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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Obama has made peace a lot less likely than it was fifteen months ago by throwing his tantrum in such a public manner

B+

cmsinaz on March 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

But … but … he won.

OhioCoastie on March 28, 2010 at 10:03 AM

The people tell him they don’t like what he’s doing. Will he care what the elite in congress think?

I think so. He’s a man of the elite not the people.

shick on March 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM

After Obamacare, he is like a drunk who drives home without getting caught. He thinks he now has free reign to be as reckless as he wants to be.

Daveyardbird on March 28, 2010 at 10:06 AM

shick on March 28, 2010 at 10:04 AM

I wonder….the folks he has surrounded himself in the WH don’t give one wit what congress thinks…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2010 at 10:06 AM

After last week’s vote, the king thought he had everyone walking in lockstep. Will be interesting to see Gibbs try and spin this slap on the wrist.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Anyone notice the similarities lately in the way Obama delivers his speeches and the way Hugo Chavez delivers his?

I mean – lot of “me, me, me!” … “I did this” … “I did that” …

Lot’s of animated ridicule of his opponents? I wonder if someone could put together a video with side by side comparison of the two.

HondaV65 on March 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM

I wonder….the folks he has surrounded himself in the WH don’t give one wit what congress thinks…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Actually I think he’s probably bent as hell right now, thinking “What the hell got into my pawns all of a sudden? Rahm…to the showers!!”

Patrick S on March 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Oh, right…”planned” incompetence. LOL!

Caper29 on March 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM

This man’s arrogance makes him dangerously independent.

paul1149 on March 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Patrick S on March 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM

heh

cmsinaz on March 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM

…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

Obama is the best community organizer this nation has ever had. We should expect no more from this level of experience.

Rovin on March 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Bipartisanship? UNPRECEDENTED!

conservative pilgrim on March 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Looks like 327 House members are gonna get a stink bomb from the toddler in chief.

Rational Thought on March 28, 2010 at 10:13 AM

but not too late to put some serious pressure for this administration to grow the hell up.

Thats not gonna happen. He always doubles down. It worked for Healthcare, it will work if he’s trying to let Iran take care of Israel for him too.

Mord on March 28, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Now we need a bipartisan letter from Congress telling Obama to stop snubbing and fix things with Britain before it starts telling us to piss off.

Vatican Watcher on March 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Bipartisanship? UNPRECEDENTED!

conservative pilgrim on March 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

And for once, unexpected!

Patrick S on March 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Vatican Watcher on March 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

i think they are already there…maybe too late…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Obama is the best community organizer this nation has ever had. We should expect no more from this level of experience.

Rovin on March 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

I’ve been thinking about this week. This is his core and his community organizing expertise prevails, at our expense.

conservative pilgrim on March 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

This is the kind of bipartisan junk I like to see.

myrenovations on March 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

He got the Jewish vote, something I couldn’t understand. His sentiments were obvious to me before the election.

EL on March 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Jennifer Rubin believes Obama’s fumble was by design, or at least by instinctual hostility towards Israel.

Anyone who didn’t know this was coming was extraordinarily naive. What anti-semitic/Marxist church did he attend in Chicago that no “moderate” Republicans wanted to bring up? But according to RINO’s, like Peggy Noonan, he was going to govern as a centrist. What dupes.

Gabe on March 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM

So there’s bipartisan opposition to his Israel policy, and unless I missed something, there was bipartisan opposition to the Healthcare Bill. So that can only mean one thing: Bipartisanship is Racist!

trubble on March 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Arrogance.
Ignorance.
Defiance.
Petulance.

May he rot…

singlemalt_18 on March 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Did Pelosi have the guts to sign this letter?

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Purposefully wrecking a free-market economy.
Making 15 recess appointments of various leftists .
Bullying opponents like a punk and treating allies like garbage.
He is Hugo- without the charm.

jjshaka on March 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Well, well, well. Something positive coming out of Congress? It’s almost unheard of nowadays. Great job! This needs to happen more often.

toddler in chief.

Rational Thought on March 28, 2010 at 10:13 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAH

scalleywag on March 28, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Jeremiah Wright.

OmahaConservative on March 28, 2010 at 10:20 AM

jjshaka on March 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

+ Ignoring the will of the people.

scalleywag on March 28, 2010 at 10:22 AM

He’s acting like a big city street punk.

rplat on March 28, 2010 at 10:22 AM

And soon congress you will know how it feels to be ignored . . . just like the people.

rplat on March 28, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Hmmm a president who had a Muslim father and grew up in a Muslim country hates Israel? Never could have seen that one coming.

angryed on March 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM

The left has hated Netanyahu for 15 years, going back to the Clinton years, and when you toss that into their natural anti-Israeli feelings, you get the current Obama Middle East policy.

Unless Hoyer backs up his signature with threats to scuttle a few of the White House’s pet projects for the rest of the current Congress, Barack & crew aren’t going to change, because to them, giving into Bibi is about as distasteful as admitting Bush or Cheney were ever right about anything.

jon1979 on March 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM

This letter is a product of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy against America’s first black president. Racists all!

Liam on March 28, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I’ve been thinking about this week. This is his core and his community organizing expertise prevails, at our expense.

conservative pilgrim on March 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

The truth is probably that he organized cock fights, rather than communities.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 10:26 AM

He got the Jewish vote, something I couldn’t understand. His sentiments were obvious to me before the election.

EL on March 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM

A lot of (most?) of American Jews put their liberalism first and their Jewishness second. Anyone with 1/2 a brain could see the anti-Semitism in Obama. But they chose to ignore it in order to make history.

Well when Israel ceases to exist thanks to a nuclear Iran, I guess that will be historic as well.

angryed on March 28, 2010 at 10:27 AM

This guy needs to be reined in. He has shown a blatant disregard for our allies while endearing himself to every tyrant, dictator and punk that hates America.

His words and actions to date clearly display his dislike, even hatred for America and what she stands for.

Each day that passes he grows more arrogant and in his mind … unstoppable.

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Don’t worry, barry!! The ones that are democrats can be gotten to later….just give them an airport or a few minutes w/ pelosi on her knees in the back room and they’ll cave!!

WhatsRight on March 28, 2010 at 10:28 AM

The letter’s lead signatories were Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

The great uniter.

forest on March 28, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Well well welcome to the real world Democrats. Glad to see you aren’t totally devoid of intelligence.

gophergirl on March 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I think he might back off after one or two more rolls of the dice with our Allies – I thought early on of this Administration that they could inadvertently start a War with someone – and not involve us directly .

wheels on March 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

The only thing bi-partisan in the Obama era is opposition.

rob verdi on March 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Barack and Hillary both need to be taken to the wood shed.

mobydutch on March 28, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Sorry, but I don’t think the issue here is Obama needing to grow up, or his wanting to be loved by the “international community.”

The man has lived his entire life seeped in the ideas and mores and values of the far left.

And one of the key tenets of the far left is that Israel is the bad guy and the Palestinians are the good guy.

It’s just as simple as that. Good on Congress for smacking him down. First time I’ve felt good about Congress in…um, I can’t remember that far back.

Typhoon on March 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM

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.

I’ll disagree with this part. Peace with the Palestinians isn’t further away because of Obama animosity towards Israel anymore then it’s because Israelis building apartments in Jerusalem.
Let’s not fall into the trap that our actions or that of others affects the Islamic few of Jews and Israel.

lowandslow on March 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM

As Rush calls him, “man-child”

E9RET on March 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Well well welcome to the real world Democrats. Glad to see you aren’t totally devoid of intelligence.

gophergirl on March 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

The Dems who signed were probably told it was about killing unborn babies, so of course they took out their pens.

Liam on March 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Hopey/Changey is sending a Dangerous and Deadly
Message to the Arabs,and Persians!!

This tactic that Obama is busy doing,or applying,
is a Community Organizing Agitator,

and,since that tactic is alive and well,all across
the Muslim World,I bet,they get Obama`s Message,loud
and clear!!

And,since 327 of the House Members are calling out
Team Liberal,the only conclusion I can come up with,
is that for the first time,besides Carter,there is a
President of the United States that is aligning him
self with the ARAB WORLD and Iran,and by words and
deeds,is TOTALLY AGAINST ISRAEL!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM

He will let Congress know when he needs them….until then he will ignore them…shut up he explained.

d1carter on March 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM

All of you American HotAirians can pat yourselves on the back – you called the feeling of the country at large spot on.

OldEnglish on March 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM

He didn’t explain it well enough. The average person can’t comprehend his brilliance. He is a lightworker..a transcendent being. Very evolved.

Itchee Dryback on March 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

I never thought I’d say this, but…good for Steny Hoyer?

flyawaybird on March 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

He didn’t explain it well enough. The average person can’t comprehend his brilliance. He is a lightworker..a transcendent being. Very evolved.

Itchee Dryback on March 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Worse, the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy tricked a few Democrats to also start picking on the president.

Liam on March 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

He didn’t explain it well enough. The average person can’t comprehend his brilliance. He is a lightworker..a transcendent being. Very evolved.

Itchee Dryback on March 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Obama the Great came to me in a vision last nite and spoke these words that I’ll never forget…

“Give me your money … peasant”.
Of course I said go F____ yourself and he went away.

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Obama has made peace a lot less likely than it was fifteen months ago by throwing his tantrum in such a public manner

B+

cmsinaz on March 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I give it an F. The so-called Palestinians do not want peace. They want a country – Israel.

All funding and efforts to create a Palestinian country should cease. They should be encouraged to relocate to Jordan.

And it’s not a matter of Obama growing up. Obama is a fake Christian. He was raised as a Muslim. He says the call to prayer is the sweetest sound on earth. He said he would take the side of the Muslims.

How much more evidence do you need? Those who need to grow up are the squishes who refuse to see Obama as he is: essentially anti- American, Muslim-sympathizing socialist.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Thanks to what amounts to a reversal of 20 years of American policy on settlements in Jerusalem

What? I agree that the snubbing of Netanyahu was stupid, but the policy against settlements in completely unchanged. We have always been against them, under both Republican and Democrat administrations.

Sigh. Just remembering the good old days of 2008 when this sort of thing was considered undermining of the President on foreign policy.

Hal_10000 on March 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Heh. I like the photo with The One showing the soles of his shoes while talking on the phone to Netanyahu. Good memory, Ed.

And guess what. All those “hypersensitive” Israelis were right: he was disrespecting them, and in all likelihood it was intentional. This latest fiasco removes all doubt.

IrishEi on March 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM

I remember Bibi all rumpled and defiant during the first gulf war as the bombs were flying all the hell over the place. Hawt. ;-) There’s just something about a man who doesn’t give a rat’s ass how big and badass the enemy is … fierce is fierce. Bibi could take Obama in a fair fight. It kills me that we’ve given this manchild power he has not earned, does not deserve and has no idea how to weild wisely.

BrideOfRove on March 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

What? I agree that the snubbing of Netanyahu was stupid, but the policy against settlements in completely unchanged. We have always been against them, under both Republican and Democrat administrations.

Hal_10000 on March 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Wrong. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and those “settlements” were never part of any agreement.

IrishEi on March 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

I wonder what Hussein is up to with Israel.

Did Israel do anything that was outside what they had agreed to? I thought Jerusalem was Israel’s capital city, and they could build what they want there.

tarpon on March 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Oh, my! Are the Dems trying to make up to America after committing political suicide? Sorry guys, it’s too late. We will never “love” you again. You can “right” some of the wrongs commited by your “Messiah”, but we don’t trust you.

I pray that Bibi understands that this is just a temporary glitch in American foreign policy. What Obama, Biden, and Clinton did and said to Netanyahu was inexcusible. In fact Obama’s whole foreign policy is unintelligible and stupid.

BetseyRoss on March 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM

You guys obviously don’t know what you are talking about.

This is the
smartest
administration
EVER!!!

Jeesh – can’t you just see their brilliance???

dissent555 on March 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Sigh. Just remembering the good old days of 2008 when this sort of thing was considered undermining of the President on foreign policy.

Hal_10000 on March 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

You mean the pre-bowing and scrapping era?

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

but not too late to put some serious pressure for this administration to grow the hell up.

They did grow up.

The wrong way.

Shy Guy on March 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

During his meeting with Netanyahu maybe Obama was thinking WWMD; what would Mohammed do?

Mojave Mark on March 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM

The only thing bi-partisan in the Obama era is opposition.

rob verdi on March 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

We can only hope

Viper1 on March 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

A faint light at the end of the tunnel. Dear Leader may be losing his glow even to his own.(Forgive the ‘light’ metaphor over kill)

jeanie on March 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

“Shut up,” Obama explained.

PackerBronco on March 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Somewhere out there, there are Black Panthers saying, “Hey, don’t look at us — he’s half white, too.”

Daggett on March 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

The only thing bi-partisan in the Obama era is opposition.

rob verdi on March 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

We can only hope

Viper1 on March 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

The democrats must separate themselves from the progressive socialists and communists in their party.

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Obama has made peace a lot less likely than it was fifteen months ago by throwing his tantrum in such a public manner

Nah, it wasn’t a tantrum. It was cold and calculating. He is a muslim. Muslims hate christians and jews. Its really that simple.

jbh45 on March 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM

BTW – Passover starts March 30th and the WSJ has a nice write up of up and coming Israeli Wines.

The Israeli Wine Blog would like you to know that: “If wine that happens to be kosher sucks it’s not because it’s kosher that it sucks it’s because the winemaker, the winemaking or the grapes suck.”

For any of you thinking of buying Manischewitz this year, reconsider. Bibi’s taken enough abuse this week for everyone. Life is short and getting shorter every day Obama is in office. Try a nice Psagot this year.

very good indeed: dark-fruited and dense yet sleek in texture

(I’m not Jewish but I do love a good bottle of wine for the right occassion.)

BrideOfRove on March 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Agencies Suspect Iran Is Planning New Atomic Sites
==============================
In an interview with the Iranian Student News Agency, the official, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had ordered work to begin soon on two new plants. The plants, he said, “will be built inside mountains,” presumably to protect them from attacks.
—————————
“God willing,” Mr. Salehi was quoted as saying, “we may start the construction of two new enrichment sites” in the Iranian new year, which began March 21.
————————————–

The United Nations inspectors assigned to monitor Iran’s nuclear program are now searching for evidence of two such sites, prompted by recent comments by a top Iranian official that drew little attention in the West, and are looking into a mystery about the whereabouts of recently manufactured uranium enrichment equipment.
===================================================
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/world/middleeast/28nuke.html
=============================================

Well,the West are busy trying to get other countries on-
board for more stiffer sanctions against Iran,to stop them
from producing and enrichment of atom smashing,and now,once
again,the WEST are realizing that Iran has other facilities
being built!!!

This deadly scenario,is alot like Germany,who used Jewish
slave labour to hollow out mountians that housed hundreds
of V-2`s that survived ally bombings!!

And,there was alot of underground type storage areas that
where found,after the war!!!

TRUST and VERIFY isn`t going to work with Iran!!!

The more time Iran has,the more cities across the planet
will bre vapourized of infedels,and I`ve got a gut feeling
that Iran is building up to something horrifically huge!!

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Thanks to what amounts to a reversal of 20 years of American policy on settlements in Jerusalem

What? I agree that the snubbing of Netanyahu was stupid, but the policy against settlements in completely unchanged. We have always been against them, under both Republican and Democrat administrations.

Sigh. Just remembering the good old days of 2008 when this sort of thing was considered undermining of the President on foreign policy.

Hal_10000 on March 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Double sigh. And a good grief for good measure. East Jerusalem is not the West Bank and 1600 housing units is not a settlement.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I am just so proud of the many people at HA who took the time to write Netanyahu giving Israel our support as Americans. To heck with Barack Hussein Arafat Obama.

mobydutch on March 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM

He’s such a baby

ladyingray on March 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Could it be we have the list of representatives who will find ObaMoe guilty in his impeachment trial?

Slowburn on March 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Basilsbest on March 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

i was being sarcastic…should have put my little /s at the end

cmsinaz on March 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

You are right, Canopfor, Time is Running OUT!!!!!!!!

mobydutch on March 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

A faint light at the end of the tunnel. Dear Leader may be losing his glow even to his own.(Forgive the ‘light’ metaphor over kill)

jeanie on March 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

jeanie:No apology neccessary,your statement,seems accurate
to me!:)

canopfor on March 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Aw my dad used to say of such people, Obow could screw up a wet d*eam.

Liam on March 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I can’t bring myself to vote for this as an “amateurism”.

tsagen on March 28, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Once — JUST ONCE – I wish the lame stream media would report the fact that the original plan for the land of Israel was HUGE, including even Jordan. Then they whittled it down to a tiny sliver of land about the size of New Jersey.

And, instead of the so-called Palestinians screaming about how they should have a piece of Jordan, they want to divide THAT little sliver of land? Of course not. They want Israel GONE. That’s what this is all about.

Daggett on March 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Obama is not just an amateur, he is an idiot on a mission.

mobydutch on March 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The letter stated that the US’s unswerving commitment to Israel’s security military has been essential in forging forcing 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.”

There, FIFY Congressmen – Arabs NEVER wanted peace until Israeli military might FORCED them to realize that it was not a great idea to get their collective butts kicked repeatedly for every one else in the Arab street to see.

It is no secret that Arabs have not/dont/will not reconcile to the existence of a nation state for Jewish people – Israelis know this very well from experience. The prospects of genuine peace are hopless – there is only a temporary lull between periods of war as far Israelis and Arabs go.

With Israel’s demographics looking shaky for the next few decades as compared to that of the Arabs in the region, it comes as no surprise that they still have not given up the dream of eliminating Jews from the region.

nagee76 on March 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I doubt he will change course. He seems to have a sense of “face” and for him to back down would result in his losing face. Can’t have that.

Aviator on March 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

A lot of (most?) of American Jews put their liberalism first and their Jewishness second. Anyone with 1/2 a brain could see the anti-Semitism in Obama. But they chose to ignore it in order to make history.

Well when Israel ceases to exist thanks to a nuclear Iran, I guess that will be historic as well.

angryed on March 28, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Going by the David Dinkins-Crown Heights situation back in the early 1990s — when a mayor elected by Jewish voters in New York for the same reason and with the same sloganeering as Obama used in 2008 — what you’re likely to see if Barack and his crew keep this up is a temporary moment on sanity in 2012, in the same way enough Jewish voters in New York, pushed too far by the anti-Semitism they perceived in City Hall, switched their votes from Dinkins to Giuliani in 1993.

It didn’t change their permanent voting patterns — once the crisis was past they felt safe to vote Democratic again — but there is a certain point where American Jews will no longer be able to deny to themselves what the true feeling Obama and his crew have towards Israeli.

The ‘Axlerod/Emanuel’ Jewish Democrats (i.e. secular when push comes to shove between liberal politics and religion) will stay loyal to Barack up to anything short of the U.S. launching a nuclear strike on Tel Aviv; but others will take their votes and campaign donations for both Obama and down-ballot candidates elsewhere, and it could be enough to kill Democrats even in the northeast starting this November. That’s what Hoyer understands, and why he signed the letter.

jon1979 on March 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

You are right, Canopfor, Time is Running OUT!!!!!!!!

mobydutch on March 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

mobydutch:The Iranians must of loved the idea,of Cheyenne
Mountain Complex,to house and build their nuke
warheads,and production of!!

What are the Iranian INTENTIONS and what is their
Capabilities!!!

This is very worrying MD!:)

canopfor on March 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Meanwhile, Axelrod spins lies .

tehd on March 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

You guys obviously don’t know what you are talking about.

This is the
smartest
administration
EVER!!!

Jeesh – can’t you just see their brilliance???

dissent555 on March 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Well, I can smell it even if I can’t see it.

NotCoach on March 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Meanwhile, Axelrod spins lies .

tehd on March 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Axelrod noted that the two leaders had met in private for two hours and had better things to do with their time than worry about protocol.

This is what is known as diplomacy. In addition, to cover up his lack of foriegn relations experience, didn’t he hire like 300 advisors?

How many of them were in the room…advising? None. So here we have solid proof of what poor diplomatic skills can get you.

B+? Thats being generous. I’d say he needs to re-do his homework.

BobMbx on March 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Obama has made peace a lot less likely than it was fifteen months ago by throwing his tantrum in such a public manner.

Meanwhile, all my Jewish friends are still blaming Bush and ridiculing that dumb redneck Palin.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM

B+? Thats being generous. I’d say he needs to re-do his homework.

BobMbx on March 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

His dog ate that homework.

Oldnuke on March 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

I watched some show on On-Demand’s Jewish chanel prior to the elections. I wish I could remember who was speaking, but essentially, they laid out all the reasons why Obama was anti-Israel and would be a disaster as a president in that regard.

Amercian Jews didn’t get the message, but it looks strangely phophetic today.

Vera on March 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The people tell him they don’t like what he’s doing. Will he care what the elite in congress think?
I think so. He’s a man of the elite not the people.
shick on March 28, 2010 at 10:04 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

I can’t bring myself to vote for this as an “amateurism”

I have to agree as well – this is not an amateur at work – this is an idealogue who has been waiting for his chance to impact the “peace process”.

There is no visible end game here.. what exactly is he going to do now given Bibi is not going to stop building in Jerusalem ?

Unless there is this unlikely scenario where his coalition partners willingly remove themselves from his Govt and Livni agrees to join his coalition and serve under him as Foreign Minister, Obama’s schoolboy outrage will all be for nothing.

And if Bibi does agree to all of this, he immediately becomes a lame duck PM… who the hell wants that ?

This is pretty much a green light from Obama to the Palestinians to hunker down on their demands and up the ante’ even more. I dont see any other reason behind this faux outrage.

nagee76 on March 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM

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