Sadly, we can count on just a few fingers which prominent public figures have come out and passionately defended Israel throughout the current crisis. Apart from Howard Stern and Joan Rivers, it often feels like no one wants to defend America’s staunchest ally these days, and the few people who do so will often make qualifying statements that seemingly invalidate their supposed support.
Thankfully, we now have John Boehner showing a little spine and speaking of Israel in such a way that shows he actually cares about what happens in the region. “At times like this, people try to isolate Israel. But we are here to stand with Israel,” Boehner told The National Press Club. “Not just as a broker or observer, but as a strong partner and a trusted ally.”
The obvious must be stated, which is that Obama has never delivered remarks like these. Nearly every time the president has offered even tepid support for Israel’s right to defend itself, he always makes sure to play The Moral Equivalency Game as well, giving credence to Palestinians — and, by proxy, Hamas — as if there’s parity on both sides. There’s not. And credit must be given to Boehner for steering clear of placing any conditions on his commitment.
“The House will continue to back funding for Iron Dome to ensure Israel’s ability to protect its own people, and we will continue to push the administration to address the root cause of the conflict in the Middle East,” said the Speaker. “America must send this clear, public, and united message: Israel is our friend, and Israel’s enemies are our enemies. And as long as I am Speaker of the House, I give you my word this will be our cause.”
Right on, John. Now compare that with Obama’s remarks on the crisis from just last week:
Wow, could he spare the passion?
Just ask yourself: if you’re Israeli, which of the two men above would you rather have fight for you in your struggle for survival?
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