Obama and Israel

Explaining the perception that President Obama is uncommitted to protecting Israel's welfare.

No previous American president has had so strained a relationship with Israel as Barack Obama. As Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said last year, “Israel’s ties with the United States are in their worst crisis since 1975 ... a crisis of historic proportions.” Author and scholar Dennis Prager concurred, “Most observers, right or left, pro-Israel or anti-Israel, would agree that Israeli-American relations are the worst they have been in memory.”

This past spring, David Parsons, spokesman for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, said: “There's a traditional, special relationship between America and Israel that Obama is basically throwing out the window in a sense.” Former New York City mayor Ed Koch lamented, “I believe this is the most dangerous and critical period that Israel has ever faced and regrettably it does not have the support of the President of the United States, which in past difficult situations it could count on.” David Rubin, a U.S.-born Israeli author and expert on the Middle East, puts it this way: “President Obama is very harmful for Israel and very dangerous for the future of Judeo-Christian civilization.”

The author and economist Thomas Sowell asserts that Obama's relationship with Israel has been consistent with the president's pattern of “selling out our allies to curry favor with our adversaries.” Political analyst Charles Krauthammer observes that Obama has “undermined” Israel as a result of either his “genuine antipathy” toward the Jewish state or “the arrogance of a blundering amateur.” Meanwhile, the Israeli populace remains jittery. According to a recent poll commissioned by The Jerusalem Post, only 9 percent of Jewish Israelis believe that the Obama administration is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian.

What underlies these deep concerns about President Obama's relationship with Israel? What accounts for the widespread perception that Obama is not seriously committed to protecting Israel's welfare?

These questions are explored and answered in Obama And Israel, a new report by DiscoverTheNetworks.org, which lays out Obama's words, actions, and key affiliations vis à vis Israel not only during his 32 months in the White House, but during the two decades preceding his presidency as well.

To view the full report, click here.