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The “tectonic shift” in U.S.-Israel relations

posted at 9:28 am on June 27, 2010 by

Politico and Ha’aretz are reporting that Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren is saying that President Obama’s policies on Israel are a “tectonic shift” in U.S.-Israel relations. (Laura Rozen mentions Yedioth Ahronoth as the source, but I can’t find a Ynet link.) In the Ha’aretz article, Oren denies that he ever said such a thing.

“There is no crisis in Israel-US relations because in a crisis there are ups and downs,” Oren told a a closed briefing to senior officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s North America Branch and research division, Yedioth Ahronoth’s Itamar Eichner reports.

If this is true, twenty years of listening to Reverend Wright absolutely made their mark.

Oren noted that contrary to Obama’s predecessors – George W. Bush and Bill Clinton – the current president is not motivated by historical-ideological sentiments toward Israel but by cold interests and considerations. He added that his access as Israel’s ambassador to senior administration officials and close advisers of the president is good. But Obama has very tight control over his immediate environment, and it is hard to influence him.

“This is a one-man show,” Oren is quoted as saying.

Even worse:

Obama met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Toronto Saturday.

“The two leaders had a wide-ranging and candid discussion between allies that addressed Iran’s nuclear program, Middle East peace, the flotilla incident, Afghanistan, the PKK and terrorism,” according to the White House readout of the conversation.

Why do I get the feeling that the meeting wasn’t a lot of Obama telling Erdogan to stop the anti-Israel incitement and own up to the fact that his people instigated the attack? By the way, could Israel-Turkish relations get any worse? Yes, yes they could.

Seventy-eight percent of American Jews voted for the most anti-Israel president in decades. Will American Jewish leaders wake up and realize that Obama is not their friend?

Cross-posted at Yourish.com.

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Next time America, elect an American.

It won’t last long.

tarpon on June 27, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Most American Jews are lefties first and foremost and unfortunately, many Israeli Jews are following in their footsteps.

erp on June 27, 2010 at 10:25 AM

the current president is not motivated by historical-ideological sentiments toward Israel but by cold interests and considerations.

Obama motivated by rational interests and considerations? That would be a first.

HeroesforGhosts on June 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM

We’ve pretty much passed the crisis period of the flotilla, and naturally the administration is trying to patch things up — or at the very least, smooth things over in the public perception — with Israel, if for no other reason than the loss of campaign donations for Democrats in the 2010 midterms and 2012 general election.

The problem is ever time a new crisis pops up involving Israel, the default instinct of the Obama Administration is to initially side with Israel’s opponent and assume the worst about the Netanyahu government’s actions. It’s that ingrained notion that’s going to make any PR campaign to convince the public relations between the two countries are fine, because the weaker the support of Israel by the U.S. is perceived in the Middle East, the more likely Hamas, Hezbollah or their allies are likely to try and test Israel, fully expecting those ties to be further weakened.

jon1979 on June 27, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I wish there was a current poll of Jews. It would be interesting to see how well Jews respond to new information. It would be a good proxy to how quickly do people respond to new information. I suspect that the result would be depressing.

thuja on June 27, 2010 at 6:07 PM