President George W. Bush now heads to Israel, with the express purpose of issuing a decree that his Secretary of State Rice will gladly enforce: to expel Jews from parts of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, and to establish in their stead an anti-semitic Fatah state in hills of Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.

A precedent looms from three years ago, when 21 thriving Jewish communities were expelled from the Gaza Strip, with their assets granted to a Palestinian Arab entity that now pummels Sderot, Ashkelon and the entire Western Negev with daily missile barrages.

Following the Gaza model, an independent Fatah entity in the hills of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem will likely share power if not hand over power to Hamas.

Once strategic positions are in their hands, once freedom of movement is assured, a new armed Palestinian entity in Judea and Samaria would transform the lives of the entire coastal plain of Israel into the living hell that the Jews of Sderot, Ashkelon and the Western Negev now endure.

Of course President Bush does not couch his vision of a Palestinian state in any such terms.

Bush genuinely sees himself as a friend of the Jews.

On the eve of his journey to the Middle East, Bush invited Israeli reporters to the Oval office to speak in lofty visions of a democratically elected Palestinian Arab state that would live side by side in peace with the state and people of Israel.

This is what he has learned from his trusted confidante, Secretary of State Rice, who compares the Palestinian Fatah struggle to the American civil rights movement, as if Yassir Arafat and Machmud Abbas follow the legacy of Martin Luther King.

Bush seems to know nothing of the absolute Fatah demand for the right of return, of the Fatah’s Al Aksa Brigades who continue to try to murder Jews at random, of the Fatah inspired school curriculum that inculcates the next generation to make war against the state of Israel, of the Fatah constitution that is based on the Shariah Islamic law, of the Fatah refusal to ratify the Oslo “declaration of principles” or of the Fatah refusal to cancel its covenant to exterminate the Jewish state.

Instead, Bush told Israeli reporters to the Oval office that Fatah leader Abbas is a man of peace and integrity,, while Rice nodded her head with great satisfaction.

Bush’s decree has relegated Rice the task to enforce the road map to carve out a “Juden Rein” Jew-free region for the Palestinian Fatah state to grow.

However, to sweeten the taste of that decree, Bush brings with him the cream of the crop of American citizens who are proud to be Jewish*, who will be equally proud to tell their grandchildren that the leader of the free world dined with them at the King David Hotel and envisioned peace in the middle east.

Intoxicated at the Jerusalem table of the President of the United States of America, President Bush’s Jewish citizens may likely ignore the deadly decree that he has come to impose on the state and the people of Israel.

The question remains: Will any member of the entourage of proud Jews stand up and say to the President of the United States that the Fatah represents a toxic danger to the people of Israel, and that the Palestinian nation state envisioned by the Fatah would be nothing more than a Fourth Reich in formation.

What unfolds this week in Jerusalem is the classic motif of the Purim story, as related in the book of Esther.

President George Bush plays the role of Achashverus, who was not necessarily anti-semitic. Indeed, he had a positive disposition to Jewish subjects who swooned at the very thought of feasting at his banquet.

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice plays the role of Haman, or “Hamanette”, as she wrings her hands and scolds the Jews for daring to demand their right to dwell in Judea. She counsels her king to sharpen his decree of Juden Rein while she compares any Jew who settles in Judea to Arab terrorists who carry out wanton acts of murder.

Some of the Jews who will fly the friendly skies of Air Force One to accompany President Bush to Israel play the role of those who rejected the independent Jewish pride of Mordecai. These Jews forget that they have ever landed in another reality.

Then there is the mystery guest.

Sitting in suspense, we are who, in this delegation of proud Jews, will play the role of Queen Esther?

Who will feel the internal call of Mordecai to approach King Ashashverus to warn him that Hamanette has ill advised her King.

Who will advise the kind that his decree represents a threat to the life of every Jew in the land of Israel?

Indeed, many of the Jewish guests of President Bush have spent the better part of their careers fighting anti-semitism and holocaust denial.

The question remains: Who will play the role of Queen Esther and confront the President of the United States with the reality that a Palestinian Fatah State would, indeed be an anti-semitic state, headed by the only man in history to earn a doctorate in holocaust denial, which he has never renounced to the Palestinian people.

Perhaps, when one member of Bush’s Jewish delegation falls asleep in Jerusalem, one of them will envision a Mordecai who will appears in a dream and say: “Perhaps this is why you have come unto the Palace of the King”

All this depends whether one single Jew who accompanies President Bush to Jerusalem will heed the inner voice of a cry of integrity rather than an instinct to obsequiousness.

*Members of the Honorary Delegation:

Dr. Miriam Adelson, Chairperson, Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Clinic for Drug Abuse Treatment and Research

Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson, Chairman of the Board, Las Vegas Sands Corporation

Mr. Moshe Aflalo, CEO of Aflalo Equities Mr. Neil Z. Auerbach, Managing Partner, Hudson Clean Energy Partners

Mr. Kenneth Bialkin, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLC

Mr. Elliott B. Broidy, Chairman and CEO of Broidy Capital Management

Mr. Matthew H. Brooks, Executive Director, Republican Jewish Coalition

Mr. Alan I. Casden, Chairman and CEO of Casden Properties LLC

Mr. Stanley M. Chesley, President of the National Jewish Fund

Mr. William C. Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office United Jewish Communities

Mr. Nathan J. Diament, Director, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations

Rabbi David H. Ellenson, Ph.D., President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Mr. Michael David Epstein, President of Sensormatic Security Corporation

Mr. Donald Etra, Attorney, Law Offices of Donald Etra

Ms. Nancy E. Falchuk, National President, Hadassah

Ms. Selma J. Fisch, Founder, Fisch Properties

Mr. David M. Flaum, Chairman, Republican Jewish Coalition

Ms. Marilyn Fox, Chairman of the Fox Family Foundation and Former President of the St. Louis Jewish Community Center

The Honorable Sam Fox, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium

Mr. Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League Mr. Howard E. Friedman, President, AIPAC

Mr. Tony B. Gelbart, Chairman and Co-Founder of Nefesh B’Nefesh

Mr. Sander R. Gerber, Chairman and CEO, Hudson Bay Capital Management LP

Mr. Marc S. Goldman, Farmland Dairies

The Honorable Phil Gordon, Mayor of the City of Phoenix, Arizona

Mr. Richard S. Gordon, President, American Jewish Congress

Dr. Jeffrey Gunter, President, Beverly Capital Management LLC

Mr. David Hager, President, Hager Pacific

Ms. Cheryl Halpern, Member, CPB Board of Directors

Mr. Uri Harkham, CEO, Jonathan Martin Fashion Group

Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance

Mr. Malcolm I. Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Mr. Murray A. Huberfeld, Chairman, Centurion Credit Management LP

Rebbetizin Esther Jungreis, Founder and President of Hineni

Dr. Henry Kissinger, Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc.

Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Mr. Ronald Lauder, President, World Jewish Congress and Chairman, Jewish National Fund

Mr. Eliot Lauer, Senior Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle

Ms. Linda S. Law, Founder, Law and Associates

Mr. Michael I. Lebovitz, Senior Vice President, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

The Honorable Jay P. Lefkowitz, Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea

Rabbi David H. Lincoln, Senior Rabbi, Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City

The Honorable Linda Lingle, Governor of the State of Hawaii

The Honorable Earle I. Mack, Senior Partner, the Mack Company

Rabbi Isaac Neuman, Rabbi Emeritus of Sinai Temple, Champaign, Illinois

Mr. Michael B. Oren, Senior Fellow, Shalem Center, Jerusalem; Professor Georgetown University

Mr. Ronald Plotkin, Former COO, Directional Marketing

Steve L. Poizner, Insurance Commissioner, State of California

Mr. Bruce M. Ramer, Attorney and Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown

Mr. J. Philip Rosen, Attorney, Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Mr. William Safire, Chairman, Dana Foundation

Mr. Lee C. Samson, President and CEO, SNF Management

Mr. Lenny Sands, Chairman, Alchemy Worldwide

Mr. Richard H. Schneider, Managing Member, Bunker Capital LLC

Mr. Fred Schwartz, Founder, The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

The Honorable Melvin F. Sembler, Chairman of the Board of The Sembler Company

Mr. Dan Senor, Founding Partner, Rosemont Capital

Mr. Joe Shapira, Managing Partner, Java Equities LLC

Ms. Florence Shapiro, Co-Chair of the Education Policy Taskforce for the National Council of State Government

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Director, Washington Office of American Friends of Lubavitch

Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cognex Corporation

Mr. Richard J. Sideman, President, American Jewish Committee

Mr. Mark S. Siegel, President of ReMY Investors & Consultants, Inc.

Rabbi Michael S. Siegel, Norman Asher Rabbinic Chairman and Senior Rabbi

The Honorable Ned L. Siegel, U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Mr. Ron Silver, President Emeritus, Actors’ Equity Association; Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace

The Honorable Martin J. Silverstein, Private Investor and Senior Counsel, Greenberg Traurig

Mr. Paul E. Singer, General Partner, Elliott Associates, LP

The Honorable Clifford M. Sobel, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil

Mr. Jaime Sohacheski, Chairman, Crown Realty and Development Corporation

Mr. Ronald G. Steinhart, Retired CEO, Commercial Banking, Bank One Corporation

Rabbi Mordechai Suchard, Founder and Director, Gateways Organization Mr. Stephen J. Trachtenberg, President Emeritus, University Professor of Public Service, George Washington University

Ms. June R. Walker, Chairperson, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Mr. Leslie H. Wexner, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Limited Brands

Mr. Elie Wiesel, University Professor; Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences; President, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Mr. Fred S. Zeidman, Chairman, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Mr. Mark Zucker, Managing Member, Dorchester Capital

Mr. Mort B. Zuckerman, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report; Publisher of New York Daily News; Co-Founder and Chairman of Boston Properties Inc.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.