By Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
The reelection of Barack Obama will prove to be a painful reminder of having been lied to and fooled for many of his supporters. The young voters who sold their futures to vote for whatever they imagined Obama to be will learn hard lessons. The conservatives who stayed home to make some kind of statement of their discontent will be taught hard lessons about the consequences of elections. Those who consider themselves supporters of Israel, who willingly put aside their judgment of obvious facts, are learning how foolish they were.
They voted for a man they should have recognized as an enemy of Israel’s very existence (not just her right to this or that benefit as an established country, but her very right to exist) will find their lessons about trusting the untrustworthy Barack Obama very bitter indeed.
Their fantasy worldview of American – Israeli relations under Obama will soon be shattered.
During the past year the signs of disrespect and antagonism toward Israel and her leader Benjamin Netanyahu were abundant. Obama’s reelection has changed nothing.
When given a chance to react to Israel’s battle in Gaza, Obama issued a routine pro forma statement of support but hamstrung the Jewish State by warning her not to involve ground troops regardless of the circumstances.
Of course the Obama Administration opposed the United Nation’s giving an upgraded status to the Palestinian Authority, but that could easily be construed as support for the “Oslo Accords” fashioned by the Clinton Administration. Nevertheless, Obama did nothing to persuade our allies, especially in Europe to join in opposition to the upgrade.
Where was the media outrage at the defeat of American and Israeli interests regarding the upgrade of Palestine to non-member state status? Why didn’t Barack Obama instruct Ambassador Susan Rice to put his personal prestige on the table during the debate over that vote?
The State Department’s displeasure with the construction of over 950 new housing units on Israeli soil, because Hillary Clinton deems them to be offensive, is another subtle but genuine sign that nothing has changed and supporters of Israel should not trust Barack Obama to safeguard the well-being of our only ally in the Middle East.
Simply stated : nothing has changed. Obama is no friend of Israel. He never has been and never will be. Those who love Israel but voted for Obama were lied to and fooled.