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Monday, April 27, 2009

How bad is Obama for Israel?

How bad is the Obama administration for Israel? Please consider this interview with Victor Davis Hanson at Front Page Magazine. Hanson comes up with what seems like a 'logical' explanation as to why President Obama has been trying to undermine Israel from the get-go:
FP: The Obama administration apparently is set to give 900 million to Hamas. In other words, they want to give money to the Palestinian Nazi Party. What do you make of this? What must Obama do toward Hamas, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, etc? Do you think he will do it and/or is he even capable or cognizant of what is actually going on and what is at stake?

Hanson: I am very worried. Israel I think is alone now. The failed Freeman appointment, the historically puerile al-Arabiya interview (cf. e.g., Obama's praise of the good ole days, some thirty years ago, when Sadat was murdered, Khomeini took over, Saddam was flexing his muscles, Americans were routinely murdered, etc.) the Samantha Power appointment, the 'outreach' to Syria, the video for Iran, the Gaza/Hamas rebuilding, the tough behind-the-scenes lectures to Israel—all this bodes ill.

Does Team Obama really believe that a murderous autocratic cabal like Hamas is merely different from a democratic constitutional republic like Israel? At best we have naiveté at the helm (Obama thinks he can mesmerize misunderstood killers), at worst, a genuine feeling that Israel is an aggressive, Western imperialist power exploiting indigenous people of color who simply wish to be free--in other words, the Rev. Wright-Bill Ayers-Rashid Khalidi view of the Middle East.


FP: What do you think is the greatest threat right now facing the U.S. , Israel and the West?

Hanson: We have three: one, we have mortgaged our options to the Chinese and other debt holders. By going into $20 trillion in aggregate debt we will cut our military, pull back, dress it up with utopian rhetoric, and cede huge areas of the globe over to regional autocracies.

Second, some are already prepping for the Iranian catastrophe to come, by talking of "containing" Iran, as if we have given up on embargoing, blockading, and other more severe 11th hour measures to stop a Khomeinist nuke. Once that happens the Arab Sunni states will rush to get a bomb, Israel will be periodically blackmailed as Hamas, Hezbollah, etc will be given Iranian nuclear assurance (acting deranged with your finger on the trigger is smart in nuclear poker). Add in al Qaeda that thinks there are now new rules in Washington that can be tested--and you have a recipe for a dangerous world. We seem to think that not being attacked since 9/11 was some sort of natural occurrence, or perhaps yet another government ensured entitlement.
It would not be surprising if Obama has adopted the views about Israel of three men who helped form him politically: Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi. That was what was behind all the alarm bells when those connections came into the limelight last summer. Unfortunately, most American Jews ignored those connections, jerked their knees and voted Democratic anyway. Now, we are all paying the consequences.

By the way, has anyone in the Jewish community heard from Bob Wexler lately? I didn't think so.


At 1:36 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - your guess is as good as mine. In due course, we'll find out.

One thing is for certain: neither the President nor his top advisers really understand the Middle East.

And for that lack of understanding, Israel is going to made to pay the price, if it does not stand up and say "NO" to the US. At some point, it will have to do it if it wants to survive.

That means pretty much going it alone. If it indeed turns out Obama is bad for Israel.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Actually, I believe that Obama understands the Middle East quite well. But like his mentors - Wright, Ayers and Khalidi - he views Israel as a colonial power to be overthrown.

But don't fool yourself: He knows exactly what he is doing to us.


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