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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Taking stock of US - Israel relations one month into the Obama administration

At The American Thinker, Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R-Boca Raton) takes stock of where the Jewish community and supporters of Israel stand one month into the administration of Barack Hussein Obama. It's not pretty.
Under the new Obama administration, our federal government is now beginning to comfortably operate within the realm of the anti-Israel perspective espoused by the likes of Mearsheimer and Walt, who argue that the political clout of American Jews is used to manipulate U.S. foreign policy in favor of Israel at the expense of broader American interests. On one hand, President Obama receives advice on Israel, Iran and the entire Middle East from advisors such as Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samantha Power, and Chas Freeman, all of whom possess strong anti-Israel biases that are well documented. Freeman, whose nomination to a top intelligence post faces growing criticism, was quoted as saying "the primary reason America confronts a terrorism problem today... is the brutal oppression of the Palestinians by an Israeli occupation." As if that were not bad enough, even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is apparently now joining the fray with her recent remarks intended to unduly pressure Israel.

On the other hand, there is also a faction of prominent Jewish politicians who don't seem willing to speak out against the President's judgment or the actions we are now witnessing. While allowing President Obama to tout their Jewish identities for political gain, these politicians are also helping the Administration to confer mainstream status and legitimacy upon treacherous new Jewish agencies like J-Street, whose vision for Israel more readily identifies with that of her enemies. Combined, the forces at work within the Executive branch are helping to create conditions that will allow President Obama to force dangerous concessions upon Israel.

The policies put forth by President Obama during his first 30 days in office paint a disturbing picture as well. In light of his first Presidential news interview having been granted to the Al-Arabia television network, his first head-of-state phone call placed to Mahmoud Abbas, and his allocation of $20 million dollars of taxpayer money to resettling Palestinians with ties to Hamas in the United States, what we have witnessed is a clear pattern of taking the pressure off terrorist groups, the Islamist regimes that support them and other tyrants who hate Israel and America in favor of offering them legitimacy and leniency. The growing danger of the Iranians and their nuclear weapons program, along with the network of villains they are organizing and arming, are without a doubt today's greatest threat to America, Israel and the Western World. As President Obama offers the Iranians more time, despite plenty of credible evidence that their nuclear weapons program is speeding ahead, he is also granting a reprieve to their vicious surrogates. For example, numerous overtures and contacts are taking place between the Administration and the Al-Assad regime, less than a year and a half after Israel was forced to destroy Syria's secret nuclear reactor facility built by the North Koreans.
I realize that Hasner did not want to name names of 'prominent Jewish politicians' who aren't willing to speak out against Obama's actions on Israel, but I will name one from Hasner's home state who made a big show how he was an 'Orthodox Jew' who supported Obama, and probably convinced a lot of people that it was okay to go with those knee-jerk instincts Jews have to pull the lever for the Democrat: Bob Wexler.

At the end of his post, Hasner suggests an action item:
To begin, we must call upon pro-Israel Congressional leaders and Jewish activists - those who supported President Obama and those who didn't - to hold him to his word and protect the America-Israel relationship. We cannot afford to be passive in performing this task. Where there is inaction or resistance, we must withhold all support from politicians who won't stand up to the Administration's harmful policies. The solemn oath of "Never Again" must not be forgotten in our time.
I agree with Hasner. I think it would be helpful to make a list of those 'leaders' and 'activists' who ought to be targeted - and I mean targeted - by the Jewish community. Wexler would be number one on my list. You're invited to add others in the comments.

Oh, and read the whole thing.


At 12:09 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its a stretch to say American Jews are pro-Israel. They are liberals first and Jews second. Last year they knew who Barack Obama was, who his associates were and the kind of policies he would implement if elected. And with all that, they still voted overwhelmingly for him. The chickens have come home to roost and the future does not look good.

At 3:33 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

The faction of American Jewish politicians afraid to speak out against their parties President is eerily similar to events of the 40's


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