It was the kind of thing President Obama does. He spoke at the Israeli embassy, something no sitting president has ever done. This, we are meant to understand, proves that he is good to the Jews, to Israel.
He was there to commemorate the Holocaust on a day the UN chose to be International Holocaust Day. Just as the President throws Israel under the bus but proves his love for the Jews by giving a speech at a place associated with the Jewish State, so too, the UN created a day to prove its empathy for Jewish victims, while thumbing its nose at Israel, by way of ignoring Israel’s chosen date for this celebration, Yom HaShoah.
And of course, the President’s speech on this day said one thing and meant another. He said:
“We are all Jews, because anti-Semitism is a distillation, an expression of an evil that runs through so much of human history, and if we do not answer that, we do not answer any other form of evil.”
To those who defend the President, these words mean that he identifies with the plight of Jews and is staunch in the fight against antisemitism.
But to people whose critical thinking skills remain intact, the president is saying, “Jews are nothing special. They are no different than anyone else. Antisemitism is not special or unique. It’s just another kind of racism, just a garden variety evil, no different than any other.”
There’s another undercurrent here. Where he says “evil,” he is no doubt including the pretend occupation, the pretend maltreatment of Arabs in Israel by Israelis. He is saying, “Jews are just as evil as Nazis. Look how they treat their own minorities in their own country.”
If it mattered, if I could respond to the President’s most offensive words and tack, here is what I would say:
No, Mr. President. You are NOT a Jew. If you were a Jew, you would not have made a deal with Iran that threatens the Jewish State with annihilation. If you were a Jew, you would not have leaked Israel’s military secrets. If you were a Jew, you would not have forced Israel to halt the building of homes in the Jewish heartland.
If you were a Jew, Mr. President, you’d denounce the Arab occupiers of the Jewish land who kill and maim innocent Jews. If you were a Jew, you would not call Jewish victims “random folk in a deli” or say that antisemitism is a distillation of all other evils, implying that Jews and Jew-hatred are not exceptional, nothing special.
If you were a Jew, you would denounce terrorism instead of excusing it. You’d denounce the stabbing of young women like Shlomit Krigman, and you’d name the murdered by name. You’d call Abbas on the carpet and demand he get his people under control or lose dollars.
If you were a Jew, you would not put your feet up on your desk and give Bibi the stink eye. You would also not leave an Israeli delegation starving in your office, while you dine upstairs with Michelle and the kids.
Most of all, if you were a Jew, you would never suggest there is nothing special about the Holocaust: nothing special about the systematic gassing and murder of 6 million Jews, nothing that makes this horrific event stand out among all the sins of man.
Six million Jews. It’s a number that dwarfs the number of Syrians killed in civil war over the past five years. It’s a mind-boggling number, an unfathomable number. The Holocaust was a concerted killing machine bent on eradicating one people, and fueled by the oldest hatred in the world.
Hatred and envy.
Frankly, Mr. President? You could never be a Jew. Jews bring light unto the nations.
You’re simply not qualified for the job.