Florida Republican Congressman Allen West blasted the speech given by President Barack Obama on the Middle East and North Africa, calling it “the beginning of the end of the state of Israel.”
West’s statement, just released by his office, claimed the president declared a new state of Palestine should be built on the “pre-1967″ borders with Israel (in fact, the president mentioned the 1967 borders recognized by the U.N.) West then went further, quoting what he called ancient history that proves there is no such thing as the “Palestinian people.”
From the in-box:
Congressman Allen West Response to President Barack Obama’s Call
for a Two State Solution in Israel
(WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released this statement today:
“Today’s endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.
From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, controlled by Jordan’s Arab army.
The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world’s Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism.
Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.
In short, the Hamas-run Palestinian state envisioned by President Obama would be devastating to Israel and the world’s 13.3 million Jews. It would be a Pavlovian style reward to a declared Islamic terrorist organization, and an unacceptable policy initiative.
America should never negotiate with the Palestinian Authority- which has aligned itself with Hamas. Palestine is a region, not a people or a modern state. Based upon Roman Emperor Hadrian’s declaration in 73 AD, the original Palestinian people are the Jewish people.
It’s time for the American people to stand by our strongest ally, the Jewish State of Israel, and reject this foreign policy blunder of epic proportions.
While the winds of democracy may blow strong in the Middle East, history has demonstrated that gaps in leadership can lead to despotic regimes. I have questions for President Obama: ‘Who will now lead in Egypt?’ and ‘Why should American taxpayers provide foreign aid to a nation where the next chapter in their history may be the emergence of another radical Islamic state?’
President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security- the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”
West’s hawkish statements echo those of his friend, and would-be chief of staff Joyce Kaufman, who has often declared on her conservative talk show that “there are no Palestinian people.”
The Palestinians, 200,000 of whom were expelled from homes in what is now Israel, consider themselves to be a people, and hope to declare a state of their own in September before the U.N. General Assembly. Obama criticized that approach during his speech Thursday, saying it would not lead to a lasting peace with Israel.
West is considered one of the most vulnerable Republican freshmen in the House. He has long held a hawkish view of Middle East policy that some have called anti-Muslim. West was forced out of the Army when he performed a mock execution of an Iraqi policemen he suspected of turning on the U.S. and helping insurgents.
UPDATE: Turns out West is only the leading edge of a full-on right wing freak out.