David Axelrod and Rham Emanuel, two of President’s Barak Hussein Obama closest advisers, are Jewish; not only that, Rham Emanuel is a Jew with close ties to the State of Israel. These facts notwithstanding, President Obama’s actions suggest that the man is not sympathetic towards the Jewish people, at least not towards their country, Israel. President Obama, knowingly, or otherwise, has problems with Jews, Judaism, and with Israel, the Jewish State!
It might have started because the young American President took Israel for granted, the young President might have thought that since Israel is a client state of the United States, an American President is in a position to dictate to Israel and to be obeyed. Barak Obama failed to realize that Israel, as dependent as it is on the United States for its survival, is an independent and sovereign state.
President Obama received a very large percent of the Jewish vote in 2008; the President must have thought that he shored his Jewish support by stating that the United States/Israel relations are solid, and by appointing Jews to high places. The young American President seemed to have overlooked that following up on words, and keeping promises, are critical elements in any relationship.
The Obama Administration, in one short year, was able to build a chasm-of-trust between the United States and Israel, a chasm that eroded the unique bond these two countries enjoyed for over sixty years. The erosion in relations started early during the Obama Administration. Obama’s speech in Cairo, the one designed to cater to the Islamic World, included an apology for past United States deeds, and apology that to most listeners suggested, an inclusion of the historical relationship between the United States and Israel.
The subject of Obama’s relations with the Jewish world is brought up at this time due to the President’s demonstration of insensitivity, and total disregard to Jewish sacred traditions, and belief system. The Obama Administration just admonished the Netanyahu government for including the tombs of the Jewish Patriarchs, and the Jewish Matriarch, in the list of sacred sites for Jews to visit. The Obama Administration criticism is based on the fact that these sites are on the West Bank; which brings to mind the fact that there should not be a West Bank, that territory is historically, and Biblically, a part of Israel’s homeland by divine authority.
The issue of the Patriarchs and Matriarch tombs adds to deep insensitivities President Obama shown towards Judaism, the Jewish people, and Israel, the Jewish states. Putting off moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem for at least another year, in spite of Congressional resolution, is an insult to the sovereign State of Israel. What other nation on earth is told by the United States what its Capital must be?
I don’t personally know, or can even guess what President Obama seems to resent Judaism and all that it encompasses. Is it because the State of Israel does not cater to all his demands? Is he influenced by impressions from his formative years in the Islamic World where Jews are not even accepted as humans, because Jews were chosen by Allah as his people, but rejected and thus insulted and demeaned the god of Islam? Whatever Obama’s reasons are to act with disfavor towards Judaism, especially towards the State of Israel, the young American President should rethink his approach before next November, or, among other things, not many Jewish votes will be cast in his favor.
More important than votes is international stability. The Middle East that the United States needs for a source of energy is in large part remaining stable due to the fact that even Iran realizes that its route towards becoming a nuclear power will not be stopped by United States rhetoric, but rather by Israel, if not by force, than by threat of action. Israel is also a stabilizing element in the Middle East by virtue of giving Muslim countries a uniting cause: Hate Zionism! If Israel was not a force in the region, Sunni and Shiite, Arabs and Shiite-Aryans (Iranians,) would be at each others’ throat, and return to their historical conflict. A Middle East without a viable and strong Israel will likely become an exploding powder-cake, with a great deal of burning oil!
The United States does need Israel as a strong and friendly ally, as much as Israel needs the United States for its money and military supplies. Before allowing relations between Israel and the United States drift too far apart, before the chasm-of – trust grows too wide to repair, President Barak Hussein Obama should find means to mend those fences that he and his Administration destroyed in their one year in office.