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U.S. President Barack Obama.

Yesterday, I wrote a mealy-mouthed piece entitled, Obama/Fareed Agree: Bibi is Pushy, Inappropriate. Why mealy-mouthed? Because I wanted to say so much more.

I wanted to say, for instance, that Fareed had asserted as fact an antisemitic trope and Obama approved: Joos=Pushy.

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Now of course, Zakaria has no great love for Israel. Of Zakaria, Haim Saban once said, “Your point of view is so anti-Israel, I’m banging my head against the wall every time I watch you.”

Let’s look at what Zakaria said about the Israeli Prime Minister in an interview aired yesterday, August 9.

ZAKARIA: Prime Minister Netanyahu has injected himself forcefully into this debate on American foreign policy…

OBAMA: Right.

ZAKARIA: – in Washington.

OBAMA Right.

(Credit: CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS)

Zakaria frames the issue as one that only impacts on America, and implies the agreement with Iran is one that does not affect Israel. Therefore, for Netanyahu to publicly voice an opinion on the subject (in Washington!) is “inappropriate.” He is forcing himself into a debate that doesn’t concern him or his people.

On July 15, however, the 29-member Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, issued a statement that would appear to contradict this assertion: “After receiving a comprehensive overview of the details of the agreement between Iran and the powers, we declare that this agreement has weighty, negative ramifications for Israel’s security.”

And why is that? Well, for one thing, the deal allows billions of dollars to flow to terror groups such as Hezbollah, which are bent on Israel’s destruction. For another thing, Iran’s stated intention is to get the bomb and nuke the crap out of Israel.

In what alternate universe is this Iran deal strictly a debate about American foreign policy? Is Israel an American ally or not? And if Israel is an ally, why are its concerns blown off as if they are so much nonsense, insubstantial fluff by the American President (not to mention Fareed Zakaria)?

When America works to transact a deal that puts the existence of the State of Israel on the line—one that poses an existential threat to the 8 million residents of Israel—in what sense can the Prime Minister of Israel’s objections possibly be construed as pushy and inappropriate?

I want President Obama to issue an apology for that, for agreeing with that statement made by Fareed Zakaria.

The two of them have been incredibly rude to my Prime Minister on American national television.

They have also failed to address the fact that this deal poses a real existential danger to the people of Israel.

In fact quite the opposite. President Obama says, “As I said in the speech yesterday, on the substance, the Prime Minister is wrong on this. And I think that I can show that the basic assumptions that he’s made are incorrect,” but at the time of this writing, HE HAS NOT DONE SO.

And he will not do so, because he cannot.

Obama cannot prove that Netanyahu is wrong about this deal and the reason he cannot prove this is that Obama cannot prove that releasing an insane amount of money to terrorists whose stated aim is to wipe out Israel is, in any sense, a good thing.

Nor can he prove that giving Iran 24 days to hide the evidence of its nuclear aspirations constitutes “snap inspections.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This deal threatens Israel’s very existence and therefore, Israel has every right to cry out loudly against President Obama’s yearning for a legacy that leaves Israel (and America) twisting in the wind.

Perhaps the most sickening example of disrespect for Israel in the Fareed Zakaria/Obama interview is this :

ZAKARIA: Can you recall a time when a foreign head of government has done that? Is it appropriate for a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American debate?

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Blogger and mother of 12, Varda Meyers Epstein is a third-generation Pittsburgher who made aliyah at age 18 and never looked back. A proud settler who lives in the biblical Judean heartland, Varda serves as the communications writer for the nonprofit car donation program Kars4Kids, a Guidestar Gold medal charity. The author's political opinions are her own and not endorsed by her employer.

15 COMMENTS

  1. As an American hispanic that supports Israel, I’m tired of how all of these corrupt lying liberals that hate Israel like Obama and his supporters are trying to turn this great country into a 3rd world one. Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems we have right now is the media and entertainment that are always trying to tell us how to think. They have created enough imbeciles that will re-elect a failure like Obama. Even more, I’m supposed to bow down to anti-American Obama, love liberal policies no matter how destructive they are, love bigger enslaving government, and be in favor of illegal immigration because of the color of my skin… disgusting. That’s why I and others created “Chepo Team”, the first true pro-America, pro-Israel comic strip. Please support our cause by liking our facebook page at:www.facebook.com/chepoteam . Thank you

  2. What's not OK is to criticize Bibi when Obama, as you mentioned, did way more to galvanize support against Bibi during the Israeli elections. Fair is fair after all, and the Iran deal directly effects Israel so Bibi has a right to say so.

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    Obama: Netanyahu’s ‘Interference’ in US Affairs ‘Unprecedented’
    In interview to be aired Sunday night, Obama suggests no other foreign leader has ‘injected himself’ into a US affair like Netanyahu has.
    By Cynthia Blank 8/9/2015 Arutz Sheva
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s “interference” in US affairs is ‘unprecedented,’ US President Barack Obama asserted during an interview which will air in full Sunday night.
    Speaking to CNN interviewer Fareed Zakaria, Obama addressed tensions between himself and his Israeli counterpart over the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that Netanyahu’s opposition to the deal is wrong.
    Zakaria asked Obama if it was “appropriate of a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American affair” to the extent Netanyahu has, and if he could recall similar conduct by another foreign head of state.
    The US President tried to dodge the question, suggesting that Zakaria should pose his query directly to Netanyahu. Obama did, however, note that he could not “recall a similar example.”
    In March, in the midst of world powers’ negotiations with Iran, Netanyahu spoke out against a potential accord before the US Congress, incurring the wrath of the Obama administration.
    But tension between Israel and the United States has remained high since the deal’s announcement last month, with Obama recently singling out the Jewish state as the only country who opposed the agreement.
    In his interview, though, Obama was quick to stress the deep relationship shared by the US and Israel.
    Asserting his ability to prove Netanyahu’s basic position wrong, Obama claimed the deal was the best way to ensure Iran would not acquire nuclear weapons, making it a good agreement for the US and especially good for Israel.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/199201…

    Obama: Netanyahu’s ‘Interference’ in US Affairs ‘Unprecedented’
    In interview to be aired Sunday night, Obama suggests no other foreign leader has ‘injected himself’ into a US affair like Netanyahu has.
    ISRAELNATIONALNEWS.COM

  4. The Pope was taking credit for the easing, and then recognition by the US for Cuba. Well, I don't agree that it was a good idea forAmerica.
    Obama has listened to anti-Semetic rhetoric since before he was elected. John Kerry, before becoming Secretary of State, worked against Israel, behind the scenes, by dealing with Iran. (Again, this is while he was not in a position to negotiate). Kerry's wife is a contributor to Palestinian causes. Kerry has two daughters. One, a medical doctor, is married to an Iranian, who has government connections.
    What other reasonable connection is there to a bad deal? It appears there is something solid about the US-Iran diplomacy that is hidden from the American people. Duplicity is expected from Muslims. I believe Obama is, in reality, a Muslim, as he bows to Islam, as does Kerry. Zakaria is doing as expected. He is well read and in many circles, respected. But, not in my book.

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