If there were ever any doubt as to where President Obama’s sympathies lie with regards to Iran and Israel, this latest interview with The Atlantic magazine should clear that up pretty easily.
Hello, American Jews, who always vote Democrat, are you paying attention?
As the Jerusalem Post reports, “Obama rejected the notion that anti-Semitism at the highest levels of Iran’s leadership proves that their government is irrational.”
“The fact that you are anti-Semitic, or racist, doesn’t preclude you from being interested in survival,” Obama said, speaking of Tehran’s leadership. “It doesn’t preclude you from being rational about the need to keep your economy afloat; it doesn’t preclude you from making strategic decisions about how you stay in power; and so the fact that the supreme leader is anti-Semitic doesn’t mean that this overrides all of his other considerations.”
Rational? Iran? How can you put those two things in the same sentence? Like WHEN did ANYone threaten Iran’s existence? How many times have you heard Israel (or any other nation) threaten to wipe Iran off the map? Like, NEVER.
Obama also said that, historically, anti-Semitic policies have been executed by governments across Europe and the Middle East at a “low cost.”
A LOW cost? How exactly do you put a value on a human life? How about SIX MILLION lives, Mr. President? Is that a “low cost?”
“His policy is to make clear to the Iranians that the cost is high, he said.”
Talk about a high cost. The U.S. and other foreign leaders signed an interim nuclear pact with Iran last fall that gives Iran more than $6 billion in formerly frozen assets. The United States already returned to Iran $4.2 billion in unfrozen oil assets during the past six months of the interim nuclear deal and has now agreed to provide another $2.8 billion in exchange for an extension in the negotiations.” In other words, we’re paying them to just stay at the table and keep talking until the extended deadline. Even though, as we reported yesterday, Iran is already rejecting most of the key parts of the deal.
Yep, we’ve certainly made it clear the cost is high. To US.
And I guess it’s a good thing for Israelis that Obama “likes” them. Just imagine what might be happening if he held them in disdain.
However, his deep abiding affection for Israel didn’t stop him for saying that “political forces” in Washington seek to provide the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a rubber stamp for its policies. “There has been a very concerted effort on the part of some political forces to equate being pro-Israel, and hence being supportive of the Jewish people, with a rubber stamp on a particular set of policies coming out of the Israeli government,” Obama said.”
Translation: President Obama supports the “people” of Israel but he rarely supports Prime Minister Netanyahu who was elected by the people of Israel — despite Obama’s best efforts.
President Obama also not so subtly pointed out that Prime Minister Netanyahu must have forgotten about his country’s Declaration of Independence. ” When going into an election, Prime Minister Netanyahu said a Palestinian state would not happen under his watch, or there [was] discussion in which it appeared that Arab-Israeli citizens were somehow portrayed as an invading force that might vote, and that this should be guarded against. This is contrary to the very language of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, which explicitly states that all people regardless of race or religion are full participants in the democracy.”
But, they ARE. The number of Arab Members of the Knesset jumped from 12 to 17 in 2015, in part because the parties making up the Joint List’s numbers went up from 10 to 13, and also because the Likud and Zionist Union each added an Arab lawmaker.
How many Jews serve in the government of Iran? Take a wild guess.
I found it particularly rich that President Obama felt obliged — due to his fondness for Israel — to give the Prime Minister a lecture on Israel’s Declaration. Considering the number of times President O himself has made end runs around the Constitution, I think he may have already lost all credibility when it comes to taking the Prime Minister to the woodshed on that one.
Repeatedly declaring that Israel has a right to exist and maintain security, the president then tried to explain how it shouldn’t be a problem for Israel that he is negotiating with Iran (that friendly, highly RATIONAL neighbor who wants to wipe Israel — AND US — off the face of the earth) to make them delay obtaining a nuclear weapon with missile capabilities until he is out of office. Even though Iran wants to annihilate Israel, Obama thinks this has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, even though the Iranians themselves insist it does.
I’m really not sure how this can get any more absurd.