Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Mask Slips on Obama's Intentions Regarding Israel

Leave it to Jesse Jackson to tip Sen. Barack Obama's hand on how he intends to deal with Israel. Let's just say that Obama isn't exactly going to bend over backwards to protect Israel. As Jackson says:
PREPARE for a new America: That’s the message that the Rev. Jesse Jackson conveyed to participants in the first World Policy Forum, held at this French lakeside resort last week.

He promised “fundamental changes” in US foreign policy - saying America must “heal wounds” it has caused to other nations, revive its alliances and apologize for the “arrogance of the Bush administration.”

The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.

Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.

“Obama is about change,” Jackson told me in a wide-ranging conversation. “And the change that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the way America looks at the world and its place in it.”
If pro-Israel supporters lose clout under an Obama Administration, how exactly does that improve Israel's security or close ties with the US? It doesn't. Israel is an ally in the region precisely because it is a democracy and isn't a thugocracy or dictatorship that is opposed to the West on religious and ideological grounds.

Of course, you've got folks like Democrat Rep. Steve Rothman trotting out Ed Koch and an Israeli Ambassador to make the case that Obama is better for Israel than McCain, but they've got pretty thin gruel when the evidence is pretty strong that Obama will follow in the footsteps of former President Carter and sell out Israel at the first opportunity. Obama already counts on Carter's foreign policy team for guidance, and Carter himself has repeatedly met with Hamas and would like Israel to make still more concessions and giveaways before even making it to the negotiating table to carve up Israel for the Islamists and terrorists who would love to have Israel dismembered and thrown on the dustbin of history. All that came even as Hamas was busy pulling the rug out from under Carter.

Carter is no friend of Israel and he repeatedly makes anti-Semitics statements and sickening moral equivalence between a nation defending itself from terrorists who fire indiscriminately at Israeli civilians and those terrorists engaging in such violence.

Consider too that Obama counts on former national security advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski. He helped fashion the disastrous policy towards Iran and the refusal to take action directly against the Iranian mullahs following the 1979 embassy takeover, giving rise to a festering terrorist-sponsoring Iranian regime that sees the US as weak and incapable of defending its interests in the region.

Obama is no friend to Israel, and has already made numerous gaffes on his position regarding Israel, the status of Jerusalem, and will say different things about Israel depending on the crowd he talks to.

Keep that in mind as you hear Obama's supporters try and claim that Obama is going to support Israel.

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