Obama’s Israel Doctrine

Obama’s Israel Doctrine

By E.W. Jackson Sr.

When people say “I hate to say I told you so,” they rarely mean it. What they really mean is, “I was right, and I am glad to tell you so.” A year ago, I wrote,
“Obama apparently sees the world and Israel from a Muslim perspective. Those who think clearly about these issues must conclude that President Obama is influenced by a quiet strain of anti-Semitism picked up from elements of the black community, leftist colleagues, Muslim associations and Jeremiah Wright. For the first time in her history, Israel may find the President of the United States openly siding with her enemies. Those who believe that Israel must be protected had better be ready for the fight.”
I really do hate to say, “I told you so.” I did not vote for Barack Obama, but I hoped he would surprise me and not be the kind of President that his background portended. Most Americans, even those who didn’t vote for him, wanted to believe that he would transcend the negative forces which might have influenced his thinking. Perhaps the anti-Semitism to which he had been exposed had not gotten into his intellectual DNA. He attempted to reassure us.

During his Presidential campaign, he declared in a speech to AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel. Within days of that speech he reversed his position and said that what happens to Jerusalem is a matter of negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians. When Israel permitted the building of housing — i.e., “settlements” — in east Jerusalem, he condemned the activity and made a “settlement freeze” the prerequisite to resuming peace talks. When Netanyahu visited the White House after the “settlement” flap, Obama treated him like a child, leaving him in the White House basement. His positions and policies have turned out to mirror and in some cases be more anti-Israel than the Palestinians.

In his much-hyped speech in Cairo, reaching out to the “Muslim World,” Obama drew a moral equivalence between the “suffering” of the Palestinians and the Holocaust against the Jewish people. He said, “Around the world the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust.” But he went on to say, “On the other hand it is also undeniable that Palestinians…have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.”
To equate these two vastly different historical realities borders on the delusional. There is no equivalence between a systematic effort to annihilate the entire Jewish people and the problem of “dislocation” — as Obama refers to it — of the Palestinians. If there is any similarity at all, it is that many Palestinians, like the Nazis, want to kill all Jews.
Article 7 of the Hamas Charter — purported to be a quote from Mohammed — says, “The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews). When the Jews will hide behind stones and trees, the stones and trees will say, O Moslems, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” It is Palestinians who want to commit a holocaust against Israel. There is no such threat or desire on the part of Israel against the Palestinians. The Jewish nation simply wants to live in peace.
Helen Thomas, an Obama devotee, recently said, the Jews need to “get the hell out of Palestine.” Obama is silent. For years Jews in Israel could hardly sleep for fear that Hamas rockets would land in their homes. Yet when Israel takes reasonable action to search ships to prevent weapons from entering Gaza, she is condemned. Obama is silent. Reuters doctored the pictures of the recent blockade confrontation — editing out weapons in the hands of the ship’s crew — so as to perpetuate the narrative of Israeli aggression. Obama is silent. Perhaps if he had not spent twenty years in the church of a rabid anti-Semite, President Obama’s muteness would not speak so loudly. However, given his close association with Islam and with one of Louis Farrakhan’s best friends, his silence must be interpreted as consent. I wish I were wrong about this President, but facts are stubborn things.
Since I sounded the first warning a year ago, Iran is on the brink of having nuclear weapons, and enemies of the Jews have gotten the message that if they attack Israel, this President will do nothing about it. Relations between Israel and the U.S. are the most strained they’ve ever been, and they will remain tense until Obama is voted out of office. His foreign policy doctrine toward Israel boils down to four words: he doesn’t like them. Therefore, things are going to get worse before they get better. Nonetheless, Israel is not alone and never will be. Her defenders will stay in the fight until every Jew sits under his own vine and his own fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.

E.W. Jackson Sr. is the President of STAND – Staying True To America’s National Destiny and Bishop of Exodus Faith Ministries. Email him at stand@standamerica.us  

Helen Thomas! Who cares?

Helen Thomas! Who cares?

Ralph Kinney Bennett

Helen Thomas! Who cares?
I was an accredited White House correspondent from 1966 to 2001.  During that time and long since, I have known many to suffer Helen Thomas, but nobody to take her seriously.
She’s a joke.  Can anyone really remember anything she has said or written?  No.  Of course not.
She was a sort of weird press room mascot, trotted out for her embarrassing question to the President ritual while colleagues groaned inwardly and stared at their shoes to hide their rolling eyes.  She was like one of those never-was-a-firemen, who hang around the fire house, becoming a fixture by default, indulged or humored over the years unless or until the nuisance factor gets too high.
Her splenetic Jew-bashing was the most attention she has ever received other than the phony adulation and awards garnered from time to time from bored fellow journalists who realized that, “My God, she’s still around.”
I don’t know why everyone got so animated.  It was Helen Thomas, for crying out loud.  Whatever she did – whatever came off her keyboard or out of her mouth – was like a bear defecating in the woods.  Few have seen it and few would care to.  Boy, if ever there was a candidate for one of P.J. O’Rourke’s “pre-obituaries!”

Shunning Helen Thomas

Shunning Helen Thomas

Thomas Lifson

Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House for over fifty years, is in the process of being shunned from polite society for her horrifying comments, caught on tape, that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” – going to Poland or Germany.  Her long time agent, Nine Speaker, Inc. has declined to represent her in the future. Haaretz reports:

“It is with a heavy heart that Nine Speakers Inc. announces its resignation as the agent for Helen Thomas, Dean of the White House Press Corps,” wrote Diane Nine, agency president.
“Ms. Thomas has had an esteemed career as a journalist, and she has been a trailblazer for women, helping others in her profession, and beyond. However, in light of recent events, Nine Speakers is no longer able to represent Ms. Thomas, nor can we condone her comments on the Middle East,” wrote Nine.
We shall soon see if the term “polite society” extends to the White House press corps and Hearst.
Update (hat tip: NRO):
Thomas has been disinvited from giving a high school commencement address. Via the Washington Post:
Journalist Helen Thomas was scheduled to be the graduation speaker at Walt Whitman High School later this month – until Sunday, when she was disinvited after comments that she made about Israel and Palestine made many in the community uncomfortable, Montgomery Board of Education President Patricia O’Neill said Sunday.
“We became aware that there are some unfortunate comments from her that are airing on YouTube,” O’Neill said. O’Neill said that especially given the large Jewish population at Whitman, the school was not comfortable with having Thomas speak at the graduation on June 14.

Helen Thomas Should Go Back to Mordor or the Star Wars Cantina and Get Out of Reporting

Helen Thomas Should Go Back to Mordor or the Star Wars Cantina and Get Out of Reporting

By Doug Powers  •  June 4, 2010 04:13 PM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

And yet, there she’ll be in the front row of the next White House press conference:

White House press corps dean Helen Thomas — on the day that the White House hosted a Jewish Heritage Celebration, no less — said that Jews who live in Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go “home.”

When asked where home was for Israeli Jews, Thomas offered “Poland, Germany… and America and everywhere else” that the founding generation of the State of Israel originally hailed.

Just think what she’d say if she wasn’t clinging to her unbiased journalistic instincts.

Click play if you dare — just looking at the still can haunt your dreams:

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Update: Thomas issues a statement of regret for what she said.

From Allahpundit:

I’m satisfied. Who among us hasn’t innocently stumbled into a statement of support for ethnic cleansing when we didn’t really mean it?


Helen Thomas has become one of those octogenarian dinner guests soiling themselves at the table in ever increasing amounts who nobody has the guts to lock in the bathroom.

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

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Helen Thomas Tells Jews — ‘Get the Hell Out of Palestine’ and Go Back to Germany & Poland

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