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Thursday, July 03, 2014

A challenge to Obama supporters

Gil Troy has some devastating criticism.
In the Middle East, Obama’s flaccidity becomes even more troublesome given his distaste for Israel. He is not “anti-Israel”; he just sees the country as a presidential and regional irritant. Intellectually, he endorses the Jewish state’s existence and even occasionally gets swept up rhetorically in celebrating the romance of Jews’ redemptive return.

However, usually, Obama sees Israel as a pesky little country which should do America’s bidding. He echoes the elite trend to condemn Israel for one-sidedly occupying Palestinian land rather than understanding that Israel is struggling with a stubborn and dangerous neighbor over disputed territory. As he admitted in his Cairo speech, he views this conflict through the civil rights prism. This absurd, insulting analogy, making Palestinians victimized blacks and Israelis misguided racist rednecks, excuses Palestinian terror and minimizes Israel’s tough security dilemmas.

Obama also accepts the ridiculous assumption that solving the Israeli-Palestinian struggle is the keystone to calming the Middle East – as if Iran’s nuclear power grab, Iraq’s implosion, Syria’s explosion, Islamist extremism and the centuries-old Sunni-Shia conflict would disappear, if only Israel withdrew to 1967 borders. In his inability on June 12, 13 and 14 to embrace American citizens and two other innocent families in distress, Barack Obama showed his true feelings. I challenge his supporters, who have run out of excuses for him, to condemn his inaction and consider repudiating him.

Instead, his backers will support him and his calls for evenhandedness. They will debate the easily refuted “anti-Israel” charge instead of this tougher critique of insensitivity and ineptitude. As Israel mourns and fights, as Israeli soldiers take great risks to root out those kid-killing terrorists and their armories, Obama will demand “restraint.” Meanwhile, The New York Times will run absurdly amoral articles comparing Israeli kids victimized for being Israelis with Palestinian kids hurt while menacing soldiers, the UN will condemn Israel, and Israel will have to continue protecting itself militarily while fending off an ideological onslaught. That’s why it is fair to denounce Obama’s incompetence and iciness, along with Palestinian evil and enablement.
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