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July 28, 2009

That’s our naive boy president

From a great piece on how Obama is failing the Israeli-American relationship:

Mr. Obama’s quest for diplomacy has appeared to Israelis as dangerous American naïveté. The president offered a hand to the Iranians, and got nothing, merely giving them more time to advance their nuclear program. In Israeli eyes, he was humiliated by North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests. And he failed to move Arab governments to take steps to normalize relations with Israel. Conclusion: Mr. Obama is a softie, eager to please his listeners and avoid confrontation with anyone who is not Mr. Netanyahu.

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It looks like dangerous American na

Posted by: Eric at July 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Maybe. But Obama seems to have the wind at his back.
http://www.jewishtimes.com/index.php/jewishtimes/news/jt/israel_news/what_polls_say_about_the_future_of_peace_process/13120
Money quote:
“According to the survey of 800 registered voters, which was conducted June 9-11 by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, those who believe Israel is committed to peace has dropped to 46 percent this month from 66 percent last December. The poll found that some 49 percent of American voters call themselves supporters of Israel, down from 69 percent last September, and only about 44 percent of voters believe the United States should support Israel

Posted by: Von Bek at July 28, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Obama’s treatment of Israel can be summed up in two words: Jeremiah Wright.

Posted by: KingShamus at July 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Yeah, Obama has surrounded himself with Israel-haters…Jeremiah Wright, Khalid Rashidi, Tony McPeak, Bill Ayres, Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Chas Freeman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, et al.
As a result, we shouldn’t be surprised about Obama’s hostile policy toward Israel.
For instance, Obama’s association with Wright was merely a foreshadowing of his knee-jerk point of view in the handling of Professor Gates’ arrest, where Obama called the police “stupid” despite admittedly not knowing the facts.
Thus, it should be no surprise that his Supreme Court nominee is involved in racial politics.
Similarly, Ron Paul has had numerous associations with racists, anti-Semites, and 9/11 “truthers.”
It’s not coincidental—just as it isn’t coincidental regarding Obama’s associations.
So, we shouldn’t be surprised when Ron Paul and his acolytes start screaming about “neo-cons,” and then start naming a handful of Jewish conservatives.

Posted by: IamTheWalrus at July 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Walrus, that was masterful.

Posted by: Norm Deplume at July 29, 2009 at 4:30 am

Nice cheerypicking of random surveys commissioned by Dem. polling firms, Von Dimwit.
Here’s the part of that poll that you decided not excerpt:
Some 23 percent of voters believed that Israel should return all lands captured in 1967, with 57 percent saying some should be retained for security.
Some 66 percent of those polled do not believe that Israeli support of a two-state solution — including establishing an independent Palestinian state and stopping the expansion of settlements — will bring lasting peace to the region, with 22 percent saying it will. In addition, 48 percent believe the Israeli support would not end Palestinian terrorism; 39 percent said it would.
Some 85 percent of respondents believe that Iran is a serious threat to Israel, with only 7 percent saying it is not — figures that have remained virtually unchanged over the past year.

Posted by: Gerard at July 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm

My point Gerard was that there seems to be a bit of change in American thinking on this one-and I suspect it comes from our continued infatuation with the new president. I have no doubt that Americans support Israel. Little nephew Israel is Uncle Sam’s closest ally in the region. If Obama’s popularity goes down, I suspect more Americans will be wary of his position on our nephew across the water.

Posted by: Von Bek at July 30, 2009 at 8:26 am
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