Undermining Israel: Obama's PR War Aids Iran, Palestinians

The Obama Administration's State Department has progressed beyond appeasing the Muslim world and has crossed over to directly undermining Israel. Ron Ben-Yishai of Ynet News describes it as a "targeted assassination campaign," manipulating the press to cripple Israel's ability to launch an air strike against Iran's nuclear facilities:

The United States is leaking information to the media in order to avert an Israeli strike in Iran: The US Administration recently shifted into high gear in its efforts to avert an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities by the end of the year. The flood of reports in the American media in recent weeks attests not only to the genuine US fear that Israel intends to realize its threats; moreover, it indicates that the Obama Administration has decided to take its gloves off.

Indeed, in recent weeks the Administration shifted from persuasion efforts vis-à-vis decision-makers and Israel’s public opinion to a practical, targeted assassination of potential Israeli operations in Iran. This “surgical strike” is undertaken via reports in the American and British media, but the campaign’s aims are fully operational: To make it more difficult for Israeli decision-makers to order the IDF to carry out a strike, and what’s even graver, to erode the IDF’s capacity to launch such a strike with minimal casualties.

By leaking information and framing the debate in ways that purposefully undermine Israel, the Obama Administration is therefore giving aid to Israel's enemies. The State Department has thus allied itself with sponsors of terrorism and persecutors of women, minorities, and non-Islamic faiths. It has subverted the singular Middle Eastern nation where actual secular democracy, not Islamic theocracy or some mildly liberal variant, is the law of the land. 

Obama's Administration has also deligitimized Israel and its self-defense in another disturbing, recent trend. On two separate occasions, his employees have declined to answer simple, straightforward questions about the Jewish state and the White House's stance toward it.

First, CNN contributor Ari Fleischer asked Obama's deputy campaign director Stephanie Cutter whether the President made promises to Israel's enemies similar to those he made to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev--that he would be more "flexible" following his reelection. Cutter declined to answer.

Then, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland declined to answer whether the United States considered Jerusalem the capital of Israel--watch the video closely, and Nuland fails to confirm or deny whether the White House considers Jerusalem a part of Israel. If the Administration officially yet privately does not recognize Israel's current borders but instead the pre-1967 ones Obama pined for, that explains the media offensive against an Iran air strike. If Israel does not have the right to define its own borders and capital city, why, then, should it have the right to thwart a nuclear attack by a hostile neighbor?

For all his hemming and hawing in front of Jewish audiences, President Obama is running out of excuses for his treatment of Israel. If Iran acquires and fires a nuclear weapon at the Holy Land, the blame will lay squarely on his noxious disregard for the survival of one of America's closest allies.


Obama State Dept. Refuses To Acknowledge Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel


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