Friday, September 23, 2011

Obama: America's 'first Jewish president'?

After the president's speech to the UN, our senior analyst wonders why US leaders continue to pander to a foreign power.
Barack Obama has become even more pro-Israel than George W Bush, analyst argues

Obama is the "the first Jewish President". That's the title of New York magazine's lead article, written by John Heilemann and quoting a major Obama fundraiser.

Listening to Obama speak at the United Nations on Wednesday many would nod in agreement, not less in Palestine and the Arab world.

The US president has embraced the rejectionist Israeli position on the question of international recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

But that's not a Jewish position. It's a radical Zionist position. Many Jews, including US and Israeli Jews, do not embrace such extremist views.

But the fact that Obama surpassed his predecessor George W Bush, the most radical supporter of Israel among all US Presidents, has left everyone in Israel dumbstruck. The latest Zionist US president sounded like Israel's own founding fathers.

Never have they heard a US president read straight from the papers of the Israeli government.

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  1. I thought CINC President Obama was Christian, not Jewish?

    Look, I haven't seen any of President Obama's recent speaches. But I am sure he meant well. What is more important, one lousy speach or someone's heart. If someone's heart is in the right place, shouldn't everything else be forgiven?

    VZA is right that Pres Abbas should first seek a vote in the UN General Assembly. The world respects those who stand up for themselves. Though it is valuable if someone stands up for themselves in a very gracious, compassionate way.

    Respecting and loving everyone is good. Including one's enemies. Isn't this the teaching of Jesus and past spiritual masters?

  2. It's obvious to me that the only reason Obama takes this stand is because he is afraid if the Israel lobby.  This may have been true of Bush, I'm sure it was for Clinton.

    Obama also seems to bend over backward to prove that he isn't a secret Islamist or Moslem sympathizer.  The right's attacks, Foreign born, madrassa educated, middle name Hussein; don't help, but he would probably be the same if none of these were "issues."