The end of America’s strategic alliance with Israel?

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The following is a short comment I wrote about Obama’s speech Thursday for NRO. Mark Levin read it on his radio show yesterday. If you’d like to hear him, this is the link. The recitation starts around 40 minutes into the clip.




FROM AN Israeli perspective, Pres. Barack Obama’s speech today in Cairo was deeply disturbing. Both rhetorically and programmatically, Obama’s speech was a renunciation of America’s strategic alliance with Israel.



Rhetorically, Obama 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 1922 the League of Nations mandated Great Britain to facilitate the reconstitution of the Jewish commonwealth in the Land of Israel on both sides of the Jordan River. The international community’s decision to work towards the reestablishment of Jewish sovereignty in Israel owed to its recognition of the Jewish people’s legal, historic, and moral rights to our homeland.



Arab propaganda finds this basic and fundamental truth inconvenient. So for the past 60 years, the Arabs have been advancing the fiction that Israel’s existence owes solely to European guilt over the Holocaust. As far as the Arabs are concerned, the Jews have no legal, historic, or moral right to what the Arabs see as Islamic land.



In his address, while Obama admonished the Arabs for their pervasive Jew hatred and Holocaust denial, he effectively accepted and legitimized their view that Israel owes its existence to the Holocaust when he said, “the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied,” and then went on to talk about the Holocaust.



Just as abominably, Obama compared Israel to Southern slave owners and Palestinians to black slaves in the antebellum south. He used the Arab euphemism “resistance” to discuss Palestinian terrorism, and generally ignored the fact that every Palestinian political faction is also a terrorist organization.



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.



Obama claims that this policy will increase prospects for peace. But this is untrue. As Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas made clear in his Washington Post interview last week, Obama’s trenchant campaign against Jewish construction in these areas has convinced the Palestinians they have no reason to be flexible in their positions towards Israel. Indeed, Obama’s assault on Israeli construction and his unsubstantiated, bigoted claim that the presence of Jews in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem impedes progress towards peace ensures that there will be no agreement whatsoever between Israel and the Palestinians.



After all, why would the Palestinians make a deal with Israel when they know that Obama will blame Israel for the absence of a peace agreement?



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.



Obama must know that his policy will not lead to the hoped for change in Iran’s behavior. And since he must know this, the only rational explanation for his decision to adopt a policy he knows will fail is that he is comfortable with the idea of Iran becoming a nuclear power. And this is something that Israel cannot abide by.



The only silver lining for Israelis from the president’s speech in Cairo and his general positions on the Middle East is that Obama has overplayed his hand. Far from bending to his will, a large majority of Israelis perceives Obama as a hostile force and has rallied in support of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against the administration. This public support gives Netanyahu the maneuver room he needs to take the actions that Israel needs to take to defend against the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran and to assert its national rights and to defend itself against Palestinian terrorists and other Arab and non-Arab anti-Semites who wish it ill.


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  • Ron Grandinetti 06/06/2009 at 17:41

    Caroline as I indicated in my other comment this Obama is pandering to Muslim Arabs and doesn’t give a damn about Israel.
    First and foremost I agree with you from this position the Israelis should be up in arms and support the Netanyahu government and let Washington know Israel will not stop settlement growth. Judea and Samaria are Israeli territory and the Jews will not leave.
    This Holy Land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean including the Golan Heights, Gaza and the Sinai was given to them by G-d and I would not mess with G-d.
    Problem is he doesn’t know how to handle either N. Korea or Iran. If he thinks they will pay any attention to what he has to say, he believes in the tooth fairy.
    Obama needs to wake up. Both rouge nations are breathing down his neck and he can’t afford to lose a strong and trusted ally in Israel.
    If he isn’t careful Israel may look to India for a partnership and both have nuclear weapons at their disposal and by God they should not take them off the table.
    We all know the best defense is a strong offense.
    So Mr. Obama you need to choose the right friends.

  • Marcel 06/06/2009 at 18:56

    In Pakistan Friday a religious moslem entered a mosque during prayer time and blew himself up killing forty fellow moslems at last count.
    I did not see this reported in any Israeli media outlets I read daily as the Israeli left always paint their murderous partners with a clean brush while attacking their fellow Jews as radical,extremist,right wing religious threats to their illusionary peace.
    It was barely reported in the western media for the same purpose of covering up the true face of Islam and to continue to feed us delusions and lies as they build their utopian babel golbal dis order.
    This helps to perpetuate the lie of peace in Israel and helps the Obama’s of the world to continue brainwashing with his polished pile of manure.
    If it happened to be a Christian or Jew ,Israel would be in flames and the world would be burning today.
    The hypocrisy of the God hating left and their dear partners the Islamofacsists is nothing less than evil.
    How sad that Israel makes herself so easy to push around with little to no resistance.
    Israel has been thrown to the wolves by the sly,cunning and articulate fox and their chief concern is not offending the fox.
    As a young shepherd, Melek David would have none of this.
    The Jewish prophet Daniel warned; And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart,and by peace shall destroy many (Jews):he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
    Daniel 8:25
    It’s happening before our eyes as Israel has the kick me sign on her back,not having the guts to say enough ,no more of this fraudelent peace.
    They are more worried about their image as lovers of peace than they care about the truth and reality of what is being done to them.
    Israel’s being led to the slaughter under the illusion of peace and too many climb on board Obama’s 2 state cattle car which leads anywhere but peace.
    The sinful reality is that the contemptible and neutered leadership of Israel allows the polished punk Obama to lead the nation to the abyss with minimal protest because they are fearful,faithless cowards.
    It’s past time to put the brakes on this train.

  • Marc Handelsman, USA 06/06/2009 at 19:32

    I watched the President’s speech, and thought he “bended over backwards” to appear evenhanded with his approach to resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict. President Obama wants to engage Islam, and naively believes that Radical Islam is just a tiny minority that “hijacked” Islam. He also mistakenly believes that pressuring Israel to make unwise concessions will tame the passions of the PLO and Hamas. In the coming months, Israel will be influenced to surrender more territory to the PLO. In a way, the Likud government may not survive long, if President Obama can frame Israel as intransigent with Arabs.

  • zuleikha6 06/07/2009 at 20:12

    “Both rhetorically and programmatically, Obama’s speech was a renunciation of America’s strategic alliance with Israel”.
    I dearly hope so.
    In Europe we are still affected by seeing little babies killed in the manner they were in Gaza.
    I hope Caroline honors the freedom of expression that her birth country, the US, promotes, and leaves my dissenting comment on her blog, so others may come to their senses, and realize that criticizing Israel does not make one a Jew hater. Grow up Ms Glick, be responsible for your words.
    Also, may I add, I am a Muslim woman and I do not agree with the Sharia laws vis a vis women in Muslim countries. But please do not use our plight to promote your cause ,namely your desire to effect a quiet and sustained genocide on an indigenous people, who are problem to you, a people known as Palestinians. However legitimate your state is, your way of handling this problem is not.

  • Marcel 06/08/2009 at 7:38

    The hypocrite zuleikha, the moslem woman has much to say about the Jews and how they fight but nothing to say about her jihad brothers and thier celebrations after joyfully killing kuffar babies,women and children ?
    Please dear moslem woman ,go sell your shit elsewhere ,we’re not buying it,phony religious hypocrite.


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