Does Obama hate Israel?

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  • President Obama is addressing the UN General Assembly today, and he’ll be talking tough on Iran.

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  • 2 reasons Obama is talking tough on Iran: 1) the elections; 2) to stop Israel from striking Iran before the elections.

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Obama is addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, and he’ll be talking tough on Iran. Most believe he’s doing so for two reasons: 1) the elections; and 2) to stop Israel from striking Iran before the elections. Why not believe he is actually interested in protecting Israel and stopping Iran?  Well… Let me tell you a little story.

Some months ago I was in a small confab with two senior foreign policy people and a rising Senator. We got to talking about Israel, and one of those present began the tale of a recent meeting with Barack Obama. Now before I get to the punch line, I underscore that the person I’m citing is in every way a member of the establishment — not a bomb-thrower, not a blogger, not a tweeter. What struck him, he told us, was that the President “hates Israel.”  I pushed back, because I didn’t really believe it. “He hates Netanyahu?” I asked.  “No,” this greybeard replied. “He hates Israel.”

I’m sure each of us could find some unattributed quote to characterize pretty much anyone in DC, but here are the reasons I’m becoming more and more inclined to believe. Let’s review the bidding.

•His Israel/Jew-hating pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright

•His good pal, Israel hating Rashid Khalidi

•His unprecedented, stronger than the Palestinians’ own, settlement policy

•His “overheard” remarks on Netanyahu

•His references to Israel as “one of our closest allies”… because…Egypt? Iraq?  Saudi? Huh?

•His reference to Israel’s concerns about Iran as “noise

I don’t think Obama is a Muslim, I doubt he has plotted the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and reject all the nuttiness around the current White House. But a wise man once encouraged us not to shy away from a diagnosis when something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck. Let’s face it: Perhaps hate is too strong. But dislike strongly?  I’ll buy that quack.

 

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Danielle
Pletka

  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


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