Obama Panders for the Jewish Vote!

by Richard H. Frank

On Sunday March 4, 2011 our Campaigner-in-Chief, Barack Obama, gave a 20-minute address at AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) a Jewish lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to Congress.  The speech did little if anything to address pro-Israel policies of this Administration but instead was a blatant attempt for Obama to convince AIPAC members of his unflinching support for Israel.

After five minutes listening to his usual rhetoric given in Obama oratorical style, I lost count of the number of times he used the pronouns “I” and “me.” as he attempted to convince the audience of his sincere admiration for Israel and its leaders.  The major portion of he speech focused on  how he supported Benjamin Netanyahu at every turn of events over the past three years.  The announcement that he will award Israeli President, Shimon Peres, the Metal Of Freedom later this year felt like a back-handed compliment and a bribe for Jewish votes in November. His attempt to convince Jewish voters of his unending support of Israel seemed to fall upon deaf ears and I am surprised there was no laughter when he said “Measure me not by my words but by my deeds.”  All the bluster and bravado contained in his speech became hollow when measured against his deeds.

Washington “double speak” permeated his address as he attempted to convince the audience that diplomatic solutions, sanctions and “all options are on the table” were the answer to dealing with Iran. Thus far Iran has rebuffed his overtures for a diplomatic solution and even Obama’s closest advisers tell him the current sanctions imposed have done nothing to impede Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

When push comes to shove and Israel is forced to take action against Iran where will President Obama stand?  I believe Obama has given us the answer in his book “Audacity of Hope” when he wrote:  “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

The last time I looked there are not very many Muslims in Israel.  Thus, in addition to his writings, his actions have tended to support the Muslim factions over Israel.

The meeting between Obama and Netanyahu today, scheduled for all of one hour according to the White House, appeared icy at best with Obama insisting he has Israel’s back and was continuing to pursue diplomatic solutions while acknowledging Israel’s right to defend itself.  I think Netanyahu was sceptical to say the least. It will be interesting to see if he addressed congress again during this visit so we can get the straight story about the meeting.

Hopefully, whomever the Republican candidate is to run against Obama, must expose his lies and outright bias against Israel for exactly what it is stating clearly that  he has “pledged to stand with the Palestinian Muslims.” His speech on Sunday was “Words, just Words” to borrow a phrase from Obama himself. Deeds not words are the mark of a true leader. I know a true leader when I see one and Barack Obama is no leader!

UPDATE: The evening of March 5, 2011 Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the AIPAC with a sobering speech where he said, “I will never let my people live in the shadow of annihilation.” “That is why Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.”

His address was marked with thunderous applause from the audience and his passion was evident in every word. He exemplified the characteristics found in a true leader dedicated to his country and people.

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