Thursday, January 17, 2008

UPDATED: BARAK OBAMA AND ISRAEL

American Thinker: Barack Obama and Israel (American Thinker)
The ascent of Barack Obama from state senator in Illinois to a leading contender for the Presidential nomination in the span of just a few years is remarkable. Especially in light of a noticeably unremarkable record -- a near-blank slate of few accomplishments and numerous missed votes.

However, in one area of foreign policy that concerns millions of Americans, he does have a record and it is a particularly troubling one. For all supporters of the America-Israel relationship there is enough information beyond the glare of the klieg lights to give one pause. In contrast to his canned speeches filled with "poetry" and uplifting aphorisms and delivered in a commanding way, behind the campaign fa├žade lies a disquieting pattern of behavior.

One seemingly consistent them running throughout Barack Obama's career is his comfort with aligning himself with people who are anti-Israel advocates. This ease around Israel animus has taken various forms. As Obama has continued his political ascent, he has moved up the prestige scale in terms of his associates. Early on in his career he chose a church headed by a former Black Muslim who is a harsh anti-Israel advocate and who may be seen as tinged with anti-Semitism. This church is a member of a denomination whose governing body has taken a series of anti-Israel actions.

As his political fortunes and ambition climbed, he found support from George Soros, multibillionaire promoter of groups that have been consistently harsh and biased critics of the American-Israel relationship.

Obama's soothing and inspiring oratory sometimes vanishes when he talks of the Middle East. Indeed, his off-the-cuff remarks have been uniformly taken by supporters of Israel as signs that the inner Obama does not truly support Israel despite what his canned speeches and essays may contain.

Now that Obama has become a leading Presidential candidate, he has assembled a body of foreign policy advisers who signal that a President Obama would likely have an approach towards Israel radically at odds with those of previous Presidents (both Republican and Democrat). A group of experts collected by the Israeli liberal newspaper Haaretz deemed him to be the candidate likely to be least supportive of Israel. He is the candidate most favored by the Arab-American community.

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Scroll to the bottom of this link to learn about another of Obama's foreign policy advisors.

ADL Chief to Obama: "Confront Your Pastor" (RJC)
The leader of the Anti-Defamation League called upon Democrat presidential aspirant Barack Obama to "confront his minister," the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., on his embrace of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, reports the NY Jewish Week.

The call was prompted by the concerns expressed earlier this week by Newsmax writer Ronald Kessler and the Washington Post's Richard Cohen, both of whom questioned the virulently racist, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric of Wright and of his church's decision to honor Farrakhan as a man who "truly epitomized greatness."

Despite Obama's subsequent statement denouncing anti-Semitism, Kessler questions Obama's silence on his mentor's admiration of Farrakhan.

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