“There will be a price” all right – and Americans will pay it.
Elliott Abrams hits the nail on the head with his Weekly Standard piece “U.S. and Israel: The Manufactured Crisis“. In it he succinctly details the reasons why Obama has absolutely no problem creating a crisis in order to foment hatred of Israel among the American electorate:
Three reasons: to damage and defeat Netanyahu (whom Obama has always disliked simply because he is on the right while Obama is on the left) in his election campaign, to prevent Israel from affecting the Iran policy debate in the United States, and worst of all to diminish Israel’s popularity in the United States and especially among Democrats.
Hopefully Abrams is correct in his observation that Obama’s attempts may backfire big time in Israel:
Historically, an Israeli prime minister loses domestic support when he cannot manage relations with Washington. This year may be the exception, the time when Israelis want a prime minister to oppose U.S. policies they view as dangerous. They may also believe that the Obama administration is simply so hostile that no prime minister could avoid confrontations.
Now, for the truly horrifying reason as to why it is imperative that Netanyahu win the elections in Israel:
The administration is desperately seeking a deal with Iran on terms that until recently were unacceptable to a broad swath of Democrats as well as Republicans. One after another, American demands or “red lines” have been abandoned. Clearly the administration worries that Israeli (not just Netanyahu, but Israeli) criticisms of the possible Iran nuclear deal might begin to reverberate. So it has adopted the tactic of personalizing the Israeli critique.
New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez co-sponsored a bill that would apply sanctions against Iran. He was one of many Dems warned by Obama not to “bow to [Jewish] donors” earlier this year. Obama’s crafted his marching orders for more than just party bigwigs. The P.R. campaign began with the War on Muslims tagline followed by a useless conference on the extremism that has no name. In classic disinformation style, Obama not-so-subtly painted Netanyahu as the extremist holding the anti-Iran card in a trumped up war against the Ayatollah’s moderate minions.
Here is Abrams’ imperative statement, emphasis my own:
The third Obama administration reason for building up this crisis is also deadly serious: it is to use the current tension to harm Israel’s support in the United States permanently. All opinion polls in the last several years show a partisan edge in support: overall support for Israel is steady and high, but its composition is changing. More and more Republicans support Israel, and the gap between Democratic and Republican support levels is growing. President Obama acts as if he sees this as a terrific development, one that should be enlarged as much as possible before he leaves office. That way he would leave behind not just an Iran deal, but weakened support for Israel on Iran and everything else. Support for Israel would become less of a bipartisan matter and more a divisive issue between the two parties.
Forget the pandering about patriotism. This is pure evil at work.