Obama’s “unshakable commitment” means what?
By Ted Belman
Last week when speaking to a Jewish audience in Florida, Obama promised an “unshakable commitment” to Israel if he is elected. Sounds good but what does it mean.
A couple of months earlier when speaking to a Jewish Audience in Cleveland, he said,
“I think there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt a unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you’re anti-Israel and that can’t be the measure of our friendship with Israel”.
In other words his unshakable commitment is not to policies favoured by Likud which is expected to win the next election but to the policies of the left in Israel that wants American to impose a deal.
Ed Lasky’s Senator Obama’s Coming Out Party in Cleveland covered this speech in detail.
Obama went on to say
“Frankly some of the commentary that I’ve seen which suggests guilt by association or the notion that unless we are never ever going to ask any difficult questions about how we move peace forward or secure Israel that is non military or non belligerent or doesn’t talk about just crushing the opposition that that somehow is being soft or anti-Israel, I think we’re going to have problems moving forward.
No denying what that means.
He recently added Ambassador Kurtzer to his team. As Joseph Farah has written, Kurtzer accepts a false premise: that the Palestinian problem is the core of the conflict in the Middle East (see more on this concept below).
Furthermore, writes Farah,
Probably more than any other State Department official, Kurtzer has been instrumental in promoting the goals of the Palestinians and in raising their grievances to the center of the U.S. policymaking agenda. It was Kurtzer who, as a speechwriter for former Secretary of State James Baker, coined the term “land for peace.” Kurtzer has never been a popular figure in Israel. Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir referred to Kurtzer and two colleagues as “Baker’s little Jews.”
Recently Kurtzer stated that Israel must divide Jerusalem and evacuate the settlements.
Finally Obama’s biggest Jewish supporter is J-Street who recently redefined what it means to be pro-Israel.
Criticize or question Israeli behavior and you’re labeled “anti-Israel,” or worse. But unquestioning encouragement for short-sighted Israeli policies such as expanding Jewish settlements in the West Bank isn’t real friendship. (Would a true friend not only let you drive home drunk but offer you their Porsche and a shot of tequila for the road?) Israel needs real friends, not enablers. And forging a healthy friendship with Israel requires bursting some myths about what it means to be pro-Israel.
Now you know what an “unshakable commitment” to Israel means. First you redefine what it means to be pro-Israel. It will no longer mean letting Israel decide what is good for her but it will mean telling Israel what is good for her and insisting she listens.