While visiting The Conservative Lady a few days ago, I viewed a timely new video on the relationship of the U.S. and Israel under the Obama presidency. The video surfaced the same day of Obama’s recent speech at AIPAC (transcript here), where he brashly declared no one had been a better friend to Israel than the U.S. under his leadership, and that he “has Israel’s back.” Neither claim is a remembrance of mine. The video is 28 minutes long. See it below.
In my left-hand sidebar I have a link to Remember, Regurgitate, Rebuke, which leads to a page of informative reminders of who Barack Obama is and what he has done and is doing to our country. The links are from news articles and bloggers (including my own work). This is intended to become a part of the remembering, with the hope you and others will regurgitate what you read by referring to it often, and use it to rebuke this presidency. So I will be adding information that I find, or that I already have to this particular post as we move to election day 2012.
I believe the video follows a timeline, although statements, quotations and acts are infrequently dated.
The following is only a partial transcript. Not all of the narrative is transcribed, but I did transcribe the most important portions (in my opinion). I may have omitted superfluous wording that didn’t alter the intent of the meaning. The video is not in a storytelling format or a conversation. It’s a series of quotations, news clips, TV clips and the words of the narrator.
All text not in indented quotations is the words of the narrator. Any text in brackets[ ] are my words, which show with my name, Maggie.
Begin informal transcript of Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel (the several comments of Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan are very interesting):
This President has done more to delegitimize and undermine Israel’s position in the world than any other President.
Under Obama, the growing Iranian nuclear program, an uprising in Syria, the rise of Islamic extremists in Turkey and Egypt, the terrorists groups Hamas and Hezbollah building larger stock piles of missiles.
PETER BERKOWITZ, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institute:
The Obama Administration, from the very beginning, was under the spell of some very conventional views that the Bush Administration had poisoned the well, had poisoned relations between the U.S. and the larger Muslim world and second, the key to all the many problems that afflicted the Middle East was the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. If you could solve that, all the other problems would fall into place.
The Obama presidency began with a campaign of outreach to all Muslims. He granted his first television interview as president to al-Arabia, an Arab-language news channel.
At a Global Summit, he greeted the Saudi King with a deep bow.
He traveled to Turkey, Saudia Arabia and Egypt but each time skipped Israel.
In that speech, he suggested, addressing all Muslims in the world that all Muslims in the world have a special interest in where Israeli’s build apartments.
[Begin Maggie’s comment
As of 3-5-12, Obama has not set foot on Israeli soil as President of the United States. During his 2008 campaign, Obama visited Israel and Palestine. The visit to Israel was infamous for a shocking publicity stunt. On stationary from the King David Hotel, he wrote a note or prayer to the “Lord” asking for guidance, wisdom and forgiveness. The purpose of the note was to be placed in the Kotel (Wailing Wall). Generally, this is a very private matter. The prayers are not given to the press. Anyone exposing such a prayer to the press is thought of in a most unsavory light. Somehow, Obama’s prayer ended up photographed and in the press. A “yeshiva student” was accused of violating Obama’s “sacred privacy,” but in the end it was all a media stunt. Obama or someone in his campaign admitted giving the note to the press. A better explanation of this story is here.
End Maggie’s comment]
In Saudia Arabia Obama accepted an award from King Adbullah. The next day he delivered a landmark speech to the Muslim world in Cairo fulfilling a campaign promise to speak from a Muslim capitol in the first 100 days of his presidency.
“The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. It is time for these settlements to stop.
The aspiration of a Jewish homeland is rooted in the tragic history that cannot be denied. On the otherhand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people, Muslims and Christians have suffered.
SEN. JIM INHOFE, Repulican Oklahoma:
For him to stand up there and say that the holocaust was a moral equivalent to the way Israeli’s are treating Palestinians is just an outrageous comparison.
He did more in three minutes to deligitimize the existance of Israel than any President in American history.
LEE SMITH – Senior Editor, Weekly Standard:
For Israeli officials and for the citizens of the State of Israel, they were quite concerned that his narrative of Israel seemed to fit the resentful rejectionist narrative of the Middle Eastern actors – that the only reason for the State of Israel was the Holocaust. It showed right there that he didn’t have a full grasp of what the region really looks like.
Obama began an new approach to Israel. It began by demanding that Israel make unprecedented changes to the Palestinians and questioning Israel’s desire for peace.
There’s this phone call he had with a group of American Jewish leaders. He said that it was a problem that there was no daylight between the United States and Israel. He said this didn’t advance the peace process. What we needed to do was show daylight between the U.S. and Israel, and the U.S. needed to push Israel.
Obama lectured Jewish leaders that Israel must engage in self reflection about their commitment to peace.
The Obama administration demanded from Israel what it called a “settlement freeze.” A complete sessation of any building by Jews on land claimed by the Palestinians.
OBAMA May 2009:
We have to make progress on settlements. Settlements have to be stopped.
HILLARY CLINTON, Secretary of State May 2009:
We want to see a stop to settlements, not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions, and we intend to press that point.
The idea that the settlements are central to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and the Palestinian-Israeli issue is central to the Middle East. When this President came to office Americans realized this was non-sensical.
The demands were made sternly and publicly.
America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements…It ends the occupation that began in 1967.
[Begin Maggie’s comment
1967 War – The Six Days War: In the Spring, Syria conducted terrorist raids against Israel, water was diverted by Syria, from Israel and irrigation projects for south and central Israel, although approved by Arab engineers as non-detrimental to Arab lands, were not approved by the Arab governments. In May, Egypt blocked the Strait of Tiran to Israeli ships. “Lebanon, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia all activated their militaries. Iraqi troops reportedly approached the Syrian and Jordanian borders while Jordan moved tanks towards the West Bank.”
Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia formed a “defense pact.” Egyptian President Nasser said “Our basic objective will be the destruction if Israel.
The tiny nation of Israel was surrounded by “some 500,000 troops, more than 5,000 tanks, and almost 1,000 fighter planes.” France, Israel’s major arms supplier, issued a “complete ban on weapons sales and transfers to Israel.”
Under the leadership of Moyshe Dayan, Israel decided to go to war on June 5, 1967.
After a three days of fierce fighting, especially in and around Jerusalem, Israeli forces defeated the Jordanians and gained control of all of Jerusalem as well as the West Bank, the historical heartland of the Jewish people known to Israelis as Judea and Samaria. Following an air attack by the Syrians on the first day of the war, Israel dealt a shattering blow to the Syrian air force. …on fifth day of the war, the Israelis mustered enough forces to remove the Syrian threat from the Golan Heights. This difficult operation was completed the following day, bringing the active phase of the war to a close.
Israel was attacked in more ways than one. They won the war. They won territory. Palestine refused to co-exist. While more complicated than this, Israel returned most of the land, but refused to compromise their very existance by allowing their enemies to bring Israel cities into mortar range. Their stance remains the same today.
The 1992 War – The Yom Kuppur War: again the Arab world came against Israel, as Egypt sought to regain territories lost to Israel in 1967. After two days of trying to recover from the surprise attack, Israel’s IDF blocked Syrian, Egyptian and Iraqi assaults and once again took the Golan Heights. By the time a U.N. ceasefire was implemented, “Israel had completely surrounded the Egyptian Third Army.
Again, most of the territory has been returned to those who held it before the wars, but it is important to understand that in the official League of NationsMandate entrusted to the British, that still stands unchanged today, ALL OF THE LAND east of the Jordan River reaching to the Mediterranean was given to Israel. Britain changed the Mandate in collusion with the Mufti of Jerusalem and other anti-Semites. In fact, all of Jordan was mandated to Israel, until the King of Saudi Arabia wanted land for a Kingdom ruled by a Saudi. Israel accepted the tiny slice of land offered and moved on.
The myth of occupation, is actually the true story of Israel winning wars brought against them, and winning the against all odds.
We know the
Progressive line that Israel is an occupier, but did you know that as late as 1967 the American viewpoint, as plainly expressed by LIFE Magazine, was much, much different? And we know this because Bookworm Room has copies of her Mother’s old Life Magazines, which confirms the knowledge that:
1) Arabs urged Arabs to leave the area, that
2) Israel didn’t have a prayer for survival, that
3) Gaza was a “festering splinter,” that
4) there was abundant land for Arabs in Syria and Jordan, that
5) refugees not solving the “refugee problem” was about money, and
6) the Soviets had a hand in it all.
End Maggie’s comment]
Yet no demand was made of the Palestinians.
Obama could have asked many things of the Palestinians. He could have asked them to undertake reforms to their educational system. Their educational system still systematically teaches hatered of Jews and teaches the illegitimacy of the State of Israel in any borders.
JONATHAN SCHANZER, VP of Research Foundation for Defense of Democracy:
The President did none of the above and only served to embolden the Palestinians in their belief that they had an ally on their side who was willing to push the Israelis into concessions upfront.
The Palestinians understood that they had a free hand. At a Palestinian convention, leaders celebrated terrorism. Obama had no comment.
The settlement freeze became a U.S. and Palestinian precondition for Israel to meet.
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Israeli Prime Minister:
We have been told by many of our friends that once Israel takes the first meaningful step toward peace the Palestinians and the Arab world would respond in a positive, virtuous cycle for peace.
The way that this was presented to the Israelis is that you have to do the following, and the Palestinians have to do nothing in return.
Well, the Government of Israel has taken a very big step toward peace today. I have authorized a policy of restraint regarding settlements which will include the suspension of new permits and new construction in Judea and Samaria for a period of 10 months, and I hope the Palestinians and the Arab world will seize this opportunity to work with us to forge a new beginning and a new future for our peoples, for our children and theirs.
Yet instead of encouraging Palestinians to talk, Obama’s focus on Israel only encouraged their silence, Hoping that Obama would continue pressuring Israel.
By making a huge issue of all Israeli building, the President established a new demand and he forced the Palestinians to adopt this as their own demand. What Palestinian leader could be seen to be less robust, less demanding of Palestinian interest than the President of the United States?
During the settlement freeze in March 2010, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Israel. During his visit, a municiple planning committee announce their approval of a phase of a construction plan for a neighborhood in Jerusalem called [inaudible Rahmad Scholomo?].
Rahmad Scholomo is not East Jerusalem. It is not considered a settlement. It is an area in Israel that is over the 1967 lines, but certainly is not an area that the Palestinians have traditionally claimed to be their own. It is very much the fabric of Israel. It is in North Jerusalem.
The settlement freeze did not include Jerusalem but the Obama administration decided to use the announcement to make an unprecedented campaign of condemnation.
The announcement of the settlements, the very day that the Vice President was there, was insulting. It was an insult to the United States.
This was an affront and an insult…not the right way to behave. That was expressed by the Secretary of State as well as the Vice President.
It was the harshest period of condemnation in the history of US-Israeli relations.
It was an affront and an insult [to the U.S.]. It was very disrupting.
Israel’s announcement was not a violation of the freeze. The Obama administration was very aggressively seizing an opportunity to show the Palestinians and to show the larger Arab world, he could be ferociously tough on the Israelis.
The Obama administration was unrelenting. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton berated Netanyahu in a 45-minute phone call.
P.J. CROWLEY, State Department Spokesman:
The United States considered the announcement a deeply negative signal about Israel’s approach to the bi-lateral relationship and counter to the spirit of the Vice President’s trip, and to reinforce that this action had undermined trust and confidence, and she made it clear that the Israeli Government needed to demonstrate not just words but through specific actions that they are committed to this relationship.
There’s this public shaming, this beating the dog in public to show everyone else that you have control over [inaudible].
Well this is a very bad idea. When the White House calls out Israel and starts beating on them in public, I think people are astonished. Our reigonal allies are quite surprised – this is not the way you treat an ally.
The Palestinians now, have not even accepted, before the Biden visit – did not even accept direct negotiations with Israel. That’s why we are having proximity talks. They have not made a gesture or concession of the step, and the Secretary of States says Israel has to show its seriousness about peace? Now that is an insult.
Israel has been looking for a peace agreement since the last 62 years.
Something else happened during the settlement freeze. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) held a celebration to honor a terrorist who murdered 37 Israelis (Dalal Mughrabi).
The Obama administration said nothing. No protest was lodged, no criticism. The message was clear. Obama would let the Palestinians get away with almost anything.
Netanyahu came to Washington with the hope of putting the controversy to rest. Obama was not in a conciliatory mood. When Netanyahu and his advisors arrived at the White House, they were shown in through a side door. There was no traditional photo-op or press statement. With the meeting lasting through dinner, Obama declined to eat with the Isarelis. They were served non-Kosher food which some could not eat, and they were later sent out through a side-door.
Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim.
Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family…
ED KOCH, Democrat Former New York City Mayor:
I think there has been a change in the foreign policy of the United States by dissing the State of Israel as he did at the White House.
Congress was increasingly alarmed.
NEAL CAVUTO, Fox News:
Seventy-six Senators, half of them Democrats sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a letter to end what they see as the administration’s very negative stance toward Israel.
Obama continued his attacks. An administration official leaked to the press that Obama might impose a peace plan on Israel. He hosted a summit in Washington that Netanyahu was supposed to attend. When Egypt and Turkey revealed that they would condemn Israel, Obama said nothing, forcing Netanyahu to cancel.
LT. COL. RALPH PETERS (ret), Fox News:
If the Prime Minister of Israel believes he cannot come to a Nuclear Security Summit because he would be humiliated again by the American President, it’s really a sad, sad state of affairs.
Shortly after Obama hosted Mahmoud Abbas at the White House, who continued to refuse to negotiate, Obama used the meeting to announce a $70 MILLION increase in U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Israel had not been so diplomatically and politically isolated in decades.
Some of the policies the Obama administration had embraced seemed to signal to Turkey that it was okay to challenge Israel [with flotillas].
What the Turks learned from the administration’s public flogging of the Netanyahu Government, is this is okay for the Turks to do as well.
In May, Turkey put the White House’s relationship with Israel to the test. A flotilla of six Turkish ships sailed toward the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel’s arms blockade to Hamas.
[Begin Maggie’s comment:
In 2005 Israel moved out of Gaza as a part of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan. In 2007, terrorist organization Hamas seized control. Fatah left the area. Then began arms flowing into Gaza, from which Hamas fired on Israel. Thus the blockade.
Yes it can, according to the law of blockade which was derived from customary international law and codified in the 1909 Declaration of London. It was updated in 1994 in a legally recognized document called the “San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea.”
Under some of the key rules, a blockade must be declared and notified to all belligerents and neutral states, access to neutral ports cannot be blocked, and an area can only be blockaded which is under enemy control.
“On the basis that Hamas is the ruling entity of Gaza and Israel is in the midst of an armed struggle against that ruling entity, the blockade is legal,” said Philip Roche, partner in the shipping disputes and risk management team with law firm Norton Rose.
End Maggie’s comment]
One of the ships contained members of a terrorist organization supported by the Turkish Government. They had plotted an ambush. As the Israeli soldiers descended onto the deck of the Mavi Marmara [May 31, 2010], they were beaten, stabbed, thrown over railings and dragged below decks.
MARK REGEV, Israeli Prime Minister’s Office Spokesman:
We made repeated offers that they should bring the boats to the Port of Ashdod and from there we guaranteed that all humanitarian cargo will be transported to the people of Gaza. Unfortunately, this group decided on confrontation. They decided on violence.
Their lives threatened, the Israeli’s killed nine. Condemnation of Israel was instantaneous, led by the Islamist Turkish Prime Minister.
Before the facts were known, the international community blamed Israel.
Turkey introduced a U.N. resolution condemning Israel and demanding an investigation. Obama refused to veto it, and he said nothing as European and Arab leaders denounced Israel.
JOHN BOLTON, former Bush U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.:
If I had been there and had my discretions, I would have said, I’m not going to negotiate this. It is fundamentally unacceptable. You don’t condemn something and then call for an investigation.
In the days following the Mavi Mamara incident, the facts came out. The attack was carefully planned in advance. The soldiers [Israeli] acted in self-defense, but Obama would not defend Israel.
Turkish leaders demanded that Israel apologize for killing the terrorists and end the blockade on Hamas. They escalated their threats against Israel.
Obama pressured Israel to apologize.
THE NEW YORK TIMES:
The Obama administration…has been urging Israel to apologize.
He never called on Turkey to stop their threats.
Obama calls the Turkish Prime Minister one of his five closest friends among World Leaders and his closet friend in the Middle East.
It was amazing to watch the timid approach of this administration in the wake of this crisis, if in fact, the relationship between Erdogan and Obama is as close as it is, why was it that the President of the United States, the President of the most powerful country in the world, could not bring the Turkish leader to heel? Why was it he could not rein him in and prevent him from engaging in some very dangerous activities?
The Obama administration continued to blame Israel, only encouraging Turkey’s attacks.
UNKNOWN NEWS COMMENTATOR:
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is warning that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated and Israeli leaders must restart negotiations to restore good relations with Palestine, Egypt and Turkey.
UNKNOWN NEWS COMMENTATOR:
Robert Gates lashed out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling him an ungrateful ally, and said he is responsible for diplomatically isolating Israel and harming American interests.
Robert Gates Says Israel is an ungrateful ally.
The administration has sought to put the onus on Jerusalem here, rather than trying to rein in Ankara and Cairo, and trying to discipline them, which will become more and more important in the coming years as Islamists are more influential in the region.
[Begin Maggie’s comment
Barack Obama has been enchanted with the Arab Spring and the revolutionaries in Egypt, but we have to ask if his enchantment isn’t really all about the Muslim Brotherhood. After the 30-year Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel, the Muslim Brotherhood has taken control of the Egyptian Government for all practical purposes, and MB “deputy Supreme Leader” Rashad Bayoumi said this:
“…no matter what the people want, the “Brotherhood” will never “sit down” with Israel. “We will not deal with Israelis by any means,” he said.
Obama is silent on this devastating event, although I have heard him refer to the Peace Treaty. It is true that the Egyptian Government is not yet settled, but thinking that the Muslim Brotherhood will not be an instrumental force when the dust settles is naive.
End Maggie’s comment]
Like Turkey, the Palestinans decided to pursue a new path, hostile to Israel and certain of little opposition from Obama. At the U.N. they pushed a resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal, in opposition to long-standing U.S. policy, yet Obama refused to say whether he would veto it. His silence encouraged the Palestinians.
ERIC SHAWN, Fox News:
Despite President Obama’s lengthy telephone conversation with Palestian President Mahmoud Abbas urging that the resolution be pulled, Abbas turned Obama down.
Obama’s U.N. Ambassador vetoed the resolution but then delivered an anti-Israel tirade at the Security Council.
SUSAN RICE, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.:
We reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity…corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region…devastates trust between the parties…threatens the prospects for peace
Congress was astonished.
U.S. REP. STEVE CHABOT, Republican Ohio:
You repeatedly refused to publicly, in advance, veto the resolution, leaving Israel essentially to twist in the wind. Many of us read this as ‘we agree with the demonizing, condemnation and villifying, but we regrettably have to vote against it…’ We threw our friend and ally, Israel, to the wolves.
The lessons seemed to be clear: Obama may oppose the Palestinians, but he would do so quietly and timidly, but Israel would be treated once again to public flogging.
Two weeks later, Obama again questioned Israel’s commitment to peace, this time to Jewish Community Leaders visiting the White House.
In the Spring of 2011, President Obama delivered a major speech on the uprisings taking place in Arab countries. He used it to announce a surprising policy change on Israel, hours before Prime Minister Netanyahu boarded a flight to the United States.
We believe the borders between Israel and Palestine should be based the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps
When Israelis hear a return to 1967 lines with land swaps, what the Israeli’s hear is acceptance of the Palestinian beginning for negotiations, not a recognition of Israeli concerns – the recognition of defensible borders, so this was a kind of slap in the face, or throwing down of the gauntlet. Palestinians had long claimed that all of the territory on the eastern side of the 1967 border was theirs and the President seemed to legitimize these claims.
Now it’s important to remember that these lines were never borders, they were never political borders. They were armistice lines after the 1948-49 War, and that happened to be where the guns fell silent. What the President was saying was this was no longer something that needed to be negotiated, that this was being imposed by the President of the United States.
Netanyahu’s visit to Washington was instantly transformed into a confrontation.
DAVID BROOKS, New York Times Columnist:
I was in Europe yesterday when the speech was made and the reaction was “finally an American President is spanking Israel. Finally an American President is saying Israel is the problem,” and when Israel feels that from the European community, they feel that from the Arab world, that interpretation – believe me, it’s not an inducement to peace.
The President picked this fight under this circumstance seems to me not a worthy thing to do.
Leading Democrats refuted Obama.
U.S. ELIOT ENGEL, Democrat New York:
Everyone knows that the 1967 lines are simply indefensible for Israel, and for the President to emphasize that was a very big mistake
U.S. SEN. HARRY REID, Democrat Nevada:
No one should set premature parameters about borders…
U.S. REP. STENY HOYER, Democrat Maryland:
Israel’s borders must be defensible…
SEN. BOB CASEY, Democrat Pennsylvania:
Jerusalem is the undivided and eternal capitol of Israel.
At the heart of the disagreement is Israel’s right to defensible borders. Retreating to the 1967 lines would remove Israel’s presence on the border between Jordan and the West Bank and allow arms to flow into the West Bank that overlooks Israel’s major cities.
MAJ. GEN UZI DAYAN, National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Sharon:
[A return to ’67 lines] gives the other side a huge temptation to attack you, and cut the country into two pieces. And in that area between the ’67 line and the Mediterranean seashore, there is 80% of Israeli production. There is 70% of the Israeli population. The ’67 lines – it’s a big temptation to attack you. We have to fight terrorism and the ’67 lines are in mortar range from all the Israeli main cities.
As Obama piles on demands on Israel, he said next to nothing as Abbas sought to unify the Palestinian Government with the terrorist group Hamas and have Palestine declared a State by the U.N., without making peace with Israel.
The idea behind it was Palestinians would cease to negotiate with Israel, go straight to the U.N. and declare a State. What they began to realize is, that if they had the U.S. on their side, not forcing them to negotiate, not forcing them to make any concessions, it was easier for them to go to the U.N. in this capacity.
The support that Palestine has in the General Assembly is overwhelming and that really goes to the mistakes the Obama administration has made
U.S. REP. SHELLEY BERKLEY, Democrat Nevada:
What type of way is this to negotiate? Put a gun to Israel’s head everytime the Palestinians don’t like the way the negotiations are going?…
You get the sense that they believed they were dealing with the most pro-Palestian adminsitration in history, perhaps since Jimmy Carter, perhaps since ever.
Before the United Nations, Abbas delivered a fiery anti-Israel speech denying that Jews have any historic connection to Israel. He delivered his speech on Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) letterhead, showing a map of Palestine with Israel erased.
The Obama administration offered no criticism.
While the Obama administration was delivering a great deal of pressure on Israel on a daily basis, the Palestinian Authority (PA) under Mahmoud Abbas was in direct negotiation with the Hamas terrorist organization – the entire time, trying to work out a unity [Government] deal,,,and the United States was silent.
The United States clearly was opposed to Hamas participation but was very careful not to challenge this notion of a unity Government.
But Israel was not so silent about Hamas.
…but Israel will not negotiate with the Palestinian Government backed by the Palestinian version of al-Qaeda. That we will not do. So I say to President Abbas, tear up your pact with Hamas. Sit down and negotiate. Be at peace with the Jewish state.
MAJ GEN UZI DAYAN:
If you go to Palestinian schools, Israel is not mentioned. They talk only about their issues. The suicide bombers are actually the big heroes of those kids.
When we talk about peace, we need to see what is behind it. It’s not just a political arrangement and some security arrangements. We need to see the people and in this process the people were left behind, so terrorism prevailed.
I don’t see the educational and cultural approach to this peace. If you talk about peace, do what we do. We talk about peace. We talk about democracy. We teach the children that these are the basic issues. It’s a cultural, educational process and we are very far from it.
Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy are now being quoted, a conversation they had about Prime Minister Netanyahu. The exchange was overhead at the G-20 Summit. Sarkozy reportedly said of Netanyahu “I can’t stand him anymore. He’s a liar.” President Obama then responded, “you may be sick of him, but me? I have to deal with everyday.”
President Obama has lectured Israel more than their enemies. He has pressured Israel to apologize to attackers.
SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN, Independent Connecticut:
He [Obama] has handled the relationship with Israel in a way that has encouraged Israel’s enemies
He singles out Israel over and over again but says in speeches that Israel has no better friend. He blames Israel for the lack of peace talks, but not the Palestinians who have refused to come to the table for years. He says his commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable but he pressures Israel not to take military action against Iran.
DAN GILLERMAN, Israeli Ambassador to United Nations:
The President of the United States, rightly or wrongly portrayed a weak America and created a perception of a weak American President.
The words of Barack Obama, the campaigner were comforting to the friends of Israel. The actions of Barack Obama the President, have been alarming and damaging to a relationship of trust between our two democracies. Barack Obama promised to be an unwavering defender of Israel. It is deeply unfortunate and dangerous that he has failed to keep this promise.
Jews all over the country voted for him because they thought he would be just as good as John McCain on the security of Israel. I don’t think it’s true anymore.
It is an entirely human response to reward your friends and punish your enemies. The more and more we move away from that in the Middle East, the bigger problem this will be for American foreign policy, and of course, for the State of Israel.
End partial video transcript of Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel
I’m sure there is more to be added here from the past and in the future.