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Netanyahu and Obama.

Beginning in 2007, those of us who saw the writing on the wall, began campaigning against Obama. We knew he was bad for Israel from the things he said in interviews and from the people he hung out with, past and present. We posted articles that slammed him on social media and we lost friends for our insistent and incessant need to make our case: the one that would save Israel and Israeli Jews.

We knew he’d be bad for the Jews by the way he spoke about settlements and Islam and Iran in a 2007 interview with then editor of the Jerusalem Post, David Horovitz. At that time, Obama pooh-poohed, for instance, Israel’s need for secure borders saying, “Israel may seek ’67-plus’ and justify it in terms of the buffer that they need for security purposes. They’ve got to consider whether getting that buffer is worth the antagonism of the other party.”

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We knew he’d be bad for the Jews because he associated with people like the Reverend Jeremiah Wright who was outspoken in his support for both the Jew-hating Louis Farrakhan and Hamas. During an appearance at Michigan State University on February 7, 2008, Wright explained the creation of the State of Israel as “a political decision made in 1948 to solve a European problem of European Jews by putting them in somebody else’s country.”

We knew he was anti-Israel because he was funded by Saudi Billionaire Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, an avowed enemy of Israel. It was al-Mansour who served as Obama’s patron, smoothing Obama’s way into Harvard Law School.

We knew Obama hated Israel because former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, the guy who said, “I think what the Israelis are doing today for example in Lebanon is in effect, in effect . . . the killing of hostages. The killing of hostages,” endorsed Obama during his first presidential campaign.

We knew about Obama’s hatred of Israel because he appointed Robert Malley, who advocated talks with Hamas, as his foreign policy advisor during his first presidential election, subsequently dropping him like a hot potato when word leaked out about Malley’s affinity for terrorists. Hoping everyone had forgotten by then, Obama appointed Malley to head up the White House National Security Council’s Middle East desk, in March.

We knew about Obama’s hatred of the Jews because of his ardent admiration for Professor Derrick Bell, who, in a 1994 New York Observer interview, criticized Henry Louis (Skip) Gates for an op-ed he penned on black anti-Semitism for the New York Times:

“I was furious. Even if everything he said was true, it was inexcusable not to mention what might have motivated blacks to feel this way, and to fail to talk about all the Jewish neoconservative racists who are undermining blacks in every way they can.”

We knew about Obama’s anti-Semitism because of his friendship with anti-Israel “Palestinian” radical activist Rashid Khalidi, and the subsequent suppression of a tape from a dinner party held as a farewell party for Khalidi in 2003, at which one speaker was reported to have likened, “Zionist settlers on the West Bank” to Osama bin Laden, remarking that both had been “blinded by ideology.”

I, for one, am just not buying it that American Jews really didn’t know that Obama would be bad for Israel, even as far back as 2007, when Obama’s rise to power begins in the run-up to the 2008 election.

The truth is, they just didn’t care. Before you blast me for saying that, let’s look at some more evidence that Obama would be (and is) bad, not only for the Jews and Israel, but for America, too.

We knew Obama would be bad for America the minute he said we were “five days away from fundamentally transforming America.” We knew he would work to do away with American exceptionalism by dint of his far-left associations with terrorist bombers William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and the Stalin-loving Frank Marshall Davis, who filled in for Obama’s absentee father.

All of these details were known in 2007. As for the 2012 election campaign? Well by then, it was no longer even a question: Obama was bad news. We knew about Obama’s Cairo speech in which he said that Israel was only created to make up for Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. We knew about the way Joe Biden castigated Bibi for building in the Haredi Jewish neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo in northeast Jerusalem.

We knew about the times Obama leaked Israeli intelligence to Iran. We knew about the feet up on the desk during a meeting with the Israeli delegation, which included Israel’s PM, Benyamin Netanyahu. We knew about the freak-out over Bibi’s speech to Congress. We knew about Obama’s refusal to name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and how the mostly liberal Supreme Court used a controversial device by Bush, to back this non-recognition.

You want to tell me you really didn’t know about Obama’s hatred for the Jews and for Israel? Sorry, but I’m having trouble buying that story. But at the very least, you need to come out from under that rock and get a little, um, daylight. You’ve been looking a little pale since Tuesday.

 

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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.