‘Telegraph’ compiles list of Obama’s insults against Israel

Posted: April 30, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in International, Israel, US

A friend of Israel? Obama This one is truly hard not to write about. While our friends from the United Kingdom usually use every opportunity to criticize Israel – especially the press – this time the British Telegraph’s surprised its readers with an article by Nile Gardiner, titled: “Barack Obama’s top ten insults against Israel”. Here is the quick list, sans the elaboration:

1. Obama’s humiliation of Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House
2. Engaging Iran when Tehran threatens a nuclear Holocaust against Israel
3. Drawing a parallel between Jewish suffering in the Holocaust with the current plight of the Palestinians
4. Obama’s attack on Israeli “occupation” in his speech to the United Nations
5. Obama’s accusation that Israel is the cause of instability in the Middle East
6. The Obama administration’s establishment of diplomatic relations with Syria
7. Hillary Clinton’s 43-minute phone call berating Netanyahu
8. David Axelrod’s attack on Israeli settlements on “Meet the Press”
9. Hillary Clinton’s call on Israel to show “respect”
10. Robert Gibbs’ disparaging remarks about Israel


WHILE SOME OF these points are in the eye of the beholder, it is true that President Obama shifts his views away from America’s traditional allies and unto who until now were considered to be America’s adversaries. In themselves, such steps are a good thing: turning former enemies into friends is a noble goal. However, it is unclear if Obama’s strategy of converting antagonists into protagonists at the expense of friends would bear fruit – in whatever good direction.

The article could not be viewed as a fully objective piece; however, it pulls along a few points which should be considered by the current Administration, particularly: does the US want to alienate its current friends? While many, such as Israel and the UK, currently depend on the United States, after a while they might decide to look for better friends. It would be good short-term news for Left-wing radicals, but clearly the US would lose much power if Israel – or the UK – would fall under influence of other state, such as China or even Russia.


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