Ihave never felt more challenged than I did four years ago when I did my best to
enlighten my American list-members to some of the dangers of hopping on
presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama’s bandwagon. But nothing swayed his
Jewish supporters: not the fact that he had radical left-wing political mentors,
nor his Islamic heritage and education, nor even his close 20-year relationship
with the virulently anti-Semitic Reverend Jeremiah Wright. They weren’t even
worried about his anti-Israel advisers, like Zbigniew Brzezinski, Simon Malley
and Samantha Power, who once suggested the US invade Israel.
In fact, the
response of my staunchly pro-Israel list to these revelations astounded me: “As
a Jew, I am offended by what you have written about Barack Obama… You are
tedious and unwelcome in the lives of Americans who are hopeful for the change
that is due us,” wrote Susan.
“We wish no harm to our homeland, but we
live in another country,” wrote Judi. “We too have issues of importance. I
cannot believe for a moment that Senator Obama would place Israel in a position
“This is my home first, and if I don’t protect my back yard I
will lose my ability to further support Israel. You need to do a reality check,”
“Obama knows how important Israel is and will most likely
be more a champion to Israel than McCain,” wrote Samuel. Over a thousand of my
American list-members wrote nothing at all, simply unsubscribing to my list in
silent protest to my anti- Obama stance.
I tried to understand them.
During his campaign, Obama promised an “unshakeable commitment to Israel’s
security” and “support for secure, recognized, defensible
“Israel’s security,” he told numerous Jewish groups, “is
Unlike some of my Jewish list-members, Hamas spokesman Ahmed
Yousef wasn’t convinced: “If Obama wins the election... I do believe he will
change the American foreign policy in the way they are handling the Middle
East,” he told WABC radio host John Batchelor and World Net Daily’s Aaron Klein.
It turns out he was right and the Jews who voted for him were
Obama is hoping that this time around his Jewish voters won’t
“If during the political season you hear some question of
my administration’s support for Israel, remember, it’s not backed up by the
facts,” Obama, as president, told the 71st General Assembly of the Union of
Reform Judaism on December 16, 2011.
Really? Well, let’s review the
facts, especially given the short memories of most voters.
his administration by reaching out to Muslims, giving his first formal interview
to Al- Arabiya. Next, he bowed deeply to the King of Saudi Arabia and visited
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, skipping Israel. He used fulfilling his promise
of giving his first foreign policy address in an Arab capital to distance
America from Israel: “The US does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli
It is time for these settlements to stop,” he told cheering
crowds in Cairo. But worse was still to come. “The aspiration for a Jewish
homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied. It is also
undeniable that the Palestinian people, Muslims and Christians, have
By adopting the rhetoric of Arab anti-Semites that the desire
of the Jews to live in their homeland started with the Holocaust and has no
other roots, Obama, in the words of Charles Krauthammer, “In three minutes… did
more to delegitimize the existence of Israel than any president in American
Worse, comparing what the Jews suffered in the Holocaust to the
treatment of Palestinians under Israeli rule was downright despicable. Or
“outrageous and embarrassing,” according to Oklahoma’s Senator James
Obama followed up with an incessant campaign questioning Israel’s
desire for peace. We, who lived through two intifadas, who saw our families and
friends and neighbors blown to bits to satisfy the world’s desire to see Israel
“make sacrifices” for a fake peace, were horrified. Obama lectured Israeli
leaders that they “must engage in serious self-reflection on their commitment to
peace.” The absolute gall! Obama went one further, adopting the old Arab demand
that Israel cease building on any land claimed by Palestinians, refusing to
understand that if Israel did that, there would be nothing left to
“Settlements have to be stopped,” Obama said, and Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton relentlessly echoed: “He wants to see a stop in
settlements, not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth
Under Obama, American foreign policy adopted the nonsensical
idea that all Middle East conflicts would be solved if only Israel gave in to
Palestinian demands. In this fantasy, the incessant brainwashing of Palestinian
children to hate and kill, the atom bomb in Iran, the murderous control of Gaza
by Hamas, which denies any solution short of pushing Jews into the sea, were not
allowed in, nor was the fact that the disengagement from Gaza resulted not in
peace, but in terrorist bomb-launchers replacing Jewish lettuce
THE INCESSANT demands of the Obama administration on Israel were
never balanced by equal demands on Palestinians. This carte blanche led not to
peace, but to increasing Palestinian intransigence.
After all, how could
President Mahmoud Abbas allow himself to be seen as less hawkish than Obama?
Indeed, Netanyahu’s capitulation to American demands by declaring a 10-month
settlement freeze did not bring Abbas to the negotiating table.
whetted his appetite. The sky, it seemed, was the limit.
Abbas was proven
right during the March 2010 visit of Vice President Joe Biden. When building
plans for Ramat Shlomo, already a large neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, were
announced, the Americans inexplicably exploded. Hillary Clinton called it
“insulting,” even though Jerusalem had never been under a settlement freeze. The
Israeli envoy to the US said that US-Israel ties were the worst they’d been in
35 years. At the very time Israel was being lambasted as an obstacle to peace,
Mahmoud Abbas was publicly honoring the terrorists of the 1978 coastal road
massacre which took 37 Israeli lives, with ne’er a peep out of the White House –
a fact not lost on Abbas, who continued to refuse to negotiate with Israel
during the entire 10-month settlement freeze.
No matter. While Netanyahu
got shuffled into side doors at the White House and Obama refused to dine with
him, Abbas was an honored guest with photo ops and a smiling president gifting
him with an extra hundred million dollars to build “environmental housing” for
This attitude of the US administration had a domino effect
on other Arab countries. Turkey, with whom Israel had always had warm relations,
thousands of Israeli tourists filling Antalya hotels, suddenly turned hostile.
Headed by its new Islamist Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, called affectionately
by Obama his “closest friend in the Middle East,” it sent six ships to break
Israel’s legitimate sea blockade of terrorist Gaza, including one with armed
terrorists who met Israeli soldiers with knives and clubs, stabbing, beating and
throwing them overboard.
Yet even before investigating, the US refused to
veto the Turkish resolution condemning Israel. A furious US Secretary of Defense
Leon Panetta demanded Israel “restore good relations with Egypt and Turkey,”
while former defense secretary Robert Gates called Israel “an ungrateful ally
harming American interests.”
In the spring of 2011, Obama said: “We
believe in borders based on the 1967 lines,” finally breaking all precedents of
previous US administrations, which recognized that the 1967 lines were not
defensible borders but simply armistice lines where the guns had
Obama’s support for indefensible borders, sometimes called “the
lines of Auschwitz,” is yet another open wound, as is the attempt of Abbas to
bypass negotiations with Israel, unite with Hamas and bring his case for
statehood directly to the terrorfriendly UN. Moreover, Obama’s timid
pussyfooting with Iran has given it the time to purify enough fuel for five atom
bombs, all proof positive that the Obama administration has pushed the Middle
East further from peace than ever.
As summed up by Liz Cheney: “There is
no president who has done more to delegitimize and undermine the State of Israel
than President Barack Obama.”
And for those American Jews who say they
have an obligation to put America first, how’s that working for you so far with
Obama heading the nation? In this coming election, Israeli and American
interests seem to coincide. Obama managed to do so much harm while taking more
vacations and playing more golf than any other president in US history.
shudder to think what another four years might bring.