Obama’s Double Standard For The Israeli Prime Minister

It’s being reported that the President of the United States is pretty unhappy with certain campaign statements that were made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In light of this reaction, it seems fitting to highlight some statements that Obama himself made when he was campaigning.

Just to review, let’s start with this one: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” That is what then-Senator Obama said to an audience at AIPAC in 2008, during his first presidential campaign. Based on many of his actions since then, it seems fair to infer that he didn’t mean it at the time, and he certainly didn’t stand by it.

“Oops, wait, that wasn’t exactly what I meant to say!”

That was not the only thing that Obama said when he was campaigning that he didn’t mean. Obama’s top advisor David Axelrod recently revealed that Obama intentionally misled voters about his position on same sex marriage in 2008, in what Time Magazine called “a striking admission of political dishonesty.”

Of course, who can forget, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period.” Everyone knows by now what a whopper that was. This promise may not have been made during an election campaign, but it was made in a campaign to mislead American voters in order to pass Obama’s “signature” health care law. As we now know, that was only the most egregious of several falsehoods that were necessary to get the Affordable Care Act passed.

The US President ought to consider complying with the US State Department guidelines on anti-Semitism, which would require him to hold the Prime Minister of Israel to the same standards to which Obama holds himself. Obama should wait to see what Netanyahu actually does during the next administration before condemning him for campaign statements.

Update: Netanyahu has clarified that his position in favor of a negotiated two-state solution has not changed since his speech in Bar-Ilan University, but that the current circumstances, under which a West Bank state would almost certainly become a staging ground for more terrorism, must change. I’m still waiting, however, for Obama to explain what he meant when he said that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

13 thoughts on “Obama’s Double Standard For The Israeli Prime Minister”

  1. Norman_In_New_York

    The whopper most relevant here was Obama’s refusal to meet with Bibi on the grounds that it would interfere with the Israeli election while sending in his political organizers to defeat Bibi at the polls. He fooled no one except the fawning media in either country, and now there are rumblings in Congress of investigating the extent that taxpayer money was used in this failed effort of community organizing.

    1. Oh I hope THAT investigation gets somewhere. I was shocked by stories of obama sending people into Israel. It’s shameful. And I think, illegal….or should be.

  2. I think the bright spot would be that if Obama does betray Israel, Jews will finally realize the Democratic Party has no room for them.

    1. Ha ha ha, that’s a good one, rusty! Let me fix that for you: Despite the fact that Obama has repeatedly betrayed Israel, Jews still haven’t realized that the Democratic Party has no room for them.

          1. ahad_ha_amoratsim

            That has not been my experience.
            And it has also been my experience that the Democratic Party conditions full participation on being willing to abandon Torah, and has little use for Jews who do not want to assimilate.

  3. I finally saw what Bibi said. What he said was that there was a lot of foreign influence in the election, busing in Arabs who will elect people who are antagonistic to the State of Israel.

    Of course, if you want real bigotry, you can look at Lapid’s party, for example. But they don’t complain about that, because the complainers are themselves bigots.
    For the record, I don’t like bigotry against any group. I’m not just being theoretical; I’ve spoken up against generalizations regarding Arabs. But the actions of some of the Arab representatives are alarming and should be discussed.

    There are two groups about whom it is acceptable to make bigoted generalizations, and that is Chareidim and the Jewish residents of the territories. I think the facts will show that the same sort of statement that will advance a politician in Israel would ruin a political career in New York State.

  4. Adespicable behaviour by Obama not to congratulate PM Netanyhu’s victory.
    Sour grapes notwithstanding by him..Best ignoring him from now on.Listening is bad enough..The man has an islamic mindset that no matter what he will never give up his abandoning his roots

  5. Hrundi V. Bakshi

    Well, leftist suicide of Jerusalem is averted. But I’m not optimistic. I’d expect incoming torpedoes from the US adminsitration and the EU, seeking to sink Israel and to de-legitimize it. Situation like in the 60ies. But the problem is in the region. Hamas in Gaza, ISIL in the Sinai, Hezbollah in Lebanon. Iran with nukes. And Netanyahu is no Eshkol or Begin. He’s not a straight talker, he doesn’t care about the the Israeli public with his heart and he was not fit to run a country during a war.
    It a Pyrrhic victory. Not that the other alternatives in Israel are any better. I don’t envy you there right now.

  6. Netanyahu has played the good GOP pawn, and Obama the cynical tantrum throwing president. The schlemiel and the schlimazel just don’t make a good team right now. Not a good situation for either side. Meanwhile in Ramallah, Gaza and Tehran they are without a doubt laughing at the folly of those who wanted and pushed for this crisis. May Israel and America outlast this, and as friends for years to come!

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