Former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres was laid to rest today in Jerusalem. President Obama was there in attendance, along with many other world leaders. After the ceremony, the White House put out a press release.
And then this happened.
Wow. White House sends out "CORRECTED" version of president's eulogy to strike out "Israel" after "Jerusalem". pic.twitter.com/fFI53jfOt0
— Michael Shapiro (@mis2127) September 30, 2016
How absurd is this? They wiped Israel off the face of their press release?
Mount Herzl is in West Jerusalem and, as Bill Kristol noted, has been the national cemetery for Israel for over 60 years. It’s Israel. It is the capital of Israel.
Obama and the rest of his anti-Israel cabal refuse to say so, and have long refused, on the thin premise that it “presupposes” the outcome of peace talks. As the Free Beacon reports, this is an especially offensive policy in light of the circumstance of this visit.
One senior congressional aide who works on Middle East issues told the Free Beacon that the White House’s actions are offensive and out of line, particularly in light of Peres’ recent death.
“For the White House proactively reject Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after President Obama’s remarks memorializing one of the state’s founders is beyond insulting,” the source said.
They were in Israel’s national cemetery in their capital city laying a former president to rest. That’s what all those flags are about in that picture of you, Mr. President. That is Israel. If not there, then nowhere.
Obama’s White House is presupposing wiping them off the map.