Obama's blind hostility toward Israel

The Washington Examiner

In June 2008, candidate Barack Obama spoke before thousands of delegates to the pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, to assuage concerns that he harbored animosity toward the Jewish state. In a paragraph of his speech that began with the phrase “Let me be clear,” Obama declared that under his vision for peace, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” The next day, after the statement triggered fierce criticism from Palestinian leaders, Obama backtracked. The reversal was an early signal of what has become a pattern during his presidency — professing profound support for Israel when it suits him, only to reverse himself when it comes to actual policy.

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the United States this week, President Obama won’t meet with him — even as the administration plays a dangerous diplomatic game with Iran. Though administration officials would like to write off the current tension between the United States and Israel as being specific to Netanyahu and his decision to speak to Congress, the reality suggests that it’s a product of a broader concerted effort by Obama to rupture the relationship between the two allies…

…In the lead up to his 2012 speech to the AIPAC conference, as he sought re-election, Obama told Goldberg that he was firm in maintaining the military option against any Iranian nuclear program. “As president of the United States, I don’t bluff,” Obama boasted. He said, “We’ve got Israel’s back.” And he went on to tell AIPAC that, “I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say.”

But in negotiations that have stretched on for well over a year, the Obama administration has been confronted by an Iranian leadership that keeps saying “no” to a deal. Yet Obama has rewarded Iran for its intransigence, in the form of sanctions relief and concessions on nuclear enrichment, plutonium development, and missile technology. If recent leaks about the emerging deal are an accurate representation of where talks currently stand (allowing Iran to maintain thousands of centrifuges in the short term, then remove restrictions in a decade) then the question is not if Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon, but when. And according to the Wall Street Journal, despite Obama’s prior assurances, the administration has been taking the military option off of the table. Bizarrely, according to the report, “Officials now are arguing that any military action would only guarantee Iran’s Islamist leaders would move to develop nuclear weapons.”

Israel is home to over 40 percent of the world’s Jewish population, and a nuclear Iran, which now looks inevitable if Obama isn’t thwarted by Congress, will put the regime in position to carry out a second Holocaust…



The entire op-ed, with video, is at The Washington Examiner.



Related:   On Eve of Speech, Obama Smears Netanyahu

…Obama’s full comment on Monday was: “Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in Iran getting 50 billion dollars worth of relief. Iran would not abide by the agreement. None of that has come true. It has turned out that in fact, during this period we’ve seen Iran not advance its program. In many ways, it’s rolled back elements of its program.”

However, each element of that claim is untrue–and some are outright lies…


Elie Wiesel, Ted Cruz Urge U.S. to Take Iran Seriously, Listen to Netanyahu

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel told a large group on Capitol Hill on Monday that the threat of a nuclear Iran must be taken seriously and said it was important that Americans hear Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Wiesel was joined by Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) in a jam-packed Senate auditorium for a discussion on the dangers of Iran and the rising tide of anti-Semitism across the globe.

“To be Jewish in this world is to always be concerned,” explained Wiesel when asked about Iran. “When enemies make threats, take them seriously.”

“When evil begins its work, don’t give it another chance,” said Wiesel…


At least 57 Democrats — eight senators and 49 House members — are vowing to skip the Prime Minster’s speech tomorrow.

FNC’s Tantaros: It is Time to Ask the Question –Is This White House Anti-Semitic? (video)

…“Remember President Obama ripping [Benjamin] Netanyahu to Nicolas Sarkozy,” Tantaros said. “Also, saying Jerusalem needed to go to the ’67 borders. The president’s friendship with intellectual radical Rashid Khalidi – there has been a history of things. This has not happened in a vacuum. It is time to ask the question — is this White House anti-Semitic?”…



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