Obama at AIPAC: Throwing Dust in the Eyes

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President Obama took the stage on Sunday morning March 4th at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference to deliver proof of his unwavering support for Israel. He declared to AIPAC’s fervent pro-Israel audience that his commitment to Israel’s security has been unprecedented. “When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back,” he said. But the president’s assurances ring hollow with those familiar with the actual historical record of the administration’s treatment of the Jewish State — a record amply outlined by David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin in the Freedom Center’s pamphlet, “Obama and the War Against the Jews.” The president’s latest twisted representation of his “pro-Israel” administration, therefore, is in need of untwisting.

The President began his speech by lavishing warm praise on Israeli President Shimon Peres, who had just previously said in his own speech that Israel has “a friend in the White House.” He announced that he will be inviting Peres to the White House later this spring to present him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “I am grateful for his life’s work and his moral example,” the President affirmed.

Obama offered no such praise for the resolute leadership of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he is meeting this week, and who carries the real burdens of Israel’s security on his shoulders.

The Preisdent’s speech to AIPAC contained four major themes, which were previewed in his extensive interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic.

First, President Obama emphasized the strong, “unshakable” bond between the United States and the “Jewish state of Israel.” He referred not only to the two countries’ shared economic and security interests, but also to their common ideals of freedom and belief in human dignity:

The United States and Israel share interests, but we also share those human values that Shimon spoke about: A commitment to human dignity. A belief that freedom is a right that is given to all of God’s children. An experience that shows us that democracy is the one and only form of government that can truly respond to the aspirations of citizens.

President Obama also said that “we will always reject the notion that Zionism is racism” and will fight any efforts to de-legitimize the Jewish state.

Yet Obama failed to acknowledge that the Arab Spring, which his administration has strongly supported, is backfiring by producing conditions that are largely antithetical to the universal human values that the United States and Israel share in common. He failed to acknowledge that the rising power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which his own administration has described in positive terms, threatens the durability of the three decade-old peace treaty between Egypt and Israel and is perpetuating  the Arabs’ vicious slander against Zionism.

For example, Ali Abd Al-Fattah, a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt, said the following during an interview which aired on Palestine Today TV on February 19, 2012:

The time has come for the entire Egyptian and Arab people to unite against the Zionist-American enterprise. We can do without all the foreign aid and dictates, and we can liberate Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, by means of our determination and our capabilities… The time will come when all the Arab peoples will strive to realize their aspirations, and Arab Jerusalem – both East and West Jerusalem – will become the capital of the State of Palestine, the accursed Jews will return to wherever they came from, and all the Palestinian rights will be restored, like the Right of Return of the refugees, and the Arab land will be completely cleansed from Zionist filth.

President Obama missed a valuable opportunity to specifically contrast such hateful rhetoric, which is all too typical in the Muslim world, with Israel’s desire to live in freedom and peace with its neighbors.

President Obama’s second theme in his speech to AIPAC was that his words of support for Israel have been matched by his actions. “If you want to know where my heart lies, look at what I have done,” he said.

Obama claimed that “over the last three years, as President of the United States, I have kept my commitments to the state of Israel. At every crucial juncture — at every fork in the road — we have been there for Israel. Every single time.”

Obama listed several examples of his accomplishments, such as providing Israel with more advanced technology and increased military aid, including providing Israel with funding to deploy the Iron Dome system for the protection of Israeli civilians against rocket attacks.

“And make no mistake,” Obama said, “we will do what it takes to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge — because Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.”

The Obama administration does deserve credit for a number of actions it has taken in support of Israel’s military security, including its supplying Israel with bunker-busting  bombs. However, while discussing what he has done for Israel, Obama might also have noted that the Israeli-American relationship is not a one-way street in which the United States always gives and Israel always takes, as some Americans seem to believe. Israel also contributes significantly to America’s security. In addition to shared intelligence, for example, an Israeli company has developed advanced armor technologies used in the majority of the U.S. vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, helping to save thousands of lives of U.S. service men and women.

Obama also took credit in his speech for challenging the one-sided Goldstone Report that had unfairly singled out Israel’s actions during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, for staying away from the Durban “anti-racism” conferences, for opposing efforts to boycott and divest from Israel and for standing up for Israel in the United Nations.

However, if we use Obama’s own standard of judging him by his deeds, his record in unequivocally standing by our closest ally in the Middle East is mixed at best.

For example, President Obama decided that the United States should join the virulently anti-Israel United Nations Human Rights Council. He said that when “one-sided resolutions are brought up at the Human Rights Council, we oppose them.” But despite knowing the dismal track record of this Council, Obama nevertheless helped legitimize its actions by joining it in the first place. He intends for the United States to remain a paying member.

As Anne Bayefsky, director of the Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust at Touro College, explained:

What was the president’s response to the ritualized Jew-bating (sic) that carries on unabated in a global forum in the name of human rights? He is now actively seeking a second term on the Council for the United States.

Not once did President Obama make the equal treatment of the Jewish state a condition for remaining on this “human rights”  body — notwithstanding that the whole foundation of the UN Charter is the “equal rights of nations large and small.”

With regard to Palestinian-Israeli negotiations towards a secure and lasting peace – the third theme of President Obama’s AIPAC speech – his actual deeds have strongly undercut his words of support for “a secure Israel that lives side by side with an independent Palestinian state.”

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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.