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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chicken $#%!

Barack Obama and his administration have repeated denigrated the State of Israel, its leaders, and its legitimate right to defend itself from genocidal Islamists on its borders. Because the administration is populated with leftists, it has adopted the leftist canard that Israel is the aggressor, an oppressor, and is an illegitimate member of the international community. And the poor, beleaguered palestinans? You know, the ones who elected the terrorist group Hamas to lead them, the ones who celebrated after 9/11, the ones who teach anti-Semitism as part of the grade-school curriculum. The administration believes they're the victims in all of this.

Today, another chapter in the unending anti-Israel bias exhibited by the Obama administration. Barak Ravid and Jonathan Lis report:
[Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu's office earlier Wednesday launched at counter-offensive at the Obama administration, after a senior U.S. official was quoted report by The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg as saying Netanyahu was “a chickenshit prime minister,” who only cares about his political survival.

"Netanyahu will continue to uphold the security interests of Israel and the historical rights of the Jewish people in Jerusalem, and no amount of pressure will change that," Netanyahu's office said in response to the remark, the latest in the ongoing crisis in U.S.-relations.

“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” the official was cited as saying. According to Goldberg, the Obama administration official said that Netanyahu frustrates the White House and the U.S. State Department the most.

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official said. “The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”
Where to begin?

If this statement were one of a kind, it could easily be dismissed as an aberration. But Barack Obama, John Kerry and their Team of 2s have attacked Israel repeatedly during the past six years. That's standard operating procedure for a president who attacks our county's strongest allies and mollifies our most vicious enemies.

But there more to this. Obama thinks that he can salvage the wreckage of a massively failed foreign policy by pressuring Israel into concessions that would result in nation suicide for Israel—all in the name of a "Peace Agreement." The agreement Obama wants would not bring peace and would not be an agreement. The Arabs would violate it as they have violated every agreement they have signed in the last half century. When Israel rightly refuses to go along with this nonsense, Obama and his bumbling Secretary of State, John Kerry, throw a temper tantrum, reflected in disgusting statements like the one reported above. Of course, they use underlings to do the dirty work, but the source is obvious.

I wonder if Obama's trained media hamsters will report this and if they do so how they'll spin it. I wonder how many American Jews will hear about it, and if they do, what percentage will shrug their shoulders and make like it never happened.

After six years of observing an administration that has done almost nothing right—either domestically or internationally; after six years of observing an administration that doesn't learn from it copious mistakes; after six years of watching presidential or administration temper tantrums that even a 10 year old would be punished for, it seems to me that the word "chickenshit" would be much better targeted at the current residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

UPDATE (10/30/14):
Not surprisingly, Obama's trained hamsters in the media (with the notable exception of FoxNews) remain remarkably quiet on the administration's crass attack on a US ally. Zev Chafets summarizes well when he writes:
After the American misreading of the Arab spring, the infamous Obama red-line in Syria, U.S. abandonment of Iraq, the chaos in Libya and the American failure to understand, let along contain, Islamic terrorism, this administration is not seen by Jerusalem as a font of wisdom.
Like virtually everyone on the left, Barack Obama has a fantasy that pivots on suicidal Israel concessions coupled with empty Arab promises that will miraculously lead to peace in the Middle East. They disregard more than a half century of history, the facts on the ground today, the fact that hatreds are deep and long-lasting, and that there is no cohesive leadership with which to negotiate in good faith. But no matter, if people like Barack Obama and John Kerry say it will happen, it will happen. Sort of like the promise that each of us can keep our doctor under Obamacare.