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Monday night I attended an insightful presentation entitled “Israel on the Eve of the U.S. Elections,” given by Caroline Glick for the Los Angeles-based organization Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.
Glick is the adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington D.C., and recently was appointed as the Director for the Israel Security Project at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The author of Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad, she served as Assistant Foreign Policy Advisor to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu in 1997-98, and regularly briefs administration officials and Congress on issues of joint American-Israeli concern.
Glick began her presentation with her perspective on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent visit to Jerusalem. It was very, very well-received, she said; in fact, he was “a breath of fresh air” – not because he made a candidate’s usual extravagant promises of support for Israel, but because “he lives in the real world,” where we acknowledge that the Middle East is extremely dangerous and the radiant “Arab Spring” is actually a much bleaker Islamic Winter.
Romney’s reassuring statements in Israel, such as his assertion that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state, were in stark contrast to those of the Obama administration for the last three and a half years, Glick said. Obama has shown that he believes that the way to mollify the Muslim world is to put distance between the United States and Israel, deny that Jerusalem is the capital, take the Palestinians’ side in various issues, use the media to deter Israel from attacking Iran, and cozy up to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Romney endeared himself to the Israelis simply because he acknowledged basic truths about Israel and the Middle East: “The irony of the topsy-turvy times in which we live is that stating the obvious – such as the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel – is enough to get you a standing ovation.”
By contrast, in Obama’s “fantasy world,” the reason jihad is rampant is that the United States has treated the Arab world poorly,
and if the United States turns on its allies and even on its own interests, and apologizes to its worst enemy, which is what [Obama] did on June 4, 2009 in his speech in Cairo, then somehow or another things are going to get better – that is, by being bad to yourself, by weakening your allies and empowering your worst enemy, you’re going to turn your enemy into your friend.
Glick pointed out that the Obama administration brought down the Mubarak regime in Egypt, our certainly imperfect but most important ally in the region, and one which had kept the peace for 30 years with Israel. Now the Muslim Brotherhood is in control. “What we have today in Egypt is a sea change on the magnitude of the Communist Revolution in China,” said Glick. After China turned Red, she said, “America was obsessed with the question, ‘Who lost China?’ Today, there’s no question that America lost Egypt, but our government doesn’t seem to realize the problem with that.”
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