From Will at The Other News:
No previous American president has had so strained a relationship with Israel as Barack Obama. As Israeli Ambassador
Michael Oren said in 2010, “Israel’s ties with the United States are in their worst crisis since 1975 … a crisis of historic proportions.” Author and scholar Dennis Prager concurred, “Most observers, right or left, pro-Israel or anti-Israel, would agree that Israeli-American relations are the worst they have been in memory.”
In the spring of 2011, David Parsons, spokesman for the International Christian Embassy
“There’s a traditional, special relationship between America and Israel that Obama is basically throwing out the window in a sense.”
Former New York City mayor Ed Koch lamented,
“I believe this is the most dangerous and critical period that Israel has ever faced and regrettably it does not have the support of the President of the United States, which in past difficult situations it could count on.”
David Rubin, a U.S.-born Israeli author and expert on the Middle East, put it this way:
“President Obama is very harmful for Israel and very dangerous for the future of Judeo-Christian civilization.” The author and economist Thomas Sowellasserts that Obama’s relationship with Israel has been consistent with the president’s pattern of “selling out our allies to curry favor with our adversaries.”
Political analyst Charles Krauthammer observes
that Obama has “undermined” Israel as a result of either his “genuine antipathy”
toward the Jewish state or “the arrogance of a blundering amateur.” Meanwhile,
the Israeli populace remains jittery. According to a recent poll
commissioned by The Jerusalem Post, only 9 percent of Jewish Israelis
believe that the Obama administration is more pro-Israel than
What underlies these deep concerns about President Obama’s relationship with Israel? What accounts for the widespread perception that Obama is not seriously committed to protecting Israel’s welfare?
These questions are explored and answered in this report, which lays out Obama’s
words, actions, and key affiliations vis à vis Israel not only during his time
in the White House, but during the two decades preceding his presidency as well.
- Obama's longtime association with the anti-Semitic Jeremiah Wright.
- Obama's ties to Rashid Khalidi and the the Arab American Action Network.
- Obama's ties to Ali Abunimah, former vice president of the Arab American Action Network.
- Candidate Obama publicly criticizes Israel's conservative Likud Party.
- Candidate Obama's reluctance to publicly refer to terrorism against Israel.
- President-elect Obama chooses the leader of a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group to recite a prayer during his January 2009 inauguration.
- President Obama's first call to a foreign leader was to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
- Obama's ties to the International Crisis Group, and their implications for Israel.
- Obama's ties to J Street.
- Obama appoints a pro-Sharia adviser.
- Obama urges Jewish leaders to put "daylight" between the U.S. and Israel:
- Obama goes to Cairo to address the Muslim world.
- Implying that Jerusalem is not part of Israel:
AND THEN THERE'S THIS:
Because, they are the only kind he likes?
[Yid With Lid]Note: I received a press release today from the Republican Jewish Coalition informing me that one of the Rabbis on the President's "Rabbis for Obama" list (Gottlieb) was an Anti-Israel activist. Over my lunchtime brisket sandwich from Bens, I decided to see if the President had any others like Rabbi Gottlieb on his list. Before I opened my can of Dr. Browns cream soda, I found eight more.Update: Ahmadinejad's Rabbis
Earlier this week the Obama campaign announced the formation of “Rabbis For Obama," featuring over 600 rabbis from across the country and across all Jewish denominations dedicated to four more years of big government and anti-Israel policies.
The campaign didn’t bother to check the list, or simply didn’t care who was on it ,because at least eight of the Rabbis on the list are members of the Rabbinical Council of The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)--an organization named by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the 10 most anti-Israel organizations in America (I am sure their mothers are proud).