Obama’s one-two punch

John Kerry twists the pres­i­dent’s knife in the back of Is­rael

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

That’s quite a one-two punch Pres­i­dent Obama has or­ga­nized at the White House. Barack Obama ap­plied the knife to the back of Is­rael, and then John Kerry, the sec­re­tary of State, ar­rives to give the blade a lin­ger­ing, painful twist — just in case the Jews didn’t get the point.

Mr. Kerry’s mes­sage was mean, merciless and blunt, and in no un­cer­tain words: Is­rael can be a demo­cratic state, or it can be a Jewish state, but it can’t be both. He re­quired 73 min­utes to de­liver a speech de­void of pith and prin­ci­ple but not of point, and it was mostly about cel­e­brat­ing what a swell fel­low he is and what a sweet life ev­ery­one could have if they would just do what he says. The man does think highly of him­self.

The pres­i­dent’s crit­ics have said for years that his sym­pa­thies lie not with the be­seiged Jewish state, but with Is­rael’s Arab en­e­mies, and Mr. Obama him­self has proved the crit­ics cor­rect. He won’t have to face Jewish vot­ers again — or Chris­tian vot­ers who some­times are the fiercest de­fend­ers of the Jewish state — and he can make it clear at last of just how he feels about Is­rael and its prime min­is­ter, Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

In the Kerry for­mu­la­tion, Is­rael can’t be both a demo­cratic and a Jewish state but its en­e­mies in the Mid­dle East are free to be both Is­lamic and au­to­cratic. They have no in­ter­est in be­ing demo­cratic. But for Is­rael to con­form to the Kerry for­mula it would have to re­write its con­sti­tu­tion, which pro­claims the State of Is­rael to be just that, a na­tion both demo­cratic and Jewish. In fact, the U.S. State Depart­ment helped draft the con­sti­tu­tions for sev­eral na­tions that es­tab­lish Is­lam as the state re­li­gion, of­ten pre­scrib­ing dread­ful pun­ish­ments for dis­senters.

But the one-two punch at Is­rael, de­liv­ered with such rel­ish by the pres­i­dent and his sec­re­tary of State, is not ac­tu­ally about the Is­raeli set­tle­ments on the West Bank, which Is­rael in­tends as bar­gain­ing chips if the Pales­tini­ans are ever per­suaded to live in peace. The be­trayal of Is­rael at the United Na­tions is part of the de­vel­op­ing hos­til­ity to the Jewish state that is at the heart of the new Demo­cratic mantra. The Bernie San­ders wing which is as­cen­dant in the new Demo­cratic Party does not hide its hos­til­ity to Is­rael and it’s the crit­ics of Pres­i­dent Obama’s be­trayal who are out of touch with their party now.

Some brave Democrats, like Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and Rep. Steny Hoyer of Mary­land, are ready, will­ing and ea­ger to stand up for the sur­vival of an Amer­i­can ally un­der threat of ex­tinc­tion. Mr. Hoyer urged the sec­re­tary of State to scrap his vi­cious speech against Is­rael, and shut up. He did nei­ther, of course, and fur­ther schemes to sink the knife deeper may be afoot in the dwin­dling num­ber of days be­fore the Obama era sinks into his­tory.

This should be a wake-up call for Jewish vot­ers in the United States. The ques­tion is not whether the State of Is­rael can be both Jewish and Demo­cratic, but whether Amer­i­can Jews who cher­ish and sup­port Is­rael can be sup­port­ers of both Is­rael and Democrats. The clock keeps tick­ing.

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