Does Obama hate Israel?

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  • President Obama is addressing the UN General Assembly today, and he’ll be talking tough on Iran.

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  • 2 reasons Obama is talking tough on Iran: 1) the elections; 2) to stop Israel from striking Iran before the elections.

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  • Does President Obama hate Israel? @DPletka

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Obama is addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, and he’ll be talking tough on Iran. Most believe he’s doing so for two reasons: 1) the elections; and 2) to stop Israel from striking Iran before the elections. Why not believe he is actually interested in protecting Israel and stopping Iran?  Well… Let me tell you a little story.

Some months ago I was in a small confab with two senior foreign policy people and a rising Senator. We got to talking about Israel, and one of those present began the tale of a recent meeting with Barack Obama. Now before I get to the punch line, I underscore that the person I’m citing is in every way a member of the establishment — not a bomb-thrower, not a blogger, not a tweeter. What struck him, he told us, was that the President “hates Israel.”  I pushed back, because I didn’t really believe it. “He hates Netanyahu?” I asked.  “No,” this greybeard replied. “He hates Israel.”

I’m sure each of us could find some unattributed quote to characterize pretty much anyone in DC, but here are the reasons I’m becoming more and more inclined to believe. Let’s review the bidding.

•His Israel/Jew-hating pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright

•His good pal, Israel hating Rashid Khalidi

•His unprecedented, stronger than the Palestinians’ own, settlement policy

•His “overheard” remarks on Netanyahu

•His references to Israel as “one of our closest allies”… because…Egypt? Iraq?  Saudi? Huh?

•His reference to Israel’s concerns about Iran as “noise

I don’t think Obama is a Muslim, I doubt he has plotted the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and reject all the nuttiness around the current White House. But a wise man once encouraged us not to shy away from a diagnosis when something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck. Let’s face it: Perhaps hate is too strong. But dislike strongly?  I’ll buy that quack.

 

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