How Obama is Helping Netanyahu Win an Election


Netanyahu may be stuck with Obama, but it looks like Obama is also stuck with Netanyahu. And Obama ended up helping the Israeli Prime Minister rise in the polls, while trying to undermine him by using Jeffrey Goldberg to leak an attack against him.

The problem is that Obama really doesn’t understand Israelis and is unpopular in Israel. Bill Clinton could damage Netanyahu by making it seem as if relations were souring because of a conservative Israeli government. Obama really can’t do that because not only are relations already sour, but few Israelis really believe that they would get any better under another leader.

The Democratic Party guided the Israeli Labor Party into a social issues stance. That plan looked a lot better last summer before Hamas decided to shell Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The effect of the conflict wasn’t quite September 11, but it helped tilt the election to the right and neutered the whole caterwauling chorus about the price of apartments in Tel Aviv.

To counter the new security focus, an attempt was made to regroup around the Livni Party as the one that would be able to maintain positive relations with America. In support of that agenda, Jeffrey Goldberg and Obama pushed the “Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn’t know what’s in Israel’s best interests” line. But the fallout strengthened Netanyahu in an election that was already leaning to the right, which serves as a reminder that Israelis really don’t trust Obama.

Liberal pro-Israel figures are urging Obama to visit Israel and address the Knesset. It’s silly because a visit to Israel is not the issue. Obama had already visited Israel before the last election. His avoidance of Israel since is because he wants to score points in the Muslim world by maintaining as much distance as possible from Israel. That’s the entire realpolitik agenda of the Saudi lobby, which urges the same thing over and over again. It’s why Obama has nominated Hagel for Secretary of Defense.

But even if Obama were to be convinced to go to Israel, what would be the point? It won’t improve relations because there is a basic conflict of worldviews at work here. Obama does not like Israel. Israelis don’t like Obama. Some of that is cultural. The left has never really liked Israel, except for a very brief period, and even then only a small chunk of the American left were plagued with such an affinity. And Israel is less aligned with the left than ever.

The United States is run by a government of the left. Israel is run by a government of the center-right. A visit will not change that. Israel is trying to survive in a dangerous region. The United States is trying to befriend Islamists. There really is very little common ground to be found here.

Obama’s counter-terrorism strategy is built in no small part on Israeli technology and he realizes that. It makes him willing to help fund more weapons development, but it puts him at odds with the Jewish State in every other regard.

  • http://twitter.com/jhaze32 @jhaze32

    Pretty much nailed every point here. Good read.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      The Radical/Islamist-in-Chief has ensured that Jewish Zionists push the leaders against Washington, trusting him as far as they can throw him. Not very far.

      And the pre-eminent strategic security analyst in Israel, Dr. Martin Sherman (also a weekly columnist at the Jerusalem Post, "Into The Fray"), lays out prescriptive policies at my blog – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/01/presenting-a-… ….and he takes the POTUS to task on a regular basis, demonstrating how detrimental his foreign policy forays have been for Israel, America and the region as a whole. It ain't pretty.

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • κατεργάζομαι

    GOD is – "Helping" – Netanyahu Win! (to facilitate God's Plan)

  • marios

    when at stake is survival sure, people elect right wing/conservatives/patriots. Leftists/commies cynical traitors are selling even their own children future . Support strong Israel!!! Israel destiny is US destiny and all Western civilization destiny.

  • Arlie

    If some one is in need of some good humor there is a funny video at http://www.intellectualfroglegs.com

  • Elaine

    Daniel, you know it isn't just the Saudi lobby that controls the federal government's response to Israel and Islam but the Muslim Brotherhood operatives which Clinton, Bush II. and Obama have embraced and given powerful positions and influence.

  • Ghostwriter

    I also don't think that President Obama doesn't really care about Israel. He doesn't seem to like it all that much.

  • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

    Israel operates on its own. Netanyahu seems to have lost strength, not because of Obama either.

  • Johnconrad

    For the same reason Obama still gets over 70% of the American Jewish vote.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The problem is that Obama really doesn't understand Israelis and is unpopular in Israel."

    He might, but lacks any interest or reason to care about that. They're small potatoes compared to his Islamic supremacist allies. Even if he had an affinity for Jews, they're too costly to truly cultivate in a sincere way because most of his "class victims' claim to be oppressed by Jews and colonialism. They all think Israel is the ruler of the world. Facts don't matter so much to leftists.

    "Bill Clinton could damage Netanyahu by making it seem as if relations were souring because of a conservative Israeli government. Obama really can’t do that because not only are relations already sour, but few Israelis really believe that they would get any better under another leader."

    Another possibility is that 0'bama, having already invested significant political capital and personal energy in demonizing Netanyahu will have an easier time attacking the state by citing it's "demonic" leadership as the root cause of the problems. If a leftist party wins, he might be able to count on them for directly destroying Israel, but one never knows how that will work out. They would sure go along with the appeasement programs. But if a moderate wins, 0'Bama would have to give some breathing space to the new government before proceeding with his Islamic agenda more openly again in order to continue to deceive the non-Muslim, non-Jew haters who he's counting on for building "mob consensus" later in his career.

  • Larry

    The obamessiah is on record as to having formed all his opinions on the Middle East, and in particular, Israel from Rashid Khalidi.

    The Israelis aren't idiots and know it, just as many people around the world are better informed about the obamessiah than the US voting population.