Obama Administration’s Threefold Slap in Israel’s Face

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Can’t win. One can trot out here the obvious reasons why this is wrong—Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of the purported “two-state solution,” his ten-month settlement freeze, his constantly reiterated—and ritually spurned—offers to meet with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas anytime, anywhere. But, faced with an obsessive-compulsive belief in Israeli appeasement of the Palestinians as the remedy to much of what ails the universe, it’s a pointless exercise.

No, instead Panetta further admonished Israel: “in every strong relationship built on trust, built on friendship, built on mutual security, it demands that both sides work toward the same common goals.” Israel, in other words, is not working toward the same goals as America; Israel is gumming up the works.

As William Kristol pointed out, statements last Wednesday by U.S. ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman “were not way out of line with Obama’s worldview”—as reflected in his defense minister’s words. Gutman (himself Jewish) “stunned” a Jewish conference on anti-Semitism in Brussels when he 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.”

The administration, under fire from Jewish groups, has reacted to Gutman’s words by proclaiming that “We condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms and there is never any justification for prejudice against the Jewish people or Israel.” But if the administration “condemns” anti-Semitism, has it taken note of the fact that—as confirmed repeatedly by Pew Center and other polls—the syndrome is rampant in places like Egypt, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority? And if cognizant of that fact, when will the administration atone for obsessively demanding that the Jewish state “reach out” and “make peace” with the Jew-haters?

If phenomena sometimes come in threes, Panetta’s and Gutman’s attacks on Israel were seemingly rounded out on Saturday—also at the Saban Center—by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her gripe was a different one: a perceived erosion of Israeli democracy. Not only was the Middle East’s only democracy, then, the cause of its own and others’ troubles in the region; it wasn’t much of a democracy to boot.

Clinton’s “concern” focused on two areas. One involves some proposed legislation in the Knesset to counteract foreign funding to radical-fringe Israeli NGOs that work for Israel’s dissolution—in other words, an effort to protect its democracy. The other involves recent gender segregation on buses serving ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, as well as incidents in the army where a small number of religious male soldiers objected to hearing women singing.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz called Clinton’s statements “completely exaggerated” and said:

Israeli democracy is alive, liberal and breathing. I don’t know many better democracies in the world. It is of course necessary to fix things sometimes. The matter of excluding and segregating women is completely unacceptable and needs to be put to a stop, but there is a great distance between this and the argument that there is a threat to Israeli democracy.

Steinitz could have added that, for all its protestations of friendship and “iron-clad” commitment to Israel’s security, the Obama administration both takes part in and encourages a worldwide phenomenon of unique and disproportionate criticism and denigration of the Jewish state.

If the administration wants to air public complaints about allies, for instance, it could openly castigate Germany for continuing its lucrative commerce with Iran in the face of all attempts at sanctions. But Washington does no such thing, because such public lambasting of allies is against protocol. It’s a treatment reserved for Israel—by an administration whose anti-Israel disposition can, by now, be denied only by the willfully blind.

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  • John_Kelly

    Beware Israel, Obama is another Haman !

    • old white guy

      panetta is a fool. if he actually had to make a decision to defend the u.s. he would waffle until all was lost. he along with obama should be arrested and charged with treason.

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  • mrbean

    From day one Obama , the clandestine Muslim Marxist Black Liberation Theology Anti-Semite Convert has been an enemy of Israel. His first contact as President in 2009 was the head of the Palestinian Authority followed by the heads of the Arab states and Israel way down on the list.

  • Occupy Verrmont

    Disgusting article.

    • Ken

      If you don't like it, don't read it. I am sure there are Media Matters stuff that can "occupy" you.

    • SHmuelHaLevi

      Well.. When one addresses disgutsing specimens of unknown lineage and procedence, one has too do so at their level.
      And while you are it, there is far more in storage… far more.


      go occupy the pile of sand you so obviously have your filthy head shoved in…grow up.

    • Choi

      YOU took the WRONG EXIT on the "Information Superhighway", YOU JEW-HATING,LEFTY.

    • mrbean

      Another use idiot publically shows his collosal ignorance. Occupy Vernont outdoors this winter when it is -50 degrees F for all mankind. heh heh heh

    • ASG

      Truth can often have that affect. The funning thing is, this auther was a bit to delicate.

    • sod

      It's truly disgusting to see this Omama administration and his cronies did to our ally and the economy of this country!

  • Bamaguje

    So the deteriorating relationship between Israel and her Islamist neighbours is Israel's fault that the onus for "mending fences" should fall on the Jewish nation?

    As for the silly excuse that an Israeli strike would only delay Iran's nuclear arms program for a few years, I say if after a successful strike the Iranian Mullahs rebuild their nuclear capability, bomb them again.

    Of course the much more effective solution would be for the strike on Iran's nuclear facilities to bet accompanied by targeted bombings of Iran's mullah tyranny to facilitate regime change.

    The Mullah's residences, bunkers and hideouts as well as their instruments of tyrannical oppression (Revolutionary guards, Basiji militia etc) should all be bombed like NATO went after Gaddafi and Saddam.

    • ihronsky


    • guest

      As a Muslim BHO is doing what he is supposed to do. Have you ever seen a muslim support Israel? Get over it.

      If you don't like it, vote.

  • Bamaguje

    With regards to the clueless idiotic statement by the Jewish US ambassador to Belgium (Howard Gutman) that Israeli-Palestinian conflict is responsible for Muslim antisemitism, the nitwit ambassador should be informed that he has it backwards.

    Islamic anti-semitism is the cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict, not the other way round.
    The Quran calls Jews apes & pigs. Islam's prophet Mohammed variously massacred, enslaved, raped and expelled Jews from Arabia.

    The psychopath paedophile "prophet" even instructed Muslims to exterminate Jews as piously documented in this infamous Hadith:

    "Allah’s Apostle (Mohammed) said, ‘You Muslims will fight the Jews till some of them hide behind stones. The stones will betray them saying, “O servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.”- Sahih Bukhari 4:5:176, 177

    • jacob

      But what you point out is nothing.
      In fact, as the Polish (later Israeli) comedian DZIGAN once said, an American
      plitician is so smart, so shrewd, it is impossible to tell where his wisdom ends
      and his stupidity begins…

      But please do not chalk up this braying solely to this Ambassador GUTMAN ;
      (after all, American Jews are genetically DEMOCRAPS) and this other genius
      Mr. PANETTA…
      General PETRAEUS also claimed not long ago that the deaths of American
      soldiers at the hands of Muslim terrorists was a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict
      Therefore, do birds of a feather flock together or what ?????????

      • Guy Fawkes

        The adults in the room are saying that it is a bad idea for Israel to attack Iran. The fascist clowns at FPM disagree. I'll listen to the adults.

    • http://frontpagemag.com michael

      and it says in the bible what you do to israeli god will do to you

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        That’s why Christianity is stupid.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    From the white house,of lately, there is spreading a political stench,that stifle
    the righteous. Barack Hussein Obama and his clan have warm feelings for
    the muslimbrothers but seemingly insurmountable dislikes for Israel and the
    Jewish people.Logicaly my feelings for the white house administration are of
    the same order.I have an insurmountable dislike voor those muslim brother-
    hoods and their lovers all over the face of the earth, but warm feelings for my
    people. Please I beg you please do not re-elect.

    • Pat78

      I agree but for different reasons. Do not re-elect Obama. The Jews we are dealing with in Israel are not "the Chosen People" Jews. They are zionists. Both groups-Muslims and Zionists" are out to get America, bring us down and take over. We need to elect someone who doesn't have ties to either of these idiologies.

  • 1minuteman

    had the media done its job when obama ran for president america would have known about obama's past and his hatred for israel and the jews. obama's past and present friends have been almost all anti- semetic. had they done their job he never would have had a chance of winning and they still cover for him today.

    • Neils60

      Some elements of the media did do its job and currently does its job, but their findings were and are ignored, especially amongst the Jewish population. My guess, President Obama's popularity among the Jewish community continues to be extremely high. Why? It's the "in-thing". Otherwise, there's no other explanation that makes any sense.

      • pagegl

        I'm not too sure about Obama's popularity among Jews. A couple of months ago I had a conversation with some of my in-laws. One of my wife's cousins, who is devoutly Orthrodox, is pretty much anti-Obama nowadays and said the attitude is spreading among Jews he knows. I doubt any of Obama's recent posturing will change minds. Obama may still get the majority of Jewish votes next year, but I have a feeling it won't be a large as it was in 2008.

        • Stan Lee

          That "spreading" attitude among Jews that you mention? It doesn't mean a darned thing if it doesn't spread with them, right into the voting booth.
          The elderly Jews are dying out, those who believe that FDR was a savior, when he was the President who refused to allow German-Jewish refugees
          to disembark here when they were trying to escape Nazi German concentration camps.
          I don't know what it will take for Jews to realize that the Democrats are the last people who give a darn about them! They're supposed to be intelligent people?

  • StephenD

    But, but…don't you KNOW this is all Israel’s' fault? If Israel would just…go away; if the Jewish people would willingly march into the sea, why then there would be peace!

    Why don't they just come out and say this since this is what they think and believe?

    Someone used the word "Disgusting" to describe the article when the most disgusting issue is what the article exposes. We give not an inch to Israel and expect her to bend over backwards and put blinders on FOR THE SAME ISSUES that set our teeth on edge for ALL the surrounding countries because, well, they're not Israel.
    I must say, the American Jewish community had better wake to the threat that is and consider next Novembers vote as a life and death issue.

    • jacob

      The American Jewish community, being as they are, genetically DEMOCRAPS
      will vote to reelect OBAMA and I bet they are already donating heavily for his
      war chest.

      Didn't a relativelely recent poll state 60% of them will STILL vote for him, as
      compared to the 80% who voted for him originally ???????

      • ASG

        The American Jewish Community is starting to wake up. The problem is the pseudo-Jews, as I like to refer to them, (more commonly known as reform, they are the Jews that suddenly show up to Shull on the high holidays but are no where to be found the rest of the year.)Are the Democrats. Those who take the religion seriously and have actually studied true Judaism tend to be more Conservative in nature.

      • Stan Lee

        60% isn't as definitive as 80%, just think, the urgency of self-preservation is finally penetrating some Jewish craniums.
        Now, if we can gain about 20% of the Jewish vote and even that much of the Hispanic vote, we will win quite a few electoral districts in toss-up states, which would be mostly in the East. Forget about CA, that's for sure.
        Let's hope and pray for these meaningful gains!

    • guest

      Right after Israel is gone, they will focus silent and violent jihad on US! They control Homeland security, fill the white house, and have entered the Democratic party. Kieth Ellington, to name one.

      They are gaining strength in the Philippines. It appears they won't tolerate Catholics.

  • Beth

    No, instead Panetta further admonished Israel: “in every strong relationship built on trust, built on friendship, built on mutual security, it demands that both sides work toward the same common goals.

    Right. According to Panetta….let's all work toward these goals…shall we?:

    Koran (chapter and verse given for proof)

    047.004 – Beheadings

    033.052 – Gang Rape of female 'infidels'

    005.033 – Crucifixions (yes, it actually promotes "crucifixions")

    008.067 – Treason (and that's putting it mildly)

    033.061 – Genocide "without mercy"

    005.041 – Racism….

    005.041 O Messenger! let not those grieve thee, who race each other into unbelief: whether it be among those whosay "We believe" with their lips but whose hearts have no faith; or it be among the Jews,- men who will listen to any lie

    Where does that leave the (so-called) Jews who are defending a people that bow down to those teachings?

  • koran kid

    As far as the American Jews are concerned, the old saw 'fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me' is just on the electoral horizon. It would seem inconceivable that a single Jew would vote for Barry ever again, let alone finance him, but then they fell en masse for a small time con artist like Bernie Madoff, so I've got my money on Barry duping them all again. And the same goes for Newt, whose campaign for Republican nomination seems to be following Macain's with alarming and perhaps suspicious similarities. Surely the Republican base won't make the same mistake twice? Newt might have done for Barry last time out, but Barry will be too strong for him now. So with the class warfare worm turning his way as well, focus on 2016 and getting that one right, and practice measured defiance until then. The harder you push Barry now, the dirtier he will get. This is a good lesson for America, and it is perhaps time they and their constitution were tested by the type of totalitarian they have often curried favour with in the past. No wonder none of the voters can smell the half baked marxist rat under their nose, when the same species abroad was given all that sweet treatment. Take it easy, go on holiday, learn another skill, get your money into assets and as far away from Barry's tax collectors as possible. But don't give him easy cash or heat balls that he can thrash out of the stadium!

    • ASG

      You would think most Jews would think that way, problem being that the main stream media is not as thorough as publications like this. They don't report the whole truth and then the Progressive Elite claim these facts as lies only and the masses fall for it.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    It should have been fourfold.

    • stern

      Flopside, who was it who said "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it"?

      Actually, it doesn't matter who said it, but thanks so much for proving that it's still true.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Maybe Israelis should stop whining that they alone suffer bad publicity or being jerks. Maybe they should just own it.

  • voted against carter

    If you are Jewish,… Obama and the DemocRATS want you DEAD.

    Just like his ARAB buddies do.

    They want you DEAD. The SOONER the BETTER.

    Barry just said so.

    What part of that do you NOT understand.

    Oh, and FYI,, to all you LEFTY NON RELIGIOUS JEWS,.. the KEY part of your name is JEWS.

    Barry and his ARAB buddies WANT YOU DEAD TOO.

    You are a USEFUL IDIOTS to them,…

    WAKE UP. Before it IS to LATE. again.

    fyi I stand with Israel

    • Beth

      I was just barely old enough to vote and was not aware of the things that were going on. I wish I could say the same "voted against carter" (that is something to be proud of).

      But, this I can say "Voted Against Obama" (and begged all my friends to do the same).

      (holds hand out, inspects fingernails, huffs on fingernails and buffs them on shoulder – holds hand out inspecting fingernails – approvingly)

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Thanks to Mr. Hornik. Very good article.. I well remember, back in 1998, when Madame secretary Clinton(she was a New York senator then) received some sort of award from
    B'nai Brith. When I called to register my disagreement with the award, I was literally yelled off the phone; called names(starting with "ignorant jerk", on down), and told never to call their office again. The last time I checked, 52% of American Jews support B.O. This was early in 2011; that figure may be lower now, but probably not much lower. To those who call Israel "a racist, apartheid state," check out how many thousands of Ethiopians Israell has recently admitted, and observe how many Thai workers tend Israel's crops.

  • Nakba1948

    The entire WORLD is disgusted by how much power the Zionists have over Washington D.C. Now, when the Obama administration offers the slightest bit of constructive criticism (while unsurprisingly continuing to ignore the racist, genocidal campaign Israel wages against Palestine), all the Israel-firsters on the website immediately cry "anti-Semitism"! And you wonder why that's becoming a hollow cry. Fortunately, with the help of alternative media and the internet, normal Americans are beginning to see through the web of Zionist lies. Soon they will realize what the rest of the world already realizes, that Israel has to go!

    • ASG

      First of all, what power do Zionists have over DC??? To quote a great 80's movie called "The Princess Bride", 'I don't think that word means what you think it means.' Same thing with the word "Genocide" and "Constructive Criticism" or even anti-Semitism for that matter. Israel retreated from the Gaza, what more would you like them to do? Arabs make up 20% of the Israeli government, how more inclusive could they be? Israel has broken a record for least amount of accidental civilian deaths in all wars ever waged on this planet, what more can they do? Israel holds great military technology including WMD's, trust me, if they wanted to wage Genocide, it would be only read about in history books currently.

      So when an Obama water carrier comes out and paints Israel as the bad guy, claiming Israel is bigoted and committing genocide, and not the terrorist Islamists whose stated mission is the elimination of all Jews because they are Jews, and fire rockets purposefully at civilian targets, the only conclusion is that you are a bigoted anti-Semite and you can go F*** yourself.

      • Beth

        "So when an Obama water carrier comes out and paints Israel as the bad guy, claiming Israel is bigoted and committing genocide, and not the terrorist Islamists whose stated mission is the elimination of all Jews because they are Jews"

        I think it is important to say….you'll never get an answer to that one.

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      And YOU immediately cry "Racism!" in response to the free electricity, free running water, free food, and free medical supplies Israel has given residents of the Gaza Strip, for years. Ever wonder why "Racism" is a hollow, meaningless term? He/she who brings up "Racism" first, is in fact, the RACIST in the room.

      • Dennis X

        you should research the white paper to find the root of racism.

    • stern

      Whoops, have you come to the wrong place to spout your anti-Semitic BS. See, the folks here generally know the facts, not the garbage revisionism shovelled out by you and your lot.

      Of course, you know that, that's why you reel off the standard "Palestinian" narrative nonsense. If you really had any reality to back up your bigotry, you'd try presenting it. But you know you'd get nowhere, but it's all fairy tales.

    • נגד המנוולים כמוך

      ?כמה אימא שלך לוקחת למציצה

    • Beth

      "The entire WORLD"

      No…not the entire world. Much of the world is becomming more and more disgusted with islam – each and every single day. And that's with the 'drive-by' media covering for the lies. You think about that.

    • guest

      When has a Jew tried to kill you? How can you compare the most creative culture with Islam? If you hate the Jew I suspect someone put that in you. They are about our only friend in the world. Do you want your daughters and grand daughters in burkas? What are you thinking?

      The muslims will convert you or burn down everything around you, and give you special treatment the Christians in Egypt get. And if you speak out against Islam the OIC laws will be what they use to silence you. Holder will charge you with an OIC over ride of the constitution by sharia. You better get past your hate of the Jews. They may be the ones to save your sorry racist butt.

  • Moishe Pupick

    M., 12/05/11 common era

    Barack Husein Obama (a.k.a. Barry Sotero) didn't create the heavens and the earth. He is an antisemite and racist, pure and simple. A 2nd Obama term would be a total disaster for the entire free world. Purim will occur in about 2 months. Haman had his own "final solution." He found out the hard way about Who was and is in charge.

  • Beth

    "He found out the hard way about Who was and is in charge"

    Love that!

    trolls are going around voting down truths they can't handle. (gave you a thumbs up…just so you know)

    Here is one that I think about every day. You see….the time has yet to occur:

    Isa 14:31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke…

    and none shall be alone – in his appointed times.

  • SoCalMike

    Leon Panetta is a sell out.
    He tried to sell us out to China in the 90s and now he is helping Obama and the US State Department sell out the Jewish state to the Arab-Muslim world.

    Shame on you Mr. Panetta.
    Go slither back under your rock like a good malignant parasite. .



  • Flowerknife_us

    Obama accurately stated the problems Jews and Israelis suffer. His actions only confirm the desire to compound the problem.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It is obvious that the Obama administration has the goal of making Israel as
    exposed to attack and loss as is possible through their government positions.
    Who in all honesty can possibly believe these sell outs to the dark side, agents
    of evil, who can support them other than sick demented and vile individuals.

    The battle is one of good over evil and the Israelis are on the good side and the
    Islamists are on the bad side, not hard to understand. If you support Obama and
    his administration there is one comodity you should no longer have, air and
    you should forfeit any right to a place on Planet Earth…………………William

  • rulierose

    in which country do you think women have more rights, Israel or Saudi Arabia? it is absolutely incredible to me that Clinton has the nerve to "worry" about Israeli women's rights when she's stone-cold silent on the abuses in the Muslim world. as far as I know, nobody in Israel has pre-puberty forced marriages, forced veilings, or clitorectomies. there is also no Jewish honor killing. but yeah, Sec. Clinton, let's get on Israel's case.

    how much more do you need, my fellow American Jewish voters? how many more stories do you need to hear before you realize this president HAS GOT TO GO? can you imagine how dreadful his Israel policy will be if he's given another term, unencumbered by the need to get Jewish money or votes?

  • mrbean

    I would not hire Hillary Clinton as an assistant charwoman on the midnite shift to clean the men's urinals in the old Immigration holding favility in the baddest part of El Paso just across the border from Juarez. And… I would not hire Brack Obama as an assistant crap shoveler on a razor back hog factory farm in the backwoods of Arkansas.

  • Frerd

    Barry and Holder should BOTH be in jail for what they have done. Also everyone knows BARRY is AN ILLEGAL PRESIDENT. Suspicious SSA # and more. Barry must have known about the ATF Illegal operation that killed a federal agent. Murder charges anyone?

  • Marty

    One would think Israel would appeal to the "liberal" agenda: the only country in the middle east where arabs can vote in free elections, where homosexuals can live openly, where women are the full equal of men. But wait, all of that doesn't matter since Israel has a state dominated by Jews.

    • meyesaw kasa

      so what.america knows the final will be not good for israel if she dare to attack iran.

  • Angelor

    You are all right. I worry about the future of Israeli relations with the United States. Obama's re-election points to a real demographic change in America's racial, cultural, political, and social make up. Intermediate to long term there are real implications for our foriegn policy and particulalry for our relations with Israel. These are potentially inexorable changes that will make life for Israel even less secure than it already is. I think in light of that fact and the fact that most of the world (i.e. except for the U.S) hates us – we will have to re-think our place in the world and specifically how we're going to have to accomidate ourselves to a decline in relative power vis-a-vis Palestinians and the wider Arab-Muslim world – regardless of our supposed overwelming power.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Perhaps Mrs. Clinton is up to date on the subject of Indian Reservations in the US.
    Since I have a remote blood link with the OLD ones, they invited me to the New Mexico reservations.
    I would inform her about what we know as it appears that she has extra time to search how to say silly things about others while age old injustices are still in place under the control of the Secretary of the Interior.

  • Beth

    "She could have used the occasion to call for greater freedom and women's rights in the Arab world, where they scarcely exist. But no, she calls out little Israel"

    the actions of a cowardly hypocritical bully

  • notme

    This wave of criticism and especially the one attributed to Mrs. Clinton is evidence of a calculated approach towards Israel by this administration. Clinton, for all her faults, is not stupid and understands that Israel is leaps and bounds above any of its neighbors in regards to women's rights and any other humanitarian issue. But she nevertheless makes this statement in public! Why? Smooth Obama sings the swan song to gullible Jewish voters while his people give a different public impression to the world. This has to tell everyone what is in store for Middle East policy if he were to be re-elected. This country is losing its Moral leadership with this Administration!!!

  • ASG

    Clinton is an ameteur bafoon. What qualified her for the job? 2 years in the Senate? a presidential campaign that she lost in the primary? Or just being the wife of a President. People often forget because she has been in the media spotlight so long, but she had nothing in her resume to qualify her for that position or the Presidency, and she probably knows next to nothing about what's really going on in the Middle East.

  • guest

    If she is successful, her female grand children will be in burkas. They will be the property of some muslim to do with as he will. What a great lady she is doing that!

    That is soooo sick I can't stand even hearing the lefts agenda to destroy America. They must hate America more than the muslims do.