Obama at AIPAC: Throwing Dust in the Eyes

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From the very beginning of his administration, President Obama has sought to cast blame on Israel for the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. He tried to pressure Israel to agree to a complete freeze of settlements, including freezing the building of additional housing in East Jerusalem. This gave Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the excuse he needed to refuse to enter into good faith direct negotiations with Israel regarding all outstanding issues.

During his 2010 UN General Assembly speech, Obama helped establish in the Palestinians’ minds a September 2011 date for a “state of Palestine” becoming “a new member of the United Nations.” Then, faced with Abbas’s drive to end-run direct negotiations with Israel and seek United Nations recognition of Palestinian statehood in September 2011, Obama had to do an about-face in order to slow the Palestinians’ unilateral statehood bid down.

In May, 2011, on the eve of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s previous visit to the White House, Obama threw Israel under the bus with an irresponsible proposal that Israel agree to return to the pre-1967 lines, with some unspecified mutual land swaps, as the basis for a peace agreement with the Palestinians. This proposal demonstrated utter disregard for Israel’s legitimate security needs. Even a brief visit by the president to Israel, to see how those “green lines” left Israeli civilians vulnerable to constant sniping and artillery attacks, would have exposed him to the realities on the ground.

Moreover, President Obama did not propose even one concrete concession on the part of the Palestinians in return for what he was urging upon the Israelis. Most importantly, if Obama expects Israel to live as if the clock could be turned back to pre-1967, he should publicly stipulate that the Palestinians must give up their so-called “right of return” to live within pre-1967 Israel.

The fourth theme of Obama’s AIPAC speech was the Iranian nuclear threat. He began this portion of his speech by noting that “No Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that denies the Holocaust, threatens to wipe Israel off the map, and sponsors terrorist groups committed to Israel’s destruction.” He said that he understood “the profound historical obligation that weighs on the shoulders of Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, and all of Israel’s leaders.”

President Obama also made clear that Iran was not just Israel’s problem alone. A nuclear-armed Iran, he said, “is also counter to the national security interests of the United States.” He expressly rejected any notion of merely containing a nuclear Iran.

The president claimed that his initial policy of engagement allowed the United States to rally the international community more than ever before towards undertaking an escalating series of steps to isolate the Iranian regime, including the imposition of economically painful sanctions. As a result, Obama contended, “Iran is under greater pressure than ever before.”

Obama said that he would not rule out the use of force to stop Iran from possessing nuclear weapons “when time and circumstances demand it,” but believes that the “opportunity still remains for diplomacy.”

But time has always been, and remains, in Iran’s favor. Herein lies the fundamental fallacy of Obama’s Iran policy since the beginning of his administration. He has allowed Iran to run out the clock in the mistaken belief that Iran’s leaders can be reasoned with.

In 2009, Obama had the chance to express America’s strong public support for the Iranian dissidents in the streets protesting the fraudulent re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and possibly help to effect regime change. Instead, he did nothing. He said that he did not want to meddle in the internal politics of Iran. He also expressed the hope that it wasn’t too late “for the Iranian government to see there is a peaceful path that leads to legitimacy in the eyes of the Iranian people.”

The sanctions since that time have increased in small increments and only now may be having a noticeable effect. In the meantime, however, Iran has moved ever closer to achieving a nuclear arms capability.

Obama somehow still believes that the Iranian leaders can be persuaded to give up their long-sought goal. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, Obama stated in his recent Atlantic interview that the Iranian leaders are “sensitive to the opinions of the people.” He wants to believe that it is still possible to negotiate meaningfully with the madmen running the Iranian regime because they are “able to make decisions based on trying to avoid bad outcomes from their perspective.”

The question is what perspective Obama thinks that Iran’s leaders have. He would not say, in response to a question during his Atlantic interview, whether he agreed with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s description of Iran’s leaders as an “apocalyptic cult.” Yet, that is exactly what they are. They believe in the coming of the 12th Imam, and that it is their duty to accelerate this Imam’s arrival by first destroying the Little Satan and then the Big Satan – Israel and the United States respectively. How do you reason with such fanatical megalomaniacs? You don’t, but Obama still thinks he can.

Nevertheless, President Obama is clearly aware that the clock is ticking. Trying to walk a fine line between continued efforts at diplomacy, reliance on escalating sanctions and a credible threat of force, President Obama sought in his AIPAC speech to assuage Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns about what he is prepared to do to stop Iran from becoming nuclear-armed:

Iran’s leaders should have no doubt about the resolve of the United States, just as they should not doubt Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs. I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say…

Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I have made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.

Prime Minister Netanyahu commented after President Obama’s speech that he appreciated what the president had to say, especially the fact that Obama repeated his position that Iran should not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and that containment is not an option. Most of all, Netanyahu remarked, “I appreciate that he said that Israel must be able to defend itself against any threat.”

The question is whether the two leaders will truly be in synch on the critical issue of how to deal with the Iranian threat to world peace during their White House meeting and remain so thereafter. We shall see.

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  • StephenD

    Very informative piece Mr. Klein. I appreciate your work. I wait apprehensive for today's speeches and pray only for Israel to be bolstered up from whatever may transpire. We’ve had enough placating of the death cults. The entire world is waiting for a true leadership moment where there is no doubt that if Israel is threatened the US is threatened. If Israel is in a battle, the US is in that same battle. There should be no question and no day light between Israel and the US. I hope today wakes the world up so they can know we are that partner they think Israel is without.

  • kafir4life

    Why in the world would any Jew ever vote for that thing? As a Jew myself, I've never understood the attraction to the likes of the libs and dems. I think their favorite Chinese dish is dum-jew.

    • aspacia

      Because of thousands of years of Christian persecution against Jews.

  • Steve Chavez

    Throwing dust in the eyes of the blind and who can't see the man behind the mask?

    The Pamphlet explains more about the threats posed to Israel but terrorists and our own American hate-Israel groups who are Obama's base and who cry about Islamophobia speakers and writers while ISRAELOPHOBIA is a billion dollar industry!

    I just hope the AIPAC audience sits on their wallets and ends their support for the biggest con job in American history!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I didn't hear Obama providing Iran with a date certain at which time they must stop pursuing nukes and let the international community in to dismantle their nuclear weapons program? Did anyone else?

    Indeed, until a deadline has been set at which time the the Iranians must comply by stopping the pursuit of nukes, then how can anyone including the ruling Mullah regime of Iran conclude that Obama isn't bluffing? Could someone please explain that for me. Am I missing something?

  • Fred

    I told my fellow Jews not to vote for this guy. REMEMBER he sat in the "church" for over 20 years listening to so called "Reverend" Wright talk hate against America, Jews and Israel. And the media (which is controlled by the radical left) did not make a big thing about this. Do not vote for any Democrat and especially Barry Obama. Do not give any $ to the left causes or Democrats.

    The Democratic Party has been taken over by Jew hating radical leftists.

    • mlcblog

      You are so right. I applaud your courage to speak up. They are a hard crowd (read the Bible!)

  • Fred

    And Obama just wants Israel to wait until the election is over to take action. He just cares about being re-elected and not Israel. All he cares about are his Muslim Brothers and the Muslim Brotherhood. Didn't he give 300 Million to Hamas?

  • puc

    When Obama says that he stands with Israel when the chips are down he is the one who says to you, you can trust in me, I am an honest man. Anyone who has lived and who has acquired any wisdom knows that an honest man never states such a thing. Cunning is a kind of intelligence. Obama's admirers confuse these two things.
    puc

  • treetop

    A US president is not accountable to AIPAC. A US President is accountable to the people of the USA, his electorate. AIPAC's attempt at hijacking US foreign policy and blackmailing the US Chief of Command should be treated as what it is – Treason by a Fifth Column, an enemy in the gates.

    • Joseph Klein

      Do you seriously believe that a nuclear armed Iranian regime ruled by the current bunch of crazy thugs is in the best interests of the United States?

    • mrbean

      Of course the Democrats are always openly aiding and abetting the enemies of the United States – like during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf war, and the Iraq War while troops are in harms way. Not to mention Obama and Clinton's A$$ kissing with the Palestinians, and Carter's unauthorized meddling in North Korea. Then of couse there isthe traitor, the dishonorgley discharged Senator John Kerry who arranged for and attended secret meetings with NVA and VC Communists in Paris in 1970 and 1971 while still a NAVAL reserve officer during an ongoing war.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      AIPAC's attempt at hijacking US foreign policy and blackmailing the US Chief of Command should be treated as what it is – Treason by a Fifth Column, an enemy in the gates.

      Dude…I have to inform you that you are a narrow-minded anti-Semitic bigot. You are probably a mentally incompetent Ron Paul anarcho-kook too.

      • treetop

        It's time the American people put an end to this hijacking of thier democracy by a small, foreign pressure group. We've put up with this AIPAC nonsense for far to long. When you give traitors a small finger, they want the whole arm. Now these criminals are setting on sending US soilders to secure Israel as the strategic nuclear bully of the region.
        Obama asked for settlement stop, Bibi said no.
        Bibi asks for support against Iran, Obama says no.

        • Zionista

          Not only are you a repetitive parrot, you're delusional. Israel is no bully – if she was, she would have unleashed her formidable nuclear arsenal on her aggressive and violent neighbors years ago. Israel has shown remarkable strength. How should Israel and persecuted Christians defend themselves against those who wish them dead?

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      When you can show that this IS a "US PREZ", by a real birth cert, then maybe ppl would listen to you, until then, you are nothjng but baked wind.
      America does NOT support Israel and thats the facts, you got that, you drek?
      Forcing over 8K Jews out of their homes in 2005 is NOT 'supporting Israel'

      As America has done to Israel, GOD will do to America and you are helping his wrath.

    • aspacia

      treetop, you are parroting liberal and fascist Muslim talking points. The true fifth column are the homegrown Muslim terrorists who have attempted 90% of the recent terrorist attacks against the USA. What, you did not know this because the alphabet media did not report it. Start researching.

  • Boston

    I can't believe the fools at AIPAC stayed to listen to the dribble that our POTUS put out for them to listen to. Why didn't they all walk out of his speech and tell him to go make his speeches for HAMAS, the Palestine Authority and Iran, the people he really supports.

    • treetop

      Obama sent Bibi and his AIPAC ship of traitors and fools on a round trip to "see you next year suckers" ! Thax Mr President. You have my vote, that's for sure.

      • EVABeliever

        you are an idiot! As an anti-Semite your vote is based on your hatred of Jews. Nobama is your idol because he espouses your views which just proves our point! Go take a hike! Why don't you have guts and state your name and location! Just like every cockroach you run and hide in the dark crevices. You are a maggot and should be treated as such!

        • treetop

          After today, yes Obama is my idol. I've decided to join and support his campainge. In his next term, we may at long last have a US president who is not at the mercy of Likud agents. The US names the tune, Israel must dance. Take it or leave it, like any other foreign power. The day a US president feels free not to be summoned up before AIPAC to declare his love for Likud politics will be the day the US is on path back to freedom, democracy and greatness. USA first. Then our reliable allies who stand with our troops worldwide: -England, France, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Australia. Israel can get in the back of the bus if it behaves itself.

          • aspacia

            tree,

            You are a typical, illiterate liberal who cannot put a paragraph together nor spell. It is campaign.

            You claim: "When you give traitors a small finger, they want the whole arm. " Now look at a map of the vast Muslim majority ME, compared to Israel and ask yourself does the world really need another violent Muslim majority state. I think not.

      • Fred Dawes

        you can see facts most are to stupid to see that fact.

  • clarespark

    It is fondly believed by many American Jews and other liberals that Obama is a friend. His remarks in his second book however, are not reassuring. I quoted them and described other aspects of American policy toward Israel here: http://clarespark.com/2009/09/11/oil-politics-and…. The base of the Democratic Party is internally incoherent, and it remains dubious if Obama can keep his vast majority of "the Jewish vote."

  • kasandra

    Today, Debkafile has a story that reports "German and Japanese intelligence sources Monday, March 5, confirmed to debkafile that Western intelligence had known for 11 months that North Korea had carried out at least one covert underground nuclear test in 2010 on an Iranian radioactive bomb or nuclear warhead. Shortly after the first test in April, a large team of Iranian nuclear experts arrived in Pyongyang to prepare the second one in May, after which Iran transferred to the North Korean nuclear energy commission the sum of $55 million." So "Western intelligence" – presumably including the U.S. intelligence community – has know this and still Obama dawdles, asserts there remains time for a diplomatic solution and then has the gall to claim he has "Israel's back" while all the while cutting $1.3 million from U.S. funding of Israeli missile defence. What are you going to believe, his words or objective reality?

  • Marty

    With a friend like this president, Israel doesn't need any enemies. My fear is that Jewish voters have learned little or nothing over the last four years. They will dutifully line up to cast ballots for a clinical narcissist who will then ignore or injure Israeli national security (not to mention our own) by appeasing and apologizing to genocidal sociopaths who are working to destroy the United States as well as Israel. Alas, American Jews have supported the wrong candidates and parties. We can hope for a repeat of 1980 when Jews figured out (however temporarily) that the democratic candidate was a disaster and voted for his opponent.

  • stern

    "Obama asked for a settlement stop" … and Bibi said yes. It was the Palestinians who refused to take advantage of this unprecedented Israeli move.

    Want the truth? Got 30 minutes?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wbH5KVPrPo

  • maria

    If treetop is not Muslim, he is just ignorant anitsemite, at least. iran and many Muslim leaders as well said "Israel is a little Satan, US is a big Satan". Iran (and Islamists overall) first goal to destroy Israel and then to destroy US. They used violent and non-violent stealth Jihad for it. If you don't understand that Israel in in the first line in battle for Western civilization and fight for US citizens not just only Freedom but for our Life, it is too bad. You need at least read regularly this site. Even better read the books ex-muslims Nonnie Darwish "Now they call me infidel " or Lebanon Arab Brigitte Gabriel, or Italien Patriot Orianna Fellacci about Islam and its goal. Goal is one to conquer non-Muslims country and set up Chalifat. It means to kill non-Muslims who refuse to convert. Are you ready to dye? Or you want your children would be beheaded? Wake up, don't be narrow minded useful idiot.

  • maria

    Obama does not care about US voters and of course, he does not care about Israel. He cares only about himself. He is wortse than even the weakest Pres in US history Jimmi Carter. He betrayed already all of us. He is Muslim brothers proxy. They (and Muslims all the world )gave him money to be elected. I came accross to Muslim's site where "poor Palestinians" boasted that they sent money to BHO and called all other to do so as well. Obama wants Jews money and their vote, that is it. He use them, useful idiots, loyall still so-called Democratic party which long time ago transformed to American Socialist party. By the way Hitler's party named "National-Socialist party". Scary, is not it?

  • Fred Dawes

    Obama is a PUPPET Of the world bankers who are mad.

  • ealha3

    First, we need not be reminded that Obama is a purely political animal following any given scent that furthers his political career. Therefore, what he says now is irrelevant to what he will do in the future. And – we must acknowledge that Israel can take out Iran at any time, more easily now than later. Nevertheless, Israel is better served with the assistance and support of the US and the international community who refuse to attack Iran despite the overwhelming evidence of their hostility because of the vulnerability of the economy and latent anti-Semitism.

  • ealha3

    When it is politically necessary to attack Iran, Obama will go first to Congress, debate the issue and finally get authorization to attack. However, he will further delay action by going next to the UN and be denied authorization which will give him his trumpt up excuse to refuse to assist Israel. Now, Israel will be left with the moral authority to defend itself and have greater support from the international community – or at least less criticism from them and full support from the US. Finally, after Israel's successful neutralization of Iran the rest of the Islamist Middle East will remain in turmoil with sectarian revolt involving Sunnis against Shiites against Kurds against Coptic Christians and all against tribes within. As they march into the abyss of the 6th and 7th century Israel and the rest of the world can stand aside and concern themselves with advancing their civilizations.

  • http://vnnforum.com DeShawn

    As a Black man, President Obama should be ashamed for kneeling before these false khazar jews, these devilish people who brought his ancestors over to America in CHAINS (read the Secret Relatinship Between Blacks and Jews), who pump consumerism and ghetto filth into our Black communities with their zionist media machine, who exploit our talented Black men and women to make a sheckle. No, you people are not the Israelites of the bible, you belong the synagogue of SATAN. Christ himsefl called you out as demon spawn (John 8:44). But the good news is that folks are waking up to your crimes. They will not allow you to keep sending goys to fight your zionist wars and supporting the Nazi state of Israhell. jews=bad news

    • UCSPanther

      You are pretty pathetic, especially with your cherry-picking of bible verses. In that one, Christ is condemning the Pharisees who were blinded by their obsession with power, not the Jewish people as a whole. Furthermore, Revelations 2:9 has a verse that I know you idiots like to use for your hopeless slander campaign, but is fully applicable to "Christian" Identity cultists and scum like you. I am part Jewish by blood, a member of the LDS (Mainstream Mormon church, which is pro-Israel and pro-Judaism by the way), and I know way more about the bible and talmud than you inbred white trash hillbilly freaks ever will.

      If you want a racial alliance against Jews, ain't gonna happen, and even if it gets off the ground, it won't last long. Your coalition will go the same way as the Axis in WWII, or Gamal Nasser's UAR alliance. In fact, cohesiveness amongst the denizens of Stormfront and your very own VNN is superficial at best, and good luck allying with the likes of Louis Farrakhan.

    • UCSPanther

      You are pretty pathetic, especially with your cherry-picking of bible verses. In that one, Christ is condemning the Pharisees who were blinded by their obsession with power, not the Jewish people as a whole. Furthermore, Revelations 2:9 has a verse that I know you idiots like to use for your hopeless slander campaign, but is fully applicable to "Christian" Identity cultists and scum like you. I am part Jewish by blood, a member of the LDS (Mainstream Mormon church, which is pro-Israel and pro-Judaism by the way), and I know way more about the bible and talmud than you inbred white trash hillbilly freaks ever will.

    • UCSPanther

      And for your "Racial" alliance against the Jews. It ain't gonna happen, and even if you get it off the ground, it will fall apart when the going gets tough. In short, it will suffer the same fate as the Axis in WWII or Gamal Nasser's UAR alliance. Hell, you inbred losers on Stormfront and VNN are very prone to fighting amongst yourselves, and good luck allying with the like of Louis Farrakhan.

    • elihu

      Hey Doofus: He is not a 'black man'. He is what is commonly (and correctly) called a "mulatto". Defined in the dictionary as "the offspring of one white parent and one black parent." Get over yourself…

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      There are no "Zionist" wars.
      Here, and GO EAT CROW:
      Friday, 7 February, 2003, 12:59 GMT Israel warns of Iraq war ‘earthquake’

      EXCERPT:

      The head of the Israeli army has warned of an “earthquake, which will reshape” the Middle East if America goes to war with Iraq.

      Lieutenant-General Moshe Yaalon told an Israeli newspaper that while he expected America to launch a strike, he was more concerned about attacks by Palestinian militants than any danger posed to Israel by Iraq.

      THE REST:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2736283.st

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      "Those that curse Israel are cursed"
      -GOD.

      Deal with it, when you see more and more of America under tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.

      Dont come here, you were warned.
      God hating pig

      • Interesting

        "when you see more and more of America under tornadoes, earthquakes, etc."

        That sounds so familiar, oh yeah… isn't that the Westboro Baptist Church mantra?

    • aspacia

      Jesus was a Jew from the Tribe of David you dolt.

  • MixMChess

    What the hell are you talking about? AIPAC is a grass-roots organization that raises its own money through individual donors. Get a clue dimwit.

  • maghrebchristians

    Tunisian MPs have been disputing for Sharia to be put into government. Please about this big challenge that government are going through in Tunisia today.
    http://www.maghrebchristians.com/2012/03/06/tunis

    Youssef

  • Flowerknife_us

    I thought for sure that Pres. Obama said that Israel has the right to defend itself-on its own.
    That pretty much sums up all one needs to know. The rest is just fluffy sounding pretty statements to make being abandonded palatable.

  • maria

    DeShawn is another crazy ignorant antisemite here. Slaves traders were Arabs, Muslims and leaders of African tribes sold their own people to Americans. Slavery is still exists in Muslims countries though it was banned in 1999 officialy. in 1999 it was still slavery in Muslim country. In Saudi Arabia slavery was abollished only in1965. By the way Pres. Obama is so much nominal black as his mother was white, he was risen by white grandparents. He just happened to have brown skin but for black rasist as deShawn it is most important.
    About Jews…They wen hand by hand with Martin L. King to fight for black people rights. In civil was they fought for abolition. Anti-semitism is the worst form of cancer. Antisemitism take away ability to think. Anti semits are worse than animals.

  • Asher

    Great Article by Joseph Klein. More of Obama's hollow and false rhetoric. His actions to not match his words! Just Speeches, Just words! Netanyahu is a true leader who cares about Humannity for all people and has proved himself, even helping Palestinian arabs. Israel promotes true civil rights for all, not lies, deceit, and broken promises. Many of us have donated to Israel too, not just to help the Israelis, but to help Palestinian families and children who are impoverished…Thank God, there are alot of unbiased caring people left in this world who can make a difference. Islam needs to get over its anti-semetism and see how they can benefit from lack of wars, and more cooperation to help boost civil rights, prosperity, and a better and satisfying way of life to their peoples.

  • Fred

    Didn’t Barry give 300 Million to Hamas? A terrorist org. He loves his Muslim Brothers.

  • aspacia

    treetop, I fear Muslims whose violent acts are a daily occurrence. Besides, AIPAC is not the largest lobby in the DC. Oil, Environmental groups,Automotive, etc. are much larger.

  • aspacia

    Cracked, AIPAC is miniscule compared to the oil lobby, and numerous other lobbies. Wake-up.