Barack Obama has finally lost it. The website JP Updates spoke with former Obama senior advisor and long-time confidant David Axelrod about the president’s relationship with the Jews and Israel. Axelrod, who directed both of Obama’s presidential campaigns, first trashed Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, then came out with the astonishing revelation that his former boss considers himself to be the closest thing to a Jew ever to sit in the oval office.
“The world of politics everywhere is divided into two categories: the first and more common is the people who run for public office because they want to be somebody,” he explained. “A smaller group is made of respectable people who run for public office because they want to do something – something positive. Shape the future in a positive way. I think Benjamin Netanyahu completely falls in the first category. He is a great politician. He knows what he needs to do to get through the next election. But it seems to me that Israel has to think about what they need to do to get through the next generation.”
He also recalled Obama venting in a moment of contemplation, telling him, ‘You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office. For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.’
Is Obama so battle-weary or self-deluded at this point that lacks any sense of what he has done in office? How he is in the midst of selling out Israel and our “moderate” Arab allies to Iran? Is he unaware of why most of the friendly Arab leaders didn’t show up to his little Camp David pow-wow a few weeks ago?
When Obama became president, he unilaterally broke an agreement between the U.S. and Israel which said that the U.S. would not object to additional housing units in existing settlements outside of Jerusalem and would not object to any settlements in Jerusalem. When Obama broke that agreement, the Palestinians made settlements a precondition for negotiations.
When Obama talks about the settlements, he ignores the fact that Netanyahu made a very simple offer to the Palestinian President Abbas: If he were to recognize Israel as the Jewish State, Israel would implement an indefinite building freeze. As reported by al Jazeera, the answer from the Palestinians was a resounding no. But still Obama blames Israel.
When he objects to the perception that he is not pro-Israel, Obama ignores the reality that during the 2012 Democratic convention, his campaign stripped four pro-Israel planks from the campaign platform and added back only the one about Jerusalem. Not added back were the items about not dealing with Hamas, any deal that would re-settle Palestinian refugees outside of Israel in Palestinian territory, and that “it is unrealistic to expect the outcome of final status negotiations to be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.”
He also overlooks the fact that —
- his administration refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — a big change from the previous two presidents and a breach with the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act endorsing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and requiring the U.S. Embassy to move to Jerusalem.
- during his first year as president he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two Jew-haters, then-Irish President Mary Robinson and Bishop Desmond Tutu.
- he counts as a friend and adviser Al Sharpton, a man who led two anti-Semitic pogroms in New York City in the Crown Heights riot and the firebombing of Freddy’s Fashion Mart.
Cross-posted at The Lid