Remember, last June, when President Obama told reporters that it was “not productive” for the U.S. to be “meddling” in the affairs of a certain Middle Eastern country?
Obama’s diplomatic deference inaugurated six months of silence after Iran’s sham elections. By the time the White House got around to “strongly condemn[ing]” the bloody crackdown against protestors, the nascent “green revolution” was in retreat, and Iran’s maniacal president – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — was bragging about how close he was to developing nuclear weapons.
Obama is showing he has far fewer reservations about meddling in the domestic affairs of another Middle Eastern country, America’s only democratic ally in the region. With its diplomatic assaults on just about everything the Israeli government does, the Obama administration is establishing itself as the most anti-Israel administration in U.S. history.
I have talked to foreign policy experts in Washington, D.C. and Israel today and they are using adjectives like “bizarre,” “inexplicable,” “counterproductive,” and “outrageous” to describe President Obama’s diplomatic jihad against Israel. I can’t print the adjectives that I would use.
We shouldn’t lose sight of what set off the administration’s tirade. It was the on-going process of authorizing homes to be built in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, for its people.
Cancel your newspaper if it refers to these housing units as a “settlement.” The neighborhood, Ramat Shlomo, was established in 1995 and is entirely within the city of Jerusalem. As of a few years ago it had 18,000 residents, mostly Orthodox Jews. The idea that this neighborhood is somehow an impediment to peace talks is laughable. No other nation in the world runs its housing decisions by the Obama administration, but Israel is expected to do so.
The segregation of Jews in ghettos and state control of their living arrangements does not seem like just a historical footnote when you consider the Obama administration’s response to Jews building in their own capital. Imagine the outrage if Jews were told that they could not live anywhere in New York City that they wished. Or if they could not build in that city without permission from Paris.
The homes are not the reason peace has been elusive in the Middle East. There is no peace because Israel’s enemies refuse its right to exist at all. But that’s the hard truth the administration pretends not to know.
Biden said the new housing “undermines the trust we need right now.” David Axelrod called the move “an affront, an insult.” Numerous other Obama officials denounced our ally, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israel’s behavior “insulting.”
Now the Obama administration is reportedly pressuring Israeli officials to cancel the new housing plans and to consider releasing Palestinian prisoners.
Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., told Israeli diplomats over the weekend that relations with Washington have reached a 35-year low. That’s saying something considering that that time period includes the presidency of Jimmy Carter, who defames Israel as an “apartheid state.” Oren also said that relations between the two countries constitute a “crisis of historic proportions.”
Israel has regularly built new housing over the last few decades to keep up with a growing population. And the new housing never had any effect on the government’s negotiations with the Palestinians. Until now. It is obvious that in recent days the Obama administration has manufactured a crisis with Israel and is doing everything it can to humiliate our ally and weaken the Israeli government on the eve of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The next time Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust took place and tells a mob of Shiite jihadists that the day will come soon when there will be no America and no Israel, I guarantee you there will be barely a whimper of protest from Obama and his crew.
When Iran accelerates its nuclear weapons program, Obama, Biden and Hillary show infinite patience. They extend the hand of “friendship” over and over, even when Ahmadinejad’s response is to slap us in the face. But when Israel goes forward with authorizing new housing units for its own citizens in its own capital, suddenly the Obama administration declares diplomatic war.
Last week a Gallup poll showed support for Israel among the American people at 64%. When President Obama attacks Israel, he may gain the applause of Middle East thugs, but he will not get the support of the American people.