Middle East studies in the News
Obama's Real Record On Israel [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by John Hinderaker
October 23, 2012
Wormwood and ashes; that's what it must be for Barack Obama to run for re-election under false pretenses. Barack Obama, friend of fracking! Apologize for America? No way! Where's my lapel flag pin? Israel? I'm her greatest supporter!
Obama has come a long way from the days when he "palled around," as Sarah Palin put it, with Rashid Khalidi, delivering a tribute so explosive that it must never see the light of day. But what does Obama really think about Israel and her enemies? Actions speak louder than words. Anne Bayefsky of Eye on the U.N. went to the trouble of tabulating the real Obama record on Israel. And, no, it isn't just that he wouldn't meet with Netanyahu:
President Obama has never visited Israel during his time in office, despite having been as close as thirty minutes away in Egypt, and managing to go to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq.
President Obama told Jewish leaders in July 2009 that he was deliberately adopting a policy of putting daylight between America and Israel.
President Obama has legitimized the UN body most responsible for demonizing Israel as the world's worst human rights violator. The president joined the UN Human Rights Council in 2009 and is now seeking a second 3-year term, despite Israel's requests that he do the opposite.
President Obama made Israeli settlements the key stumbling block in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Starting in 2009 he chose to castigate Israel publicly, often, and in extreme terms at the General Assembly and the Security Council. The Palestinians took the president's cue and ended direct negotiations until such time as Israel capitulates, even though the subject is supposed to be a final status issue.
President Obama treated Israel's Prime Minister to a series of insulting snubs during his visit to the White House in March 2010.
President Obama cut a deal with Islamic states at a May 2010 meeting of parties to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, contrary to assurances given to Israel. He agreed to help convene a 2012 international conference intended to pivot attention towards disarming Israel and is currently negotiating the details of this diplomatic onslaught.
President Obama introduced in his September 2010 address to the General Assembly, a September 2011 timeline for full Palestinian statehood and membership in the UN, thus encouraging Palestinians to push the same unilateral move.
President Obama suggested in May 2011 that Israel use the 1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations – knowing full well that Israel considers those borders to be indefensible, and that agreements require the border issue to be determined by the parties themselves.
President Obama created a "global counter-terrorism forum" in September 2011 and invited eleven Muslim states to join – on the grounds that they were "on the front lines in the struggle against terrorism." At the insistence of Turkey, he then denied entry to Israel.
President Obama told French President Nicolas Sarkozy in November 2011 – when he thought he was off-mike – that he regretted having to deal with Israel's Prime Minister.
President Obama asked Congress in February 2012 to waive a ban on American funding of UNESCO. The ban had been imposed following UNESCO's recognition of Palestinian statehood and was consistent with U.S. law denying funding for any international organization that recognized Palestinian statehood in the absence of a peace agreement with Israel.
President Obama has indeed put daylight between American and Israeli policy on Iran. In August, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Dempsey said: "our clocks are ticking at different paces" and he wouldn't be "complicit" in an Israeli effort to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities.
In September Secretary Clinton explained this divergence. In her words, the Iranian threat is "existential" only for Israel; only Israel is "right in the bull's eye." President Obama's "pro-Israel" policy, therefore, is to wait past the point that the intended victim of the planned genocide believes is safe.
President Obama denied Prime Minister Netanyahu's request to meet with him in September, despite the Iranian peril.
President Obama's UN ambassador, Susan Rice, didn't even attend the Israeli Prime Minister's speech to the UN General Assembly in September – during which he made a plea for global attention to the Iranian threat.
And on Monday night, at the final debate, Governor Romney answered the question he was asked about what poses the greatest threat to our national security with "a nuclear Iran," while President Obama responded "terrorist networks."
Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. An Iranian nuclear weapon will result in a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world. And it will make the chance of nuclear weapons ending up in the hands of terrorists all the more likely.
So that's Obama's record so far. It is frightening to contemplate what he might feel free to do in a second term, when he has more flexibility.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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