The Arrogant Amateur: “I try not to pat myself too much on the back…”
Hope it doesn't hurt his golf swing straining his arm like that...
It is really hard to see, after the last three years, why Obama's approval with Jews is on the rise in, of all places, Israel. He has willingly supported the sham the "Arab Spring" that has removed despots in countries that were either contained or intentionally peaceful with Israel, while practicing some imbecilic version of tough love with Israel. Those now gaining power, and heading for strong leadership/rule, in Egypt (and other countries in close proximity) are announcing Sharia Law (which is as opposite of democracy as cats are of mice) while constantly voicing their not too distant future agenda as the complete annihilation and end of Israel and the Jews as pretty much their only foreign policy. The Obama administration has praised this play-acting at democracy as the people of Egypt are closer to voting themselves out of the system of government before it even takes a firm foothold in the country. With all the Arab/Muslim regimes/governments/leaders that have fallen in less than a year the Obama administration hopes to cram feathers into its cap as success in the Middle East for his re-election bid. Forget that these governments are closer to being manned by radical fundamental Islamists that fully believe they are carrying out the caliphate. And Israel, the only true democracy in the region, continues to be in their way. For the last three years Obama has continually insulted and disrespected our lifelong ally Israel. Yet, last week while pandering to American Jews at a fundraiser he had the unmitigated audacity to proclaim:
"I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more for the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration," Obama said. "We don't compromise when it comes to Israel's security ... and that will continue."
The president was speaking to campaign donors at the Manhattan home of Jack Rosen, chairman of the American Jewish Congress, who said "it would be remiss for me not to say there are many in the Jewish community who are concerned" about the relationship between Israel and the United States.
Rosen added, however, that "America has never been as supportive of the state of Israel as President Obama and his administration."
But Charles Krauthammer has a differing view on Obama's record with Israel:
Of course, with an all important re-election coming up in less than a year it is just as important for American leftist/liberal Jews (my Jewish friend Evan Sayet calls them JINOs) as it is for Obama to try and rewrite the Obama/Israel history of the last three years in order to collect Jewish campaign dollars, and then Jewish votes. Well, he does have less than a year to build the last pillar of his Middle East legacy ... A "peace agreement" that involves Israel making all the sacrifices to the point of impaling itself on the Middle East's sword.
So how does Obama continue to insist he has been evenhanded and understanding in his handling of the Middle East when two of his prime representatives (and a fundraiser) make such disparaging remarks about Israel, as they have most recently?
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Israel to try and end its increasing regional "isolation" by repairing diplomatic ties with Egypt and Turkey and renewing peace efforts with the Palestinians.
"Unfortunately, over the past year, we've seen Israel's isolation from its traditional security partners in the region grow, and the pursuit of a comprehensive Middle East peace has effectively been put on hold," he said. [...]
The US defense chief said he understood Israel's anxieties over turmoil in the Middle East but said the Arab spring offered an opportunity for the country to forge a more secure place in the region.
It was crucial for Israel to reach out and "mend fences" with countries such as Turkey, Egypt and Jordan that he said share an interest in regional stability, said Panetta, who issued similar appeals in a visit to the region in October.
He said he was "troubled" over the direction of Turkish-Israeli relations and called on both countries "to do more to put their relationship back on track."
As for Egypt, he said the United States shared Israel's concerns about security in the Sinai peninsula and over the recent attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
But the best response was to step up "communication and cooperation with Egyptian authorities" instead of "stepping away from them," he said. [...]
Well, perhaps Israel isn't as easily taken in by the budding "Arab Spring" as the rest of the supposedly intelligent world is, and know what will eventually bloom from it ... as they are target number one. But I suppose Israel is just not as smart as the Obama administration, and is suffering from brain concussions from all the Hamas and Hezbollah mortors and rockets, and suicide bombers over the last twenty or so years, because Panetta adds:
"I understand the view that this is not the time to pursue peace, and that the Arab awakening further imperils the dream of a safe and secure, Jewish and democratic Israel. But I disagree with that view," Panetta said.
He said Israel needed to take risks, including by breathing new life into moribund peace talks with Palestinians. When asked by a moderator what steps Israel needed to take to pursue peace, Panetta said: "Just get to the damn table."
"The problem right now is we can't get 'em to the damn table, to at least sit down and begin to discuss their differences," Panetta said.
“A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Gutman reportedly said, according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. “He also argued that an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty will significantly diminish Muslim anti-Semitism.”
According to the account in the Israeli paper, “The legal experts at the event were visibly stunned by Gutman’s words, and the next speaker offered a scathing rebuttal to the envoy’s remarks.”
And THIS is not only understandable, but acceptable from someone working as a representative of an administration whose political party insists there is such major a distinction between crime and hate crime.
Gutman's premise is that Israel is responsible for the Palestinian’s “hate”, therefor directly responsible for the Palestinians’ actions/behavior.
So, why then must anyone in this country be charged with ‘hate crimes’ when a ‘minority’ group has something done to them? Why isn’t it the “victim’s” own fault for generating the hate of the perpetrator?
This is the twisted mind-set of the left.
The Jews/Israel have always been more than willing to not only coexist with the Arabs/Muslims/Palestinians, but live side-by-side with them. It’s the Palestinians/Muslims that HATE the Jewish faith, and refuse to allow them, and the State of Israel, to even exist.
Sorry, but I believe I will trust Israel's instincts on this. And on Iran, as well. With friends like the Obama administration Israel doesn't need enemies.
Cross-posted @ CW