Monday, December 21, 2020

Obama's Attitude toward Israel

Some people never learn.  The facts might walk up to them and punch them in the mouth and they will keep droning the same old misinformation.

In this case, we are dealing with Barack Obama’s attitude toward the state of Israel. Anyone who thought that Obama was pro-Israel or was even neutral about the Jewish state should bow his head in shame.

Now, Obama has written a new book. It is a runaway best seller. The media is fawning over it, as though it were sacred scripture. And, of course, the media that has been harassing Donald Trump for four years now has nary a bad word to say about Obama.

You see, Trump is pro-Israel. Half of his family is Jewish. His policies were unabashedly pro-Israeli. And he produced a major strategic realignment in the Middle East. Trump killed the leader of ISIS. He killed the leading Iranian terrorist. He produced the Abraham accords, to the advantage of Israel.

And all we hear, from the Obamaphile left, is that Trump is Hitler. And when Obama explains that Israel has no legitimate right to exist, the American left, even the American Jewish left, closes its eyes and sticks its head in the sand.

Some of us have not and are not going to read the Obama memoir. Life is too short. Yet, Robert Spencer has done the heavy lifting for us, and reports on Obama’s attitude toward Israel for Pajamas Media.

Spencer begins thusly:

Obama portrays Britain and then Israel as occupying powers in Palestine, without ever explaining who actually owned the land they were and are supposedly occupying.

This is standard leftist propaganda, the belief system that keeps Palestinian terrorists in business. 

And yet, Spencer remarks, it’s a falsification, the kind of misinformation that will never be banned from social media:

He [Obama] makes no mention of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. As The Palestinian Delusion explains in detail, the Mandate directed the British to encourage “close settlement by Jews on the land” for “the establishment of the Jewish national home.” What gave the League the right to do such a thing? The dying Ottoman Empire had ceded Palestine to the League in 1918. Jews had lived in that land from time immemorial, and it was otherwise sparsely populated. It was a perfect place for the Jews who faced discrimination, harassment and worse in Europe and elsewhere to settle.

Obama assumes that the Israelis have no legitimate right to their land. This too defies reason and facts. The people who rant about following the facts have no use for facts that contradict their ideological commitments, and, dare I say, their anti-Semitism:

Thus the common assumption, which Obama fosters, that the Israelis are illegitimate occupiers of a land that belongs rightly to the Palestinians, founders on the facts. There never was a Palestinian state. No Palestinian king, or emperor, or president. There never was a Palestinian nationality or ethnicity distinct from the nationality and ethnicity of the Arabs of the region. Palestine, like Staten Island or Georgetown, was always the name of a region, not a nation-state or ethnonational home.

As for the birth of Israel, Obama says this:

As Britain withdrew, the two sides quickly fell into war. And with Jewish militias claiming victory in 1948, the state of Israel was officially born.

Spencer corrects the record:

The “two sides” were actually tiny Israel against the giant massed forces of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Transjordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. They didn’t “fall into war”; the Arab League declared war immediately after Israel declared its independence. Obama’s use of the term “militias” to describe the Israel Defense Forces is doubtless chosen for its resonance with the right-wing, racist, white supremacist militias that American Leftists hysterically imagine to be stalking the land.

Spencer makes an interesting point. The leftist rage against white supremacist militias, made increasingly vapid by the amount of violence the American left has visited on the nation, masks anti-Semitism. But it has also succeeded in persuading no small number of American Jews to embrace anti-Semitism. It is no small achievement.

Obama ignores history in order to foster leftist animus toward Israel.

Even worse, Obama claims that “for the next three decades, Israel would engage in a succession of conflicts with its Arab neighbors.” One would get no hint from his account of the fact that Israel “would engage” in all these conflicts not out of some imperialist or supremacist impulse, but because each and every time, Arab forces carried out an unprovoked attack against the Jewish state. But Obama appears determined to portray Israel as the aggressor, trusting in the general ignorance of his readership.

Obama’s animus toward Israel is so great that he even calls the Temple Mount “one of Islam’s holiest sites,” without ever mentioning its central importance in Judaism.

As I said, you have to be blind not to see what is happening. And you now know how much it costs when we place the great human idol, Barack Hussein Obama, above all criticism.


jmod46 said...

Progressives have said for a long time that poor white people vote against their own interests by not supporting Progressive policies. Most American Jews could credibly be accused of voting against their own interests by supporting Obama and the Democrat Party. Funny how that works.

trigger warning said...

I won't comment on The Lightworker's doltish maunderings. I've done it too many times before.

But I am alarmed at the number of impassioned memfiction volumes he apparently intends to have ghostwritten. There are only so many trees to sacrifice.

Sam L. said...

There is a song I vaguely remember, with a line that goes, ("Obama") is a bad mutha (SHUT YOUR MOUTH)...

Seems appropriate here.

David Foster said...

A special song for Obama:

Anonymous said...

Sam L: LOL

If Obama personally ordered a nuke on Israel, American Jews would still vote for him. (I am Jewish.) They would find a reason to excuse it and I am serious.

Sam L. said...

Anon, I don't think he can, not being president now, but Biden could maybe be talked into it. But the Israelis do have, so I've heard, some special groups...