Not since noted anti-Semite Jimmy Carter was President has our relationship with Israel been so strained. The Obama administration has been openly hostile to Israel since day one, while reaching out to our worst enemies in the Middle East.
While Obama and his minions scold Israel over the slightest of things, Iran, a nation that vows to wipe both Israel and the United States off the map, is developing nuclear weapons, and making more threats to the world. Obama has done nothing meaningful to stop this. He is impotent.
You know, speaking of Jimmy Carter, he has to be one happy guy these days. Not only is Barack Obama a bigger failure than Carter, domestically, no small feat BTW, he has also managed to turn America into a laughing stock around the world. Obama has done of this in record time too, far surpassing Jimmy Carter’s worthlessness. So, we are quite sure Carter is pleased that he will no longer be referred to as our worst President eveh.
With that said, Sarah Palin has always been a friend of Israel, and has been speaking out loudly in support of our ally. We wrote earlier that Sarah’s friendship with Israel was strong. You can read all about that, as well as comments from Caroline Glick from the Jerusalem Post, here.
Today Sarah issued a statement in support of our Jewish friends and sternly scolds Obama on his foreign policies:
Needed: A Reset with Israel
The Obama Administration reaches out to some of the world’s worst regimes in the name of their engagement policy. America and our allies watch as sanctions are eased on Cuba. Letters are written to Iran’s mullahs only to see that regime start killing protestors in the streets of Tehran. Envoys are sent to North Korea as they continue to defy the world’s demand to give up their nuclear weapons.
The Burmese military junta’s representative is allowed to travel to our nation’s capital. The President’s envoy for Sudan talks about giving that genocidal regime “gold stars,” while the President shakes hands with Venezuela’s tyrannical leader. In the midst of all this embracing of enemies, where does the Obama Administration choose to escalate a minor incident into a major diplomatic confrontation? With Iran, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea or Burma? No. With our treasured ally, Israel.
Last October, Secretary of State Clinton recognized Israel’s desire for peace in the Middle East and praised Israel’s “unprecedented” concessions for agreeing to halt settlement construction in the West Bank, a concession that did NOT include halting construction of apartments for Jews in Jerusalem. Even last week after planned construction was announced, Vice President Biden still expressed “appreciation” for the “significant” steps taken by the Israeli government to address this minor issue.
Now, however, we see the Obama Administration has decided to escalate, make unilateral demands of Israel, and threaten the very foundation of the US-Israel relationship. This is quickly leading to the worst crisis in US-Israel relations in decades, and yet this did not have to happen. More importantly, it needs to stop before it spirals out of control. Vice President Biden should rein in the overheated Obama Administration rhetoric and chill the political spin masters’ fire as they visit the Sunday media shows to criticize Israel.
Once again, the Obama Administration is missing the boat on a very, very important issue. They need to go back to the basics and acknowledge Palestinian leaders have not progressed any peace process since President Obama was elected. As Israel makes concessions (and is still criticized by the Obama Administration),
Arab leaders are just sitting back waiting for the White House to further pressure Israel. The Obama Administration needs to open its eyes and recognize that it is only Iran and her terrorist allies that benefit from this manufactured Israeli controversy.
Vice President Biden was actually right when he said last week, before the construction announcement, that “one necessary precondition for progress is that the rest of the world knows…there is absolutely no space between the United States and Israel when it comes to security.” Right now, thanks to the Obama Administration, there is a chasm. It’s time for President Obama to push the reset button on our relations with our ally Israel.
No truer words have been spoken. It is indeed time to reset our relationship with our ally, Israel, and develop reasonable foreign policy to combat our many enemies.
Sarah is not the only one speaking out on this serious issue. Yesterday, Joe Lieberman and John McCain took to the Senate floor:
Lieberman, McCain call on Admin to “lower voices” on Israel
Senators Joe Lieberman, D-CT, and John McCain, R-AZ, , just took to the Senate floor to call on the Obama Administration to end its condemnation of Israel over the actions of a bureaucrat during the recent visit to that country by Vice President Joe Biden. The message from the two was pretty simple: It’s time to lower voices and get over the family feud.
Both senators, longtime allies and proponents of Israel, particularly Lieberman, said the Administration needs to recognize that the feud opens up a potential avenue for “enemies” of the U.S. (they named Iran mostly, and Syria) to exploit.
During a visit to Israel last week to help start indirect peace talks, however modest, Eli Yishai, Israel’s interior minister, announced the construction of new housing units in disputed east Jerusalem. Many U.S. commentators called it “the diplomatic slap heard ’round the world.’
By all accounts, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was blindsided by the announcement, every bit as much as Biden.
Biden, who was to dine with Netanyahu afterward, kept the Israeli leader waiting for 90 minutes and then, in a statement released during the meal, used rather explosive diplomatic words, not usually heard between the allies, words that Lieberman today called “a little strong.”
“I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem,” Biden said in the statement.
Lieberman and McCain seemed to say that had the condemnation stopped there, it might have been o.k. But the added criticism by the Secretary of State and the Administration’s top political adviser, along with the State Department spokesman, set the duo off.
Lieberman called the rhetoric “very troubling.”
Secretary Clinton and David Axelrod offered stinging rebukes of Israel’s actions. Axelrod, on Sunday, called the action an “affront.” Clinton told MSNBC’S Andrea Mitchell that the action was “insulting.”
As well, a State Department spokesman, recounting a call Friday by Clinton to Netanyahu, said the secretary called “to make clear that the United States considered the announcement to be a deeply negative signal about Israel’s approach to the bilateral relationship and counter to the spirit of the vice president’s trip.”
And the Associated Press is now reporting that the Obama Administration is now calling on the Israelis to scrap all plans for the expansion in east Jerusalem, something the prime minister appeared to shrug off.
A stern rebuke of the Obama Administration by the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), perhaps one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, has sparked a growing wave of concern by unhappy politicians. Unless this is resolved soon, there is little doubt the concern with the Administration’s rhetoric will grow louder, as has been the historic response when past Administrations butted heads with Israel.
AIPAC, in statement released Sunday, called the Administration’s statements “a matter of serious concern” and added, “AIPAC calls on the administration to take immediate steps to defuse the tension with the Jewish State.”
You can read more here.
Roger Simon writes more about this situation:
Is the Jewish love affair with the Democratic Party about to end?
For all of my looooong life, the Jews have been so deep in the pocket of the Democratic Party it would make Chris Matthews blush. Maybe… just maybe… (I know old habits die hard)…. thanks to Barack Obama, that is about to end. The well-put lede from this morning’s WSJ opinion piece details the situation:
In recent weeks, the Obama Administration has endorsed “healthy relations” between Iran and Syria, mildly rebuked Syrian President Bashar Assad for accusing the U.S. of “colonialism,” and publicly apologized to Moammar Gadhafi for treating him with less than appropriate deference after the Libyan called for “a jihad” against Switzerland.
When it comes to Israel, however, the Administration has no trouble rising to a high pitch of public indignation. On a visit to Israel last week, Vice President Joe Biden condemned an announcement by a mid-level Israeli official that the government had approved a planning stage—the fourth out of seven required—for the construction of 1,600 housing units in north Jerusalem. Assuming final approval, no ground will be broken on the project for at least three years.
The Obama administration has taken the admonition to “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer” to a new level. They want to make love with their enemies while taking their friends to the woodshed and beating the living daylights out of them. And take them they did, time after time. First Biden, then Hillary, then some semi anonymous character at the State Department dressing down Ambassador Oren (talk about disrespecting your betters!), then on to the talk show circuit with the droning Gibbs and Obama’s “best Jew” David Axlerod. His other “best Jew” Rahm Emanuel was nowhere in evidence, as far as I know. (Interesting, that).
But back to my lede. Is the Jewish love affair with the Democratic Party about to end? I know many will be skeptical. And they should be. But I suspect something is brewing. This kind of excessive and weirdly paternalistic attitude to the state of Israel, directed so clearly from the top, seems to come out of a kind of unexamined personal animus. The long record that Obama has of friendship with virulent enemies of Israel has not gone unnoticed.
Whatever the etiology, group love affairs with political parties cannot help but be self-destructive. They may begin in a burst of mutual admiration but they will almost always devolve into a self-destructive “taking for granted” that could only work to the benefit of one party (if that). The love affair between African-Americans and the Democratic Party has been similarly useless for blacks. In the forty years I have lived in Los Angeles, I haven’t noticed life getting significantly better in South Central, a region of the city in which Republicans are about as scarce as killer whales.
This doesn’t mean I think Jews or blacks or anybody else should become Republicans. They should think for themselves and even change sides when it’s advantageous. For Jews, Obama’s behavior is indeed a “teaching moment.” The bizarre over-reaction to a minor incident in Israel should serve as a wake up call.
Will it? It won’t be easy to tell at first. The coming AIPAC meeting in Washington, at which Clinton and Netanyahu will speak, will undoubtedly contain a certain amount of nice-nice talk. But beneath the surface sands are shifting. We shall see if this morphs into a tectonic plate.
And then there’s Iran.
UPDATE: Eric Cantor speaks up. Also see John Podhoretz.
As if all of this isn’t troubling enough for one day, it is now being reported that Obama has found himself a brand new, America hating, socialist, “spiritual advisor.” This guy is so filled with anti-American hatred and Saul Alinsky communism, that he’d make Obama’s old preacher, The Reverend Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright blush!
From Aaron Klein:
Not again! Meet Obama’s new controversial pastor
Champion of communism, socialism called U.S. ‘destroyer of human life’
Rev. Jim Wallis, a member of President Obama’s “faith council” who is described as a spiritual adviser to the president, is a socialist activist who has championed communist causes and previously labeled the U.S. “the great captor and destroyer of human life.”
Wallis was in the news last week urging Christians to stop watching Fox News host Glenn Beck’s program for Beck’s remarks against churches that preach “social justice.”
The Associated Baptist Press described Wallis as a “politically progressive evangelical and longtime advocate for the poor.” The Huffington Post identified Wallis as a “Christian author and social justice advocate.”
Wallis, however, is a long time socialist advocate and founder of a far-left magazine, Sojourners, that has championed communist causes.
He currently serves on Obama’s White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He reportedly is a spiritual adviser to Obama and has known the president for years.
Wallis began his activism as a protester and then later Michigan leader of the Students for a Democratic Society, the 1960′s antiwar group from which Bill Ayers’ Weatherman domestic terrorist organization splintered.
Discover the Networks said that as a theology student, Wallis founded an anti-capitalism magazine called the Post-American, which identified wealth redistribution and government-managed economies as the keys to achieving “social justice.”
In 1971, Wallis renamed his magazine Sojourners. He has since served as editor of the publication.
Sojourners‘ official “statement of faith” urges readers to “refuse to accept [capitalist] structures and assumptions that normalize poverty and segregate the world by class.”
Sojourners has published a slew of radicals, including socialist activist Cornel West and James Cone, considered the founder of Black Liberation Theology, which spawned the likes of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor of nearly 20 years.
Wallis’ magazine actively lobbied for communist regimes that seized power in Latin America in the late 1970s, including the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua. Sojourners in the 1980s was a fierce opponent of the U.S. nuclear buildup, claiming the policy was “an intolerable evil” irreconcilably at odds with Christianity.
Discover the Networks notes how Sojourners originally formed a socialist commune in Washington, D.C., where members shared finances and launched anti-capitalist activism.
In his 1976 book, “Agenda for Biblical People,” Wallis called the U.S. “the great power, the great seducer, the great captor and destroyer of human life, the great master of humanity and history in its totalitarian claims and designs.”
Wallis continues to openly support socialism. Along with socialist activist West, Wallis in 1995 founded Call to Renewal, a coalition of religious groups demanding the spread of U.S. wealth to promote “social justice.”
As a guest on MSNBC last week, Wallis stated “social justice” is at the heart of the Bible.
“The God of the Bible is the God of justice,” he said. “Though the poor are in the center of God’s concern… Poverty breaks the heart of God. And it breaks the heart of the church. So, this is about Christians who may disagree on politics. Republicans, Democrats, it doesn’t matter. Left or right. We have different views on the role of government. Doesn’t matter, But justice is integral to the gospel.”
Great stuff isn’t it!
Here we have a President that is openly hostile to Israel and the Jewish people, and continues to embrace the most radical anti-American communists this world has to offer. Not only embrace them, hell, Obama makes them part of his administration!
Sarah Palin is dead on, Obama needs to hit the reset button with our Israeli friends, but I’ll take it a step further, and say that Obama needs to reset his entire life, and realize he is supposed to be an American. That, and he needs to stop pallin’ around with terrorists!