I smell a rat and its name is Obama
Â In the past several days, two senior members of theÂ ObamaÂ administration and the United States Ambassador to Belgium have publicly levelled accusations against Israel which are laughable, absurd, false, ignorant, indefensible and a complete and utter denial of reality, history and Islam.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made it clear that he blames Israel and Israel alone for the problems it faces in the Middle East, particularly the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians, and that neither the Palestinians or anyone else except the Israelis bear any responsibility for the turmoil there. According to Panetta, the instability in the region is entirely Israel’s fault and the Arab/Islamic world, including the Palestinians, is blameless and cannot be held responsible for the lack of peace or anything else the region suffers from.
Â SecretaryÂ ofÂ StateÂ HillaryÂ ClintonÂ accused Israel of being undemocratic and compared it directly to Iran. Notwithstanding the facts that Israel is one of the most robust democracies in the world (if not the most robust), that it is much more democratic in many ways than the U.S. itself and that Iran is a theocratic state and the absolute antithesis of democracy or anything resembling it Clinton made it clear that she thought democracy in Israel left a great deal to be desired and that in many ways Israel wasn’t democratic at all.
“There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him.” (Â GOP Establishment Warns Against Attacking Obama)
Secular Idolatry and the Crisis in American Jewish Leadership
On any given day, the headlines are brimming with news of existential concern for Israel and the wider Jewish world.Â From Islamist takeovers facilitated by the “Arab Spring” to anti-Jewish hate-speech on college campuses and in the Occupy Wall Street movement, there are daily reports in which antisemitism features prominently.Â Yet, responses from many quarters of the Jewish establishment have ranged from tepid and meek to apologetic and misdirected.Â Rather than present a unified front against those who justify terrorism through moral equivalence, delegitimize Israel as a pariah state, or promote Sharia in the West, many secular Jewish leaders have been addled by their slavish devotion to an ideological agenda that in the name of tolerance has excused hateful rhetoric masquerading as political discourse â€“ particularly when that rhetoric comes from the Left.Â Clearly, the secular Jewish preoccupation with progressive politics has become a modern form of idolatry that is inconsistent with traditional Jewish beliefs and principles. Â (More)
American Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, said that “Muslim hatred for Jews…stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians” and that “an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty will significantly diminish Muslim anti-Semitism.”, thus ignoring over 1,400 years of Islam’s intense, entrenched, intrinsic anti-Semitism and hatred and disgust for Jews and the paramount role it plays in the relationships between Israel and the Arab/Islamic world.
The question isn’t why these comments are being made, Obama and his administration’s unbalanced, well-known, well-documented antipathy to Jews, Israelis and Israel is the answer to that, the question is why they are being made now? There can only be one answer and it is obvious and transparent.
Obama is planning to abandon Israel soon and leave it to its fate and he is manipulating the American people into giving him approval, preparing them for the time he deserts the Israelis and leaves them on their own. For ideological, political and religious reasons Obama long ago abandoned America and the American people in his quest to change the nature, character and institutions ofÂ theÂ UnitedÂ StatesÂ in his own warped image and he is about to do the same to Israel and Israelis in his quest to change the Middle East and the world.
Never mind Panetta, Clinton and Gutman. Nothing happens in a vacuum in Obama’s administration and they’re really just pawns and useful idiots as far as he is concerned…he’s really the driving force behind this, not them.
I smell a rat and its name is Obama.
Thanks to Mullah: Â
Islamic Ascendancy intensifies US Appeasement
It is ironic that whereas President Obama portrays himself as a friend of Israel whilst soliciting funds from Jewish donors, two senior members of his team were providing chilling insights to what Israel may expect should the current administration be returned to office…writes Isi Leibler.J-Wire
After reaffirming that the US retains “an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security”, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, crudely told a Brookings Institution forum, that it was high time for Israel to “get to the damn negotiating table”. He ignored the fact that even after a 10 month settlement freeze, the Palestinians had refused to engage in direct negotiations with Israelis. He went on to repeat the mindless mantra that Israel is “partly” responsible for its diplomatic isolation. He demanded that Israel take further bold action to overcome the conflict with the Palestinians by making additional unilateral concessions which the Arabs would no doubt take on board in the context of their long-term strategy to dismantle the Jewish State in stages.
- Synagogue Donates to Burned California MosqueÂ (Muslims donate to burned synagogues: NOT!)
He demanded that Israel “reach out to mend fences with those who share an interest in regional stability”, specifically mentioning Turkey and Egypt. Here, he also he failed to take account of Israel’s extraordinary efforts to retain good relations with Egypt which is currently in the process of being taken over by Jihadist groups and disregarded the fact that Erdogan’s Turkey is now openly allied with the genocidal Hamas. For a US Secretary of Defense to implicitly blame Israel for the erosion of relations with these countries is simply inexplicable.
In the same speech, he warned Israel that if it acted alone in relation to Iran, it would place America in an unenviable position, cost many lives and lead to global economic chaos. As former deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams observed, Panetta eased Iranian concerns by effectively nullifying long-standing American statements that “all options are on the table” to curb the nuclear threat.
A Secretary of Defense does not make such statements unless he has the backing of his President.
Panetta’s provocative address was followed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who pontificated on Israel as a democratic state and harshly criticised proposed legislation restricting the foreign funding of non-governmental organisations. Whereas this has generated considerable controversy in Israel, it is unprecedented for an American Secretary of State to become involved in such a debate and publicly criticise the government of a purportedly close ally. Especially when one considers that Clinton has hardly been forthright in condemning human rights violations and vile anti-Semitic outbursts displayed in Moslem countries or by groups who are emerging as the new dominant forces in such countries.
Even more disconcerting were Clinton’s remarks concerning a marginal number of misguided Israeli soldiers who sought to boycott events in which women singers participated. This issue and the clumsy manner in which it was handled by the IDF, has admittedly distressed many Israelis. But what justifies an American Secretary of State who says nothing about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia or other Arab countries, becoming involved in this?Â And to make an analogy of this episode with the segregation of African-Americans in the 1950s does not merely reflect ignorance, but is downright offensive. Clinton even said that this IsraeliÂ behaviourÂ reminded her of the way Iranians treated women.
Finally, the Jewish US ambassador in Belgium, Howard Gutman, appointed to the role because he was a major fundraiser for Obama, tells European Jewish leaders and lawyers that “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”. The clear innuendo was that-Muslim anti-Semitism is a byproduct of Israeli intransigence in the Middle East, and therefore, can be understood and implicitly justified. These sickening remarks were made by a US Ambassador to Belgium, one of the most anti-Israeli countries in Europe.
These outbursts signal that despite favorable public opinion and congressional support, Israel continues to face hostility and difficulties from the US administration.
The timing of these provocative outbursts makes them especially reprehensible. They occurred concurrently with the election results from Egypt which confirmed that the Moslem Brotherhood combined with the even more extreme Salafis emerged with 60% of the vote, reflecting the radical Islamist tide sweeping throughout all the North African Arab states.
In fact, our worst fears have been realised and Israel is now surrounded by a ring of fanatically hostile Islamic states. The Moslem Brotherhood, creator of Hamas, is an outright jihadist organisation whose charter unequivocally calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of all Jews.
In this context, it is exasperating and sickening to continue to be subject to delusionary spins by Western politicians and liberal media suggesting that the Moslem Brotherhood has turned a new page, is now tolerant and, to quote some US administration officials, is even in the process of becoming “secular”.
In addition the only issue over which Sunnis and Shiites have been able to overcome their passionate differences is their frenzied shared hatred of Israel and dissemination of anti-Semitic propaganda indistinguishable from the vilest Nazi propaganda.
Yet, in the Islamic grand order, Israel and the Jews are merely the “canary in the mine” and represent a minor component of their global ambitions. Were Israel to disappear from the map or succumb to Islamic aggression, far from easing tensions, it would merely embolden Islamists towards their goal of conquering Europe and ultimately global domination.
Israel can do little to influence the course of events in the Arab countries and its leaders have wisely stood aside.
But it is surely now time for the Obama Administration to recognise that its policies of appeasement have led to disastrous consequences. Instead of trying to mollify Islamists by distancing themselves and making one sided criticisms against Israel, they should gird themselves for a long-term struggle against fanatical Islamists who have been conditioned into believing that they can best achieve their global objectives through intransigence and intensification of violence.
American Jews can make an important contribution in this area. Yet alas, most of their leaders remained silent despite the reprehensible remarks directed against Israel by leading Obama Administration officials. Whilst not surprisingly, the ZOA, Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Jewish Republicans protested, as of now, of the Jewish establishment leaders only Abe Foxman of the ADL actually condemned Leon Panetta’s remarks. The principal American Jewish agencies responded with deafening silence. One is even tempted to enquire whether they have in fact collectively decided not to rock the boat and to eliminate Israeli related issues from political discourse. How else can one explain the absence of response to such provocations? Which leads us to ask, will Jews at the grassroots level remain satisfied that their principal spokesmen remain silent on such issues?