327 House members tell Obama to make U-turn on US-Israeli relations

posted at 10:00 am on March 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama talks a lot about the “spirit of bipartisanship.”  Now he’s had a chance to see it for himself, thanks to a series of diplomatic fumbles between the White House and Israel, usually one of America’s closest allies.  More than three-quarters of the US House of Representatives signed a letter expressing dismay over the direction of the alliance, warning that the “highly publicized tensions” aren’t helping America’s interests:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will continue discussions with his senior ministers in the coming days, looking for a way out of the crisis with the US. He received some badly needed support on Friday from 327 congressmen, who signed a letter expressing concern that “the highly publicized tensions” in US-Israeli ties will “not advance the interests” of either state. …

Meanwhile, in Washington, [327] congressmen – three-quarters of the House of Representatives – signed a bipartisan letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing solid support for Israel and the expectation that differences between Jerusalem and Washington will be smoothed over quickly and in private.

“We are writing to reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over recent tension,” the letter read. “A strong Israel is an asset to the national security of the United States and brings stability to the Middle East.

“We are concerned that the highly publicized tensions in the relationship will not advance the interests the US and Israel share. Above all, we must remain focused on the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear weapons program to Middle East peace and stability.”

The letter stated that the US’s unswerving commitment to Israel’s security has been essential in forging previous Israeli-Arab peace agreements, “both because it convinced those who sought Israel’s destruction to abandon any such hope and because it gave successive Israeli governments the confidence to take calculated risks for peace.”

The letter’s lead signatories were Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD).  The letter had only circulated for three days last week before garnering 327 signatures, probably the most bipartisan effort seen on Capitol Hill in this session of Congress.  It provides a measure of just how far out of the mainstream the Obama administration has gotten on relations with Israel.

Moreover, they’re entirely correct.  Thanks to what amounts to a reversal of 20 years of American policy on settlements in Jerusalem, Obama has given the Palestinians a reason to refuse to come to the table that Israel simply can’t address.  Obama has made peace a lot less likely than it was fifteen months ago by throwing his tantrum in such a public manner.   Weakening Israel won’t bring peace — it will bring more attacks on Israel as Palestinians begin to believe that the US won’t back its ally any longer.

Jennifer Rubin believes Obama’s fumble was by design, or at least by instinctual hostility towards Israel.  With advisers like Samantha Power at the White House, that hostility was known long before Obama got elected.  Accidental, latent, or overt, Obama’s hostility towards a key democracy in the most strategic part of the world has raised eyebrows of both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill — perhaps belatedly, but not too late to put some serious pressure for this administration to grow the hell up.


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Common Self Destruction
Jewish votes leftist because the Natinal Socialists were leftist, not right wing. Black votes Democratic because Southern Democrats the party of slavery was Democrats, not right wing Lincoln Republicans.

Reality Check on March 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM

From Audacity of Hope: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

Army Brat on March 28, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Let’s get the quote right, else we’ll be just like the MSLSD media which snips out context to meet its leftist narrative. This passage has plenty to criticize without having to rearrange the language.

Actual quote from “The Audacity of Hope” [pg. 261]: “Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

The Osurper is certainly a closet muslim of some sort, and he’s certainly a naked anti-Semite, given how he sucks up to islamic dictators and brushes off Israel and other allies. But let’s get the quotes accurate, otherwise it makes it too easy for the Left to dismiss the real evidence.

Western_Civ on March 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

The Osurper is certainly a closet muslim of some sort, and he’s certainly a naked anti-Semite, given how he sucks up to islamic dictators and brushes off Israel and other allies. But let’s get the quotes accurate, otherwise it makes it too easy for the Left to dismiss the real evidence.

Western_Civ on March 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Obama doesn’t stand with Muslims per se, he stands with totalitarian Muslim governments. Just like he stands with other totalitarian governments around the world. He has shown an obvious disdain for not only his own country, but any country that doesn’t impose it’s will on it’s people.

Obama is a totalitarian brother in arms to any government that embraces total control.

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Obama has done more than behave like a child here; he’s gone so far as to recall JDAMs that were en route to Israel:

http://debka.com/article/8665/

redfoxbluestate on March 28, 2010 at 5:24 PM

…well, I hate to say ‘I told you so…’; but, in Fact, I did say, for 18 months at least, prior to Barack HUSSEIN Obama (PBUH)(SWT)(SAW) occupying the Oval Office, that he was in fact:

Anti-American
Anti-Semitic
Anti-White/Racist
Marxist
Pro-Jihadi
Traitorous

I take no delight in unfortunately having been proven 100% correct, on all of those.

Dale in Atlanta on March 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM

This is why I can’t read Ann Althouse’s blog. I’m sure she’s a nice person and intelligent, but what is it with these “intelligent” educated voters who couldn’t see what this guy very plainly was before they elected him? And now she’s surprised by his policies and behavior? Strange…very strange.

It’s not just Althouse, we have millions of credentialed, smart people who’ve done quite well in our system of higher education who can’t seem to reason their way out of a wet paper bag. I halfway think that if some nutcase rolled up next to Althouse in a beat up old van and offered her candy to get in, she’d do it.

Django on March 28, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Obama’s Father was a polygamist muslim, Obama was raised in 99% Muslim Indonesia, and got a muslim passport to Pakistan during his college years…

Of course he’s going to hate Israel! He’s a Jew hating muslim!

and in regard to redfox’s comment:

Obama has done more than behave like a child here; he’s gone so far as to recall JDAMs that were en route to Israel:

http://debka.com/article/8665/

redfoxbluestate on March 28, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Mr. O-competent is just making sure Israel uses nukes instead of U.S. bunker busters. With the way he’s trying to wreck the U.S. it may even be on purpose.

scotash on March 28, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Obama’s hostility towards a key democracy in the most strategic part of the world has raised eyebrows of both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill — perhaps belatedly, but not too late to put some serious pressure for this administration to grow the hell up.

It takes many years for schoolyard bullies to mature. For some punks the day never comes, especially when they work in teams – which only serves to reinforce thuggish behavior..

Buy Danish on March 28, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Too late. You’ve empowered him to remake America and now you live with the consequences.

TheBigOldDog on March 28, 2010 at 7:08 PM

To build on what you said…

Common Self Destruction
Jewish votes leftist because the Natinal Socialists were leftist, not right wing.

I’d love to hear from some of Hillary’s Jewsih supporters in NY right now, those that helped her to an easy defeat of Rick Lazio. I’d like them to explain how our treatment of Israel is a good thing.

Black votes Democratic because Southern Democrats the party of slavery was Democrats, not right wing Lincoln Republicans.

Reality Check on March 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Let’s play “Name that party”
The three S’s
Slavery (Nineteenth Century)
Segregation (Twentieth Century)
and now Socialism (Twentyfirst century)

Red State State of Mind on March 28, 2010 at 8:04 PM

For the 50+% that elected this moron I hope you’re still happy. Moron is probably the wrong term (try dedicated Moslin if you want to be accurate). What we have achieved is a president dedicated to the destruction of the United States.

duff65 on March 28, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Which will be the death of them…again. Liberal, Secular Jews are not that smart.

PakviRoti on March 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM

You don’t know much about the history of the Jews do you? The emancipation of the Jews was not merely an emancipation from the assorted laws Christians used to keep Jewish communities down. It was also emancipation of the Jews from their religious ghettos.

I don’t doubt that you think Einstein, Spinoza, and the vast number of other secular Jews are somehow unintelligent. You are cretin since you owe many of them a debt for many of the things we in the modern world hold dear.

lexhamfox on March 28, 2010 at 8:24 PM

What we have achieved is a president dedicated to the destruction of the United States.

duff65 on March 28, 2010 at 8:12 PM

I meant to add “and Isreal” to that comment

duff65 on March 28, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Obama was smart to snub Netanyahu after he insulted our Vice President.

I can’t stand Joe Biden, but I still think it was extremely disrespectful.

Spathi on March 28, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Spathi on March 28, 2010 at 8:50 PM

We can always count on the trolls for a handy non-sequitor.
i.e. Netanyahu has yahoo in his name Biden has it in his soul.

mad scientist on March 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM

duff65 on March 28, 2010 at 8:28 PM

If Israel goes then the pressure to destroy us doubles.

mad scientist on March 28, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Spathi

A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind (Prov. 18:2).

daesleeper on March 28, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Did the LA Times ever release the transcript they had prior to the election of a speech Obama gave to a palestinian group?

I think I already know the answer to that but I guess it was worth a try.

Yakko77 on March 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM

If the likes of Pelosi, Conyers, Rangel, and Sheila Jackson Lee are the elites, than I am damn near ROYALTY.

tessa on March 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Thank you, Tessa! That is the best thing I have read all day. LOL

francesca on March 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM

It appears the Muslim commie in the White House has now outed himself for all to see.

-Dave

Dave R. on March 29, 2010 at 12:45 AM

At last count, there were only 178 Republicans in the House, and 252 Democrats. If 327 House members signed the pro-Israel anti-Obama/Clinton letter, that includes at least 149 Democrats, or nearly 60% of Obama’s own party.

Obama is a uniter all right–he’s managed to unite Israel, Republicans, and most Democrats against him. Maybe we should make Israel one of those 57 states, and let the Israelis vote here…

Steve Z on March 29, 2010 at 1:12 AM

At last count, there were only 178 Republicans in the House, and 252 Democrats. If 327 House members signed the pro-Israel anti-Obama/Clinton letter, that includes at least 149 Democrats, or nearly 60% of Obama’s own party.

Obama is a uniter all right–he’s managed to unite Israel, Republicans, and most Democrats against him. Maybe we should make Israel one of those 57 states, and let the Israelis vote here…

Steve Z on March 29, 2010 at 1:12 AM

This is why I can’t read Ann Althouse’s blog. I’m sure she’s a nice person and intelligent, but what is it with these “intelligent” educated voters who couldn’t see what this guy very plainly was before they elected him? And now she’s surprised by his policies and behavior? Strange…very strange.

Django: I think that it is because too many people treat politics like driving and most don’t drive defensively - we all need to learn to vote, trust, support, and select, our leaders far more defensively – assuming that they are all out to crash the system one way or another. I say keep them all off the road and if and when they get on, assume you’re the driving instructor -not the student.

Don L on March 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM

The bible on Israel:

I will bless those who bless Israel and I will curse those who curse Israel. Genesis 12.3.

Hey Obowma, choose your enemy.

dthorny on March 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

This ani’t nothing but payback by the black bigots of America.
Jews have been turning the other cheek for centuries.
Time for this to stop.

Cybergeezer on March 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Obama was smart to snub Netanyahu after he insulted our Vice President.

Spathi on March 28, 2010 at 8:50 PM

How was our VP insulted?

blink on March 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

“BEHEAD THOSE WHO INSULT BIDEN!”

/sorry, just had to…

Mary in LA on March 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM

It provides a measure of just how far out of the mainstream the Obama administration has gotten on relations with Israel.

Oh really?

2* Is Israel an ally of the United States, an enemy of the United States or somewhere in between?

58% Ally
2% Enemy
32% Somewhere in between
8% Not sure

When only a little over half the country views a foreign nation as an ally, is it so “out of the mainstream” for the administration to stop kowtowing to everything they want?

It’s odd how so many are so willing to let our foreign policy be dictated by a foreign country.

orange on March 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

It’s odd how so many are so willing to let our foreign policy be dictated by a foreign country.

orange on March 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

It’s odd how so many are apparently willing to let their views of an allied nation be formed by the enemy media.

Mary in LA on March 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Israel is surrounded by countries that think it’s a good idea to put their woment in black bags and cut off their [small but very important body part] before marrying them off to their first cousins. Israel should not give countries like that one square inch.

Mary in LA on March 29, 2010 at 1:12 PM

woment s/b women
Damn Monday morning fingers. :-P

Mary in LA on March 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

I don’t think the American media have covered this rebuke of the president, surprise, surprise.

alice on March 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Hey…it’s not getting easier for them!

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1159681.html

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2010 at 7:10 PM

How was our VP insulted?

blink on March 29, 2010 at 12:08 PM

There was some building going on that shouldn’t have while Biden was speaking…it was purely an accident and when shown, Obama had a snit fit.
Obama was caught defending Biden, and then was embarrassed to find out Obama was wrong…so he did what every child does when they are embarrassed and make a fool of themselves, blames other people.
Obama is now more of a joke internationally then I would have ever thought.
Peace prize, global warming, Olympics, Poland and missiles, now this…unbelievable how one man can be so inept.

right2bright on March 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

The term “U-turn” “reversal” or anything similar is where in the letter?

Feel free to make stuff up in your headlines. Again.

Constantine on March 29, 2010 at 9:17 PM

It’s odd how so many are so willing to let our foreign policy be dictated by a foreign country.

orange on March 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

You must be sooo fvckin’ stupid that your stupidity can’t even be measured. “Foreign policy dictated”? Then how come Iran is not a glass parking lot yet, schmuck? Like I said, fvckin’ stupid.

Andy in Agoura Hills on March 30, 2010 at 4:05 PM

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