Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Obama and Israel

Elliot Ganchrow writes:

By now, it is no secret that President Obama and his advisors are not friends of Israel. This was something that was predicted during the 2008 campaign by many pro-Israel observers (including the main contributer of this blog). A great editorial in this week's Weekly Standard written by Bill Kristol gives one explanation for Obama's hostility toward Israel. He writes that Obama wants to be popular around the world and therefore Obama's "turn against Israel is ultimately a key part of what Obamaism is all about. That's why there's been so little attempt by the administration to reassure fiends of Israel that Obama has been acting more in sorrow than in anger. Obama's proud of his anger at the stiff-necked Jewish state. It puts him in sync with the rest of the world." The negative atmosphere put forward by the White House does not mean all is lost- in the past week both houses of Congress sent letters to Secretary of State Clinton reminding her that our relationship with Israel is of the upmost importance. The Senate letter was signed by 77 Senators and the House letter was signed by 377 Members (the letters are posted on the AIPAC website). The message is pretty clear- the American public remains solidly behind Israel. I hope the White House is listening.