Given Obama’s Egypt Experience, Should He Touch Israel?

For many reasons, recent American foreign policy mistakes will be studied for many years in academic institutions worldwide.  Saying nothing of the Snowden affair which will undoubtedly have long-lasting implications, it is clearly apparent that Obama has been naïve, foolish and completely mistaken in his view on Egypt – formerly one of America’s fiercest allies in the Arab world.

The streets are on fire and many questions will be asked for years to come.  Will Muslim fundamentalists believe in democracy? Will the Egyptian military truly be united with political powers that be? Who knows how much blood is in the streets of Egypt and how much America helped?

As Ari Shavit wrote in Haaretz in January 2011, President Obama had betrayed “a moderate Egyptian president who remained loyal to the United States, promoted stability and encouraged moderation.”  Mubarak may not have been perfect – but in an imperfect region, he kept peace with Israel and was a staunch, reliable American ally.  Today Anti-American and Anti-Israel emotion is rampant throughout Egypt.

Against this backdrop, Obama, and the American Administration urge Israel to take risks for peace.  Even if one believes Obama is a true ally of Israel, does not the man’s awful record thus far on the Mideast render anything he has to say on the region completely useless at this point? Obama is a brilliant speaker and Public Relations pro – but the Middle East he doesn’t understand.

Israel can tell Secretary of State Kerry and Obama to solve the other Middle East problems and leave Israel alone.  Israel can’t afford the sort of mistakes America helped create in Egypt.

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of 5WPR. Headquartered in New York City, the firm is one of the 25 largest independent public relations firms in the United States. 5WPR has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards; and Ronn Torossian is the winner of the Silver Stevie Communications, Investor Relations, and PR Executive of the Year of the Year Award by the American Business Awards. Ronn’s book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” received rave reviews. He is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is an active board member of a number of non-profit organizations. Ronn Torossian is a frequently sought after communications expert, often appearing on FOX News, CNBC, Huffington Post, Time Magazine, and other major media outlets. He resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his family. Email: Facebook: Ronn's Facebook Twitter: Ronn's Twitter Page