Israel and the liberal noise machine *UPDATED*

I had another fascinating conversation with a liberal who offered this take on the situation with Israel:

Because everyone hates Israel, it’s a brilliant strategy for Obama to attack it to raise his standing in the world.  Israel wants this too.  I bet you $100 that we’ll learn that this whole ‘fight” was carefully scripted to improve Obama’s and Israel’s standing.

And no, I’m not exaggerating.  It’s not quite verbatim, because I didn’t take notes during the conversation, but it’s close.

I think Barry Rubin and Bruce Kesler offer slightly more sophisticated analyses of what’s going on.  First, with regard to my liberal friend’s world view, here’s Barry Rubin analyzing the New York Times’ approach to Israel and the Middle East.

And now to what the U.S. is doing.  Barry Rubin suggests that the U.S. has declared diplomatic war against Israel.  So no, this isn’t some diplomatic theater in which Israel allows herself to be beaten black and blue in order to placate her and America’s common enemy.  Instead, America, through the Obama administration, is becoming one of Israel’s enemies.  And Bruce Kesler suggests a “secret plan” (not so secret, as more and more people are thinking it), that sees America forcing Israel to bomb Iran — at which point you can be sure that B. Hussein O. will abandon Israel to the world’s wolves, thereby, in one fell swoop, having rid himself of two problems.  Nobody ever said Machiavelli was principled.

UPDATE:  Jennifer Rubin, with some help from William Kristol, has the perfect response to the fatuity emanating from the liberal (and often Jewish) Left:

As Bill Kristol explains, the Obami’s anti-Israel bent is no accident but part of his larger approach, which seeks realignment in Middle East policy as Obama becomes not the leader of a single nation or even of the alliance of democracies but the wise mediator for all humanity:

And there’s no better way to be a leader of humanity than to show disapproval of the Jewish state. Sure, Obama’s turn against Israel will make it less likely that Palestinians will negotiate seriously with her. Sure, it will embolden radical Arabs and Muslims against those who would like their nations to take a different, more responsible, course. Sure, it’s a distraction from the real challenge of Iran. But the turn against Israel is ultimately a key part of what Obamaism is all about. That’s why there’s been so little attempt by the administration to reassure friends of Israel that Obama has been acting more in sorrow than in anger. Obama’s proud of his anger at the stiff-necked Jewish state. It puts him in sync with the rest of the world.

In this, we see the intersection of Obama’s multilateralism, his aversion to American exceptionalism, his fetish with his own international popularity, his obsession with engaging despots, his disinterest in promoting human rights, and his hostility toward the Jewish state. They are interlocking pieces in the greater Obama vision — each reenforces the other and makes more precarious the security of not only Israel but also the United States. Obama may suppose he is making America more popular or reducing conflict with rogue states, but instead, he is fueling the ambitions of aggressive despots and frittering away America’s moral standing. We are abetting an international free-for-all as the world’s bullies look for openings to assert themselves and to show just how dangerous it is to be a small democratic ally of the U.S.

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  • Charles Martel

    I hope that the world’s wolves will remember that Israel’s nuclear arsenal is bigger than France’s.

    I also see a domestic analogue. While we are fretting about the hotter heads among us falling into a leftist trap by committing violence, I’m more concerned that the left will simply go ahead and begin physical attacks on Tea Partiers, GOP elected officials and conservative media. It would then be an open invitation to Obama to declare martial law or restrictions on civil liberties “until both sides behave themselves.”

    It wouldn’t matter that the left brought this on by being the aggressors because the whole point is to “force” the Obama administration to declare extraordinary measures. Who cares about being seen as the bad guy if in so doing you can get everything you want?

  • Ymarsakar

    This is why democracies don’t work. Rule by the people is just another saying for idiocracy.
    Constitutions are what ensures that the ‘will of the people’ isn’t some village idiot’s idea of how to do things.

  • suek

    You know…I can understand this (the secret plan) approach from the standpoint of Obama.  I think he’s a muslim.  This approach makes sense for him.  But Rahm??? and other Jews in his administration?  Do they consider themselves Jews?  There’s a real problem for me in this attitude.  I can understand that they’re American first, and have no desire to go to or live in Israel – but to set Israel up for this kind of a scenario??? It defines them as  traitors of the worst sort imo.

  • Ymarsakar

    Martel, something will blow up the Capitol building, they’ll blame it on Jews, and you know the rest of the “Reichstag Nero fiddles while he burned down Rome” scenario.

  • Ymarsakar

    “Nobody ever said Machiavelli was principled.”
    Actually he was.

  • Charles Martel

    I have no problem accepting that Rahm, like Soros, is a self-hating Jew. Most of the self-declared Jews I know are atheists or Marxists who cringe at the idea of Jewish exceptionalism. 

    Their decision is an easy one: continue spewing an anti-Israel line that marks them as hard-headed, invitable-to-the-best-parties realists, or side with an embarrassing bunch of racous, uncouth, unsentimental warriors who insist on their politically incorrect right to establish and defend a civilization among savages.

  • suek

    So…why do they identify as Jews?  Why not change their names to Smith, or Jones or Wagner or something very non-Jewish and disavow their heritage?  it just seems irreconcilable to me.  Like trying to claim their heritage and identify with those who are exceptional, but at the same time claiming that they’re not one of them.  I just don’t understand it.

  • Charles Martel

    Because being Jewish (even if you despise the religion and the traditions) gives you a leg up. Even as you deny the exceptional nature of the Jewish people as a way to ingratiate yourself and shed your shame at their coarseness and presumptuousness, you still get to be exceptional!

    That’s the beauty of it: Everybody knows that the Jews are exceptional, otherwise why would so many people ascribe such great powers to such a tiny minority? A Smith, or a Lee or a Shabazz is a nobody. But a Shapiro or a Leibowitz, even if he’s a self-hating somebody, is still a somebody.

  • Oldflyer

    I wrote to both of my Dimocratic Senators and implored them to convey to Obama that his careless actions toward Israel could have disastrous unintended consequences.  The world’s predators pay close attention to the American President.  Once events start to spiral, it could be impossible to regain control.
    I explained that I was soliciting their help since he clearly has no interest in what the average American (unconnected to a favored group) thinks, but may listen to the Nobles of the party he depends upon.
    I encourage others to speak up.

  • Ymarsakar

    Obama is no longer the United States President. He’s nothing but an usurper.


    The US is considering abstaining from a possible UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, sources suggest to the BBC.

    Is this  the head  Dumacrat trying to pressure Israel into submission. If so, he has just opened a can of Jewhad.  Never again, is not a vague reference.

  • Charles Martel



  • Spartacus

    For an event occurring in late October, you may hear something like, “Timmy is a goblin, Ashley is a ballerina, and Bobby is a firefighter.”
    For an event occurring in early November, you may hear something like, “Rahm is a Jew, Nancy is a Catholic, and Harry is a Mormon.”
    But the children are cuter, more sincere, and put more effort into their roles.

  • Charles Martel

    Well said, Spartacus.


    Just had to share this spoof, although I am quite convinced that the  Zero would see it otherwise.

    This is a spoof. This is only a spoof. From this blog, a satirical take on the traditional end of the Passover Seder, which for centuries has been: “next year in Jerusalem”:

    Shana Habbab (AP White House Correspondent)
    (AP) — An unidentified Israeli official has confirmed that private discussions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu included an urgent request from the President that the traditional closing refrain “next year in Jerusalem” be deleted during the upcoming Passover holiday, calling the ancient passage provocative and unhelpful for the future of peace talks. Calling it “an easy fix,” Obama strongly urged the Jewish People to replace it with “next year in peace” or “next year in Tel Aviv,” leaving the exact wording to final status talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Netanyahu is said to have balked at the request, indicating that the refrain dates back well before the UN Partition of 1947 and well before the U.S. Declaration of Independence, for that matter. The Prime Minister reportedly attempted to defuse the situation by offering to remove it from the conclusion of the lesser-known Yom Kippur service, and suggesting the phrase was defunct anyway since Jews have controlled all of Jerusalem since 1967. However, a visibly irritated President Obama flatly rejected the compromise, adding it was another indication the “stiff-necked” Prime Minister did not appear “serious about peace.”
    Shortly after the meeting, both sides issued a terse statement saying that no agreement had been reached on the matter.

  • Ymarsakar

    Rahlm is a Judas goat.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Book, what your anecdote demonstrates is the incredible ability of human beings to delude themselves in order to desperately preserve template for understanding the world.
    I can understand (but obviously not excuse) why George Soros is a Jew-hater after what he did to his own people in Hungary during the Nazi era. However, as to the others…
    Let’s put it this way: I was never able to understand how so many Jews stayed around as Hitler was consolidating power and quietly lined up to go to the camps. Now I do.

  • Mike Devx

    Danny Lemieux said in #17,
    > Let’s put it this way: I was never able to understand how so many Jews stayed around as Hitler was consolidating power and quietly lined up to go to the camps. Now I do.

    Danny, I think you have mentioned the “frog in the slowly boiling pot of water” analogy.  That’s what tends to happen to us all: We don’t perceive the crisis as it arrives because it arrives so slowly.  Today is mostly a lot like yesterday, and tomorrow like today; except that things keep getting a little bit worse, slowly, over time.  Next thing you know, we’re in it up to our necks.  “How did we get here?” is the astonished response when we realize we’re in the crisis.  The answer is: slowly.  We got here slowly.

    The Nazis went to great pains to hide what they were doing.  Locals near the death camps *knew* what was going on, but even they lacked proof.  Everyone else, if they heard anything, heard rumors.  Because of the lack of proof, they were able to ignore it and continue on into the next day.  Even the Jews.

    I’ve heard it said that wisdom means acting correctly on incomplete information.  In other words, if you wait for convincing proof, you’re not showing wisdom.  Anyone can make the correct choice based on absolute proof.  But being able to choose correctly – and having the courage to ACT – based on incomplete information, is risky, because, what if you’re wrong?   Well, wisdom means not being wrong!

    And that’s where we are today.  There’s been a decades-long trend of Americans believing that the next generation is having it worse than the current generation, that America is already on the long, slow path of decline.  It seems to me to be true, but it’s slow, there’s no proof, and it’s difficult to put your finger on exactly why it is true.  And what do we do about it?  Remain quiet and passive, and simply accept that each year seems somehow on the average just a little bleaker and grayer for all of us?  But it’s accelerating now, all around us, that decline.   And people are finally being roused to action.  (And, yes, they’re becoming angry, which those in power, and their media lackeys, really do not like one bit.)

    Therefore you had the Jews in Nazi Germany, and in Nazi-controlled Europe, disbelieving that things were getting slowly worse and worse, and not acting until the trap had closed.  Until it was too late.

    And therefore you have us now, believing in a general sense that things have been getting worse for all of us, but not quite certain, and not at all sure WHY… and we say, “Surely things have not gotten that bad for us.  Surely this is all just more of the same.  This is part of the normal ups and downs that America has always seen”.   Until, again, it becomes so obvious as to be undeniable… but by then will it be too late, too far down the road to collapse to avoid?


    your anecdote demonstrates is the incredible ability of human beings to delude themselves in order to desperately preserve template for understanding the world.
    That sentence jumped off the page after reading the attached article.
    World Vision Australia funded the recently completed field in Jenin as a community project to help young Palestinians.
    However, this month the authorities in Jenin announced plans to build additional sports facilities on the site and to call the planned sporting complex the Abu Jihad Youth City.
    Abu Jihad, or Khalil al-Wazir, was the former commander of Fatah’s armed wing. He was considered a high-profile terrorist by Israelis for plotting numerous attacks inside that country during the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Danny Lemieux

    SADIEj – thanks for the heads’ up. I will no have to cross out World Vision from my acceptable charities list.
    MikeD – it really is so sad that I cannot disagree with anything that you have written. We have a tough road ahead of us.