerian school girls an “unconscionable act“of terror.
“In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters,” she said.
As upsetting, tragic, and evil as the kidnappings are, they are not her girls; they are foreign citizens. In this case, one of the kidnapped Jewish boys are in fact one of her boys. She is our first lady and she should start acting like it.
The silence doesn’t stop there.
As we look towards our United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, I can hear a pin drop, especially when I look at her Twitter account and see 20 messages of “condemnation,” none of which mention this kidnapping. This too doesn’t surprise me since I know the history behind this character. I’ll never forget her 2002 comment suggesting the U.S. stop spending money on the Israeli military and instead invest billions of dollars in a new Palestinian state.
I’ll also never forget the president blaming the security wall Israel was forced to erect in order to stop suicide bombings as the primary reason of tension in the region. Either he doesn’t understand the history, or sadly, our president is sympathetic towards terrorists.
It is truly sad that Israel is being made to feel isolated like this, from a country that used to be her best friend. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently said, “again and again we have discovered that we can rely only on ourselves – on the [Israeli Defense Forces], the [Israel Security Agency], the security services and on your strength of spirit – soldiers and citizens of Israel.”
Hopefully, Netanyahu’s quote is loud enough to compensate for the silence coming out of America.
Bradley Scott is a young American designer from New York City with a unique point of view on the world. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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