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Obama Turns on Israel

Israeli responses have been stark, blunt unlike anything in memory.
President Barack Obama with a friend he hasn't turned on yet, at the Oval Office.

President Barack Obama with a friend he hasn't turned on yet, at the Oval Office.
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Originally published at Daniel Pipes.

Barack Obama’s March 2013 trip to Israel had a too-good-to-be-true feel about it. While barely pressuring on Israel, he instructed Palestinians not to set preconditions for negotiations and admonished them to “recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state.” It felt out of character, suggesting a price to be paid later.

Well, that price has now, eight months later, been revealed and it has two components. If I might paraphrase the U.S. position: “First, sit by quietly as we reach an accord with Tehran that freezes but does not dismantle its nuclear buildup. Second, stop the illegitimate residential construction on the West Bank or the Palestinian Authority will, with American acquiescence, start a third intifada.”

Israeli responses to the two demands have been stark, blunt unlike anything in memory. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blasted the prospective Iran deal as a “monumental mistake” and after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry warned:

I reminded him that he said that no deal is better than a bad deal. And the deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal, a very, very, bad deal. It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community.

Economy and Commerce Minister Naftali Bennett was even more direct, even raising the prospect of an Iranian nuclear bomb destroying New York City:

These critical days in November will be remembered for years to come. The Free World stands before a fork in the road with a clear choice: Either stand strong and insist Iran dismantles its nuclear-weapons program, or surrender, cave in and allow Iran to retain its 18,500 centrifuges. Years from now, when an Islamic terrorist blows up a suitcase in New York, or when Iran launches a nuclear missile at Rome or Tel Aviv, it will have happened only because a Bad Deal was made during these defining moments.

Like in a boxing match, Iran’s regime is currently on the floor. The count is just seconds away from 10. Now is the time to step up the pressure and force Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. Not to let it up. It would be dangerous to lift the sanctions and accept a deal which allows Iran to retain its entire uranium-production line. It would be dangerous because Iran would, a year, two or three from now, just turn everything back on and obtain a nuclear weapon before the world can do anything to stop it. It is not enough to shut off the centrifuges. They need to be completely dismantled. We call upon the West to avoid signing a Bad Deal.

Israel’s responsibility is to ensure the security of its citizens and that is exactly what we will do. We will never outsource our security.

On the Palestinian issue, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon took the lead:

There is no need to fear threats of whether there will or won’t be a third intifada. We have been in an open and ongoing conflict [with the Palestinians], which as far as the Palestinians are concerned does not end in 1967 lines. There is Sheikh Munis, [their name for] Tel Aviv, Majdal, [their name for] Ashkelon. We got out of the Gaza Strip and they continue to attack us. They raise their youth to believe that Haifa and Acre are Palestinian ports and more. There is no sign of compromise here. … We will have to be smart, and not fear threats of whether there will or won’t be a third intifada.

I wrote before the last presidential election that “Israel’s troubles will really begin” should Obama win second term. At Obama’s second inauguration, I predicted that he, “freed from re-election constraints, can finally express his early anti-Zionist views after a decade of political positioning. Watch for a markedly worse tone from the second Obama administration toward the third Netanyahu government.”

About the Author: Daniel Pipes is a world-renowned Middle East and Islam expert. He is President of the Middle East Forum. His articles appear in many newspapers. He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago. He is a board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace and other institutions. His website is DanielPipes.org.


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21 Responses to “Obama Turns on Israel”

  1. Don Sebold says:

    He was NEVER true to Isra’el….never will be he is a Muslim first,cannot be trusted,shouldn’t be trusted

  2. Stuart Wragg says:

    God is in control and He is on the side of Israel. Simple really

  3. you can be sure he will, he hates Isreal and most likely all Jews, except those who workfor and serve him…

  4. That’s because America has never had a loser like Obama.

  5. What do you expect ? Obama is a Muslim and belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood and he wants nothing but the destruction of Israel and The Jews period ! He needs to be hung for treason .

  6. Obama’s foreign policy fiascoes in Egypt, Libya and Syria only served to further the interests of the Islamist agenda. Before the Obama administration intervened, Syria, Libya and Egypt were three of the few remaining secular governments in the Mideast; they are now destined to be governed by totalitarian Islamic fundamentalists. His impulsive stupidity will arm the Islamic (read Israel-hating) fundamentalist Iran to be a true threat to world peace.

  7. Sonny Havens says:

    You above comment’s, how about the vile administration, that is every bit a part of this sludge, sewage, vile, tyrannical attack on American society? Why pick on one loser wimp, anti bill of rights, anti constitution, everyone whines, yet nothing changes … we’re done!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Obama didn't just recently turn on Israel. He's been anti-Israel since well before he became president. Remember his list of best friends: Rashid Khalidi, Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers are all Israel haters. Obama would smile his patented smile if the Ayatollahs incinerated Israel with the nuclear weapons he's trying to help them acquire.

  9. HE LIES THREW HIS TEETH. HE HAS A LOT OF MY JEWISH BREATHREN BELEVING HIM . I HOPE THEY WAKE UP BEFORE IT’S TO LATE AND SEE HOW BAD HE IS FOR AMERICA AND FOF ISRAEL.

  10. Very well written–Obama’s position through his mouthpiece Kerry is unfolding as predicted by Pipes

  11. What do you want from a closet muslim!

  12. I told the American Rabbis to vote against him. THEY DID NOT LISTEN. RABBI DR, BERNHARD ROSENBERG, FORMER CHAIRMAN RABBIS FOR ROMNEY

  13. Know that he dose not represent all the American people. His dishonesty that he did on the voting to get in. As president, does not make him representation of the American people

  14. Lee Warren says:

    He hates Isreal and it shows, Well I hate the sonofabitch even more and the older we get the more he is worth going to jail for. One could be a national hero.

  15. Cody Flecker says:

    The many Jews who voted for Obama and the Democrats are happy and that is all that matters. Can you imagine what they would say or think if they knew that their hundreds of millions of dollars in donations went down the drain.? I see mass conversions dead ahead, as their Messiah just wanes away.

  16. The second term victory has put the final nails of the coffin for theTeflon , Nobel prize winner King Obama. Thank You.

  17. Mariam Berzon says:

    This is very scary…

  18. When has he been for Israel??

  19. Obama was never on the side of Israel, these videos on this playlist expose a different agenda! EGYPTIAN MEDIA CALLS OBAMA AL MAHDI
    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRxsMy-rzJoWHoeKh-J8aXLQtcPHLMACr
    AT LEAST WATCH THE TOP 2 VIDEOS, BUT ALL ARE INTERESTED, BELOW ARE THE REST OF MY END TIMES SECTION OF PLAYLISTS, HUNDREDS OF GOOD VIDEOS!
    MY 8 END TIMES PLAYLISTS, LOCATED ON CARRIE GEREN SCOGGINS YOUTUBE CHANNEL SECTION -"END TIMES EVENTS NATURAL DISASTERS WATER TURNED BLOOD RED PROPHECIES FULFILLED CURRENTLY,"
    PLAYLISTS:
    ————————————————————————————–
    EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERSE PLACES

    END TIMES EVENTS

    BODIES OF WATER TURNED TO BLOOD RED REV 16:4

    MASS FISH DEATHS, MILLIONS OF DEAD FISH FLOAT UP ON BEACHES

    END TIMES EVENTS

    DISASTERS IN END TIMES EVENTS

    SERMONS ON END TIMES

    EVOLUTION THEORY, AND RACISM, RACIST SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION RELIGIONS

    EGYPTIAN MEDIA CALLS OBAMA AL MAHDI

    CARRIE GEREN SCOGGINS POLITICAL NEWSLETTER BIBLE PROPHECY TIMES EDITION UPDATE

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