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May 22, 2015 1:03 pm

Joe Lieberman Far More Skeptical of Obama’s Feelings About Israel Than Jeffrey Goldberg

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Former US Sen. Joseph Lieberman speculated that the next US administration would be friendlier with Israel than the current one. Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

Jeffrey Goldberg has just published another long interview with President Obama, and he once again does everything he can to praise him on his stance towards Israel.

For example, he stated that “Obama, when he talks about Israel, sounds like a rabbi in the progressive Zionist tradition.” Goldberg doesn’t seriously challenge the President when he is told again that Obama “has Israel’s back.”

Perhaps most glaringly, Goldberg doesn’t ask a single question about what Obama is demanding of the Palestinians in his desire for peace. He doesn’t ask a thing about Palestinian incitement to violence, about Arab antisemitism (although Obama implies it exists, it wasn’t because of anything he was asked,) he didn’t ask about why Israeli building in areas that are obviously going to remain par of Israel forever is condemned so vociferously, indicating that the US position towards the Green Line has changed significantly under Obama’s watch.

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The contrast between a Democrat who pretends to love Israel for the purpose of pushing a bad Iranian deal (which was the main purpose of this interview, and a speech Obama is giving to a “progressive” Jewish synagogue tonight) and a Democrat (turned independent) who truly loves Israel can be seen from a different interview with Joe Lieberman:

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, in an interview with JTA in Jerusalem, surmised that the next U.S. administration would be friendlier with Israel than the current one. He also expressed concern over America’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying they are “going in a bad direction,” and urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to embrace the long-shelved Arab Peace Initiative.

Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew and the Democrats’ vice presidential candidate in 2000, predicted that if the 2016 presidential election were held today, a higher percentage of Jewish Americans would vote Republican than in past races. But he noted that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the party’s front-runner for the Democratic nod, could reverse that trend through vocal support of Israel.

“I think there will be a friend of Israel in the White House,” he said, noting that both Clinton and the leading Republican candidates all have pro-Israel records. “It will be a new beginning, a new opportunity. Is it going to be better than it has been under President Obama? Probably, yeah.”

Lieberman expressed concern over support for Israel in the Democratic Party. While almost all Democratic lawmakers support Israel, he said, Lieberman worried that younger party activists are more skeptical of the Jewish state.

“It’s something people who care about Israel are really working at,” said Lieberman, a four-term senator from Connecticut, who won as an independent in 2006 after losing the Democratic primary — in part because of his continued support for the Iraq War. “Part of it is to remind people who are liberal Democrats that, without saying everything Israel ever does is perfect, Israel is by far the most liberal country and society.”

Even though I disagree strongly with Lieberman’s attitude towards the possibility of peace and his pushing the Arab Peace Initiative, you can see that he has a real love of Israel. The difference between someone like him and a president who is saying what he needs to say in order to push an agenda is clear.

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  • What does that mean — President Obama has Israel’s back?

    Didn’t Vice President Biden tell a Jewish group, last month, that the U.S. will come to Israel’s aid after Iran attacks?

    How — by sending some ships — once the radioactivity is dispersed — to take the survivors of nuclear attack to…just where, precisely?

  • esther noodelman

    IF LIEBERMAN HAD A REAL LOVE OF ISRAEL,HE WOULKD DENOUNCE THE UGLY OATH HE INITIATED WITH 59 SENATORS SAYING THAT JONATHAN POLLARD SHOULD NEVER,EVER BE RELEASED.NOW THAT INNOCENT POLLARD(THE WHOLE STORY HAS BEEN PROVEN A SHAM) IS SERIOUSLY ILL AFTER SEVERAL SERIOUS INTESTINAL SURGERIES AND STILL IN PRISON AFTER 30 YEARS…THE ONLY PERSON,A JEW,EVER TO GET A LIFE SENTENCE INSTEAD OF THE PROMISED 2-4 YEARS,,A PLEA BARGAIN WHICH OUR FRIEND AND GOOD ALLY BROKE.WEINBERGER SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED AND POLLARD MUST NOW BE RELEASED ON HUMANITARIAN GROUNDS.SHAME ON LIEBERMAN & SHAME ON AMERICA!!

  • Kris Kristian

    Why does the entire Christian world not support Israel against Islamic terrorism.
    Instead, they condemn Israel. Israel is the only country in the ME where the Christian population is growing.
    In most Islamic countries, Christians are leavinmg in droves
    One other question.
    Why was there never a thought of a Palestinian state between 1948 and 1967 when Jotdan occupied Samaria and Judea (westbank), and Egypt occupied Gaza?
    They had every opportunity to create a PA state then.
    But with the help of the Christian countries, Israel is blamed for no PA state.
    Now the Cristian countries have supported a PA terrorist state in Israeli land, and demand the Israel divides Jeerusalem between Israel and the PA terrorists as their capitol.
    Jerusalem has never been the capitol; of any other people, than the Jews, for the past 3000 years.

  • steven L

    “Has IL back” the way of the red lines. JG is a man of the left and therefore asks nothing from the Pal. The Arab League peace initiative was non-negotiable then. What about now? Probably the same.

  • jay

    Hillary will be no friend of Israel.Bill Clinton was a dissater in Foreign Policy.He forced The Oslo Agreement on a weak Rabin and Israel.Hillaryhas said many incendiary remarks about Israel and was a total disgrace as Sec. of State.She ain’t no friend of Israel

    • jay

      Hillary will be no friend of Israel.Bill Clinton was a dissater in Foreign Policy.He forced The Oslo Agreement on a weak Rabin and Israel.Hillaryhas said many incendiary remarks about Israel and was a total disgrace as Sec. of State.She ain’t no friend of Israel.

      • jay

        Why moderation ?Don’t tell me you have sold out too.

  • The Senator is absolutely correct in his suspicions about Obama and the Democrats.

    If Obama is a friend of Israel, then who needs enemies.

  • Elliott Sadle

    I’ll take your ending comment 1 step farther. “Arab peace” is an oxymoron.

  • G Marcus

    ARAB “PEACE” PLAN: IN REALITY A DECLARATION OF WAR

    Nothing seems more Orwellian, even in these stranger times, than the Saudi-initiated Arab League “peace” plan.

    In their so-called “peace” plan, the Arabs are willing to recognize only a Jewish state that commits:

    (a) MILITARY SUICIDE by retreating to indefensible pre-1967 armistice lines; and

    (b) DEMOGRAPHIC SUICIDE by flooding itself with Arab settlers though a “right of return” for refugees.

    Until then, the Arab “peace” plan incorporates nothing but incessant terror and rocket attacks!

    This is not unlike saying to someone:

    “I recognize your right to exist, but only if you swallow this cyanide… And till then I’ll try to kill you at every occasion!”

  • Theodore Sternberg

    “Obama, when he talks about Israel, sounds like a rabbi in the progressive Zionist tradition.”

    Well, that is actually true. Not that it’s a good thing…

  • Dan Friedman

    Poor Joe, always trying reach a consensus and comes out looking like looking like a wimp.

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