Obama Cabinet Picks Bode Poorly For U.S.-Israeli Relations

Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor.


In March 2012 during a discussion about U.S.-NATO missile defense, President Obama informed his Russian counterpart, President Medvedev that he needed some “space” and would have more “flexibility” after his election. Medvedev, understanding the obvious implication gleefully responded, “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.” The conversation, meant for Medvedev’s ears only, was picked up on open microphones and administration spinmeisters immediately went into high gear sputtering  nonsense explanations that were accepted without reservation by an adoring and pliant media.

But those of us who know the nuts and bolts of Obama and his past affiliations with less than savory characters were indeed worried over his gaffe. Former Bush Press Secretary and media consultant Ari Fleischer asked Obama’s then deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter whether Obama would be asking the Arabs for “space” presumably to deal with Israel, post-election.  Cutter ducked the question.

Cutter’s evasion prompted a call from Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, for Obama to come clean on the issue. Brooks openly speculated whether Obama had communicated similar transmissions to the Arabs and whether secret deals had been made to pressure Israel for concessions after the elections.

The answer to concerns raised by Fleischer, Brooks and others becomes clear when evaluating the records of the two people slated to fill the positions of Secretaries of State and Defense, soon to be vacated by Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta respectively. Recent reports have indicated that Obama plans to nominate John Kerry for Secretary of State and Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. An examination of their respective records is extremely worrisome and should be a cause for concern for those supportive of a strong U.S.-Israel alliance.

Susan Rice, the diplomat most associated with the Benghazi cover-up as well as the administration’s half-hearted attempt to thwart “Palestine’s” admission to the U.N., was Obama’s first choice for Clinton’s office. Kerry is all but certain to be his next choice but Kerry’s record on Israel is spotty at best.

According to a Wiki-Leaks document, Kerry while on a February 2010 Mid-East trip told Qatari officials that he believed that Israel should be forced to cede the strategic Golan Heights to Syria and East Jerusalem, with its rich Jewish history, to the so-called Palestinians. In addition, he spoke favorably of President Bashar al-Assad and referred to Syria’s serial killer as a “man who wants change.” He also noted that he was “shocked by what he saw in Gaza” but made no mention of the fascist autocratic rule imposed by Hamas in that entity.

Apparently, Kerry was either ignorant of the incessant shelling that Israelis had to endure before the Syrian occupied Heights were captured by Israel in 1967 or he simply didn’t care. Similarly, Kerry was either unaware of the 4,000 year-old Jewish connection to Jerusalem or he simply chose to ignore it. Either way, Kerry at best, demonstrates a weak understanding of Israel’s security needs and the mindset of the region’s oppressive Arab dictatorships.

But while Kerry demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of the issues, Chuck Hagel’s positions vis-à-vis Israel are even more troubling and a lot more sinister. The former Nebraska Senator is arguably the most anti-Israel Senator ever to serve in the U.S. Senate.

In October 2000, while Israel was under unrelenting attack, Hagel was one of only 4 Senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel. In November 2001, Hagel was one of only 11 Senators who refused to sign a letter urging President Bush not to meet with terror chieftain Arafat until his gangsters ended their terror activity against Israel. In June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran’s nuclear program at the G-8 summit. In December 2005, Hagel refused to sign a letter to President Bush to pressure the Palestinian Authority to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections. In August 2006, Hagel was one of only twelve U.S. Senators who failed to sign a bipartisan letter calling on the European Union to add Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations. During the 2006 Second Lebanon war, Hagel called on both Israel and Hezbollah to unilaterally cease fire despite the fact that Israel was forced to respond to unprovoked Hezbollah border transgressions.

Perhaps most disconcerting about Hagel is his 2006 pejorative reference to the so-called “Jewish lobby,” conjuring up the old anti-Semitic canard – very popular in the Arab world and among Nazi conspiracists – of rich, powerful Jews pulling the strings. Hagel’s reference to the “Jewish lobby” is also demonstrative of his myopic outlook that precludes the possibility that many who are not Jewish are supportive of Israel for a plethora of reasons including but not limited to, shared values and strategic interests.

The anti-Israel contingent, including Steven Walt, co-author of a thoroughly discredited work of fiction, have emerged from the woodwork to advocate in favor of Hagel’s nomination, which is yet another reason to be wary.

With these nominations and particularly the Hagel nomination, Obama shows his true colors. Fleischer and Brooks were right to sound the alarm back in March. Unfortunately, many were dismissive and chose instead to believe in empty slogans and catchy sound bites. Those who were supportive of Israel but believed Obama’s promises are now paying the steep price for being a gullible electorate.

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  • YerushalaimShelanu!

    see video of former US Ambassador to the UN Bolton saying Obama could have prevented Palestinian UN vote if he had wanted to

    _ ___ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/…. _ _ __

    also__Obama trying to fund UNESCO _
    <a href="http://_http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/is-obama..” target=”_blank”>_http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/is-obama...

  • WildJew

    Would Israel-friendly cabinet picks bode well for U.S.-Israeli relations? Obama's hardline on Israeli communities west of the green line, his hardline on Jerusalem has served to harden Palestinian demands, thereby precluding dangerous negotiations. Both Republicans and Democrats are committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state in Israel's heartland. It will be a state dedicated to Israel's obliteration; a state led by Hamas jihadists. Governor Romney (a purported friend) fought conservative delegates on our national platform committee (last August) for wording in our party platform re-affirming our determination to establish a Muslim-enemy state in Israel's heartland. Former President George W. Bush had a reputation as Israel's best friend ever. Through diplomatic pressure President Bush and Secretary Rice persuaded Ariel Sharon that uprooting thousands of Jews from Gush Katif, Gaza, August 2005 would be his best option. Unless America alters her policy with respect to the Muslim and Muslim Arab war against Israel, I do not see how U.S.-Israeli relations will improve.

  • JanSuzanne

    Obama, Hillary, Rice, Hagel, just to mention the obvious traitors, have determined that America's national security and Israel's are not connected. Instead, behind our backs they have been colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi oil. THEY have decided where our loyalties lie, not AMERICANS, not our Congress. Behind closed doors, the behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing has been going on in the White House with the Muslim Brotherhood and now it is even more visible. Emboldened by his reelection, Obama's actions against Israel will become more obvious, but I fear much damage will have already been done.

  • Chanameel

    Obama lead 50,000 Muslim Men in a Day of Prayer on the Washington Mall in September 2009.
    (Constellation Virgo)
    "They prayed from morning until night and prayed for "The Soul of America."
    This was an Occult Act that determines "The Future Destiny of America, and was also an
    Act of Surrender to Islam."
    New World Order needs a New World Religion. Globalization plus Islam go hand in hand.
    Obama needs to "capture Jerusalem." in order to rule the world.
    He has to achieve this within a relatively small timeframe 2012 – 2016.
    He will move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (1945 piece of land owned by US) and
    force Israel to move to 1967 borders.
    Thus, achieving his goal of Islamisizing the world.
    Check mate.

  • Gene W 1938

    The evil, if not fully satanic, attacks on Israel and this country by this administration my appear devastating but I read the last chapter and God wins. Make sure you are on His side. Eternity is a long time to be outside of Heaven.

  • PAthena

    Note that President Barack Hussein Obama traveled to Cairo, Egypt (where he gave his ignoramus speech about how Muslims had invented the printing press (Gutenberg in Mainz?), the compass (the Chinese?), and had established the first university (Bologna, by Italians?), to Saudi Arabia where he bowed before the king, and to Turkey where he met his good friend Erdogan. He did not visit Israel.

  • Jesse

    Having just read a current commentary on the Book of Daniel (The Most High God, by R. Showers) it is not to be missed that the one true God allows man to unknowingly be ensnared in his own well laid traps. In Matthew, Jesus forewarned his followers not to misread the times of the end when men's "hearts would be failing them for fear" for what was coming upon the masses without "eyes and ears to see and to hear."
    Though we are to "stand" where we are and fight this spiritual battle, we are not to, as well, fight against the hand of God moving in all of this.

  • κατεργάζομαι


    ~ "Those Who Bless Her (Israel) Will Be Blessed, And Those Who Curse Her Will Be Cursed."

    (Genesis 12:2-3)

    amen.

    The Bible warns the destiny of the World is inseparable from Israel and Jerusalem.

    • Lubavicher

      The bible is the refuge for nuts !

  • Ghostwriter

    It seems President Obama doesn't like Israel a whole lot.

  • Mary Sue

    Is it bad that for just a fraction of a second, I thought Obama had appointed a guy named Bode Poorly?

    But yeah, he couldn't pick a good cabinet if his life depended on it.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    An overwhelming majority of Obama's financiers have been Jews.

    Large marjorities of the Jewish electorate have supported Obama – twice.

    The fault… is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

  • Ghostwriter

    Mr. Garfinkel,are you another Schlomotion clone?