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Friday, June 05, 2009

The end of the American strategic alliance with Israel?

In The Corner, Caroline Glick views President Obama's speech in Cairo on Thursday as the end of the American strategic alliance with Israel.
Both rhetorically and programmatically, Obama’s speech was a renunciation of America’s strategic alliance with Israel.

Rhetorically, Obama’s sugar coated the pathologies of the Islamic world — from the tyranny that characterizes its regimes, to the misogyny, xenophobia, Jew hatred, and general intolerance that characterizes its societies. In so doing he made clear that his idea of pressing the restart button with the Islamic world involves erasing the moral distinctions between the Islamic world and the free world.

In contrast, Obama’s perverse characterization of Israel — of the sources of its legitimacy and of its behavior — made clear that he shares the Arab world’s view that there is something basically illegitimate about the Jewish state.


In addition to his morally outrageous characterization of Israel and factually inaccurate account of its foundations, Obama struck out at the Jewish state through the two policies he outlined in his address. His first policy involves coercing Israel into barring all Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria (otherwise known as the West Bank), and Jerusalem.


Even more strategically devastating than his castigation of Israel as the villain in the Arab-Israel conflict is Obama’s stated policy towards Iran. In Cairo, Obama offered Iran nuclear energy in exchange for its nuclear-weapons program. This offer has been on the table since 2003 and has been repeatedly rejected by the Iranians. Indeed, they rejected it yet again last week.
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I wouldn't characterize this as the end of the American strategic alliance with Israel. But I would say it's on hold until at least January 2013 and that we Israelis are going to have to muddle through on our own.

The good news is that survey after survey here shows that Israelis recognize Obama for what he is and are rallying around our government. In his first five months in office, Obama has overplayed his hand. If there is no strategic alliance of which to speak, there is no competition between our relationship with America and doing what we see as best for Israel.


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At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A man and his associates in over their heads with delusions of adequacy... swimming with the sharks

At 7:50 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel has to see the US has adopted the perspective and agenda of its enemies. That is incompatible with Israel's national interest and survival as a state. It is time for the Jewish State to go it alone and build new alliances.

At 9:07 PM, Blogger TrueBlue said...

It's long overdue for the U.S. and Israel to go their separate ways. Israel is a nuclear power with interests separate from ours. They can, and should, stand on their own.


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