Well, it’s official: Obama is going to be a complete and utter jackalope about Israel until the bitter end of his regime. His latest act – or lack thereof – the one that contradicts a longstanding policy on Israel by hanging them out to dry at the United Nations is but one of the many jackalope things he has done. It is just a blatant, flagrant, petty, tongue-sticking-out move as his time in office thankfully comes to a close.
Oh, and turns out, the State Department DID have something to do with that whole UN Resolution thing after all, according to The Right Scoop. Wow. Just wow.
That anti-Israel attitude was further reflected by the Sec. of State, John Kerry, when he made these idiotic comments on Wednesday. From The Hill:
Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday took aim at Israel’s government as he defended the administration’s decision to allow the U.N. Security Council to pass resolution condemning the country’s settlement activity.
“Friends need to tell each other the hard truths and friendships require mutual respect,” Kerry said during a more than hour-long speech at the State Department.
He vigorously defended the Obama administration’s commitment to Israel’s security, something Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top Republicans questioned following last week’s vote.
Kerry’s comments appeared to be directed at Netanyahu, who just days ago said “friends don’t take friends to the Security Council” and that he was hopeful for a better U.S.-Israel relationship under President-elect Donald Trump.
Wow. What a schmuck. Seriously? This attacking of Israel and essentially defending the long-time terrorist supporting Palestine is just astonishing. But to act like this on the way out of office is just cowardly bullying BS. In my opinion, that is.
As I am sure you can imagine, Israel was not amused:
“John Kerry gave a skewed speech against Israel,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.
“For over an hour, Kerry dealt obsessively with the settlements and almost didn’t touch on the root of the conflict — the Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries.”
With just three weeks left as the nation’s top diplomat, Kerry used the speech to make a last-ditch bid at charting a path forward for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. He has suggested the collapse of peace talks in 2014 is one of the greatest regrets of his tenure. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Why in the hell Kerry thinks treating Israel like crap while making excuses for Palestine and its terrorist-loving ways is going to make them want to hop to an agreement process is beyond me. Frankly, it defies logic and reason, but so much of how Obama has acted toward Israel does.
And it is about Obama’s reaction to Israel that Ben Shapiro wrote in the National Review:
[…] Barack Obama has done his best for nearly eight years to undermine the state of Israel. He’s signed a treaty that enshrines an Iranian path to a nuclear weapon while funding their global terrorist activities to the tune of tens of billions of dollars. He’s repeatedly undercut Israel’s image on the world stage, labeling Israel a mere outgrowth of the Holocaust and suggesting that Israeli intransigence stands as the chief obstacle to peace. He’s ushered Benjamin Netanyahu out the side door of the White House, attempted to undercut the prime minister’s speech before Congress, and then deployed an election team to Israel to try to defeat him in an election. Obama has tried to cut weapons shipments to Israel in the middle of a war against terrorists, forced Israel to apologize for stopping weapons shipments to Hamas terrorists, and funded the Palestinian terrorist unity government with American taxpayer dollars.
Obama’s animus for the state of Israel stretches beyond the typical internationalist leftist view of Israel as a colonialist outpost, a cancer growing in the heart of the Muslim Middle East. Most internationalist leftists think that Israel is the cause of Muslim ire, that if Israel were to disappear, suddenly the Muslim lands surrounding it would view the rest of the world with fresh, dewy eyes. This is the same general philosophy that blames the West for the problem of Islamic violence, that suggests that income maldistribution breeds discontent that in turn breeds terrorism. Obama may think that, but that’s not what drives him.
Why else would he spend the last few weeks of his presidency throwing gasoline on Israel and then lighting a match? Here’s the most plausible explanation: Obama despises Israel because at root, Obama despises the traditional Judeo-Christian underpinning of Western civilization. He breaks down Bible believers into two categories: fools and liars. The fools are the “bitter clingers,” the idiot masses who fall into racism and xenophobia and Bible jabber because they’re poor and stupid. The liars are the self-interested characters who want to do what they want to do while citing the Bible for their support. […]
Shapiro goes on to describe how Obama has replaced the basis of the Judeo-Christian religion with a Leftist religious interpretation, one sharpened by the propaganda and hate speech directed at Israel by Obama’s long time minister, Rev. Wright. As Shapiro noted, Obama sat there for two decades listening to the hate-filled bashing of Israel while Palestine was depicted as a victim at the hands of Israel, the evil power hellbent on oppressing the PLO-supporting Palestinians. Uh, yeah.
Which leads to Shapiro’s excellent conclusion about Obama’s actions:
[…] That means rejecting Jewish Jerusalem. That means rewriting the Bible, that document of sadism and oppression, to make it over into The Book of Obama. That means Israel must pay for the sin of worshiping its God over the god of warmed-over, amoral redistributionism. Obama’s likely to be disappointed.
The Jews have been exiled from Jerusalem several times. Never again. (Click here to read the rest.)
“Never again,” indeed, and certainly not as a result of Obaam’s twisted manifestation of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Perhaps Obama should read this letter by a soldier in the IDF. He might learn something. From United With Israel:
Our lighting of the menorah is living proof of that fact. Proof of our strength and perseverance. Many have tried to destroy us, and they have ALL failed. This time will be no different. Not yourself, not the UN, not the terror that you have given legitimacy to. No one will defeat us.
Jews light the menorah to celebrate restoration of Jewish control over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount – thousands of years ago. We were small and vastly outnumbered, but that did not stop us. We came together and we returned to our capital. Our home. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
So it was, so it is, and so it will be, no matter how hard haters like Obama, Kerry, and Wright may try and make it otherwise. Israel, and Jerusalem, will stand long after politicians of their ilk have left the stage. Thank heavens for that, and so may it be…
Oh, before I sign off, I want to commend to you an EXCELLENT piece Phyllis Chesler wrote on Obama and Israel, “Obama: Father And Son.”She makes some great points about his treatment of Israel, and why he has acted to poorly toward our ally.
That’s it for me. Thoughts? Opinions? Have at it. This is an Open Thread.