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February 17, 2015 3:23 pm

Obama’s Shameless Jewish Cheerleaders

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President Barack Obama greeting Jewish supporters. Some Israelis and American Jews are initiating a campaign that supports Obama and is against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Isi Leiber.

While US President Barack Obama determinedly pursues his policy of appeasement, which may enable the world’s most dangerous terrorist state to become a nuclear threshold power, there are Israelis and American Jews who have initiated a campaign against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The campaign calling for the maintenance of bipartisanship toward Israel, is in reality undermining the hitherto strong bipartisan congressional opposition to the catastrophic US policy toward Iran.

Israeli opposition groups and the anti-Netanyahu media are now concentrating their efforts on discrediting and calling on the prime minister to cancel his address to the joint session of Congress scheduled for March 3.

Disregarding the gravity of the negotiations with Iran — the underlying reason for the invitation — they accuse Netanyahu of destroying the US-Israeli relationship by failing to obtain Obama’s advance approval to address Congress (which would never have been forthcoming). The White House even falsely alleged that Netanyahu accepted the invitation before they were aware of it.

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Labor leader Isaac Herzog, in an irresponsible breach of propriety while attending a conference on security in Munich, slandered the prime minister, calling on “Bibi to act as a patriot … cancel his speech … which was born in sin … and not throw Israel’s security under the bus of the elections.” The timing of his comments were even more shameful as on that same day and in the same city, Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif.

Similar sentiments were echoed by other political leaders, whose primitive electioneering tactics display utter indifference and contempt for the repercussions on the greatest threat facing Israel.

They warn that Israel would suffer serious ramifications if Netanyahu persisted in addressing Congress and demand that he postpone his address until after the elections — when the “negotiations” would be over.

They also accuse him of forcing Democrats to choose between supporting their president or undermining his policies, and thus destroying bipartisanship. That surely sends the wrong message to Congress about limiting Obama’s actions. Worse still, it sends bad vibes to American Jews, reinforcing their inability to stand up and protest against Obama’s hostile policies. The White House, of course, uses this to discredit Netanyahu on the grounds that he is merely engaged in an electoral stunt.

Truth be told, a failure by Netanyahu in this area could cost him the election.

But Iran has genuinely been Netanyahu’s greatest concern and without his intervention, would already be a nuclear state.

Israel remains the target for annihilation by the Holocaust-denying Iranians who brazenly repeat their determination to eradicate the “cancerous” Israel from the map. Yet Israel is marginalized by the P5+1 nations determining the outcome.

Netanyahu regarded the invitation not only as a means to promote his case to Congress but as a platform to convey his message to the entire world.

But this is ignored by his Israeli political opponents who are more concerned with electoral populism than displaying a united front in the face of an existential threat.

Yet Obama is on extremely shaky ground. Even the normally supportive Washington Post published an editorial warning him against presenting the world with a fait accompli over Iran’s nuclear goals and granting them regional hegemony. It accused Obama of seeking “to avoid congressional review because he suspects a bipartisan majority would oppose the deal he is prepared to make.”

It is in fact Obama, not Netanyahu, who has made this a partisan issue, because of his fear that an effective presentation by Netanyahu at Congress could have a major impact on legislators and the public. It is this, rather than pre-election protocol, that explains the frenzied efforts and threats that the White House has engaged to discredit Netanyahu.

Netanyahu’s efforts are also being undermined by extreme left-wing groups like J Street calling on congressmen to boycott his speech and launching petitions proclaiming that he does not represent the views of American Jews.

This is buttressed by media court Jews like New York Times columnist Tom Friedman resurrecting the traditional antisemitic dual loyalties accusation, warning Jews that if they protested against Obama’s policies on Iran, Americans would be convinced that Israel controlled Washington, was responsible for the war in Iraq and was now dragging the US into another war.

American Jews claim that they live in a unique democratic country and enjoy full equality. Yet, whereas most Americans have no hesitation in criticizing their president when they disagree with his policies, the traditionally feisty and outspoken American Jewish leaders seem fearful to criticize their president even in the most respectful terms. This, even after Obama’s repeatedly and crudely appalling behavior aimed at humiliating his ally, the Israeli prime minister, in direct contrast to his servility to representatives of rogue states including Iran.

On this issue, most of the Jewish leadership establishment remained silent. This included the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, whose officials, according to the White House, privately distanced themselves from Netanyahu’s visit.

To his credit, Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, was one of the few mainstream leaders stressing that Netanyahu’s intention was neither to personally attack the president nor become engaged in U.S. domestic politics. Rather, it was to promote Israel’s concerns about developments that it considers an existential threat and great danger to the world.

But shockingly, a number of Jewish leaders also publicly slammed Netanyahu. Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, went so far as to describe the issue as a “circus” and called on House Speaker John Boehner “to withdraw” the invitation and Netanyahu to rescind his acceptance. He was followed by Rabbi Rick Jacobs of the Reform movement, who said Netanyahu’s speech was “a bad idea” and urged him “to bite the bullet and postpone his address” or he would “turn Israel into a partisan issue.”

This was outrageous. Who gave Foxman and Jacobs a mandate to challenge the decision of Israel’s prime minister to appeal against enabling the Iranian terrorist state from becoming a nuclear state — an act of appeasement that would dwarf Chamberlain’s concessions to Hitler in Munich? Foxman’s subsequent effort to modify his outburst by condemning J Street’s “inflammatory and repugnant campaign” against Netanyahu did not detract from the damage he caused.

Jacobs and Foxman may have convinced themselves that by seeking to avoid a conflict with their president, they were acting on the side of the angels. It was left to the hawkish Zionist Organization of America to bitterly condemn their intervention and make chilling parallels between their behavior and that of Rabbi Stephen Wise who in 1944 had urged Jewish leaders to cease campaigning to pressure the White house to intervene on behalf of the Jews in Europe in order not to embarrass President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Today, Netanyahu is desperately appealing to the world to prevent an evil apocalyptical Islamic terrorist state, committed to Israel’s destruction, from becoming a nuclear power. Yet Foxman and Jacobs seem more concerned to placate their president. In making such negative statements, it is they who are transforming this into a partisan issue and providing enormous satisfaction to Iranian mullahs who undoubtedly appreciate their efforts. Shame on them!

Not surprisingly, the White House exploited these outbursts as a means of encouraging Democrats to boycott the address. The president even shed crocodile tears bemoaning that Israel would become a partisan issue. Conveniently, Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would be out of the country and unable to attend. Yet very few Democrats have indicated that they would absent themselves. Indeed, while unhappy with the timing, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said she would attend and dismissed calls for a boycott. Rep. Eliot Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also made it clear that he intended to hear what Netanyahu had to say.

There is in fact a growing awareness that Obama’s proposed deal represents a sellout to the Iranians. What were hitherto considered wild accusations that Obama was abandoning the traditional allies of the US in order to enter into an alliance with the Iranians, has now become a genuine concern.

Netanyahu’s speech from a US Congress platform will undoubtedly enjoy massive media exposure and may bring public pressure on the P5+1 countries to refrain from committing an act that would have horrific implications not only for Israel but the entire world.

Those committed to overcoming the global threat of Islamic fundamentalism and preserving the well-being of the Jewish state should pray that Netanyahu will succeed in his efforts.

Isi Leiber may be contacted at ileibler@leibler.com. This article was originally published by The Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom.

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  • Larry in Tel Aviv

    Nothing new, history repeating. Roosevelt sold the Jews down the river, the US State Dept too. America shut its doors to Jews in the 1930s, just like the rest of the Allies, sealing their fate. And back then American Jews hunkered down and shut up, lest they offend Jew-haters. NOTHING NEW.

  • Arthur Fliegenheimer

    I am ashamed of the non support Israel gets from American Jews.They are so concerned about gun control,gay rights,social justice,poor Palestinians.the democratic lions like Lieberman,Lauetenberg,Inoyewei ,and Carl Levin are gone and are replaced by Boy Scouts.

  • Arthur Fliegenheimer

    Iran has been operating under the umbrella of US protection during the nuclear negotiations.iran has encircled Israel by being in Syria, and Shiite control of Lebanon and Yemen. Our dear leader Obama considers Iran an ally and boots on the ground against Isis.I assume Israel will nuke the military sites of Iran and destroy parts of Lebanon.Israel must maximize Iranian and Hezbollah military casualties making them unable to retaliate.The Kurds will then.break free and start their own country.Netanyahu should tell the congressmen in private”either you stop them or we will.

  • Eva deutsch Costabel

    Foxman is a traitor to the Jewish people, so is Livni and Herzog, Ross and Indyk.
    What to do with traitors in our midst?

    • Adele. Bloom

      My Late. Father-Law …. From Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ….Col. William Phillip Bloom was District Adminisrator for The ADL. He would detest Abe Foxman.. the old ADL. Would be Horrified… He fought for. Israel ….with The Then President of the ADL ….Phillip Klutznik for Israel .. Above all.. These JStreet JEWS who are running the ADL now are hateful and they are despicable!! He has articles where he was written up in many Newspapers where he was Fightng the Hateful Arab Muslim Students .. All over The State of Alabama.. And Nationally (this was in the 1950’s) .. We had Abba Eban and Yitzak Rabin come from Israel down to Alabama to speak at The University of Alabama .. This Fraud that we have now only disrespects Israel and it’s fine Leaders .. My Father in Law had Governor Jim Folsom outlaw the KKK.. He would be ashamed of Abe Foxman and this New Bunch Who have taken over the Fraudulent ADL… My beloved Father in Law is turning over in his Grave!!!

    • Adele. Bloom

      My Late. Father-Law …. From Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ….Col. William Phillip Bloom was District Adminisrator for The ADL. He would detest Abe Foxman.. the old ADL. Would be Horrified… He fought for. Israel ….with The Then President of the ADL ….Phillip Klutznik for Israel .. Above all.. These JStreet JEWS who are running the ADL now are hateful and they are despicable!! He has articles where he was written up in many Newspapers where he was Fightng the Hateful Arab Muslim Students .. All over The State of Alabama.. And Nationally (this was in the 1950’s) .. We had Abba Eban and Yitzak Rabin come from Israel down to Alabama to speak at The University of Alabama .. This Fraud that we have now only disrespects Israel and it’s fine Leaders .. My Father in Law had Governor Jim Folsom outlaw the KKK.. He would be ashamed of Abe Foxman and this New Bunch Who have taken over the Fraudulent ADL… My beloved Father in Law is turning over in his Grave!!!

    • Brette Dehan

      As I read and listen, I just can’t fathom how jews are turning against jews. Have they learned nothing? remember nothing?

  • Robert Weintraub

    Israel’s leaders must speak directly to the American Jewish public and explain how remarks by people like Friedman, Jacobs and Foxman are hurting Israel. Right now there is no one that Jews recognize as leaders who is doing so.

    • DACON9

      FOXMAN SALARY YEARLY IS SAID TO BE $800,000.
      WHO IS STUPID? SEEMS THE DEVIL THINKS YOU ARE FOR DONATING TO FOXMAN.

      ALTRUISTISM HONOR DIGNITY RESPECT…..
      ALL MEAN NOTHING IN THE HEAVENLY COURTS IF YOU DONT LIVE A PROPER LIFE.

      A VOTE FOR HILARY CLINTON WILL BE MUCH THE SAME AS YOUR VOTE FOR OBAMA.

      A VOTE FOR DEMOCRATE PARTY ARE THE NAILS AND SHOVEL TO DIG OUR GRAVES.

      DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ, A FEW WEEKS AGO YOU GAVE UP HONOR TO HASHEM FOR YOUR POLITICAL AND FINACIAL REWARDS WHEN YOU REVERSED YOUR STATEMENT.
      ARENT YOU IN FEAR THAT YOUR SPIRITUAL PROTECTION MAY ALSO REVERSE ITS PROTECTION OVER YOU?
      It seems deep down you recognize you are a Jew but only for a few fleeting moments….try to recover that again permenantly

  • Fight with all your might — never again, never forget, never forgive. We are living in pre-world war 11 times. The world did nothing then to help Jews and is doing the same now. Another holocaust is around the corner. Speak out, become active in politics, write letters to the editor. If Iran gets the nuclear bomb they will use it on Israel. Anti-Semitism is on the rise everywhere. Extremist muslims are the new nazis. RABBI DR. BERNHARD Bernhard Rosenberg

    • Brette Dehan

      Today is nothing like yesterday. Today the Jews have Israel.

      • rulierose

        aMEN sister!

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  • esther noodelman

    GOOD OLD ABE FOXMAN TO ONCE AGAIN SIDE WITH AMERICA VS ISRAEL…WITH LEADERS LIKE THIS,WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?

    YOU STILL HAVE TO REDEEM YOUR GOOD NAME AFTER BEING AMONG THE 1ST TO TELL AMERICA THEY COULD DO WHATEVER THEY WANTED WITH POLLARD,WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT.INSTEAD OF INSISTING THE U.S. FIRE WEINBERGER FOR ILLEGALLY HANDING THE JUDGE HIS MEMORANDUM SAYING POLLARD WAS A TRAITOR(A TRAITOR CAN ONLKY BE AN ENEMY,AND ISRAEL IS A GOOD ALLY)
    WEINBERGER CAUSED THE JUDGE TO CHANGE THE PLEA TO GUILTY.ALL OUR JEWISH LEADERSHIP SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR BETRAYING POLLARD AND THEREFORE,BETRAYING US.SHAME ON YOU.INSTEAD OF CHASTISING NETANYAHU,SUPPORT THE ONE DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EASTAND SAVE ISRAEL AND JONATHAN POLLARD!

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