It’s all right there in the headline, Surgers. President Obama’s attitude about Israel is essentially that they’ll be fine in the end, no matter what happens:
“If you think about the dream of the early Zionists — and to have scratched out of rock this incredibly vibrant, incredibly successful, wealthy and powerful country, is a testament to the ingenuity, the energy and vision of the Jewish people. And because Israel is so capable militarily, I don’t worry about Israel’s survival. Others can cause Israel pain, it’s a really bad neighborhood, and they can inflict casualties and destruction in parts of Israel, but Israel is going to survive.”
The comments came during an interview with Thomas Friedman of The New York Times. Had those words been uttered by someone who has been much stronger to defend America’s greatest ally, I might not make as much hay out of them. But the fact that this particular president — who has a horrible record of failing to stick up for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when it matters — said this, it really gives you a glimpse into his thought process.
Obama seems to have no understanding that Israelis are facing a truly existential threat. It’s been stated many times before that Israel is even smaller in size than New Jersey. It really wouldn’t take a whole lot to wipe the entire state of Israel clean off the map, and according to the charter of Hamas, as well as the stated goals of Iranian leaders, that’s the end-game here. So while Obama may run his mouth in such a way that he feels is displaying optimism, what it really shows is his own naivete. Israel is not “going to survive” simply because it has been “vibrant” and “incredibly successful” in the past. Israel will survive only if it can manage to defend itself from hate-filled, spiteful enemies that are hell-bent upon seeing Israel’s complete and utter destruction. Israel will survive only if it has friends in the world, such as the great friendship that it is supposed to have with the United States of America, but which has languished under President Obama.
Hearing Barack refer to the Gaza strip as a “really bad neighborhood” is almost as cringe-worthy as hearing him compare ISIS to a “jayvee team” wearing Lakers uniforms. It communicates an unsophisticated view of the world, and of the Middle East in particular. This is yet another example of our president projecting his own views of the way he’d LIKE the world to be, rather than understanding the way it actually is. How many more Benghazis must take place before he realizes how unworldly his own assessments are? How many more Major General Harold Greenes have to be assassinated? How many more missiles must be lobbed at terrified Israelis?
If Israel has always been considered America’s little brother, then I view Obama as Wayne Arnold. You know him; he was the older brother on The Wonder Years who always treated young Kevin like crap.
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