Israel’s friends need to keep a very close eye on Obama in the coming days

I've always suspected that Obama slipped in a little prayer there desiring Israel's destruction.

I’ve always suspected that Obama slipped in a little prayer there desiring Israel’s destruction.

It’s already old news that Obama halted what was supposed to be an automatic shipment of rockets to Israel to re-equip the Iron Dome system that protected her citizens so well from the thousands of rockets Hamas aimed at Israel from schools, hospitals, playgrounds, and homes in Gaza. One shipment thankfully won’t make or break Israel’s defense system. Shmuel Rosner, however, points to something incredibly disturbing about Obama’s decision to halt the shipment, more disturbing even than the lack of rockets.

The disturbing aspect arises because it’s unclear what purpose Obama is serving by withholding needed weapons systems from Israel. Rosner gives examples showing how, in the past, even presidents friendly to Israel have conditioned weapons on certain specific behaviors they wished to see Israel stop. This time, though, it’s different and, to the extent Rosner can see any goals Obama hopes to achieve, none of them benefit Israel:

The current punishment is a mystery. We don’t know what it is that the US is trying to achieve by halting the shipment of arms. I see several possibilities (there are probably more):

A. To generally humiliate Netanyahu: Surely, there is no great love between this administration and the Netanyahu government, and holding the shipment can be just one of these tit-for-tat insults with no clear purpose in mind. If this is the case, that’s, well, childish.

B. To try to make Netanyahu more flexible at the Cairo negotiations: If this is the case, that means that, as David Horovitz wrote, the US is actively assisting Hamas (Horovitz made an even larger claim – that at this point, any public brawl between the US and Israel serves Hamas).

C. To pressure Israel into doing something else that Israel refuses to do, something that hasn’t yet been made public. If this is the case, we will probably get more hints in the coming days as to the matter under dispute.

Rosner puts his money on Option A, which in some ways is even worse than the others. Think about it: We have reached a point in this administration at which it’s perfectly possible, even reasonable, to believe that our president will willingly put a substantial percentage of Israel’s 8 million Jewish and Arab citizens at risk simply because he’s spiteful. We’ve gone from hope and change to petty and murderous in just six years.  We’ve also gone from a coherent foreign policy, one friendly to democracies, to a tyrannical foreign policy driven by the pique of a self-anointed imperial leader.

Looking at Obama’s possible motives, Rosner also reaches a further conclusion, one that’s even more disturbing than the fact that we have a president with the moral compass of a spoiled, nasty little three-year-old:

So I don’t see a clear-cut case here for “Obama doesn’t care about Israel’s security”. But I do see something else that is quite disturbing: Obama no longer cares if people say that he doesn’t care about Israel’s security.

Let me explain: for six years it was important for the administration to separate “security relations” from “diplomatic relations”, because the separation enabled it to keep wrapping itself in a ‘supportive of Israel’ garment even as it was having bitter fights with the Israeli government. When relations were very tense, the pretense of them being still very strong was important for the Obama administration to maintain. Of course, part of it is because it is true: the relations are still strong. The US and Israel have ties strong enough to sustain a period of tension between the two governments. But there were also other reasons for the Obama team to insist on the viability of the “security” relations. Possibly, some of this was for political reasons – Obama did not wish to pick a fight with political supporters over Israel. And some of it probably had psychological motivations – it enabled people within the administration that are basically supportive of Israel to compartmentalize their own feelings about the policies of the administration in which they serve.

If Obama genuinely believes that his friendly behavior regarding Israel no longer matters when it comes to carrying out his agenda at home, the situation can be disastrous for Israel. Those of us paying attention to Israel have always known that someone who hangs out with Palestinians and Israel-haters not only isn’t a friend of Israel, no matter his rhetoric but is, instead, an enemy of Israel. Having kept up the “friend” pretense as long as he thought necessary, he apparently believes that the time has come for him to throw off the pro-Israel mask and show his true colors. If Rosner is correct, halting rocket shipments isn’t the worst thing that Obama has prepared for the Jewish nation that he finagled into relying on him, to its detriment, for six years.

Hamas violates 11th ceasefire

This speculation takes on extra urgency, today, with Hamas having broken the ceasefire just hours ago by shooting a massive rocket barrage at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  The next few days will speak volumes about whether Israel can still look to America for support.

The fact that the American population strongly supports Israel will not matter if the President has decided that he no longer needs this domestic support for Israel to carry out his own agenda. As a presumed Israel hater (again, look at his friends), Obama may use his unique authority on foreign affairs to cut Israel adrift. It really doesn’t bear thinking about, but think about it we must.

Certainly, the IDF is focused and angry. On Facebook, it left a very ominous message: “Hamas has made its decision. Now we will make ours.”

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  • Robert Arvanitis

    MAYBE, just maybe, a skilled rhetorician might justify somehow diminishing an offensive capability, like artillery or tanks..
    But there is no possible excuse for stopping a purely defensive measure like Iron Dome. That would be like blocking antibiotics.
    No one, not the Great Deluder himself could link Iron Dome to a fake excuse like “intransigence in talks,” as if Israel would not negotiate in good faith unless their innocents were at risk.
    Remember, this is the same snake who abandoned Eastern Europe when he broke faith about missile defenses there as well.

  • Zhombre

    I will be writing to Florida Senator Nelson (whom I like actually). A small gesture and possibly futile but worth doing. Every day I am more and more convinced of Nat Hentoff’s description of Obama as the most dangerous and destructive man to hold the office he holds, elected twice now, doubling down on the current folly of the electoral politics and its unscrupulous manipulation.

  • David Foster

    I’ve seen the following meme on pro-Israel FB threads a few times: ‘Well, yeah, Obama is anti-Israel, but he’s a lame duck so it doesn’t matter much, and there’s no reason to smear the whole Democratic Party with this, because we have to keep those eevil Republicans out of office.”

  • Danny Lemieux

    I have no doubt that Obama would consider it a crowning achievement of his administration if he was able to help destroy the Jewish state before he leaves office.

  • JKB

    The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to U.S. President Barack Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”.[1] The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award on October 9, 2009, citing Obama’s promotion of nuclear nonproliferation[2] and a “new climate” in international relations fostered by Obama, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world.[3][4]

    We should plan a celebration for the upcoming 5th anniversary. Cake and ice cream at least. People can tweet about their get-togethers.

  • Ymarsakar

    Hussein made American losses in Afghanistan and Iraq meaningless and worthless, Book. Does anyone truly believe Hussein gives two golf lessons what people think he should do to help Israel?

  • Ymarsakar

    This is American power at its finest. If people have wondered why the world hates America’s power that is used for good, you ever ask yourself what the Left was using America’s power for in the century since this 21st one?

  • Wolf Howling

    Withholding the iron dome missiles is playing a dangerous game indeed. True, the missiles protect Israel, but that protection has tremendous ramifications for the Palestinians. If Israel were not able to defend itself against the Hamas rocket attacks with such a defensive system – if the missiles were landing in Tel Aviv and causing devastation – it wouldn’t mean the end of Israel. What it would mean is that Israel would have no choice but to conduct a very bloody, scorched earth offensive in Gaza, with little or no thought given to sparing civilian casualties. To call this policy shortsighted is to be overly kind.

    • Ymarsakar

      “with little or no thought given to sparing civilian casualties.”

      If they were willing to do that, this war wouldn’t still be active.

    • Charles Martel

      Obama may very well be trying to inveigle the Israelis into doing just that: killing so many “Palestinians” that Europe, the New York Times, and the Democratic Party will, at long last, have the excuse they need to plunge into full-tilt Jew hatred.

  • Charles Martel

    Is there no one who will rid us of this accursed president?

    • SADIE

      Oh how I long to post a comment on this thread without turning Book’s blog into an “X” rated site. Thanks to all above, who managed to succeed where I have failed.

  • Kathy from Kansas

    Obama hates Israel and would LIKE to see the Jewish state cease to exist. If that can be accomplished without an actual holocaust of the six million Jews living there, fine — i.e., if they were all to just exile themselves and disperse themselves around the world — but if it comes to Iran “having to do the dirty work” by finishing off the “pesky little state” with nukes, that’s okay too. Just as long as ISRAEL — as a nation — ceases to exist. No, I’m not just exaggerating for effect. I actually believe that’s where Obama’s heart is.

    The fact that the mask is now coming off is just a predictable phase in the career of every tyrant — tyrant being simply a malignant narcissist who has acquired a position of power. As the article at this link explains:

    Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent. It is this disguise that makes them treacherous.
    Vaknin says, “When the narcissist reveals his true colors, it is usually far too late. His victims are unable to separate from him. They are frustrated by this acquired helplessness and angry at themselves for having failed to see through the narcissist earlier on.”

    The Germans came to regret putting Hitler in power. But by the time they did, the window had long since closed on any opportunity to do something about it. Similarly, Obama knows he’s untouchable. He couldn’t care less if we’re all coming to see how much he despises us. He just sticks his nose even higher in the air and taunts us: “So sue me!”

    • Bookworm

      “Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent. It is this disguise that makes them treacherous.
      Vaknin says, “When the narcissist reveals his true colors, it is usually far too late. His victims are unable to separate from him. They are frustrated by this acquired helplessness and angry at themselves for having failed to see through the narcissist earlier on.”

      That, Kathy, is a very profound point. All along, under the guise of friendship, Obama has been weaving a tighter and tighter net around Israel. I have to give him credit for vast manipulative intelligence in doing so.


    On second thought…I did post this to FB. My apologies to the Free Beacon for editing the lede.

    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf/preferred spelling WHORE defended the transfer of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles to Turkey just days after she was forced to explain why the White House and the WHORE MASTER had stepped in to block similar weapons shipments to Israel. . . .

  • Libby

    Obama’s been stabbing Israel in the back all along,negotiating with and funding Iran, revealing her secrets such as the Stuxnet virus and the existence of a secret base, publicly denouncing them for defending themselves, and who knows what else when meeting behind closed doors with her enemies.
    I think the difference is that it’s become clear that Obama is really OK with a lot of people being slaughtered, whether it’s his own ambassador and 30+ others at the Benghazi consulate, Mexican citizens (resulting from F&F gun sales to cartels), the non-musims in Iraq, or the Israelis.
    That’s deeply disturbing.

    • Ymarsakar

      It is nothing more or less than what I expected of the Left’s war craft in 2007.

  • Mike Devx

    Denying Israel its defensive Iron Dome missile technology would backfire on Obama like nothing else he has ever done – and he;s pulled some HUGE boners. This one would top the cake, however.

    It wouldn’t take that many Hamas missiles falling upon urban areas in Israel’s cities, exploding and killing hundreds, and causing widespread devastation, to completely change perceptions among many.

    I believe many people who currently view Hamas as little more than an irritant would change their tune. The true anti-Semites and Israel=haters… no, they’ll never change their tune. But a lot of fence-sitters would get off the fence.

    And the evidence would be there, totally in the clear, that Obama denied Israel the defensive missile technology that would have prevented it. Obama would get absolutely bulldozed by that one.

    What an incredibly dangerous little f*#&cking game he is playing.

    Two and half more years of his Daily Damage. I’m counting the days.

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  • dahozho

    This move by Obozo & co. is scarily consistent with some other military material aid decisions they’ve been making. Remember they cut off Egypt’s aid in a snit when the MB was thrown out of power (usually I’m pretty much against military coups, but in this case, getting the MB out of power was in the best interests of Egypt). Obozo was butt-hurt over that though, DESPITE the knowledge that the MB is at its essence, a terror organization. Shipping arms into Syria (and of course they’ve ended up in ISIS hands) was also STUPID and sucking up to terrorists. Now, the US is providing military hardware to *TURKEY*– going the way of Egypt under the MB. Turkey is ratcheting up the anti-Semitic rhetoric, and the formerly warm relations between Turkey and Israel are no longer.
    To initiate a “review” of formerly automatic shipments to Israel IS pulling off the mask. This administration is rushing to provide aid and comfort to TERRORISTS– our weapons in Libya were looted, many have made their way to other ME battlefields, in the hands of those who WANT US DEAD. (I include both the USA and Israel in this statement)
    This is consistent with the coddling and encouraging of terrorists they have engaged in since the end of Obozo’s first term. It is scary, and will make the next POTUS’ job much, much more difficult– trying to stamp out cockroaches while at the same time frantically getting our allies back to *being* allies.
    Put this together with what has been happening in the upper echelons of the military command structure, and I’m ready to make Aliyah.
    The rule of law is ending in America.

    • Ymarsakar

      Let’s not forget Hussein’s bullying of Honduras, a smaller weaker country than America, for dethroning their own Hussein Light. Or venezuella.

    • Kathy from Kansas

      Americans in Benghazi were involved in shipping weapons from Libya to al-Qaeda militants in Syria — from which emerged ISIS. The murder of Ambassador Stevens (and Smith, Doherty and Woods) might have been the result of a botched kidnapping arrangement Obama had worked out as a way to release the “Blind Sheikh” to the Muslim Brotherhood terrrorists in Egypt who were demanding his release.

      In a sane, halfway decent world, Obama would have long since been hanged for treason.

      • Charles Martel

        With any luck, that may yet be his fate.

        • March Hare

          Ah, Charles, be careful what you wish for. I do not wish to see Mr. Obama transformed into a martyr.

          Humiliated by his own hubris, hoisted on his own petard, and b!tch-slapped by karma? Yes!

          • Charles Martel

            March, LOL! Point taken.

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