Israel is a nation surrounded by enemies that are committed to destroying the embattled Jewish state. One nearby neighbor—thanks to the waffling and weakness of Barack Obama—is close to becoming a nuclear power capable of lobbing nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles at Israel. Clearly Israel is a nation that could use some friends. Historically, Israel has had at least one friend it could count on: America. Unfortunately, America’s current president has broken with his predecessors in supporting Israel. In fact, relations between Israel and the United States are at an all-time low.
Once elected, Barack Obama wasted little time in demonstrating his pro-Muslim leanings. Since then he has made a point of cozying up to Muslim rulers and nations whose highest priority is the destruction of Israel. What is even more disturbing is that President Obama’s willingness to throw Israel under the bus comes at a time when most European nations are doing the same thing. The issue comes down to the recognition of a Palestinian state. Although one would never know it from the coverage of this subject by the mainstream media, Israel is not unalterably opposed to recognition of the Palestinians. Israel’s problem with granting recognition to the Palestinian’s is the refusal of Palestinian’s to recognize Israel as a nation and to foreswear their overriding ambition to destroy the Jewish state.
Rather than support Israel as past American presidents have, Barack Obama seems determined to undermine that tiny country’s national security. At a point in time when the U.S. should be taking a hard stand to prevent the on-going development of a nuclear capability in Iran, the Obama administration is working hard to prevent Congress from passing a new round of sanctions against that radical Muslim nation. It’s as if Obama wants Iran to be a nuclear power. Further, while trying to head off sanctions against Iran the Obama administration is quietly working to impose sanctions on Israel. Why does Obama want to impose sanctions on Israel (other than his obvious pro-Muslim leanings)? He is trying to stop Israel from building any additional Jewish homes in Jerusalem. In other words, for President Obama it is more important to prevent Israel from building a few homes in its most sacred city than it is to prevent the hate-filled Mullahs in Iran from building a nuclear missile capability.
While President Obama applies pressure by seeking sanctions against Israel, Europe has once again shown its true colors concerning the Jewish state, or as Margaret Thatcher would say: Europe has “gone wobbly” on Israel. Every day in Israel is a dangerous day, some worse than others but all of them dangerous. However, with support from America Israel has been able to fend off all attempts by her enemies to destroy the tiny nation, at least so far. Israel has been open and vocal in showing its appreciation for assistance received from the U.S. over the years. For example, consider the words of Israel’s U.N. Ambassador, Ron Prosor, from a speech he gave to the U.N. General Assembly on November 24, 2014:
“In 1973, on Yom Kippur—the holiest day on the Jewish calendar—the surrounding Arab nations launched an attack against Israel. In the hours before the war began, Golda Meir, our Prime Minister then, made the difficult decision not to launch a preemptive strike. The Israeli government understood that if we launched a preemptive strike, we would lose the support of the international community.”
The days of Yom Kippur, 1973 were dark days for all Israelis. Because they could not launch a preemptive strike against enemies they knew were about to attack, Israelis had to knowingly give them a first-strike advantage. Consequently, it wasn’t long before the situation in Israel was precarious. For a while it looked as if the nation of Israel might cease to exist, annihilated by enemies sworn to her destruction. But then the United State intervened. Richard Nixon was president and Henry Kissinger was his secretary of state. Unlike Barack Obama, President Nixon understood the strategic, moral, and historical importance of the Jewish state. This is how Israeli Ambassador Prosor described the events that then unfolded:
“As the Arab armies advanced on every front, the situation in Israel grew dire. Our casualty count was growing and we were running dangerously low on weapons and ammunition. In this hour of need, President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger agreed to send Galaxy planes loaded with tanks and ammunition to resupply our troops. The only problem was that the Galaxy planes needed to refuel on route to Israel. The Arab States were closing in and our very existence was threatened—and yet, Europe was not even willing to let the planes refuel. The U.S. stepped in once again and negotiated that the planes be allowed to refuel in the Azores.”
With the help of the United States and despite the spineless response of European nations, Israel was able to turn what might have been a fatal defeat into a stunning victory. Here is what Ambassador Prosor said to the General Assembly about that victory: “The government and people of Israel will never forget that when our very existence was at stake, only one country came to our aid—the United States of America.” Prosor chose the occasion to deliver his speech because the same European nations that had turned their backs on the Jews in the run-up to World War II and on Israel in 1973 had once again done it in 2014. This time Europe stuck a knife in Israel’s back by voting to recognize a Palestinian state without demanding recognition of Israel by the Palestinians or any commitment to peace from the Palestinians. Ambassador Prosor commented on the perfidy of Europe in these words:
“Israel is tired of the hollow promises from European leaders. The Jewish people have a long memory. We will never ever forget that you failed us in the 1940s. You failed us in 1973. And you are failing us again today. Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state is giving the Palestinians exactly what they want—statehood without peace.”
The European nations that voted to recognize the Palestinian state once again did what they have always done: turn their backs on Israel. No surprise there. But Barack Obama is president of the only nation Israel has been able to count on over the years. Further, he was elected with the strong support of the American Jewish community (though why Jewish Americans vote for him and other Democrats is an abiding mystery). President Obama on the other hand has departed substantially from the precedents established by former American chief executives. Frankly, it looks like Barack Obama got himself elected president for the purpose of tearing down our nation and its long-time allies such as Israel. If this is his plan, he is doing a devilishly good job of carrying it out.