Monday, February 2, 2015

Obama and Israel

"Has it struck you, as it has struck me, that with every other nation, including the most repressive and anti-American on earth, Mr. Obama is careful never to give offense, to always extend the olive branch, and to treat their leaders with unusual deference and respect? Except for the Jewish State of Israel. It always seems to be in the Obama crosshair.
 Because this attitude is so detached from objective circumstances and the actions of Israel and the actions of the adversaries of Israel, something else -- and something rather disquieting -- is going on here. Mr. Obama wouldn't be the first world leader to have an irrational animus against Israel. He's not even the first American president to have an irrational animus against Israel. (See: Jimmy Carter.) But it is fair to say, I think, that no American president has been this consistently hostile to Israel while in office or shown such palpable anger and scorn for it and for Israel's leader.
 "Perhaps given President Obama's history -- including his intimate, 20-year relationship with the anti-Semitic minister Jeremiah Wright -- his shouldn't come as a surprise. But that doesn't make it any less disturbing." — Peter Wehner, Ethics and Public Policy Center