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Obama, Israel, and the Left

Over at the Commentary blog, Peter Wehner writes about President Obama’s hostility toward Israel and its Prime Minister:

Has it struck you, as it has struck me, that with every other nation, including the most repressive and anti-American on earth, Mr. Obama is careful never to give offense, to always extend the olive branch, and to treat their leaders with unusual deference and respect? Except for the Jewish State of Israel. It always seems to be in the Obama crosshair.

Because this attitude is so detached from objective circumstances and the actions of Israel and the actions of the adversaries of Israel, something else–and something rather disquieting–is going on here. Mr. Obama wouldn’t be the first world leader to have an irrational animus against Israel. He’s not even the first American president to have an irrational animus against Israel. (See: Jimmy Carter.) But it is fair to say, I think, that no American president has been this consistently hostile to Israel while in office or shown such palpable anger and scorn for it and for Israel’s leader.

Perhaps given President Obama’s history–including his intimate, 20-year relationship with the anti-Semitic minister Jeremiah Wright–this shouldn’t come as a surprise. But that doesn’t make it any less disturbing.

Wehner’s speculation about Obama’s motivations could be correct.  We simply don’t know if Obama has any anti-Semitism in him.

But I don’t think we need to assume such motivations to explain his behavior.  Obama is a man of the left and the left is hostile to Israel.  In fact, it would be quite surprising if Obama were not hostile to Israel given his other views.  It would be as surprising as if he favored free markets or low taxes.

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on February 01, 2015 at 10:58:05 am

It is not just a possible anti-Semitism that is of concern. It is his apparent preference for radical islamists that should worry people. time and time again he has sided with the Muslim Brotherhood and now has some of their members as part of his Nat'l Security Team.
What to make of this?

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on February 01, 2015 at 22:46:02 pm

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on February 02, 2015 at 11:11:04 am

I tend to think Obama is an all purpose hater, one who does not discriminate you could say. I don't see Obama as anti-Semitic, his range of ugly emotions is wide enough to encompass much more. As a church goer back in Chicago he heard often enough such gems as "goddam America", and very often, You may also recall his comment about some Americans clinging to their guns and religion.
He does have a versatile knack for animosity.

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john trainor
on February 03, 2015 at 16:11:14 pm

Mr. R. I am not very knowledgable about certain things about Obama nor his Antisemitic behavoir. To be honest i'm just now at thirty four years old trying to learn politics and the players but I do know this we African Americans don't really know what antisemitism is past a dislike of Jews with us a Jew is consitered still being a white person and when they teach their children that same view and t associate with whites ad they do, we tend to think of them as white surpremisit. I dont like Obama and i was baptized a baptist but I've been through things with isreals people they has left me questioning is today's isreal the isreal of Solomon sons time. Maybe Obama sees that to. But your also right his treatment of other countries like India who to me is a closet terror cell is spooky.

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Anthony Duncan
on February 03, 2015 at 16:12:52 pm

Thanks for informing me.

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on February 10, 2015 at 06:00:48 am

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