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Ambassador Oren: Samantha Really, Really Cares about Israel

Michael Oren knows his job. Never agitate the US. Don’t say Israel’s right when the US “knows” it’s wrong. It’s no wonder he praises Samantha Power, but must he say she “really cares” about Israel?

Samantha Power really cares about Israel, says Ambassador Michael Oren.

Samantha Power really cares about Israel, says Ambassador Michael Oren.
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Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to replace Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations, “cares deeply” about Israel’s security needs, Israeli ambassador to Washington Michael Oren recently told The New York Times.

“Samantha Power and I have worked closely over the last four years on issues vital to Israel’s security,” he said. “She thoroughly understands those issues and cares deeply about them.”

Oren is as much a politician as he is a diplomat. He admitted he usually does not comment on presidential nominees until they are confirmed by the Senate.

So why did he have to go out of his way and tell The New York Times, Obama’s unofficial press agent, that Power is such a great fan of Israel, where 11 years ago she advocated calling for US troops to act as policemen?

Oren saw the need to defend the President and score points if she is confirmed by the Senate, even though the nomination of Power has left many Jewish groups and leaders on different sides of the fence.

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) did not surprise anyone by strongly opposing her nomination, while the Conservative Jewish movement came out in favor of her, as did the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The American Jewish Committee had no comment, and B’nai Brith said it was withholding approval of Power’s nomination until she addressed her earlier remarks under oath during Senate confirmation hearings.

“Israel has few real friends at the United Nations and at the top of the list is the United States, and it is really incumbent on the representative to be prepared, willing and able to rebuff and repel that kind of language,” said the group’s executive vice president, Daniel Mariaschin.

Power’s supporters have pointed out that she was on the front lines to work against anti-Israel resolutions in the United Nations, particularly the Palestinian Authority attempt to win United Nations Security Council approval for becoming a full-fledged member of the United Nations. The Obama administration threatened to cast a veto, which in the end was not necessary because the PA was lacking one vote to win the necessary two-thirds approval for the motion to move to the floor of the General Assembly.

Power may “deeply care” about Israel. Every US political leader is “Pro-Israel” because every one of them knows what is good for Israel, much better than the dumb Israelis. The American government also knows what is good for Iraq, Egypt, Syria and almost every other place in the universe, including the moon.

Being “pro-Israel” is not a condition to be the American Ambassador to the United Nations. First and foremost, the Ambassador must be pro-United States.

But that is like being pro-Israel. Every one has his or her own meaning of what is good for America.

Samantha Power obviously thinks Obama is good for America, as did most of the electorate. She was one of his strongest supporters even before anyone heard of his becoming a presidential candidate in 2008.

She also thinks “engaging enemies’ is good for the United States. It is the “engagement” policy that helped bring then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to declare, two months after the beginning of the Arab Spring protests in Syria, that Assad is a “reformer.”

By the way, it was the same Clinton, when she campaigned against Obama for the Democratic party’s nomination for its presidential candidate, whom Power called a “monster.”

Power also has mouthed off at people whom she thinks are violating human rights.

She once not only called Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon violators of human rights, she also put them on the same level in her declaration against “Sharafat.”

When Power hears of human rights violations, she goes bonkers and always assumes the “other side” is to blame. That is why she backed the Muslims against the Buddhists in Burma.

The Canada Free Press wrote, “In her 2004 review of a book by the radical leftist Noam Chomsky, Ms. Power agreed with many of his criticisms of U.S. foreign policy and expressed her own concerns about what she called the ‘sins of our allies in the war on terror,’ lumping Israel with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, and Uzbekistan.

In 2007, she stated, the American government’s relationship with Israel “has often led foreign policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics….”

The problem with Power is not just her “invade Israel” policy that she advocated in her 2002 interview with a professor from, naturally, the University of California at Berkeley.

She is pro-American just like she is pro-Israel.

Anti-Americanism proves that the United States is wrong, in her opinion. Power stated in a New Republic article in 2003, “Much anti-Americanism derives from the role U.S. political, economic, and military power has played in denying such freedoms to others… We need a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States.”

She is a fighter for human rights, so much so that she likes the idea of using the American military to police Israel, the Balkans and Libya.

Interestingly, she never has said that the U.S. Army should patrol the streets of Iran.

Or Syria.

Or Saudi Arabia.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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5 Responses to “Ambassador Oren: Samantha Really, Really Cares about Israel”

  1. where is the bucket ..? hurry..I have to puke!!!

  2. Hope Faith says:

    I see confusion?

  3. As bad as this appointment is, we can't lose sight of the fact of the appointer, as opposed to the appointee.

    I'd like to see this defeated in the Senate, if only to rebuff Obama's ideological agenda. But we should be under no illusions that even if this unlikely happy outcome occurred, he'd just nominate someone else just as bad.

    I'm about the same age as Obama, and I went to schools of comparable prestige during comparable time frames. I've never met him personally, but I've had umpteen housemates, assistant professors, colleagues, etc., who thought and talked like Obama…and Samantha Power, for that matter. Sadly, their kind is the standard product of the liberal arts departments of what passes for "elite" academia these days.

    Our univiersities, and our journalistic institutions, and increasingly, our national government is saturated with these left wing, socialist academia snobs who have never worked an honest day in their sorry lives, and wear this gross personoal deficiency as a badge of honor. They believe that they are "too good" to get their hands dirty with direct experience with the real world, and being "above it all", know what is best for the rest of us.

    What has been stuffed into their heads by their less than worthless, left wing professors is that America is the cause of all the world's problems. Their duty, as they see it, now that they are at the levers of power, is to make "America safe for the world". This is to be done by an outrageous policy of appeasement of our enemies, and betrayal of our allies, first and foremost Israel.

    Obama is too intellectually cloistered and insecure to be able to face any real argument against his agenda. Hence, he appoints these other facets of his "echo chanber"…he has spent the whole of his adult life being told how "brilliant" he is by such people, and his ego is used to this. Why should he stop now? This is not about making America a better place…this is about one humoungous ego trip for Barack Hussein Obama!

    Fortunately (?), I think it is possible – not sure about this, only "possible" – that Obama & Co. are SLOWLY learning the hard way via experiences like Benghazi that maybe trashing the U.S. and her allies such as Israel, while burrowing their colective noses up the hindquarters of our mortal enemies, maybe is not such a great idea. I don't see his administration as being at the head of some grand conspiracy to "destroy America"; rather, it is left wing academic lunacy run amok, in the manner of the fabled sorcerer's apprentice.

    January 2017 can't come soon enough. Hopefully, the GOP will take the Senate in '14 and Obama will be impeached or forced to resign before then.

  4. Maria Belaev says:

    The lady is just not very intelligent. http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/obama-appointee-as-us-ambassador-to-the-un-calls-for-invasion-of-israel
    that was just stupid…. Shows she has no clue but is willing to talk despite being unaware…..

  5. Any one indicated by the Sultan cannot be smartest than himself…So, what the americans expect from that indication…
    In contrast Nixon knew his own limitations and pick the wise guy Kissinger.

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