Monday 12 September 2011

9/11 in Israel

The picture above shows an Israeli soldier placing a stone on a memorial just outside Jerusalem yesterday in accordance with the traditional Jewish way of mourning, during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks (Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP).

Israelis yesterday solemnly remembered the 11 September 2001 terrorist assault on the US, as Americans prepared to mark the 10th anniversary of the largest terrorist attack in history.

Israeli Internet news sites and television news stations provided live broadcasts of memorial ceremonies being held in the US and Israel.

Israeli President Shimon Peres phoned US President Barack Obama to tell him:

"The Israeli nation has shared happy times with you, but has also shed tears with you a decade ago. Today Israel once again bows its head as America mourns the loss."

Though there there are Arab individuals who detested what was done to America on 9/11,in London's Grosvenor Square yesterday, Muslim protesters expressed no remorse for the attrocities that were carried out by their coreligionists. Showing no respect for the dead, they burned a US flag during the minute's silence.

Israel was the only nation in the Middle East to stand by America on that fateful day ten years ago. The surrounding nations, and even the "Palestinian" half of Jerusalem, erupted in celebration when the Twin Towers burned and fell. It was a critical reminder of who America's true friends are in the Middle East.

Why then is President Obama, who yesterday read the 46th Psalm (written by a Jewish psalmist) at the commemoration of the 9/11 attack, so determined to establish a Palestinian state? Does he think that by offering America's only Middle East ally on the altar of appeasement the Arab nations will begin to like the US?

Mr Obama would do well to consider the words of Winston Churchill: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.”

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