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Obama delivers "a resounding slap around the face" of Israel

He who sat in the pews of Jeremiah Wright, Jew hater extraordinaire, makes his former pastor most happy:

Washington's unprecedented backing for a UN resolution for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel has both angered and deeply worried the Jewish state although officials are cagey about openly criticising their biggest ally.

The resolution adopted by the United Nations on Friday calls on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and urges it to open its facilities to inspection.

It also calls for a regional conference in 2012 to advance the goal of a nuclear-free Middle East.

Israel is widely believed to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East, with around 200 warheads, but has maintained a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its capabilities since the mid-1960s.

The document, which singles out Israel but makes no mention of Iran's controversial nuclear programme, drew a furious reaction from the Jewish state who decried it as "deeply flawed and hypocritical."

But it was US backing for the resolution which has caused the most consternation among Israeli officials and commentators, who interpreted the move as "a resounding slap around the face" which has dealt a very public blow to Israel's long-accepted policy of nuclear ambiguity.

Publicly, the Israel government has not criticised the US position but privately, officials expressed deep disappointment over the resolution, which Washington backed despite intensive Israeli efforts to block it.

According to the top-selling Yediot Aharonot daily, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was "furious with the Obama administration for having failed to prevent the resolution from passing... and for choosing to support it."

"The American support for the resolution, after decades in which it supported Israel on this issue, came as a complete surprise," the paper said.

"In the secret talks that Netanyahu held with Obama's men... Israel was promised that the resolution would not focus on Israel and that if it did, the Americans would vote against."

The left-leaning Haaretz daily said Israel had been "sacrificed by the US on the altar of a successful conference" in what constituted "a diplomatic victory for Egypt" which has campaigned against Israel's nuclear arsenal.

We as a nation are doing things we've never done before.

And they call this hope and change.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Comments (40)

The great political irony h... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

The great political irony here is that the people who will be most 'surprised' by this news are liberal American Jews who for years and years have blindly been voting in favor of anti-Semitic Democrats.

I doubt that anyone in Isra... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I doubt that anyone in Israel is surprised by this move from the Anti-Semite in Chief.

Israel could of course choose to comply by delivering all their weapons to targets in Syria and Iran. Can't say that I would mind if they did.

Well it is somewhat of a ch... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Well it is somewhat of a change. Israel hasnt been treated this bad since Carter last opened his mouth.

I only hope they can survive another 2.5 years of this crap until Obama leaves office.

Obama's doing shit I never ... (Below threshold)

Obama's doing shit I never imagined any President doing. He's sucking up to our enemies, he's alienating our allies, he's blowing pretty much our national image as a nation that may make mistakes but will do the right thing when it comes to standing by our allies out of the water...

And it's getting really hard for me to believe that this is just the actions of an ill-informed and unexperienced President. It's like he's determined to take every treaty, every practice which has been made more or less policy over the last hundred years and completely discard them.

I usually ascribe to the theory that you shouldn't attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity - but I'm really starting to think there's some malign intent here. It's just to regular and structured - stupidity is usually random.

I usually ascribe to the... (Below threshold)

I usually ascribe to the theory that you shouldn't attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity - but I'm really starting to think there's some malign intent here. It's just to regular and structured - stupidity is usually random.

It is difficult to fathom. However, I must continually remind myself that this is the most inexperienced president in this nation's history. I'm amazed that anyone thought it could be different. Obama displayed nothing before or after the election that has indicated a level of competency required of this office. If I were to walk into an operating room and attempt to perform brain surgery merely armed with every good intention, the assessment would be that I intentionally did everything I could to end the patient's life, because it would be impossible for me to do anything right given my level of competency. The most amazing thing is that an individual as obviously inept as Obama actually believed he could accomplish what is akin to brain surgery in the political realm. The patient will expire if he isn't stopped soon. It can only be hoped that November is soon enough.

Experience has shown me tha... (Below threshold)

Experience has shown me that a man who reaches his late forties and has never been in charge of anything probably shouldn't be in charge of anything.

Well, I guess Barry can kis... (Below threshold)

Well, I guess Barry can kiss off the Jewish vote now.

Must mean AMNESTY is just around the corner.

IIRC, Canada is the only 'A... (Below threshold)

IIRC, Canada is the only 'Allie' Barry hasn't pissed on. Yet. Guess they're about due.

As an aside to any liberal ... (Below threshold)

As an aside to any liberal Jews that may read this:

Reap the whirlwind, dumb-asses.

It's not difficult to fatho... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

It's not difficult to fathom - unless you have mistakenly assumed some good faith on the part of the Administration.

But for those who always "Blame America First," hating Israel is a given. Obama hesitates to "interfere with the internal politics" of Lebanon, Syria, or Iran - but the construction of an apartment building in Jerusalem is a matter of grave national security.

For these people, whoever opposes America and her national interests is to be regaled and supported - be it Stalin, Mao, Castro, Gorbachev, Ortega, Chavez, or the islamists who plot to kill us. Our staunch allies, like Israel or UK, are to be disparaged and reviled.

The error was in ever assuming that just because they are Americans, they are on our side. They aren't, and never were - they answer to a different loyalty, a Utopian idealism based on socialism in some form or other, and consider themselves more "citizens of the World" than of the United States of America. In their distorted view of the world and humanity, the USA is the problem, not the solution.

Naturally, not all of those who support the left have made some conscious decision to hate America along these line; in fact most are just dupes who swallow the sweet pablum dished out in propaganda and accept it uncritically - the same people Lenin described as the "useful fools" so essential to undermining Capitalism.

My liberal jewish friends a... (Below threshold)

My liberal jewish friends are paying absolutely no attention to this, and I am including an elderly Holocaust survivor in this group.

I don't think american jews really care about Israel.

And liberals scoff when the... (Below threshold)

And liberals scoff when the polls show the percentage of people who say he might be the Antichrist.

I am not sure my impression... (Below threshold)

I am not sure my impression is really valid but I began to believe years ago that our friendship with Israel is in a political sense more important to the average American Christian than it is to the average American Jew. I am in my 50s and I have Jewish friends who as young people made a trip for a year to Israel to work on a kibbutz or whatever but I don't think those collectives exist so much anymore and neither is there really an interest in younger Jews in America to make that connection. I once said to a Jewish friend something like, you know if tomorrow all the fundamentalist Christians decided to support Democrats, the Jews would almost immediately begin to vote for Republicans. She laughed and said that I was probably pretty close to the truth. I think for the average socially liberal American Jew the right to life fundamentalist Christian is the more immediate threat than the average Muslim.

Little-to-no chance this af... (Below threshold)

Little-to-no chance this affects the monolithic Jewish vote. Lessening America trumps defending Israel every day of the week. And it's a two-fer, it shores up the anti-semitic left-wing vote and may help stop the erosion of black support.

The Israelis are waking up ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The Israelis are waking up to the fact that, under Obama, the U.S. is not only an unreliable ally it's not even an ally. Yes, the U.S. still sends Israel lots of money, but that's a legacy of former administrations, something Obama seems bent on changing.

Obama is not worried about losing the Jewish vote as he figures he'll make up for it by gaining Muslim votes. He also knows the staunchest supporters of Israel are conservative Christians, and Obama never go much of that vote anyway.

Lucky for Israel that, like most UN resolutions, the one passed Friday has no teeth. As long as Israel refrains from signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty there's little change in the political scene surrounding this issue.

As for what Israel will do, I expect they'll put more effort into producing nuclear weapons, hardening their launch facilities, and improving their anti-missile technology. At some point in the future when Iran reveals the existence of its nuclear weapons, either on purpose or by accident, then Israel may likewise reveal the existence of their own far more extensive nuclear arsenal including thermonuclear warheads in hopes of deterring Iran.

The nuclear arms race in the middle-east will then escalate to levels not seen since the arms race of the 50s and 60s. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) worked then, but only because the leaders of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were rational, an attribute not currently displayed by the leaders of Iran. Future administrations may well blame the failed policies of Obama for once again bringing the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation.

So by the impeccable logic ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

So by the impeccable logic of wizbang, Israel is the one and only country in the world, not even the USA, that should be allowed the 'deliberate ambiguity' of having an arsenal of undeclared nuclear bombs, in the pursuit of a nuclear-free world. Seems fair.

The draft calls on NPT holdouts Israel, India and Pakistan to sign the treaty and allow U.N. inspectors to inspect their atomic facilities. It also says the conference "deplores" nuclear tests by North Korea, which left the NPT in 2003.

What you call the "deliberate ambiguity" of Israel's nuclear program you would label lying, deliberate deceit, and "a slap in the face of the USA," to any other country, that despite its public protestations and assurances to the US, launched a nuclear program which resulted in Israel, having 200 nuclear weapons in its arsenal since 1969.

A few years before, inside the White House, Kennedy had told Simon Peres, then Israel's Deputy Minister of Defense, and later the architect of Israel's nuclear program with President John Kennedy, "You know that we follow very closely the discovery of any nuclear development in the region. This could create a very dangerous situation. For this reason we monitor your nuclear effort. What could you tell me about this?"

Peres replied, "I can tell you most clearly that we will not introduce nuclear weapons to the region, and certainly we will not be the first."

Of course, nuclear Israel has always been considered a responsible, democratic´ peaceful power, one of the club, but we recently learned that Israel offered to sell nuclear weapons to a pariah, apartheid state South Africa in 1975 to use against its black neigbors, and they had joint secret underground tests in the Indian Ocean in 1979 with South Africa.

And the anti-Semites begin ... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

And the anti-Semites begin to chime in...

So by the impeccab... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
So by the impeccable logic of wizbang, Israel is the one and only country in the world, not even the USA, that should be allowed the 'deliberate ambiguity' of having an arsenal of undeclared nuclear bombs, in the pursuit of a nuclear-free world. Seems fair.

By not signing the NPT Israel is retaining its sovereign rights. There's no "should be allowed" involved unless you're talking about going to war to impose conditions on a sovereign nation. A "nuclear-free world" is a liberal pipedream at best and pursuit of it to the point of backing nations into corners is a dangerous policy.

MAD is proven to work as long as the leadership of nations is rational. When the sanity of the leadership of a nuclear armed nation is in question then the only logical response is to remove them or disarm them. Of course, the liberal kneejerk reaction is to disarm everyone else.

The document you cite says nothing about nuclear warheads, but of missiles far more advanced than anything South Africa had at the time. This document is an excellent example of Israel's policy of "deliberate ambiguity", rather than the smoking gun you claim it is.

Steve,Exactly how ... (Below threshold)
jim m:


Exactly how would the US achieve ambiguity regarding their possession of nuclear weapons? I would think that employing two of them to end WWII would dispel any doubts rather effectively.

If you have some ideas on how such ambiguity could be achieved I'm sure we would all find them rather amusing.

Ah Stevie, you were doing s... (Below threshold)

Ah Stevie, you were doing such a good job IN NOT SHOWING UP HERE!

Why'd ya have to blow it?

sort of like the Iranian po... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

sort of like the Iranian policy of 'deliberate ambiguity'. Yes one is a signatory of the NPT, Iran, the other isn't, but shouldn't we encourage Israel, Pakistan and India to sign the NPT and come clean?

Why would these actions by ... (Below threshold)

Why would these actions by the Muslim-in-chief surprise ANYONE?

Had we elected Osama Bin La... (Below threshold)
John S:

Had we elected Osama Bin Laden as president, it's doubtful he could do more damage.

"...but shouldn't we encour... (Below threshold)

"...but shouldn't we encourage Israel, Pakistan and India to sign the NPT and come clean?"

Yeah, Barry has really been beating the Indians and the Pakistani's over this issue, hasn't he?

Uh....come to think of it, uh..... no.

And just who has been PROLIFERATING? Why lookie here........the Pakistani's.

HANK, DON'T YOU JUST LOVE T... (Below threshold)


Anyway, this nuclear postu... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Anyway, this nuclear posturing issue is completely overshadowed by yesterday's events in the Mediterranean , 90 miles away from land -22 miles further than the Israeli decided 68 mile exclusion zone - In case you missed it and only read Wizbang, concerning the Israel troop assault on the Gaza flotila.

Europe, even the British Tories, are far, more sympathetic to the people of Gaza suffering under the Israeli blockade, than the Obama administration. Tory Foreign Secretary Hague:

I call on the Israeli government to open the crossings to allow unfettered access for aid to Gaza, and address the serious concerns about the deterioration in the humanitarian and economic situation and about the effect on a generation of young Palestinians‪.

Ho hum, just another Monday... (Below threshold)

Ho hum, just another Monday: Steve Crickmore, lying again.

sort of like the I... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
sort of like the Iranian policy of 'deliberate ambiguity'. Yes one is a signatory of the NPT, Iran, the other isn't, but shouldn't we encourage Israel, Pakistan and India to sign the NPT and come clean?

The Iranian policy is one of deception not ambiguity. Israel would rather keep their supposed nuclear deterrent than kowtow to Islamists and their useful idiots.

The results of the recent I... (Below threshold)

The results of the recent IDF action against the flotilla, in my opinion, leaves the blood of both the IDF forces and the flotilla members squarely on the hands of Barack Obama.

His change in the US stance towards Israel has tipped the balance in the ME and this is only the beginning of the massive bloodshed he will have invoked by his evil (whether intentioned or not) foreign policy.

"suffering under the Israel... (Below threshold)

"suffering under the Israeli blockade"

DARE to venture into WHY that blockade it there in the first place Stevie?

DARE to venture into WHY... (Below threshold)

DARE to venture into WHY that blockade it there in the first place Stevie?

C'mon - everyone knows its because the Jooos built an apartment building.

thought this was interestin... (Below threshold)

thought this was interesting

you will like this... (Below threshold)

you will like this

Mr Crickmore,I know ... (Below threshold)

Mr Crickmore,
I know you know this, but why do people like you ignore the fact that the Palestinians are proxy's - patsies, really - for the anger the Arab world has for Israel? The Arabs feel distain for them as a people but their useful idiot role is the only benefit they afford. Frankly, no matter what anyone thinks about Israel it always amazes me that it finds itself on one of the crappiest, resource-poor pieces of land on the face of the earth and essentially prospers. The Palestinians have basically told the world that their only role in life is that of bitter victim. They have chosen this. The Israelis defend themselves accordingly against such a pathetic yet dangerous neighbor. Obama will be sympathetic to the Palestinians because 1) he is a Muslim and 2) victimhood has always been a way to power as evidenced by his community organizer beginnings.

For those of you unaccustom... (Below threshold)

For those of you unaccustomed to Stevie, Lee, bryanD, etc:

Bullshit - (n): specifically male bovine excrement. Colloquially, a specious argument with little or no merit. The difficulty in dealing with bullshit is that it is wrapped in generalizations, unsupported suppositions, half-truths, and blatantly obvious but often totally irrelevant truths (example: water is wet). Bullshit has no warning smell. The receiver is forced to wade through the chaff, liberally disbursed in order to conceal or obfuscate the generalizations and unsupported suppositions; thus making the encounter tedious and time-consuming. The ability to resist bullshit is predicated on one's ability to exhibit the patience of a saint and the ability and desire to think rationally; based on prior learning and experience, most often associated with what is euphemistically called "common sense".

Don't you just love this pr... (Below threshold)

Don't you just love this pres. I am glad I am not jewish

RE: "'The American support ... (Below threshold)

RE: "'The American support for the resolution, after decades in which it supported Israel on this issue, came as a complete surprise,' the paper said."

If anyone was surprised, they haven't been paying attention.

The word from my liberal Jewish friends is that President Obama is an aberration. Their faith (and it is something akin to religious faith) in the Democratic Party is a bit shaken but remains strong.

It reminds me of an Iraqi woman talking about her support for Saddam because he was a Muslim. The journalist asked her if she knew about the hundreds of thousands of Muslims he had killed to stay in power. She admitted, "He's not a very good Muslim," but she still supported him.

I think that a lot of Democrats are waking up to the idea that Obama isn't a very good Democrat, and they will support Secretary Clinton in 2012 to replace him.

I think a lot of Democrats ... (Below threshold)

I think a lot of Democrats are waking up to find the party they supported has morphed beyond all recognition, and they will be looking elsewhere real soon now...

Where are they going to loo... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Where are they going to look? the Republicans. You must be joking. The GOP are so out of step, on this issue like most others, it is laughable to anyone under the age of 50. Now that '24 hours' is finished where will the party get their ideas from.

OMG! "thingprogress" as a s... (Below threshold)

OMG! "thingprogress" as a source for anything intelligent. Just go right to the source material, "Das Kaptial".

Stevie Crickmore will now serenade us with that rousing Obamabot favorite "Social Justice".






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