Daniel Halper of the Weekly Standard describes the new lows to which this cynical regime has sunk in the manipulation of its own citizens in order to deflect world attention from itself:
Will Washington protest?
For the last several months, Syrians have been loudly protesting their own government. The regime, led by strongman Bashar al-Assad, has responded by killing its own citizens, including women and children, and shutting off channels of communication that the protesters have been utilizing (such as the Internet). According to the Boston Globe, "the continuing crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people, with hundreds more rounded up in mass arrests."
But in an apparent effort to turn the world's attention away from its own problems, the Syrian regime is reportedly now paying its citizens to protest the Israelis. Ynet reports:So once again, Syrian protesters rushed Israel's border, resulting in the deaths of at least a dozen.
The Syrian opposition group claimed that each farmer was promised $1,000 for showing up at the rally and $10,000 to their families if they are killed by IDF fire.
According to the report, the average salary of a Syrian citizen is about $200 per month, meaning that participation in Sunday's demonstration could provide a protester and his family with five months worth of financial relief.
In a related development, we hear that the Palestinian Authority, Israel's supposed partner for peace, is now paying a salary to terrorists in Israeli jails.
When Obama made the comments in his recent speech in which he called on Israel to recognize (before negotiations had even started) that final agreement would be based on the 1967 borders with land swaps, he sparked outrage in Israel and among all supporters of Israel worldwide, including within his own Democratic Party.
Last month as Mr. Obama was pandering to the Muslim world by suggesting that Israel return to their 1967 borders, the Palestinian Authority enacted a new law which will pay a monthly salary to Palestinians and Arab-Israelis serving prison sentences in Israel for terrorism.
Among those eligible for salaries are Abdullah Barghouti, serving 67 life sentences for acts that include planning the Sbarro restaurant (2001) and Monument café (2002) suicide bombings in Jerusalem; Hasan Salameh, serving 38 life sentences for offences that include planning a series of 1996 bus bombings; and Jamal Abu al-Hijja, serving nine life sentences for planning 2005 bombings in Hadera and Netanya
The law will provide a salary to help with the needs of the prisoners, benefits for released prisoners and payments to assist the prisoners' families.
Some ask why the fuss? After all, don't most people think a final agreement will take this form? That is not the point. The point is that he was asking Israel to make concessions ahead of time, without negotiations and without receiving anything in return. The real question is why did Obama not implicitly blame the Palestinians for holding up negotiations (since they are the ones refusing to negotiate after all) by calling on them to renounce the right of the descendents of the Arabs who fled in 1948 to return to Israel and swamp the Jewish state with their numbers?
Why always make it sound like Israel has to be the one to make the concessions, as if Israel was the obstacle to peace? Israel is not the obstacle to peace. The Palestinians are. And the cynical actions of dictators in the Arab world who manipulate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for their own political benefit are obstacles to peace. Why is Obama so quiet about Syria? He has made himself into an obstacle to peace in the Middle East too.