Middle East studies in the News
Israel to be Barackstabbed Again? [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Jessica Rubin
In his meeting with Netanyahu at the White House after his AIPAC speech, Obama assured Netanyahu, "The United States will always have Israel's back when it comes to Israel's security."
That should worry those who think that Israel has the right to exist.
In the 2008 campaign Obama adopted a pro-Israel stance. He staunchly defended the Israeli-American alliance. His speech to AIPAC contained all the pro-Israel boilerplate that that we now hear at his 2012 AIPAC speech. The various flavors of "there will always be an Israel" and "Israel is our staunchest ally" and "Jerusalem would forever remain the undivided capital of Israel" are trotted out again.
But then what happened? After getting the Jewish vote that gave him Florida and the 2008 election a different Obama emerged.
In 2009 the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs reported that Obama had imposed a virtual arms embargo on Israel. Obama blocked all major Israeli weapons requests, including key projects and upgrades, linking arms sales to progress in the peace process. At the same time, Obama approved $10 billion in arms sales to Arab states, including fighters, missiles, helicopters, and fast attack craft. Israel did not protest, despite reports that its qualitative military edge was being eroded.
Since then. as Caroline Glick wrote in 2011,
Then in October 2011 the new American Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, suggested that Israeli policies were partly responsible for its increasing diplomatic isolation in the Middle East.
For many commentators it is clear that Obama's real sympathies lie with Palestine and not Israel. His entire educational background from Wright to Bell to Rashid Khalidi and his dealings with CAIR and other Islamist fronts reinforce this view.
Now Obama is back in the campaign mode again and making the same promises he made in 2008. If he wins in 2012 there will be no need for the US Jewish vote. Then the Obama's ship of state, unhampered by the need for the Jewish vote, will fly its true colors.
As Stanley Kurtz writes; "This is why supporters of Israel should fear Obama's reelection. In 2013, with his political vulnerability a thing of the past, Obama's pro-Palestinian sympathies would be released from hibernation, leaving Israel without support from its indispensable American defender."
But don't worry. as Barack Obama said, "The United States will always have Israel's back when it comes to Israel's security."Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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