The United States and Israel have been long time friends and allies, both sharing values of freedom and liberty for their people. Israel has long turned to America for guidance on its economic development, political inspiration, and military support regarding its journey through state-building. Israel is also one of the only democracies and is categorized by Freedom House, an American non-academic political science research institute, as “free” in the Middle East.
The relationship has cascaded throughout the history of the United States with mention of the Jewish people as far back as our founding fathers and Presidents of modern day. Ronald Reagan viewed Israel as a friend and strategic asset to America saying,
Only by full appreciation of the critical role the State of Israel plays in our strategic calculus can we build the foundation for thwarting Moscow’s designs on territories and resources vital to our security and our national well-being. Since the rebirth of the State of Israel, there has been an ironclad bond between that democracy and this one.
When George W. Bush took office he expressed America’s sentiments for Israel saying,
The friendship, the alliance between the United States and Israel is strong and solid, built upon a foundation of shared democratic values, of shared history and heritage, that sustains the life of our two countries. The emotional bond of our people transcends politics. Our strategic cooperation—and I renew today our determination that that go forward—is a source of mutual security. And the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel remains unshakable. We may differ over some policies from time to time, individual policies, but never over the principle.
Even Bill Clinton expressed his support for Israel stating,”Our relationship would never vary from its allegiance to the shared values, the shared religious heritage, the shared democratic politics which have made the relationship between the United States and Israel a special, even on occasion, a wonderful relationship.”
Obama once pledged American support when he said, “We America stand with Israel as a Jewish democratic state because we know that Israel is born of firmly held values that we, as Americans, share: a culture committed to justice, a land that welcomes the weary, a people devoted to tikkun olam. Furthermore, we’re going to keep standing with our Israeli friends and allies.”
Obama’s statement would have carried on a great tradition of friendship and alliance had those words actually been true. Obama has alienated Israel and managed to put high stain on the relationship that has long been strong making the ties with Israel in the worst shape in memory.
Thomas Sowell said that Obama was staying consistent with “selling out our allies to curry favor with our adversaries”. U.S. born Israeli and expert on the Middle East David Rubin claims, “President Obama is very harmful for Israel and very dangerous for the future of Judeo-Christian civilization.” Charles Krauthammer had said that Obama had “undetermined” Israel because of “genuine antipathy” towards the nation or because of the “arrogance of a blundering amateur”.
Many believe that Obama and his administration are more pro-Palestine than pro-Israel based on his own actions. His affiliation with Jeramiah Wright, who he called a mentor and was part of his African American Religious Leadership Committee, is extremely anti-Semitic and is just the tip of the iceberg. Wright compared the treatment of the Palestinians to South Africa’s treatment of blacks during the era of apartheid and that “white racism” exists in Zionism.
During his senate run in the 1990’s, Obama befriended Rashid Khalidi, the founder of the “Arab Action Network” who publicly agreed with Yasser Arifats’ Palestine Liberation Organization. Khalidi identified Israel to be a “racist” state and “an apartheid system in creation”. Michelle and Obama frequented his home as dinner guests. Obama attended a farewell dinner for Khalidi where Obama professed his admiration for him saying he had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases.”
There are countless references towards Obama’s Palestinian bias that indeed reflect to an anti-Israel climate within the administration. Perhaps one of the most damning examples to date is how the administration has handled Iran and their desire to blow not just Israel, but America off the face of the earth with a Nuclear missile. Sanctions were lifted from the regime without any nuclear concessions. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, went on high alert saying after his meeting with John Kerry that the negotiations were a “very bad deal” and were “the deal of the century for Iran”. This “bad deal” essentially gave Iran more time to see their ambitions of creating the bomb a reality. Obama currently wants to give Iran another go at diplomacy before anymore sanctions are imposed on the dictatorship.
Iran has not been honest about it’s activities surrounding their nuclear science project even as far back as 2009, and many suspect they are pressing forward with their program even still. Netanyahu has been invited to speak in front of congress by House Speaker John Boehner, to address the pressing issue with Iran. Obama has acted in pure childlike fashion saying he refuses to meet with the Prime Minister, first siting that it goes against diplomatic protocol and later following up with the excuse that it’s too close to Israel’s upcoming elections.
It’s an unbelievable feat that an American President can single-handily crush the relationship America has with one of it’s greatest allies. When ordinary American citizens find themselves apologizing for Obama and his actions on national leaders Facebook pages, Houston, we have a problem.