Answering Obama’s Israel Lies

American-Israeli journalist Arlene Kushner maintains a blog in which she discusses political, diplomatic and military issues affecting Israel: www.arlenefromisrael.info. She currently also serves in a consultant capacity with the Center for Near East Policy Research.


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On January 19, President Barack Obama’s campaign staff released a video, “America and Israel: An Unbreakable Bond” – a piece rife with half-truths and distortions. As patently false as it seems to anyone with a properly jaundiced eye, it nonetheless requires a response.  For one suspects that those American Jews eager to find a reason to vote for Obama may be all too ready to stand convinced of what they are being told.

Recently elected NY Congressman Bob Turner gave an interview in Israel last week, in which he said, “I think American support militarily has been more an investment in our own defense..”  It was a refreshingly honest and significant observation that directly applies here.

Obama likes to claim – as he does in this video – that US military cooperation with Israel makes him a huge supporter of Israel.  But this cooperation serves US needs and goals in important ways: the US requires an Israel that is militarily solid.  Nothing wrong with that.  It means US interests coincide with Israeli interests in this respect. But Obama misrepresents when he claims the US does this for Israel.  And it should be noted here that it is the Pentagon, which understands the military situation, that has always been the major promoter within the US of cooperation with Israel.

This same principle applies to other, related, matters.  Last year the Israeli embassy in Cairo was attacked.  The ambassador and his staff got out, but two Israeli security guards were caught in the building and in danger of being killed.  Obama (and I note here there were others from elsewhere involved as well) intervened and helped get those guards out safely.  He then made a great deal about how he worked on Israel’s behalf.  Nonsense.  Imagine what would have happened if those guards had been killed, when, according to international law, a country is responsible for the safety of foreign embassy personnel within its borders.  Israel would have had to respond very strongly – perhaps there would have been war.  Obama knew this, knew that there was risk of a disastrous turn of events in the Middle East and he had to try to cool things.  All to the good. But he didn’t do this for Israel.

Did Israelis, including Netanyahu, thank him for his actions here and elsewhere? Of course. That’s the diplomatic thing to do.  But the Israeli prime minister did not do so with the expectation that Obama would use this expression of appreciation as an endorsement come election time.  The Obama team merely borrowed an earlier clip and added it to their video. I haven’t discussed this with Netanyahu personally, but I am reasonably confident that the prime minister is privately praying that Obama loses – for Obama has been rude to him and a thorn in his side in many respects.  But it’s neither politic nor appropriate for him to voice any opinion in the matter.

As to Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s praise of Obama, which is given considerable play in the video:  It’s long been known in Israel that Barak is an Obama “buddy.”  This is a man who is intensely disliked by those Israelis who care about preserving their nation.  Barak is the one who sanctions middle of the night expulsions of people in “unauthorized” communities in Judea and Samaria, allowing young children to be dragged from their beds into cold rain.  What Barak says should carry no weight with caring people.

The imagery of Obama at the Kotel, which begins the video, is designed to grab at the heart.  But for some this is more likely to grab the stomach:  Obama has not visited Israel once since he’s been in office – even though he is a much-traveled president. Where does he travel? To Muslim countries, mostly. He had no trouble visiting Indonesia, which is engaged in horrendous human rights violations.  Not a word about that. But from a podium in Indonesia, of all places, he criticized settlements in Judea and Samaria.  It was no accident – he was showing Muslims how tough he is with Israel. This is a friend of Israel?

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  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Obama's motto:Anything to hurt America, anything to hurt Israel. My motto: Anyone but Obama in 2012.

  • Gamaliel

    In order to get Israel to make concessions the U.S. has to convince Israel that it will protect Israel and that Israel doesn’t have to worry about the strategic folly of making those concessions. Dennis Ross wrote that in his book.

  • choi

    "For one suspects that those American Jews eager to find a reason to vote for Obama may be all too ready to stand convinced of what they are being told."

    TRUER words were NEVER said.
    What hypnotic powers does the words "Democratic Party have?
    It's incredible that they give BLIND ALLEGIANCE to a party because their ancestors voted for it in the 1930's.
    How many generations have been voting Democratic because their grandparents' & great-grandparents' Democratic Precinct Captain brought some coal to their families during the Depression?
    That "debt" has been LONG paid.

  • Cynic

    Well, after Johnson turned his back on his promises to Israel when Egypt blockaded the straits of Tiran and kicked the UN out of Sinai who in his right mind will believe the Americans again when they promise protection?

  • Mickey Oberman

    This article quite correctly keeps mentioning Obama.

    It should also mention just as frequently the American electors who put him into power despite what was known of his history, boosters, associates and religious religious leader for 20 years and his present appointees to offices of responsibility.

    And now, despite the grievous harm he has done to his "friend and ally" and to his own country they still make no move to remove him from the office of president which he has sorely besmirched.

    He has done far, far more damage to the USA than Richard Nixon ever did.

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      At least Nixon was eligible to hold the office of President.

  • Nakba1948

    Funny, I thought the Obama-Israel video was disgusting as well, "a piece rife with half-truths and distortions." Can you imagine a president pledging allegiance and slavish devotion to another foreign nation in order to win domestic support in his re-election campaign? I'm sure this is exactly what Washington advocated for in his Farewell Address ::note sarcasm::.

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      Note sarcasm: Obama's devotion is to complementary foreign ideologies-socialism and Islam.

    • Ghostwriter

      At least Israelis aren't screaming for the blood of Americans like yours do,Nakba1948.

      • Nakba1948

        I speak for myself, you hyperbolic oaf, not other Palestinians or Muslims. And thank goodness you don't speak for other Jews.

        • Ron Carnine

          Sir, if you want people to listen to your point of view you might tone down the disgust that you have for others.

    • ziontruth

      "Can you imagine a president pledging allegiance and slavish devotion to another foreign nation in order to win domestic support in his re-election campaign?"

      I'm sure you're going to tell us how shameful it is for Obama to have bowed to the Saudi king. /sarc

  • Brujo Blanco

    The only thing consistent about Obama is his hatred for America and Israel. He has already stated that when it comes down to it he will be on the side of the Muslims.

  • Michael

    The majority American Jews for BOgus are USEFUL IDIOTS,many of them a mental cases,however East Euro American immigrant/Jews having experience do not follow these IDIOTS.

  • Asher

    I hope more people listen to the Presidents rhetoric and realize that the words do not match the policies or his actions. We are in the Era of Deception.

  • Cee Gee

    Among other Obama falsehoods is the statement that his administration does not interfere in the general affairs of other countries; apparently, this does not apply to Israel. It is no secret that the American President has tried to influence the makeup of the coalition in Israel to include more left wing parties that would make drastic concessions and weaken the country. Contrary to his 'pro-Israel' stance, Obama's actions have not even proven evenhandedness. His actions reveal someone whose allegiance is to Islam – not even to the country he promised to protect. Kushner's excellent article is right on the mark!

  • formationrx

    israel sucks. it is leeching nation and terrorist state. americans are sick to death of all their stupid BS. its so obvious they are stealing land and the settlers are nuts. we should not protect it. they should protect themselves. their leaders are liars and war criminals for god sake. anyone who supports israel should have their head examined.

    • Guest

      Gee – I guess you believe the Palestinians are fine upstanding Arabs who really aren't bombing Israeli women and children everyday, too.