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April 2, 2015 11:42 am

Uniting Against Obama

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

It is ironic that as we prepare to celebrate Passover, the festival of freedom, we are facing vicious efforts by the vindictive leader of the United States, our greatest ally, who is abandoning us — the only democratic state in a region suffused with barbarism.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is obliged to respond diplomatically to the outrageous provocations directed against him by President Barack Obama. But we Israeli citizens must rise above political correctness and come to terms with an unpleasant reality.

The president of the United States, the leader of the free world and of Western civilization, is not merely venting his personal frustration against Netanyahu or having tantrums over the decision of Israelis to re-elect him. Obama himself stresses that he is motivated by ideological reasons that can be traced back to the Cairo speech he delivered after his first election.

He has escalated his hostility to Israel while simultaneously endearing himself and even groveling to Iran.

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Indeed, addressing the anti-Israeli J Street Conference, Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, even employed Palestinian clichés insisting that “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end” without any reference to the fact that two Israeli prime ministers had been spurned by Yassir Arafat and Mahmud Abbas when they had offered them 95% of the former Jordanian-occupied territories.

The personal attacks accusing Netanyahu as a racist and a liar are also being cynically used by Obama as a pretext to pursue two objectives. Firstly, the president is seeking to neutralize Israel as he finalizes the nuclear deal with the Iranian mullahs. It is noteworthy that former CIA Director David Petraeus has now publicly virtually echoed Netanyahu’s critical remarks about U.S. policy.

Secondly, Obama is seeking to further his long-term objective of forcing Israel to withdraw to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines and create a Palestinian state — which remains committed to destroy Israel. Should the U.S. implement its threat to refrain from exercising its veto at the U.N., Israel will confront a severe diplomatic crisis and may ultimately face sanctions. France has already announced that it will soon submit a resolution along these lines to the Security Council.

At such a time, we must stand united to resist the pressures from Obama and the Europeans to make further unilateral concessions, which would represent a long-term existential threat.

This will require Israeli politicians to change their approach and prioritize the national interest ahead of their own ambitions or egocentricities.

It starts with President Reuven Rivlin, who, while initially endearing himself to the nation as a man of the people, seems to have lost perspective. His role is as a facilitator and an apolitical symbol of the state, not to instruct Netanyahu on the composition of the government he should create.

And it is unbecoming for him to tell the incoming prime minister to repair relations with the U.S. administration — as though he was responsible for the tension. Rivlin also provides fuel for our adversaries when he continues criticizing his prime minister over a single inappropriately worded sentence relating to the Arab bloc expressed during the heat of an election, for which Netanyahu subsequently clarified and apologized — all the more so when the Americans challenge his sincerity and actually call him a liar.

Moreover, much as we admire our president’s liberal tendencies, he surely seemed to have lost his bearings when he sent a letter of support to J Street, an American Jewish group condemned by his government that is now calling on Obama to punish Israel, encouraging the boycott of settlement products and providing a platform for BDS supporters.

Rivlin must behave apolitically and eschew controversial political statements that undermine the government’s standing on the international level.

Netanyahu is now pursuing the daunting task of forming a coalition in which all the smaller parties are engaging in the traditional horse trading, primarily seeking to promote themselves without reference to the national interest. For example, most Israelis will be angered that a convicted felon will probably be appointed to a senior ministry, but there is nothing they can do about it.

It is difficult to comprehend Habayit Hayehudi’s Naftali Bennett, who is demanding the Foreign Affairs or Defense Ministry. His annexationist policies are hardly suited to the position of Israel’s foreign minister and Moshe Ya’alon has proved his mettle as defense minister and should not be replaced. Bennett should immediately have accepted the education portfolio, which should be the most important ministry for his party enabling them to promote Jewish values — and for which his voters cast their ballots.

But most disconcerting is that Netanyahu may reappoint Avigdor Lieberman as foreign minister. Lieberman is no fool, but he is arguably Israel’s worst foreign minister and decimated the ministry. As foreign minister, in the midst of the Gaza conflict, he publicly castigated his government’s conduct instead of defending Israel in the global arena. He is shunned by many world leaders and his coarse and primitive remarks about “beheading” Palestinian extremists portrayed Israel in the worst light.

Over the next year, Israel must marshal the very best people to promote our case and refute the lies, not only from our traditional enemies but alas, also from the Obama administration. A foreign minister is the public face of a nation whose principal role is to present his country’s policies in the most positive light. It would be unconscionable for Netanyahu to reinstate Lieberman to this position.

The reality, painful though it is to many Israelis from both sides of the political spectrum, is it would now be in the national interest to form a broad unity government.

There is absolutely no possibility of meaningful negotiations with the Palestinian Authority while it is cozying up to Hamas and intensifying the level of incitement to unprecedented levels. Even if the duplicitous Abbas were to change his tune, he could not make a single compromise without enraging his own constituents.

Besides, with the Americans shamelessly employing Palestinian rhetoric to defame Israel, pressuring it to accept indefensible borders and threatening to give the green light to the United Nations to condemn and ultimately sanction Israel, the Palestinians have no incentive to engage in meaningful negotiations.

Under such circumstances, the policy differences between Likud and Zionist Union are not significant. In terms of Iran, the Zionist Union, no less than Likud, is bitterly opposed to Obama’s capitulation to the Iranian mullahs.

A unity government would deny the smaller parties the opportunity of extorting to promote their own sectarian interests. It would provide the opportunity for the two dominant parties to implement electoral reforms to our current dysfunctional political system.

Above all, a demonstration of unity would immensely enhance our global standing. It would encourage Jews throughout the world, in particular in the United States, to rally behind the Jewish state. It would overcome, or at least stem, the hostility of the left-wing Democratic elements in Congress and strengthen bipartisanship, making it extremely difficult for Obama to continue his current reckless campaign to force us to our knees.

There would be intense opposition to such a union from the more radical elements in both parties, but the majority of Israelis would welcome such a government, which would dramatically weaken the anti-Israeli hysteria generated by the Obama administration.

Unfortunately, the likelihood of a national unity government is extremely slim.

That being the case, we should at least expect the opposition to act responsibly.

Had Isaac Herzog been elected, Obama would certainly have been happy to see the political demise of Netanyahu, but would still have pursued the same objectives. Herzog is a Zionist and we can hope that he will now rise above petty politics, stand up against the post-Zionist elements in his party, and pledge his support to Netanyahu when Obama makes unreasonable demands or pursues a vendetta rather than seeking a solution. Likewise, he should be unequivocal in his support of Netanyahu’s efforts to block a catastrophic deal with Iran that may have existential implications for Israel. Herzog would gain enormous respect and support from the nation and gain new followers were he to act in this manner.

When contemplating the barbarians at our gates and the betrayal of Israel by much of the Western world, we should take comfort when we recite the verse in the Haggadah during the Passover Seder that in every generation enemies will emerge seeking to destroy the Jewish people, but with the help of the Almighty we have, and will continue to, overcome them.

This article was originally published by The Jerusalem Post and Israel Hayom.

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  • Arthurflegenheimer

    It took 6 years, but Obama has shown his true colors.he is a modern day Haiman.there are no shortage of collaborators.unfortnatlly most of the people ,especially my wife’s family are democratic zombies – non thinking people who vote because some yoyo told them Obama is good for Israel.This morning Netanyahu was on Cnn followed by Jewish collaborator Diane Feinstein .The true democratic backers of Israel-lLieberman,Lautenberg,Inouwei are gone,replaced by spineless democratic zombies.

    • Cynthia Gage

      There are a lot of us here in the US, who do not support Obama or his policies. In fact there are some that believe that he is Muslim Brotherhood because of what he has done vs what he say’s. I for one do not care for him, but God builds Kings and tears them down, so i’m hoping that he will take Obama down big time. The vast majority of the people in this country are with you all the way. Don’t loose faith and hope in the American people.

      • RIVKA BRANDEIS

        STEP BROTHER HEAD OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD…WHERE IS EVERYONE IN THE AMERICAS….HEAD IN THE GROUND…MOTHER CIA….FATHER A BLACK AMERICAN ‘GANGSTER…..

        LOSE FAITH IN AMERICAN JEWS….LOL…..REMEMBER HITLER….A CHRISTIAN….YES….CHRISTIANS WENT TO WAR AGAINST ‘JEWS’…..

        SILLY PEOPLE……

    • LouA

      finestein married a jew,just for info.
      What is with aipac and the addl, they are still yapping at BO leg

      • RIVKA BRANDEIS

        THAT MAKES HER A DISAPPOINTMENT…..AND ONE WHO HOLDS ONTO WASTED SEEDS….LOL

  • shloime

    while i can agree with most of the arguments presented here, i do not believe that herzog would be the almighty’s instrument to save israel. not even god can have such a wicked sense of humour, and this article didn’t appear on april fool’s day, either!

    • RIVKA BRANDEIS

      KUDDOS TO YOU…..HERZOG’S GRANDFATHER HEAD RABBI OF FEINN SEIN….IRELAND…..

      SUCH EVIL IS ALWAYS SITTING BESIDE AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF GOODNESS….

      LETS EMBELLISH THIS GOODNESS…..NOT THE SCUM WITH SKIN

  • Jonas van Gelder

    Caren shapiro, if you are Jewish you are fouling your nest, if not you are another ordinary Jew-hater

  • rulierose

    excellent column, which reminds us that Bibi is not the problem in the relationship with Obama–Obama is. and he’s the problem because fundamentally, he is anti-Israel, if not anti-Semitic.

    hang tough, Israel: in less than 21 months, Obama will be gone. and the US can start picking up the pieces of our shattered foreign policy and repairing the damage he did.

  • Steve Zwillman

    The American people supported Obama’s treaty negotiations with Iran 60-30. Now, that the treaty has been signed, that number will only go.up. Mel Gibson was shunned when he said “Jews have started every war” but now he seems he was right..Gibe Peace A Chance, my fellow Jews, Give it a chance. A war with Iran would be catastrophic.

    • Mickey Oberman

      You sound just like Chamberlain.

      Do you too have a white paper?

    • LouA

      everybody wants peace but if you know anything abou Iran you are lacking in evaluation skills or are extraordinarily naive

  • Caren Shapiro

    Jewish hysteria. And, you wonder why you are the pariah of the world.

    • Mark_NYC

      Self hating Jew

      • Mark_NYC

        Living comfortably in America

    • Max Cohen

      Seriously Caren, change your name. Shapiro is an affirmation of Jewishness. Why, if you believe Jews are the pariah of the world, do you bear this name? As to Jewish hysteria, perhaps you have been floating in space for last century, not to mention the last thousand years. Six million Jews perished in the holocaust, and as Islamic hordes vow anew to annihilate Jews, you accuse Jews of hysteria! I accuse you of being numb from the neck up!

    • Rob

      Ignorant comment which reflects the profound shallowness and perversity of its author.

    • shloime

      you mean it’s not because of joo-baiting trolls like you?

    • Phil

      What a disgusting remark. Just like all haters, you place the blame on the oppressed.

    • Mickey Oberman

      It is anti Jewish Jews like you who are the world’s pariahs, Caren.

    • LouA

      so why do you hate Jews

    • RIVKA BRANDEIS

      DEAD MEAT SMELLS…..PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF ARE VISIBLE MILE AWAY

  • Robert Weintraub

    Call me pisher if I’m wrong but I believe Obama’s power to torment Israel is coming to an end. Hillary Clinton, heir apparent to lead the Democratic Party has spoken of the need to restore the special relationship with Israel. Obama may indeed fail to veto the pending resolution calling for the creation of a Palestinian state but it is now clear to anyone willing to listen that Obama is speaking only for himself.

    Of more concern is that 78% of American Jews voted for Obama for the first time and 69% the second when it was clear from the he start that he was going to give Israel a very bad time.

    • Mickey Oberman

      If you have the most minute confidence in the words of that harridan, Hillary Clinton you, sir, are the pisher and surely require a very large diaper.

    • Max Cohen

      Mister Pisher: Is it not the same party that foisted Barack Obama upon America that now contrives to follow travesty with fiasco in the person of Hillary, the sneakiest liar ever to disgrace the office of the State Department. Pisher, the party is over!

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