Israel Need Not Apply for 'Hope and Change'
I find myself becoming more and more upset and exasperated with the way Israel is being thrown under the bus by President Obama. During his most recent Major SpeechTM, this time in Cairo -- which seemed to be more popular with the American press than with the Egyptians, and which Charles Krauthammer aptly described as "abstract, vapid, and self-absorbed" -- Obama made clear his intent to fundamentally change U.S.-Israeli relations, which up until now have been that of friends and allies.
He announced in Cairo: "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop." This was merely a formality. Anyone who pays attention could see where he was headed when he declared Iran's nuclear energy concerns are "legitimate," despite the fact that this is an oil-rich nation. Money for nuclear facilities might be better spent on oil refineries. But it's not about energy. It's about Iran's dearest wish: to wipe Israel off the map.
Moreover, while Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not as bad as some had feared it might be, it didn't give the Israelis much to celebrate. As P. David Hornik rightly points out, the perception that Israel must be the one to defuse ever-rising tensions by even more diplomacy and concessions of territory -- despite the fact that such moves have done nothing in the name of peace in the region and even ended up backfiring on Israel -- is ominous indeed.
Obama proudly declared that the U.S. will "listen," not "dictate," when it comes to world affairs. But all bets are off when it's Israel.
Why is he doing this? That's a subject for another article.
Six million Jews were exterminated during the Holocaust. The modern nation of Israel is populated by just over seven million souls. What's a million Jews here or there, right?