Obama’s Real Record on Israel

October 23, 2012 9:53 pm 12 comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama at a previous occasion. Photo: AP/Charles Dharapak.

During the final debate, President Obama pointed to his 2008 pre-election visit to Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, as an answer to Governor Romney’s criticism of his foreign policy on Israel. That stop was made by over a million visitors and hundreds of world leaders and dignitaries the same year. Invoking it as a means to establish the President’s pro-Israel credentials is an insult to the intelligence of voters who care about the welfare of the Jewish state.

The President’s move is reminiscent of a similar game played by the United Nations. The organization trashes the state of Israel 364 days a year, and pauses on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27th for an “International Day of Commemoration.”

Undoubtedly, keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive is a service not only to Jews but to anyone interested in preserving and protecting universal human rights and freedoms.

But the question before American voters, who value our special bond with the Middle East’s only democracy, is whether the specifics of the President’s four-year record are consistent with the well-being of the people who live and breathe Jewish self-determination as a bulwark against modern antisemitism.

Just a partial rap-sheet speaks for itself.

President Obama never visited Israel during his time in office, despite having been as close as thirty minutes away in Egypt, and managing to go to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq.

President Obama told Jewish leaders in July 2009 that he was deliberately adopting a policy of putting daylight between America and Israel.

President Obama has legitimized the UN body most responsible for demonizing Israel as the world’s worst human rights violator. The President joined the UN Human Rights Council in 2009 and is now seeking a second 3-year term, despite Israel’s requests that he do the opposite.

President Obama made Israeli settlements the key stumbling block in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Starting in 2009 he chose to castigate Israel publicly, often, and in extreme terms at the General Assembly and the Security Council. The Palestinians took the President’s cue and ended direct negotiations until such time as Israel capitulates, even though the subject is supposed to be a final status issue.

President Obama treated Israel’s Prime Minister to a series of insulting snubs during his visit to the White House in March 2010.

President Obama cut a deal with Islamic states at a May 2010 meeting of parties to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, contrary to assurances given to Israel. He agreed to help convene a 2012 international conference intended to pivot attention towards disarming Israel and is currently negotiating the details of this diplomatic onslaught.

President Obama introduced in his September 2010 address to the General Assembly, a September 2011 timeline for full Palestinian statehood and membership in the UN, thus encouraging Palestinians to push the same unilateral move.

President Obama suggested in May 2011 that Israel use the 1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations – knowing full well that Israel considers those borders to be indefensible, and that agreements require the border issue to be determined by the parties themselves.

President Obama created a “global counter-terrorism forum” in September 2011 and invited eleven Muslim states to join – on the grounds that they were “on the front lines in the struggle against terrorism.” At the insistence of Turkey, he then denied entry to Israel.

President Obama told French President Nicolas Sarkozy in November 2011 – when he thought he was off-mike – that he regretted having to deal with Israel’s Prime Minister.

President Obama asked Congress in February 2012 to waive a ban on American funding of UNESCO. The ban had been imposed following UNESCO’s recognition of Palestinian statehood and was consistent with U.S. law denying funding for any international organization that recognized Palestinian statehood in the absence of a peace agreement with Israel.

President Obama has indeed put daylight between American and Israeli policy on Iran. In August, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Dempsey said: “our clocks are ticking at different paces” and he wouldn’t be “complicit” in an Israeli effort to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. In September Secretary Clinton explained this divergence. In her words, the Iranian threat is “existential” only for Israel; only Israel is “right in the bull’s eye.” President Obama’s “pro-Israel” policy, therefore, is to wait past the point that the intended victim of the planned genocide believes is safe.

President Obama denied Prime Minister Netanyahu’s request to meet with him in September, despite the Iranian peril.

President Obama’s UN ambassador, Susan Rice, didn’t even attend the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech to the UN General Assembly in September – during which he made a plea for global attention to the Iranian threat.

And last night, Governor Romney answered the question on the greatest threat to national security with “a nuclear Iran,” while President Obama responded “terrorist networks.”

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. An Iranian nuclear weapon will result in a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world. And it will make nuclear weapons ending up in the hands of terrorists all that more likely.

It isn’t hard to figure out which man will better partner with Israel to combat antisemitism today and ensure that the lesson of Yad Vashem is more than a glib debating point.

This article was originally published by Fox News.

12 Comments

  • replying to Sergio HaDaR Tezza

    I’ll ignore your rhetoric and focus on what demonstrates your hypocritical and sometimes fictional assertions against Obama.
    Sergio wrote: ” Obama’s acquiescence to the plan of cornering Israel,”

    As expected from someone who doesnt care to discuss events, and isntead, to supply us with endless idiomatic expressions, allusions to not cited events, superlatives, fictional assertions about Obama, and general invective, Sergio starts off with a reference to a vague event and we the readers cant even identify what “cornering Israel” is referring to in the world of real life events.

    Sergio wrote
    “…with anyone caring about the daily lives of the People of Israel in the Land of Israel, endangered daily by Obama’s PANDERING TO MUSLIM JEW-HATING FUNDAMENTALISM and to his administration’s actions and words in international gatherings and the constant pressure on Israel (like eliminating check-points, which has cost Jewish lives!)

    Sergio of course doesnt know that the massive elimination of checkpoints and suppression of Israel fighting ability was put on steroids by Bush, and codified into formal American policy by Bush.
    So Sergio is just blathering. And he cant point to one Jew killed by the elimination of checkpoints.

    Sergio wrote: “Obama is a Muslim sympathizer”
    This is of course a meaninglesspoint of ehetoric and the rest of the next sentences are too silly to respond to

    Sergio wrote: “most hostile to Israel UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, in many decades…”
    This is fiction, and of course we wouldnt expect Sergio to even try to cite sources for this assertion

    Sergio wrote: “the danger Obama put Israel in” and the rest of that sentence is just silly and of course, Sergio wont cite a source- even a fake source

    • Leonard, if you can’t say what you want to say in a relatively brief comment than don’t bother. Polluting cyber space with six lengthy comments is selfish, and verbal bullying-not to mention verbal diarrea.
      Please stop.

      • Måns Johansson

        @Meir

        Who said comments should be brief? Leonard is making excellent points, instead of complaining on the fact that he does this, try to argue against them instead.

        Best regards

  • The former Chief of Mossad spells it out very clearly in today’s NY Times….

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/opinion/who-threw-israel-under-the-bus.html#hEHwEHw

    “Despite the Republican Party’s shrill campaign rhetoric on Israel, no Democratic president has ever strong-armed Israel on any key national security issue…
    AND
    “Indeed, whenever the United States has put serious, sustained pressure on Israel’s leaders — from the 1950s on — it has come from Republican presidents, not Democratic ones. This was particularly true under Mr. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush….
    AND
    Throughout the campaign, Mr. Romney has repeatedly accused Mr. Obama of having “thrown allies like Israel under the bus.” But history tells a different story. Indeed, whenever the United States has put serious, sustained pressure on Israel’s leaders — from the 1950s on — it has come from Republican presidents, not Democratic ones. This was particularly true under Mr. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush.”

    (Efraim Halevy was the director of the Mossad from 1998 to 2002 and the national security adviser to the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, from October 2002 to June 2003)

  • Lies of Bayefsky are so prevalent in this article of hers it is hard to know where to begin. It’s like she tried to write an article with as many lies as she could possibly include.
    “President Obama suggested in May 2011 that Israel use the 1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations – knowing full well that Israel considers those borders to be indefensible, and that agreements require the border issue to be determined by the parties themselves.”

    Firstly we all know Obama never said that the 1967 borders were the starting point.
    Secondly she compounds the lie by mentioning that Obama knows that what Obama suggested will likely put Israel in a situation that will lead to Israel’s destruction. That’s propaganda.
    Thirdly she writes in a way that you would write if you were trying to lead the audience to believe that obama was the first president to conduct foreign policy along the lines of a concession based on the 67 borders and swaps ( leaving out swaps) even though EVERY negotiation of GW Bush-Israel’s great friend- and Clinton, were ALL and ONLY based on the 67 borders and swaps to accommodate settlements.
    But Bayefsk’y writings always serve as propaganda so we shouldn’t ever think for a moment that Bayefsky would actually inform the readers of actual history.

  • Throughout the campaign, Mr. Romney has repeatedly accused Mr. Obama of having “thrown allies like Israel under the bus.” But history tells a different story. Indeed, whenever the United States has put serious, sustained pressure on Israel’s leaders — from the 1950s on — it has come from Republican presidents, not Democratic ones. This was particularly true under Mr. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/opinion/who-threw-israel-under-the-bus.html

  • FMR Chief of Mossad Efraim HaLevy writes in today’s NY Times:
    “….In all of these instances, a Republican White House acted in a cold and determined manner, with no regard for Israel’s national pride, strategic interests or sensitivities. That’s food for thought in October 2012.
    AND
    “Despite the Republican Party’s shrill campaign rhetoric on Israel, no Democratic president has ever strong-armed Israel on any key national security issue…
    AND
    “Indeed, whenever the United States has put serious, sustained pressure on Israel’s leaders — from the 1950s on — it has come from Republican presidents, not Democratic ones. This was particularly true under Mr. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush….
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/opinion/who-threw-israel-under-the-bus.html#hEHwEHw
    (Efraim Halevy was the director of the Mossad from 1998 to 2002 and the national security adviser to the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, from October 2002 to June 2003)

  • A bit of a profile on the Right of center writer from which not a criticism of Netanyahu has emerged…nor of any of his policies.

    http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/bayefsky_anne

    I applaud Ms Bayefsky for her diligent and unceasing defense of the Jewish people..and would hope that she would defend the secular nature of American society from the assault that has been made on it by Republicans over the past few years-in their having candidates defend their “Christian” credentials.
    There are perhaps 9 million Jews in the world who do not live in Israel..some in situations far more perilous for survival.
    The insidious attack on non-Christians in America by politicians of the Christian Right will eventually erode the secular umbrella under which American Jews have thrived.

  • LT COL HOWARD

    to leonard Moskowitz:

    Let me to share with you why I am worried (and why I , a lifelong left of center liberal Democrat, am so concerned with the Democratic Party and with this administration).
    My views come from meetings that have personally attended , from official government reports and reports from RAND, Brookings,CSIS etc.,and from Ali Abunimah, Rashid Khalidi,Robert Malley, and Aaron David Miller. All of these are established Obama administration advisors on the Middle East. None of my views are secondhand. None of my views have been obtained from any “right-wing sources”
    On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 I attended an intelligence discussion held at a nationally prominent “ think tank: “ . This is that conclusion “ In discussing the latest Iran-Israel dynamics, you can’t get away from red lines. President Obama has thus far held back from spelling out what stage of Iranian nuclear development would trigger U.S. military action (e.g., certain levels of enriched uranium that allows Iran to have the capability to produce nuclear weapons, as Netanyahu outlined at the UN, or evidence of actual nuclear weapons development). Just 26 percent of respondents said that if Obama is re-elected, he will fulfill his vow not to allow Iran to produce a nuclear weapon, and 65 percent are skeptical.”
    I’m concerned that Pres. Obama willingly joined into the toast “death to Israel” at the Rashid Khalidi farewell dinner in Chicago (as agreed to by several of the attendees). This concerns me much more than “folders full of women” which illustrated that Gov. Romney appointed more women to high-level positions than any other governor had done up until that time.

    • Replying to LT Colonel Howard

      Reading a deep concern for Israel from a person who has put his life on the line, and probably endured experiences I could never bare, as you are, is always a humbling experience for me, as I am not liberally prone to feelings of sentiment. And therefore with a deep sense of inadequacy and nonetheless with a real lack of knowledge on this subject do I respond to you.

      Your claim of respondents having a belief about the psychology of Obama is not persuasive: we the public have no info on what you are talking about, we have no knowledge of the situation, who makes up the respondents, who the think tank is, what info they were going on, or any knowledge of the transcript of anyone saying anything about any subject matter in the room, nor their claims about what they think Romney will do.
      As with the Pentagon papers and wikileaks, it is your job to provide us with the info to make a rational judgement against Obama who has been the greatest, or one of the greatest providers of security to Israel. Even the Algemeiner published an interview of one of the six closest people to Bibi
      http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/03/05/on-iran-and-obama-how-bibi-will-decide-exclusive-interview-with-eyal-gabbai-part-1/

      Eyal Gabbai explicitly says in response to the question of whether Obama will be better than the Romney that it doesn’t matter who is president:
      Interviewer: So you think let’s say, if Mitt Romney was the President, he would also want veto power on Israel’s Iran actions?

      EG: We have a phrase in Hebrew, ‘d’varim she’ro’im m’sham lo ro’im m’kan,’ things that you see from there, you cannot see from here. Every prime minister who steps in the office keeps saying this phrase. I think the same applies in this case.

      Interviewer: Obama’s not making all the decisions, you’re saying?

      EG:Even if Romney or whoever, will become the President, it’s not just him. You have the Pentagon; you have the Secretary of State. You have so many people, so many advisers.

      DE: But they work for the President?

      EG: Yes, but you know they pressure towards certain policy, and they have some significance. It’s not like he can say, ‘I heard you all; it’s such rubbish. I believe etc…..’ It doesn’t work that way. He needs to gain some, not all, but some supporters from the group.

      DE: Do you think the current administration’s demands regarding Iran would happen under any American government?

      EG: Yes, I think what they’re expecting is, that if we’re truly allies and so on, we should make a mutual decision of how and when to act. I’m not sure it will be granted to them, but some kind of veto maybe.

      As far as your “death toast” reference, the only info reported is that
      1- Obama spoke at the dinner and explicitly referred to his opposition to those who want America to force Israel into an imposed solution. No information has ever come out to the contrary.
      2- Rashid Khalidi had previously disavowed terror- I have never seen- as much as I looked- for info to the contrary, and therefore he was going to a non terrorist supporting constituents dinner and he went to Jewish Zionist supporters dinners.
      3- making friends throughout Illinois to pursue his political agenda is what all politicians do.
      That meant getting money and votes everywhere.

      And as expected ,he got into office and made an American Jew with Israeli citizenship his Chief of Staff, a person who got more confidential info and info about Obama than anyone else even in the Cabinet who isn’t the actual contributor of the confidential info. Now he has as Chief of Staff the only Orthodox Jew who ever became COS. from day 1 he was surrounded by the topmost advisers disproportionately Jewish.

      http://gwbushandobama.blogspot.com/)

  • Sergio HaDaR Tezza

    Leonard Moskowitz writes like some Democrat Agit Prop employee…or may be some Neturei Karta guy, whose ideology is certainly more in tune with Iran’s will to do away with Israel and with Obama’s acquiescence to the plan of cornering Israel, than with anyone caring about the daily lives of the People of Israel in the Land of Israel, endangered daily by Obama’s PANDERING TO MUSLIM JEW-HATING FUNDAMENTALISM and to his administration’s actions and words in international gatherings and the constant pressure on Israel (like eliminating check-points, which has cost Jewish lives!) in spite of the fact that Israel has been the US ONLY real friend and ally in the Middle East.
    Obama is a Muslim sympathizer who chose a woman, Hillary Clinton, who in 1995 invited Hamas members to the White House Prayer Session, to head the State Department and the most hostile to Israel UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, in many decades…
    For the likes of Leonard Moskowitz all that, and the danger Obama put Israel in, by almost single-handedly creating a Muslim Brotherhood domination in the whole of North Africa and Egypt, has probably less importance than the socialistoid ideology of bigger government and free and unlimited abortions practiced by Obama.

  • Leonard Moscowitz

    ANNE BAYESFKY IS A HYPOCRITE. ” is an insult to the intelligence of voters who care about the welfare of the Jewish state.”

    OBAMA SAID THE FACTS AND POINTED OUT that he didnt go on a fund raising spress, he didnt deny romney went to yad vhsem and knew romney could have said it seconds later.

    the idea that obama’s talk was insulting to jews but that romney’s pandering and rhetoric isnt insulting is bad journalism and the algemeiner should prevent bayefsky from appearing on its pages.

    i pointed out her lies in the summer when she made up the fictions in this article: the damning events in the article never happened but i never saw that the fake article was removed
    http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/07/02/obama-turns-his-back-on-israel-at-the-u-n/

    there are so many lies about what she writes that happened which never happened and the algemeiner editor doesnt care that the article asserts events took place that never happened and you will still publish her.

    The audience is frum and you dont care that klal yisroel is being lied to

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