Friday, March 26, 2010


Rising Anti-Semitism at the White House?

Walking out of a discussion with Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama marked a new low in Israeli/American relations. Obama's actions clearly raise the question of which question should be asked, "Is Obama anti-Semitic?" or "How anti-Semitic is Obama?"

Gateway Pundit makes a good case that the second question is the one to ask.
Do you remember when Jesse Jackson said that under Obama Jews would lose all of their clout?
He was right.
Gateway Pundit primarily quotes another source:
[Adrian Blomfield being quoted by Nile Gardner who then comments.]
When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: “I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls.” As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. “I’m still around,” Mr Obama is quoted by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. “Let me know if there is anything new.”
This is no way to treat America’s closest ally in the Middle East, and a true friend of the United States. I very much doubt that even third world tyrants would be received in such a rude fashion by the president. In fact, they would probably be warmly welcomed by the Obama White House as part of its “engagement” strategy, while the leaders of Britain and Israel are frequently met with arrogant disdain.

The ritual humiliation of the Israelis is an absolute disgrace, and yet another example of how the Obama administration views its allies with indifference, contempt, and at times outright hostility. It is extraordinary how far the Obama team has gone out of its way to grovel to state sponsors of terrorism, such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Muammar Gaddafi, while kicking America’s friends in the teeth.
Let's take a moment to look at Benjamin Netanyahu. Here's a heroic, highly intelligent man who has fought for his country and protected it from millions who surround it and would love to destroy it and kill every Jew living there.
After his army service Netanyahu returned to the United States, studied and eventually earned a B.S. degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1975, a M.S. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1977, and studied political science at Harvard University and MIT.
During his military service Netanyahu participated in various operations, including the hostages rescue mission from the hijacked Sabena Flight 572 in May 1972. He was wounded during that operation as a result of another unit member's bullet emission. In 1972 Netanyahu left the army with the rank of captain.
With the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War in 1973 Netanyahu returned to Israel to participate in the war, joining the IDF forces battling at the Suez Canal and in the Golan Heights.
In 1976 Netanyahu lost his older brother Yonatan Netanyahu, who served as the commander of the elite Israeli army commando unit Sayeret Matkal and was killed in action during the counter-terrorism hostage-rescue mission Operation Entebbe in which his unit rescued more than 100 hostages hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and flown to the Entebbe Airport in Uganda.
The U.S. has never had a man of such a combination of intellect and heroism. Perhaps if you combined Thomas Jefferson and George Washington you would have a person equal to Netanyahu.

Obama's actions worry me. Obama's history includes many anti-Semitic friends and acquaintances: radical Leftist anti-Israel Professor Edward Said, Former PLO operative and close friend Rashid Khalidi, his racist minister Jeremiah Wright, and close terrorist friend William Ayers, and the most famous American anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan.

Despots and tyrants rarely rise to power through direct assault. They woo the people. The seduce the masses into believing they, the tyrant, are the one who can save them and their country. The one who can make is all the way it should be. Given the rhetoric from the White House and Democrats in general we should be careful and be on alert. They may be trying to create a circumstance in which they can "justify" a dramatic taking of our rights and freedom due to the "threat" from their political opponents. When you can turn a cold eye towards one of the most persecuted people in history, who knows what your limits are?

UPDATE: 327 House members tell Obama to make U-turn on US-Israeli relations
The letter’s lead signatories were Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD). The letter had only circulated for three days last week before garnering 327 signatures, probably the most bipartisan effort seen on Capitol Hill in this session of Congress. It provides a measure of just how far out of the mainstream the Obama administration has gotten on relations with Israel.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

That son of a bitch! He said, "“I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls.”?????

And then flew all the way to New York, where Michelle and the girls were, leaving Netenyahu there with his staff?


Take what you are reading about specifics with a grain of salt. There are some complicated issues going on, and supposition and histrionics will only make things worse in figuring out what all this means, especially since we don't even have all the facts on what "this" is!

And being critical of Israeli politics or decisions is not automatically anti-semitic!
being critical of Israeli politics or decisions is not automatically anti-semitic!

True. But, there's a pattern here. Bowing to Arabs royalty, snubbing the Israeli president, his associates over time. Enough to warrant diligence.
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