OBAMA: JUST NOT THAT INTO ISRAEL / Exclusive: Aliza Davidovit cites myriad reasons Jews should reject his re-election (WND-WORLD NET DAILY COMMENTARY) by ALIZA DAVIDOVIT 08/02/12)
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There is an old joke that if you have two Jews in a room you will
have three opinions. But thanks to President Barack Obama, he has
been able to accomplish what even Moses couldnít do, create a
consensus among Jews Ė well, at least Israeli Jews. They have by a
strong majority united on one thing: They donít like President Obama.
A recent poll commissioned by the Begin Sadat Center at Bar Ilan
University and the Anti-Defamation League revealed that only 32
percent of Israelis have a positive view of Obama as compared to
2009, when his likability among them was at 54 percent.
You see, Israelis tend to be a very action-oriented people, hence
their ability to turn an arid desert into a high-tech verdant success
in quick time. They know talk is cheap, promises have expiration
dates, and words make for poor armament when rockets hit their towns
and their buses are blowing up. As such, when the current American
president says, ďI have Israelís back,Ē Israelis are not convinced.
Following the Gaza Flotilla incident, the president figuratively
pushed Netanyahu off in a precarious dingy to surf the rough waves of
international opprobrium alone. According to a Pechter Poll taken at
the time, 63 percent of those polled in Israel were dissatisfied with
the American governmentís reaction to the incident, while only 3.1
percent were very satisfied.
But international waters are always uniquely rough on Israel and
hardly split in two to offer easy passage.
Just last week the BBC refused to indicate that Jerusalem is Israelís
capital on the Olympics section of its website. The BBC was not
alone. At a recent White House press briefing, when insistent
journalists asked James Carney, Obamaís press secretary, what the
White House considered Israelís capital, Carney, adamantly evasive,
refused six times to say Jerusalem. These werenít shots at Israelís
back but shots straight through its heart.
Oh, but were these incidents isolated? In May of 2011, Obama
unilaterally called for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based
on 1967 borders, borders universally acknowledged as indefensible.
Hereís a quick geography lesson: Prior to 1967, Israel was nine miles
wide at its narrowest point.
Then there was the whole issue of settlements in 2009 when Obama set
preconditions for Israel even before negotiations with the
Palestinians got started and objected to Israel accommodating for
natural growth of its own people. This is the same president who
wholeheartedly accommodates illegal immigrants into this country but
doesnít want Israelis to house its own citizens in its own country.
Perhaps it is the above that is eating away at the percentage points
of the presidentís likability among Israelis. Or maybe it is his
mishandling of Iran, the Middle East powder-keg nation that has
leveled an existential threat at Israel, threatening to erase the
Jewish homeland from the globe. Just this Monday, U.S. Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta finally conceded that sanctions havenít yet
worked in forcing Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions.
Adding to his ill-conceived diplomatic attempts to posit the U.S. as
an honest broker in the Middle East, there are many who feel the
president threw longtime ally Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak under
the bus. By his weak leadership he has helped install a new enemy on
Israelís borders, the Muslim Brotherhood, which views past peace
agreements as merely bad literature.
Furthermore, as if the Middle East isnít precarious enough, Obamaís
lack of leadership on the Syrian crisis now leaves chemical weapon
stockpiles in a vulnerable position with potential use against
Israel. Obama asked Israel not to intercede; Israelis are now rushing
to get government-issue gas masks.
While some will say that there has never been greater military aid
given to Israel and never greater security cooperation between the
two countries, others are more wary, believing that the president is
trying to pull strings and restrain Israel despite his largesse. But
it must be noted that Americaís commitment to help Israel preserve
its qualitative military edge was already the modus operandi between
the two countries, as was the understanding that Israel has the
inherent right to self-defense. Would NOT signing the bipartisan
legislation really have been an option for the president in an
Then there are also the ďlittleĒ things that make us wonder how the
president really feels about the Jewish homeland:
-He is the same president who, thinking his mic was off, was caught
in November of 2011 saying disparaging remarks about Netanyahu to
Franceís President Sarkozy.
-He has literally bowed before many a world leader and hosted a state
dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao, but the prime minister of
Israel was left waiting for an hour while the president went off to
eat dinner with the first family. The White House also avoided
releasing a photo-op with Netanyahu for four days.
-He has never gone to Israel as president.
As president he went to Egypt to address the Muslim world in a speech
where he juxtaposed the plight of the Palestinians with black slavery
and equated it with the Jewish Holocaust.
-His first formal TV interview as president was with an Arab
newscast, Al Arabiya.
-Prior to his presidency, he toasted his friend, pro-Palestinian
Rashid Khalidi, at what was said to be an event where Obama allegedly
condoned Rashidís work. The tape of that event is being guarded by
the Los Angeles Times with the vigilance of Fort Knox. If there is
nothing condemning on that tape, why wonít the Los Angeles Times
-While positing an affinity for the Jewish state, this is still the
same president who sat in a church for 20 years wherein anti-Zionism
was spewed from the pulpit and where church bulletins featured anti-
Israel articles by Hamasís Mousa Abu Marzook and The Nation of Islam.
It is a long time to sit in a pew if you donít share the view.
-The first time Obama attended an AIPAC gathering prior to his
presidency, he said in no uncertain terms that Jerusalem should
remain the undivided capital of Israel. The applause was thunderous.
The next day, in a pivot Baryshnikov would envy, he modified his
Dear reader, the facts speak for themselves. These are many pieces of
a puzzle that do not add up to a pretty picture of the president as
regards the Jewish state of Israel. Remember, this next election is
not the Super Bowl; itís not a matter of rooting for your team.
This next election is not about bumper stickers but rather about
profound issues that will change the world we live in. There is
nothing wrong with voting as an American and as a Jew who cares about
the fate of the Jewish homeland. African-Americans, omosexuals,
Hispanics and numerous other citizens vote proudly to defend their
respective sects and interests Ė why canít Jews be unabashed in
taking their regard for their people into the voting booth as well?
Maybe itís time to ask a modified version of Golda Meirís famous
question: Do you hate Mitt Romney more than you love Israel? Now go
cast your vote. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 08/02/12)
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