Obama’s legacy and Israel

Obama will have left behind a superhighway littered with abandoned allies, broken promises and disdain.

June 8, 2016 21:16
3 minute read.
US President Barack Obama waves.

US President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at the Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

President Barack Obama has only a few months left in the White House. Meanwhile, the Israeli government is waiting to hear if Obama will OK a new military package that would send billions to Israel in aid. This is exacerbated by the anxiety surrounding a possible UN vote on the status of a Palestinian state. November 2016 is the deadline posed on the United Nations regarding recognition, and the threat that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would exercise “other options” if his demands were not met.

With no Israeli or Palestinian representation, US Secretary of State John Kerry, along with diplomats from other European and Arab countries gathered in Paris in an attempt to breathe life back into the abandoned peace initiative.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

According to the French hosts, this should be seen as a means to provide a venue to discuss possible solutions to the deadlock in negotiations between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

French leaders are hopeful that it is the first step toward a global symposium before the end of the year. Unfortunately for the French, both Israel and the PA seem to think there is little to be achieved.

Emmanuel Nahshon, Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson, stated the cause for his country’s skepticism: “The global community accepted Mahmoud Abbas’s demand and enabled him to continue to evade direct and bilateral negotiations without preconditions.” Also a stumbling block is the French government’s avowal that it would recognize Palestine as an independent state if Israel doesn’t kowtow to the world’s demands.

At the opening of the conference in Paris, French President Francois Hollande asked the Israelis and Palestinians to make a “courageous choice.” For the PA, that will probably be another level of funding to line the pockets of its leaders.

Should Israel decline to place any trust in a new round of peace talks, it will likely result in even more global censure.

Never mind that over and over, the Palestinians have been offered land for peace, as well as to having the majority of their demands met. At each juncture, they have cavalierly walked away from the negotiating table.

Since 9/11, Americans have seen firsthand what happens when Islamic jihadists are ignored and appeased. Can anyone actually believe that Jew-hating, oil rich Middle East dictators want the Palestinian crisis resolved? That’s a delusional fantasy.

Several years ago I debated Al Sharpton on Hardball. I said to him, “You support Hamas. Put on the Mayor-of-Harlem hat and tell me that you would support the KKK if it fired thousands of rockets into Harlem from New Jersey killing scores of black Americans. Oh, and by the way, it is now unlawful for Blacks to live in New Jersey. That’s what is being demanded of Israel.”

Anti-Semitism in the Palestinian territories is reminiscent of anti-Semitism in Europe in the 1930s. No Jew that values his or her life dare make a wrong turn that could take them to Gaza or Ramallah.

In 2010, I arranged the Fox News Network’s interview with Iran’s infamous president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Following the meeting, I asked him what he thought was the root of the Zionist cause.

He said, “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is about a Jewish world conspiracy. It’s completely true and you should read it.” This in regard to a racist work of fiction that was designed solely to fuel pogroms in Russian, and later, the Holocaust.

The truth is anti-Semitism is alive and well. The UN and a large percentage of the world wrongly consider Israel a racist, occupying state.

Rallying behind the Palestinians is a politically correct way of hating Israel and assisting those who seek her obliteration. Israel is a lightning rod for worldwide anti-Semitism.

Rather than attack a Jew, anti-Semites can now confront the collective Jew, Israel, while hiding behind the cloak of social justice.

So what, one might ask, will Obama’s legacy be by the end of January 2017? It will be eight years of having criticized Israel’s leaders and especially Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama will have left behind a superhighway littered with abandoned allies, broken promises and disdain. And after two terms as so-called “leader of the free world,” the only position left unconquered is that of secretary general of the United Nations.

The author is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His latest book, Islamic Infidels, is available at www.timeworthybooks.org.

Related Content

Tours Azrieli à Tel-Aviv
August 20, 2018
The Lounge: August 21, 2018