Guess Who’s not Coming to Dinner
Has Israel – with Obama as President of the U.S. – been treated as a “stalwart” ally? It seemed precisely the opposite in March, 2010, when President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu met at the White House. After failing to get agreement on a list of 13 demands made of the Prime Minister, President Obama reportedly left the room, telling Netanyahu:
Another Israeli paper, Israel’s Maariv, wrote that “There is no humiliation exercise that the Americans did not try on the prime minister and his entourage. Bibi [Netanyahu] received in the White House the treatment reserved for the president of Equatorial Guinea.”[iii]
Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, would apparently be proud. Wright, who famously said from the pulpit “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians…”[iv] has also reprinted anti-Israel articles by others and included them in church newsletters circulated to parishioners. One such article, by Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, asked “Why should any Palestinian “recognize” the monstrous crime carried out by Israel’s founders and continued by its deformed modern Apartheid state?”[v]
Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby wrote that Obama’s “…exceptionally close ties to the man he described as his spiritual mentor, the Israel-bashing Reverend Jeremiah Wright, should have given pause to any pro-Israel voter.” [vi] And Syndicated Columnist Mona Charen wrote “Sure, Obama mouthed a few bromides about Israel’s security during the campaign, but Jewish voters, like other Americans, were aware that this candidate’s history was uniquely hostile to Israel. They knew of Obama’s tame attendance at Jeremiah Wright’s church (which gave Louis Farrakhan a “lifetime achievement award” and offered space in its bulletin to Hamas). They were aware of his friendships with Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi and of his affection for Third World causes.”[vii]
New York Magazine’s Dan Amira contested the widely publicized story of Obama snubbing Netanyahu at their March 25, 2010 White House meeting. Amira wrote that “the White House points out to us that such scenarios are impossible, since Michelle, Sasha, and Malia Obama were in New York City that night.”[viii] Oddly, a Chicago Sun Times article by Lynn Sweet – to which a link is provided in Amira’s own article, reports that Michelle and the two Obama girls returned to Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 24, 2010[ix]– the day before the alleged infamous meeting between Obama and Netanyahu.
But, once again, the media tries to give him a pass.
(Excerpt from 203 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama)
[i] Adrian Blomfeld in Jerusalem, (March 25, 2010), The Telegraph: World: USA, Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim, retrieved December 10, 2010 from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/7521220/Obama-snubbed-Netanyahu-for-dinner-with-Michelle-and-the-girls-Israelis-claim.html
[iv] Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., (March 22, 2008), The Atlantic: The Daily Dish, The Wright Post 9/11 Sermon, retrieved December 12, 2010 from http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/03/the-wright-post.html
[v] Mousa Abu Marzook as quoted in LA Times Op-Ed, (July 10, 2007) and reprinted in Pastor Pages of Trinity United Church Newsletter and presented on MSNBC’s The Place for Politics with Andrea Mitchell. Posted to YouTube by JeffBoste, (March 27, 2008), Rev. Jeremiah Wright Anti-Israel comments, retrieved December 12, 2010 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-EBc2xaz44
[vi]Jeff Jacoby, (June, 2010), Commentary Magazine.com, Obama, Israel & American Jews: The Challenge—A Symposium, retrieved December 12, 2010 from http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/obama–Israel—american-jews–the-challenge-a-symposium-15449?page=all
[vii]Mona Charen, (June, 2010), Commentary Magazine.com, Obama, Israel & American Jews: The Challenge—A Symposium, retrieved December 12, 2010 from http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/obama–Israel—american-jews–the-challenge-a-symposium-15449?page=all
[viii] Dan Amira, (March 26, 2010), New York Magazine web-site, Updated: Obama Didn’t Walk Out on Netanyahu to Go Eat With His Family, retrieved November 26, 2011, from http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/03/details_confirm_that_obama-net.html
[ix] Lynn Sweet, (March 25, 2010), Chicago Sun Times web-site, Michelle Obama, Malia, Sasha, New York Spring break visit: Broadway, Harlem, Brooklyn, retrieved November 26, 2011, from http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/03/michelle_obama_malia_sasha_new.html