Obama soft on anti-Semitism?
The Israeli government is making a point of staying out of the debate
over potential US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, but the government is said to be 'worried
' about it.
“Because of his statements in the past, and his stance toward Israel,
we are worried,” Reuven Rivlin, the speaker of the Israeli parliament
and a member of Netanyahu’s Likud Party, told The Associated Press. But,
he added, the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Israel is
strong and “one person doesn’t determine policy.”
Netanyahu’s office refused to comment on the appointment, as did
officials in the Israeli foreign and defense ministries. But Rivlin’s
comments reflected what has been a common sentiment among analysts and
commentators here in recent days. In their evening news broadcasts,
Israel’s three main TV stations on Monday all portrayed Hagel as cool
Clearly, by nominating Hagel, President Obama is trying to send a message to Israel. But is there more to it than that? This is anti-Semitism expert Charles Small
In the face of this, the Obama Administration and the mainstream
media have been largely silent. In fact, eager to appease their supposed
new friends in Cairo and elsewhere, they are now busily promoting for
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a former senator who has a
problematic history with Jews and Israel.
The situation has reached a point where the political and academic
elites actually believe that speaking out against present-day
antisemitism somehow equates to opposing the valid aspirations of
millions of Muslims. They resist applying any honest analysis to
political reality, continuing instead to cling to failed notions like
the Arab Spring. They refuse to acknowledge the ascendance of a
hate-filled, anti-democratic revolutionary wave that is inflicting
incalculable harm on people throughout the Muslim world.
Interesting how those same elites rarely miss an opportunity to
denounce Israel’s political leaders and the policies they must uphold to
ensure their nation’s survival in a violent region that refuses to
recognize the Jewish state’s basic right to exist.
The time has come for President Obama to act. The world must not
witness a repeat of 2009 when pro-democracy Iranians were slaughtered in
the streets of Tehran by agents of the regime – while the President did
Sadly, history seems to be repeating itself in Egypt, as Washington
continues to soft-pedal the base nature of the Brotherhood and its
ascent to power in the region’s most important country. It’s a
disturbing trend that began with the President’s 2009 Cairo speech, when
he invested the Muslim Brotherhood with undeserved prestige by
insisting on their attendance, as he embarked on his policy of
engagement with the Islamic world. If Obama does not act to change
course soon, that speech will become his Neville Chamberlain moment.
Incitement to genocide against the Jewish people is a basic tenet of
radical political Islamism. President Obama and his Administration must
confront it head on. Surely he knows the core lesson of the civil rights
movement: that blaming the victim only emboldens those who hate. To be
blunt, the President can take a principled stand in support of human
rights and against antisemitism. Or he can allow the forces of
intolerance to aggregate even more power.
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Labels: anti-Semitism, Barack Hussein Obama, Chuck Hagel, Egyptian democracy, Mohammed Morsy, Muslim Brotherhood