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BlowBack: US Reactions to Obama’s Israel Assault (Video & Quotes)

“Enough Already”.. The American Reaction Round Up.

I gambled a bit on Sunday night Israel time, in my scathing analysis of the unwarranted weekend of fury toward Israel which poured out of the White House. I chalked it up to an artificial crisis designed to bleed out concessions, and pressure Netanyahu’s coalition for a possible topple.

It appears 3 days later this is the consensus building for these events. I pledged to see what the pro-Israel reactions might be in the USA going forward, to gage whether or not Obama’s strategy might backfire..  Judge for yourself.

Major American Jewish Organizations
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Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations

[...] The controversy which has arisen regarding Israel’s planning process for future development in its capital city in the form of the construction of 1600 new housing units within the declared municipal boundaries of Jerusalem was addressed during Vice President Biden’s trip by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s apology and Vice President Biden’s statement of understanding and recognition of the importance of a continuing close relationship. The unusually harsh comments made since then by members of the Administration have resulted in increased tensions. The interests of all concerned would best be served by a prompt commencement of the proximity talks that had been previously agreed to by all parties, and all parties should act in a manner that does not undercut such talks. We urge the United States and Israel to resolve the controversy with the use of language reflecting their historic friendship [...]

AJC

[...] “Ideally, differences with allies, which do occur even between the closest of friends, should be discussed and resolved in private,” said Harris. “We urge the White House to reconsider its latest, repeated verbal assaults on the Israeli government. It is not beneficial to pummel Israel with language that has rarely been used in U.S. foreign policy. And it may, however unintentionally, send the wrong signal to Israel’s adversaries in the region, further complicating an already complex landscape.”

ADL

We are shocked and stunned at the Administration’s tone and public dressing down of Israel on the issue of future building in Jerusalem. We cannot remember an instance when such harsh language was directed at a friend and ally of the United States. One can only wonder how far the U.S. is prepared to go in distancing itself from Israel in order to placate the Palestinians in the hope they see it is in their interest to return to the negotiating table. [...]

AIPAC (One of the 1st to react)

The Obama Administration’s recent statements regarding the U.S. relationship with Israel are a matter of serious concern. AIPAC calls on the Administration to take immediate steps to defuse the tension with the Jewish State.

Israel is America’s closest ally in the Middle East. The foundation of the U.S-Israel relationship is rooted in America’s fundamental strategic interest, shared democratic values, and a long-time commitment to peace in the region. Those strategic interests, which we share with Israel, extend to every facet of American life and our relationship with the Jewish State, which enjoys vast bipartisan support in Congress and among the American people.

The Administration should make a conscious effort to move away from public demands and unilateral deadlines directed at Israel, with whom the United States shares basic, fundamental, and strategic interests. The escalated rhetoric of recent days only serves as a distraction from the substantive work that needs to be done with regard to the urgent issue of Iran’s rapid pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and all her Arab neighbors. [...]

RJC

The Obama administration has used harsh and intentionally undiplomatic language to exacerbate tensions with our ally Israel in the wake of Vice President Biden’s visit there. The strident and unwarranted escalation of tension, which has turned a minor diplomatic embarrassment into a major international incident, has raised serious concerns about the administration’s Israel policy from a variety of mainstream voices [...]

We call on the Obama administration to halt immediately its unwarranted pressure against Israel, to take steps to heal the dangerous rift it has created between the two countries, and to return to the policy of its predecessors in supporting Israel’s security and well-being as an important strategic ally.

Plenty of consensus there. More organizations like Jstreet & Americans for Peace Now celebrated the assault (shocker huh?). The NJDC seems embarrassed more than anything, choosing to lay very low. Other than Obama’s base of hard core ultra liberal fringe, and their lovey dovey media people aren’t pleased.

Christians United For Israel
Doesn’t usually wade into political waters, but lookout when they do!
Via contentions we learn that the Evangelicals can quickly mobilize an army..

“Just 90 minutes after CUFI’s action alert was distributed, more than 5,000 of our members sent e-mails to the White House asking the president to ‘end this unnecessary crisis, return to a more productive approach, and stand with our ally Israel.’ As of last count we are averaging an e-mail every second, and I see no indication that this will slow down anytime soon.” [...]

The US House & Senate
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An outpouring of support for the US Israel relationship has come from senior leadership in response, most of it follows a similar theme..

Quote bits, EACH from a different US leader.
They are bi-partisan:

  • “Israel is a sovereign nation and an ally, not a punching bag. Enough already.”
  • “Troubling eagerness to undercut our allies and friends”
  • “I am deeply concerned”
  • “Rethink counterproductive rhetoric”
  • We need to disentangle bilateral relations from the peace process”
  • “Now is not the time to falter in our steadfast support”
  • “Verbal attacks on our staunch ally and friend”
  • “An affront to the values and foundation of our long-term relationship”
  • “We should be worrying about what is going on in Iran”
  • “Israel is a critical ally of the United States”
  • “The national security of the United States is directly tied to the strength and security of the State of Israel”
  • “The Palestinians have refused to sit with the Israelis”
  • “The most critical foreign policy issue facing both counties — Iran’s nuclear threat.”
  • “Defuse this situation”
  • “Stop this infighting and concentrate on our shared goals”
  • “We should not be condemning one of America’s strongest democratic allies in the Middle East.”
  • “Israel stands with the United States on the frontier of freedom”
  • “The security threats that the United States and Israel face are too great and too urgent to be overwhelmed by a disagreement among friends.”
  • “Sometimes silence really is golden”
  • “The stakes are too high and the threats are too urgent to allow the unfortunate recent exchange between Israel and the United States.”
  • “The Administration’s approach to U.S. foreign policy has, so far, been disconcerting.”
  • “It is time to dial down this ugly rhetoric and gain the proper perspective on the true threats in the region.”
  • “Excessive criticisms of Israel over this incident is an unnecessary distraction”
  • “One has to wonder whether folks in the White House understand just how much damage this type of rhetoric is doing.”
  • “It is time to put aside the rhetoric and reaffirm our bonds with Israel.”
  • “Our nation’s security cannot afford a foreign policy which isolates our allies and moves toward appeasing enemies of the U.S.”
  • “Any effort to cut aid would lead to fierce resistance in Congress”

Senators McCain & Lieberman also provided some interesting video from the floor..

Ill conceived animus

Clearly, whatever the reasoning, whatever the goal.. There is mounting concern over the uneven-handed treatment of Israel by this White House. There is mounting concern over the Iranian threat, there is mounting concern over this pattern of abusing allies & ingratiating America to her enemies.

With Netanyahu coming to the US next week, and so far a solid front in Israel to reject most of the Obama administration’s newly concocted demands. It remains to be seen how this artificial crisis engineered in the White House will benefit anyone really. Palestinian response thus far has been to riot, burn things, and call for a day of rage.. Go figure.

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Obama’s Jewish Vote numbers are even worse than thought (Video)

We already know that Obama has an American Jewish vote problem, compared to Democrats running in the previous 4 Presidential election cycles he trails those candidates by approx 15% in even the friendliest polls.

His preacher’s anti semitic led 20 year stint in the Trinity Church certainly does not help, where Rev Wright has referred to Israel as a ‘dirty word’, nor does the fact that he has waffled himself on Israel issues as well as surrounded himself with advisors who believe that squeezing Israel is a handy solution to world problems..

The left is spinning the fact that more Jews vote Democrat by huge numbers, but it is still spin.

New data coming out of NY University paints the Obama Jewish vote in even worse light than I thought, firstly the numbers posted are worse for Obama than previously seen in other polling data, and secondly of those that are voting Obama - The data shows party affiliation with Liberal Jews as the reasoning, not confidence in Mr Obama by any means. In contrast McCain enjoys much higher Jewish support than normal for Republican candidates and wins the race for American Jews listing Israel as an important issue for them, sadly all too few do..

Jews are backing Barack Obama based primarily on traditional identification with the Democratic Party, a new study finds.

The support has less to do with the the presidential candidates’ positions on issues or other factors, according to the report released Monday by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

The report attempted to determine why Jews supported Obama by 30 percentage points more than non-Jewish whites did in simultaneous polls taken in early September. The poll of 1,596 Jews was taken by Synovate shortly after the Republican Party convention and before all four debates and the stock market decline.

It found Jews favoring Obama over McCain by a 51-25 percent margin, with 24 percent undecided — which the authors reconfigured to a 67-33 margin for Obama after throwing out the undecided voters and counting only those who had made a decision. A similar process found 37 percent of non-Jewish whites backing the Democrat.

The report finds that such a discrepancy could not be explained by differences in education or income, or by their stands on issues. For example, the study found that Jews are about as equally concerned with social welfare issues — health care, education and poverty — as non-Jewish whites and Hispanics and less concerned than blacks.

Instead, the report states support for Obama can best be explained by Jews’ “historic, passionate, and high significant commitment to the Democratic Party and the liberal camp in America” — with the numbers finding that Jews are “excessively” connected to the party and and a liberal political identity.

“I was surprised,” said Hebrew Union College professor and Berman Archive director Steven M. Cohen, one of three authors of the study. “I thought Jews were voting more in line with issue orientation.” But Jews, he said, “do not look like extreme liberals” when one looks at their stands on issues.

Israel fell in the middle — eighth out of 15 — when Jews were asked how to rate their issues of importance. Those who rated Israel more important also were more likely to back McCain

I didn’t run any polls but it seems fairly obvious today that American Jewry is less attached to Judaism & Israel than it has been historically, a look at assimilation numbers would easily confirm this. At such a critical time for the region and American foreign policy in general, at least some of our brethren are keeping America’s historical commitment to a strong Israel in mind as evidenced by a miniscule 55% showing for Obama in the Jewish vote, which is a full 25 points short of usual Democratic candidates high numbers..

Unfortunately, many Jews seem to have also replaced Judaism with a new religion, Democratic Liberalism, where party affiliation trumps all even though the Democratic party bears little resemblance to the party it once was, and has instead embraced much more radical left wing stances, as evidenced even by the choice of Obama himself who is far to the left of Clinton.

There are real and serious contrasts

While Hillary Clinton famously answered a few months ago in the primaries that if Iran attacked Israel under her leadership America would have to ‘destroy them’, Obama in contrast is looking to court Iran and said nothing remotely of the sort. While Hillary’s husband Bill squarely opined after Camp David II that it was not Israel, but Arafat that was the obstacle to peace, Obama chose Robert Malley the lone dissenter to Clinton on that very issue, to be one of his Israel advisors. Malley then called for dialog with Hamas terrorists which made him a crutch to the Obama campaign..

Historic election in more ways than one?

I hope in the end we are all wrong about Obama, however it seems clear enough to me that he is likely to retreat on the concept of keeping Israel strong as an American pillar of foreign policy, which in essence weakens America. He was all too eager to retreat from Iraq weakening America, so it seems clear that Israel would be an even lesser priority and rightly so generally. However, the US / Israel relationship is symbiotic, when Israel is strong it strengthens America and her policies, just as when the USA is strong it strengthens Israel by leaps.

That huge 20% undecided Jewish block may very well make the difference between a strong or weak Israel, between a strong or weak America, and between the Islamic Republic of Iran – the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism possessing nuclear weapons or not.

Poll This: Obama behind negative Jewish polling?

Ben Smith at the politico does a good job reporting on the latest flap, the outrage of far left Obama supporters including Jewish constituents over a lengthy message poll by the Republican Jewish Coalition which after defining the pol-lee through questioning, highlights Obama’s featherweight record on foreign policy – specifically the issue of the Levant & Israel to gauge their position on Obama’s record & message..

[...] The poll asked voters their response to negative statements about Obama, including reported praise for him from a leader of the Palestinian terror group Hamas and a friendship early in his career with a pro-Palestinian university professor. Some Jewish Democrats who received the poll – including a New Republic writer who lives in Michigan – were outraged by the poll, describing it in interviews as “ugly” and disturbing. A group that supports Obama, the Jewish Council for Education and Research even staged a protest outside the Manhattan call center from which the calls originated Tuesday.

“If the RJC is responsible for these calls, which are designed to frighten Jews and sow mistrust, they have forfeited their place at the Jewish table,” said the co-executive director of the group, Mik Moore. “It is incumbent upon the McCain campaign to speak out forcefully against this and ongoing efforts by his supporters to scare Jews into supporting his candidacy.”

The fact that there are ‘negative statements about Obama’ in relation to Israel which may be of interest to Jewish voters and are indeed pretty factual, represents it seems a problem for Mr. Obama.. Not the RJC. Boohoo, cry me a river. Just curious was Andrew Sullivan a non Jew by mistake also polled? That would explain a lot, I find him ‘ugly & disturbing’ and he doesn’t even venture into the realm of fact, he sticks to sewage.. The left is always crying foul it seems while treading knee deep in the sewer, spare us. This ‘mock outrage’ is borderline pitiful.

These same sort of ‘outraged groups & individuals’ were the source of scandalous and viscious attacks when the Palin announcement was made, very personal attacks and now they cry foul? It stinks. The NJDC & Mr. Wexler have a long way to go if they wish to become neutral voices of reason in this election.. Good luck with that. Stop whining.

Brooks, however, denied that the poll was meant to influence Jewish voters, and said it was a traditional poll meant to gauge the opinions of Jewish voters.  “What we did is test, in standard polling methodology, a number of factual issues that have been reported on in the press and are policy positions to see how they’re resonating in the Jewish community,” said Brooks. “The notion that this is a ‘push poll’ is offensive to us.”

Brooks said the RJC, whose board includes advisors and fundraisers for Senator John McCain, had placed 750 calls to Jewish voters in five states: Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He accused the protesters of “intimidation.”

Mark Blumenthal, editor of the website Pollster.com, said the form of the poll, and its length of 15 minutes, made it more likely to be a traditional “message testing” survey than a “push poll,” in which brief calls are made to deliver a message and the caller typically has no interest in the results. He added, however, that in some cases a pollster might anticipate-and welcome-the possibility that negative questions would draw media attention and, indirectly, amplify the pointed statements.

Certainly, they have drawn attention: After first reporting on two voters who were polled, Politico was contacted by a half-dozen more, and many Jewish Obama backers are livid at the survey.  “The fact that the Republican Jewish Coalition is targeting Jewish Americans with these disgraceful and deceitful tactics fits in perfectly with the dishonorable campaign that John McCain has chosen to run. Peddling lies and hateful distortions to scare Jewish voters is reprehensible and deeply disrespectful to Jewish Americans,” said Florida Congressman Robert Wexler, an Obama supporter. [...]

The call to have McCain renounce the polling is absurd. American Jewish Obama backers should be livid at the horse they are betting on if their prime concern is Jewish issues it would seem to me, if there is polling being done highlighting these inconvenient realities and they fear a negative result in key swing states, they should have thought about that before dumping Hillary who has a much stronger record on these issues. Wexler the attack dog can say what he will, these are the cards Obama dealt him.  The only person responsible for negative results in message polling to my Jewish friends & family in America is – Barack Obama. Stay livid, it might help the left in this particular issue which is a losing battle when faced with McCain / Palin.

Obama may have big Jewish left money behind him, but he doesn’t have the issues – Just ask the pollsters it seems..

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