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Romney Bad, Obama Good, for Israel

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Netanyahu carried his message to Americans through the media after meeting with President Obama and castigating Iran at the UN. (September 30, 2013)

Netanyahu carried his message to Americans through the media after meeting with President Obama and castigating Iran at the UN. (September 30, 2013)
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Ironically, the much maligned Obama administration has been the perfect antidote to Israeli capitulation to American whims. President Obama exudes an open hostility towards Israel, and real favoritism towards the Muslim Brotherhood and their ilk. The average Israeli can sense this new distance between the US and Israel and this has resulted in a an unusual feeling around here, a feeling that scares many – the feeling of independence.

Indeed under Obama’s reign, Israel is seeing more “daylight” and getting more independence from US foreign policy. As Israel begins to feel its own strength, and as the land-giveaway ideology exits the scene, the Jewish State will need breathing room to fashion and lead a new direction in the Middle East. Through the creation of this breathing space, Israel and the United States will be able rebuild their relationship on a healthier basis, as two sovereign nations with many joint interests, cooperating, trading, and securing the world together. Of course, that “daylight” will also entail the end of US foreign aid to Israel, a much needed step for Israel’s independence and key for a healthier relationship between the two nations.

Paradoxically, President Obama is helping to usher in a new and more equitable era of the US/Israel relationship. Romney, on the other hand, is bad for the Israel. A Romney White House could put effective State Department pressure on the Israeli government where the Obama administration could not. Israeli weakness for a ‘loving’ president makes it susceptible to giving in to US pressure which inevitably requires Israel to give dangerous concessions to the very people who seek to destroy the Jewish State. Moreover, if Romney would be elected, Israel would fall back into the old habit of subservience to State Department whims instead of the budding sense of policy independence felt on the Israeli street. And that’s no good. Far better to have Obama articulate and espouse the true face of American foreign policy, leaving Israel free to reject it.

Yishai Fleisher

About the Author: Yishai Fleisher is a Contributing Editor at JewishPress.com, Chief Editor at JNi.media, talk-show host, and International Spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron, an Israeli Paratrooper, a graduate of Cardozo Law School, and the founder of Kumah ("Arise" in Hebrew), an NGO dedicated to promoting Zionism and strengthening Israel's national character. Yishai is married to Malkah, and they live on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem with their children.

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  1. Kenneth Blum says:

    Your analysis would be right on if there was no nuclear threat against Israel from Iran. It is becoming clear that the qualitative difference between the two visa vi Israel is Obama acceptance of Iran as a Nuclear power and Romney's refusal (unsubstantiated as of today) to Iran with Nuclear "Energy". For years, Bibi had one thing on his mind and one thing only, Iran. This is how we have to vote. We know what we are getting (or not getting) with Obama, there still is a chance we can get military support under Romney.

  2. So, Yishai, have you seen 2016: Obama's America? You want us to re-elect the muslim in the white house just so Israel can stay friends with the enemy? Mashuganah! America is done for if he gets re-elected, which it nearly is now! Everything he stands for is totally opposite of what America represents. He and Michelle absolutely HATE America and want to turn it into a socialist society. Our rights are being taken away daily. Our children and grand-children and gg-grandchildren will never be able to pay off the debt he has pulled down upon us. If Romney does not get elected, we will become a muslim nation.

  3. Yishai, Thank you for sharing your perspective. It would actually be better for all sides if America would spend less on trying to manipulate Israel and our neighbors. Sometimes I think that Ron Paul would truly be the best for Israel if elected for US president.

  4. Obama's foreign policy doctrine of 'conciliation,' or 'appeasement,' is dangerous for America, Israel, and the world. It has caused dangerous shifts in favor of adversaries, and has sent the wrong messages around the globe. The administrations role in the Arab Spring alone should be cause for concern. Pressure upon Israel that we have seen is part of that overall policy. Take into account that the US-Israel relationship is symbiotic and also goes far beyond the aid that Israel receives. Based upon the positions taken by this administration, it is likely that a second Obama term would bring signiciantly greater pressure upon Israel to make dangerous concessions. It would also endanger the global influence of the US in the world to preserve freedom and democracy.

  5. Susan Conner says:

    Yishai, I, too, would love to see Israel more independent of all outside influences. I believe that is also what G-d wants for Israel. Two scenarios to think about: One, if Obama is defeated, Israel is enemy number one and he can wreak tremendous havoc with multiple strokes of his executive order pen that will take time to undo; two, if he is re-elected, then there is no stopping his onslaught of evil against Israel and in favor of his buddies, the Muslim Brotherhood and all other miscreants in the arab world. And please do not forget that it is maybe more important for the US to support Israel for our own national conscience and well-being than the presumption that Israel needs us. HaShem will take care of Israel. Romney has at least said he would move the capitol to Jerusalem and Congress is in support of that plan. I don't remember him speaking on Pollard, but I'm betting something will happen there, too. Shavua Tov! Too bad none of us can see into the future!

  6. Yeremiahu Rueben Yonteff says:

    It is astonishing to see that anyone in the jewish community continues to support Obama let alone have to chutzpah to write such a long winded propaganda article like like on his behalf. It goes to show you that self-hating court jews are more dangerous than any gentile or any nation. SHAME ON YOU!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I can definitely see that your conclusion that Romney wouldn't support Israel comes from very deep ANALysis… you just pulled it out of your butt! Where in blazes is your evidence for that assertion? You might claim he's just a cream puff, but he had to have spine to do what he did at Bain, and he's a dedicated Mormon.

  8. Dave Borland says:

    I can't believe that there could be anyone, much less any jew, who cannot see obama's anti semetic tendencies. I am astonished.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The documentary showing across America titled '2016: Obama's America' provides a lot of insight into Obama's influences in his life, and it is a must see film for all American voters. Obama supporters will, also, enjoy this movie since it will answer a lot of questions about Obama's early influences in his life and what his agenda will probably be in a second term if re-elected. Just saw the movie yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio to a packed audience and at the end of the movie, most people were applauding.

  10. Kimberly Phillips says:

    I am so disappointed in your attitude toward Romney. What on G-d's green earth makes you think other than unfounded suspicion of Romney's character and policy that he would be dangerous to Israel? Seems to me, that Israel would be better served by electing their own leaders who have the backbone to resist allowing themselves to be subservient to ANY US administration. I seem to remember with shock and horror along with many pro-Israel activists as Obama flexed his muscles against Israel including construction freezes, withdrawing to the '67 armistice lines, and flip flopping on speeches purporting to support when he actively writes policy that is islamophilic and anti-Jewish/anti-settlement. Romney is far more up front… remember that Obama has been somewhat restrained in his policy because he wants to be re-elected, if he wins in a little over two months he will have no reason to hold back on his true desire to destroy all who he views as colonialist oppressors (including Israel) your views seem to have changed drastically in the direction of reflexive liberalism — I have a very hard time believing that you can do such a complete 180 since I saw you in 2007… what a pity… For someone who once was an American citizen, I am disappointed in you not giving a rat's behind about what is best for America which is unequivocally getting Obama out of office.

  11. That's true as far as it goes. Israel should certainly establish its independence from the US, and yes, an openly anti-Israel president like Obama helps force Israeli PMs to have backbone. However, that is not a very good reason to vote for Obama. It is a good reason for Israel to act in its own best interest and stop trying to keep the US happy, whether the US president puts on a friendly face or not.

  12. Jeff Kletman says:

    The author goes so far a field to come to his conclusions about Obama vs Romney that I don't know where the democratic talking points start but I do know where they end. In the the last paragraph. The last paragraph of this article has no basis in facts. The Obama administration has been openly hostile to Israel where it matters the most. Diplomatically Obama has been a disaster for Israel. From his openly rude behavior towards Netanyahu when he was a guest in the peoples house to his leaking of classified Israeli intelligence to the New York Times. He has been a thorn in Israel's side from the day he was inaugurated. His policies have followed his heart and his heart is not pro Israel. Many of us had heard about his radical anti Israel associations but we gave him the benefit of the doubt. Mitt Romney is supporter of Israel publicly and a close personal friend of Netanyahu. The two worked together and have gone out socially together. If we use the same criteria now as we have in 2008 we should most certainly give Romney the same benefit of the doubt that we gave Obama.

  13. Andy Hirsh Dlinn says:

    Yishai, You make an interesting argument that might be tenable if you ignored the seriousness of the real Obama…the statement he made to Dimitri: "This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility." The man is bent on downsizing America and taking Israel with it. Romney has NOT said he will not move the Embassy to Jerusalem. The correct quote is "I will ask my friend Bibi Netanyahu what he wants me to do." That sounds like someone who recognizes Israel's sovereignty. I would not count on your enemies to help you! – Hirsh from Jewish Experience Radio.

  14. Yishai, I agree with Kim.
    See 2016 and you may understand that not only does Obama want to destroy America, he wants to destroy Israel even more! He is a Muslim and you are behind that tree!

  15. Ronald Cook says:

    Linda,thank G-d, you see this. If only the rest of The House of Israel could see this. Sad , several of my Jewish friends are still in Obama's pocket. We must pray that they wake up.

  16. Gary Moss says:

    You provide absolutely no evidence to support your conclusion that: "Romney’s policies will include a push to shrink Israel’s borders, he will not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital….." What do base these assertions on? If this is your personal opinion its fine you should just say so, but it is terribly wrong to assume you know how Romney is going to act after January 20, 2013 when all you have is his speeches and comments on his views on the US-Israeli relationship.

    Are you under contract to the DNC, are they paying for your opinion Yishai because you could not be more wrong if you tried.

    The relationship under Romney will be significantly better if for no other reason than the key foreign policy decsionmakers under Obama, all of whom are extreme leftists with significant animus towards Israel (Hilary Clinton, Susan Rice, Huma Abedin and Samantha Power) wil be be repalced by John Bolton, Elliot Abrams and other policymakers with strong ties to Israel.

    While everyone is entitled to their opinion, even Debbie Waserman Schultz it is extremely suspect to see an individual with a legal background write a paper that is 100% pure opinion and provide no evidentiary support for it. Not only are conclusions towards Obama 100% incorrect you have provided nothing to support any allegation you made regarding the relationship under future President Romney. This piece appears to be nothing than the fantasies perpetuated by the Democratic Party and Obama's jewish suporters.

  17. Gary Moss says:

    What a pile of steaming horse that column was. I left my response on the site.

  18. Obama hasn't had to force any land because Netanyahu has done a good job all by himself! Migron! Ulpana! Need I go on? David has it right. The US and any other country needs to get their rudy noses out of Israel's business! Those that don't can look at Zechariah 12 to see what is part of their future!

  19. This is the most important point! As it is a matter of life and death, we
    must admit that Obama will never strike Iran over a nuclear bomb.
    "all options are on the table" is Obamaese for "I,ll catch you on the rebound".

    If you think otherwise you probably should believe a car salesman when he tell you "don't worry".

    How else could you interpret his quashing of Congressional support for a real military option?

    There is not a shred of proof of how Romney would act.

  20. Joshua Wander says:

    If we allow Obama another term, it will lead to the eventual failure of the US and the physical destruction of Israel. How can any Jew support this? We do not need any more Jimmy Carters in the White House. Vote Romney/Ryan in November. It is the right ticket for the US and the right ticket for Israel!

  21. What bothers me most about so many of your posts, Josh, is your unwavering certainty. I understand that you feel strongly about your political beliefs, but have you no doubt whatsoever about the candidates whom you support? Nobody actually knows whether Obama or Romney will be better for Israel.

  22. Joshua Wander says:

    Adam- I have no doubt at all. This isn't rocket science. Obama is bad for the US and Israel. Can I offer you a ticket to go see 2016 – Obama's America at the Waterfront?

  23. Yeremiahu Rueben Yonteff says:

    Adam there is a major problem with your logic. With romney there may be doubt as to how supportive of Israel he will be, but with obama there is no doubt as to his feelings about Israel, that he in all estimation has been the most dangerous president for israel in history, we havent yet fully reaped the bitter fruit of the harm he has done to us which becomes more evident every day. Only a fool would choose the certainty of obamas position over the as of yet unknown position of romney, when everyone but a fool knows the overwhelming amount support for israel comes from the political right of america anyways.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Appeasing the Muslims is not antisemetic. There are hundreds of millions of Arabs and only 6 mil Jews. Think of it from the US perspective.

  25. Brian Kent says:

    Is this some sort of joke???

  26. Batsheva Futlick Williamson says:

    Why is the GOP voting for a two state Israel? I feel sick that Romney didn't take a strong stand.

  27. דניאל קייצי says:

    I agree David, but think Paul would have been best for the US as well as for Israel. But do you perceive any similarities between the Shomron relationship to the current government of Israel at the moment?

  28. A comment that just came in through email to add to the mix. "I think Mr. Fleischer's article is good and brave. One of the points of Avraham Stern's Principles of the Revival was for Israel to have both spiritual and political independence. I think Mr. Fleischer is right in line with that and I praise him for it. Bivracha." Shmuel Ben-Gad.

  29. The failure of the US Gov't can lead to more Aliyot.

  30. Obama's first phone call as POTUS was to Mahmoud Abbas. His first speech was in Egypt. Under this president the US gave the Muslim brotherhood 1.5 Billion dollars. The LA Times has a video of Rahid Khalidi and Barack Obama they refuse to release because it would reveal that Obama is fully in the Palestinian camp : http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2012/01/remember-that-rashid-khalidi-video.html.

    If Romney becomes president we don't know what will happen. If Obama becomes president the US will end up going to war with Israel because Israel cannot capitulate to Obamas demands that will put the existence of Israel at risk. Obama wants to 'fundamentally change' America but he wants to destroy Israel.

  31. Natan Essers says:

    An interesting article, but what happens if Obama gets in, and instead of Bibi we get some left-wing loonie.

    Also, do Romney’s *current* policies include a push to shrink Israel’s borders etc, or do you think that his policy will become this if he becomes President?

  32. This article is like a breath of fresh air, clear and well-thought out. The statement that Mr. Fleisher is a "Democrat" for writing it is plain silly.

  33. Yomi Groner says:

    Many problems with what fleisher here writes, but the only one that matters is the following, obamas handling of the economy. the us economy is much more crucial to Israel's economical growth, than the status quo of the state dept under all administrations. The us economy has a huge impact on the world & Israel. So when you base what's good for Israel without talking economics it's like a crossfit gym that talks only about strength training and nothing else.

  34. Kimberly Phillips says:

    So it doesn't bother ANY of those of you who support a Ron Paul presidency that he took money from and was listed as the candidate of choice by Stormfront an openly neo nazi organization? Weird.

  35. Kimberly Phillips says:

    Well, what ever helps you to sleep … How brave is it to side with liberals?

    Siding with the liberals gives you no immunity. The liberals never know or care to know the victims of their ideology and they don't give a damn either. When you side with the liberal agenda, you are taking sides against yourself …

  36. Jon Slivkoff says:

    Yishai, how much is the Hussien Admistration paying you to buy him the election for American Jewish voters? Although I believe we could find better than Rumney, you are absolutely insane to believe the tripe you are selling as good sense. G-d will save Yis'roel when and only when Jews start, in mass, to humble themselves before Him and Get down on their knees and repent for the Idol Worship going on in the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You selling out the American vote to BHO is amazing and foolish in my humble opinion. I have enjoyed much of your commentary up to this point, but you lost me here. My opinion is that your liberal friends have made you adjust your position to this absurdity and when OHB wins you will be the first to realize that your mistake was worst than you could ever have imagined. Where are you on removing the pagan temples from the high places of Yis'roel? Where are you on destroying the stone, wood and metal idols from the land? Yet you first decide to save Yis'roel through a notion that you have about the American electorate. Shame on you Brother!

  37. Jon Slivkoff says:

    JPS Deu 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all the nations of the earth.
    Deu 28:2 And all these blessings shall come upon thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
    Deu 28:3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
    Deu 28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the young of thy flock.
    Deu 28:5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy kneading-trough.
    Deu 28:6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
    Deu 28:7 The LORD will cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thee; they shall come out against thee one way, and shall flee before thee seven ways.
    Deu 28:8 The LORD will command the blessing with thee in thy barns, and in all that thou puttest thy hand unto; and He will bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
    Deu 28:9 The LORD will establish thee for a holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee; if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in His ways.
    Deu 28:10 And all the peoples of the earth shall see that the name of the LORD is called upon thee; and they shall be afraid of thee.
    Deu 28:11 And the LORD will make thee over-abundant for good, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers to give thee.
    Deu 28:12 The LORD will open unto thee His good treasure the heaven to give the rain of thy land in its season, and to bless all the work of thy hand; and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow.
    Deu 28:13 And the LORD will make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if thou shalt hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them;.
    Deu 28:14 and shalt not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, TO GO AFTER OTHER gods TO SERVE THEM.

  38. Jon Slivkoff says:

    Num_33:52 then yes shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places.

    2Ki_17:29 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.

    Lev_26:30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your sun-pillars, and cast.
    your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you.

    Deu_29:17 (29:16) and yes have seen their detestable things, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were with them –

    Eze_6:4 And your altars shall become desolate, and your sun-images shall be broken; and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

    Eze_6:5 And I will lay the carcasses of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.

    Eze_6:6 In all your dwelling-places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your sun-images may be hewn down, and your works may be blotted out.

  39. Jon Slivkoff says:

    Yishai, Do you vote Harun Yahyah for Temple mount Mosque building committee? Really amazing…Perhaps this kind of foolishness has to happen so the remnant can stand up and stand out of the Jew's of G-d's choosing. Some Jew's are the Jew's worst enemy. So Yishai, perhaps you should vote for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Using this kind of logic. Can we call this logic?

  40. Jon Slivkoff says:

    Yishai, Do you vote Harun Yahyah/Adnan Oktar for Temple mount Mosque building committee? Really amazing…Perhaps this kind of foolishness has to happen so the remnant can stand up and stand out of the Jew's of G-d's choosing. So Jew's are the Jew's worst enemy! So Yishai, perhaps you should vote for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Using this kind of logic. Can we call this logic?

  41. Jon Slivkoff says:

    Nice of you to pat yourself on the back. Not many others are, well except your liberal handlers.

  42. Stephen Leavitt says:

    Reading the anti-Israel comments left by some of Ron Paul's supporters here makes it clear that it's not weird at all.

  43. Jon Slivkoff says:

    What??? America is just your disposable ally? I support Israel but America is disposable to you? I love the Jew's and Israel and this is how the likes of you personally pay me back? Astonishing!

  44. Jon Slivkoff says:

    Kimberly Phillips, So true!

  45. Jon Slivkoff says:

    Keep an Eye On Yishai.

  46. Jon Slivkoff says:

    Yishai, I know I have said a lot here and not really responded to the Article on its merits. I do agree that Israel should not rely on America or any other Nation or person or president except G-d, I get that. However, for you to pick for us or Israel Obama over Romney seems really suspect. Romney is not my best pick for America or Israel, but Obama is your enemy clearly and openly. This article seems more a stump for your liberal buddies. Sorry, but that is how it appears. If this is so, you have not just lied to us for selfish purposes, but you have done a severe disservice to the land of Israel and spurned G-d. I hope this is not the case either and or. G-d Bless you. Salome.

  47. Jon Slivkoff says:

    Yishai, I know I have said a lot here and not really responded to the Article on its merits. I do agree that Israel should not rely on America or any other Nation or person or president, but should only trust in G-d alone, I get that. However, for you to pick for us or Israel Obama over Romney seems really suspect. Romney is not my best pick for America or Israel, but Obama is your enemy clearly and openly. This article seems more a stump for your liberal buddies. Sorry, but that is how it appears. If this is so, you have not just lied to us for selfish purposes, but you have done a severe disservice to the land of Israel and spurned G-d. I hope this is not the case either and or. G-d Bless you. Salome.

  48. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/08/21/two-state-solution-still-in-gop-platform/
    Romney supports two state solution and probably will act on it when in office. How friendly is that?

  49. Or like a CF that talks about everything BUT strength 🙂

  50. Those Americans who are intending to vote for Obama in the next elections should keep in their minds that they are voting not only for an enemy of Israel but for their on destruction of America as a nation and a free people. Obama will complete his Muslim agenda upon America and the collapse of the western civilization will start after Israel falls first. Yes, Israel and the Jewish people are the most important brick in the wall before evil of Islam and sharia law. Whatever you are voting, take responsibility, back it because you will not be able to regret and the stain of shame will be on you forever. God will bless the wisdom of his children.

  51. I am afraid for ourselves & for Isreal if the 'Jewish press' thinks wrongly that Obama is good for their country!?! Romney & Ryan is MUCH, much better & a much better FRIEND & ally of ISREAL, than our dictstor Obama. What we must learn from HIStory, Weimar/Germany elected Hilter & then he led Germany down them into a World War (II) and into the death camps. His (Hilter's) camps killed anyone that disagreed with the insane Hilter! More than 20,000 such death camps rose-up thru-out Europe, & 6 million Jews & additional millions more non-Jews were murdered at his death camps!

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