Ari Lieberman

The White House Stabs Israel in the Back, Again

Let us engage in a brief thought experiment. Imagine if a top American official during World War II, say Eisenhower or perhaps Bradly, publically blasted Britain while British troops were slugging it out with German panzers at Caen, while British blood was being used to secure the Allies’ left flank and the roads to Paris. It is an inconceivable thought but had it occurred, evidence of a fissure among allies would have served to embolden Hitler and would have had a devastating demoralizing effect on our British partners.

Of course, the Allies had their differences (Montgomery and Patton were notorious critics of one another) but generally kept them hush and within the family. It would be unfathomable for members of the Allied powers to publically censure one another for such action would be deemed counterproductive. On the rare occasion where a ranking member of the Allied forces veered from accepted protocol and issued public criticism, he was scolded and quickly forced to issue a retraction or apology.

Fast forward to July 2014. Israel is currently in the midst of a vicious asymmetrical war with Hamas, an Islamist organization rooted in fascism whose charter would likely make the most ardent Nazi blush. Rockets of all shapes and sizes are deliberately being fired by the terrorist group from civilian areas into civilian areas. While Israel is in crisis and in need of political allies, a ranking member of the Obama administration has chosen this among all times to blast Israel.

On July 8, at a conference organized by Israel’s premiere leftist daily Ha’aretz, Phillip Gordon, President Obama’s special assistant and White House coordinator for the Middle East issued harsh condemnation of Israel claiming that Israeli policies were a source of regional instability and showered praise on the Palestinian Authority’s unelected strongman, Mahmoud Abbas.  Ironically, the conference was interrupted by rocket fire from Israel’s Palestinian “peace partners” forcing attendees to disperse and seek safety in more secure rooms.

Gordon is merely echoing the views of his boss, who expressed similar sentiment in an opinion piece written exclusively for Ha’aretz. It is ironic that the President chose Ha’aretz out of all forums to express his views. Ha’aretz maintains a daily circulation that barely hovers at five percent and is near financial ruin for lack of readership. It is a marginal, radical leftist daily that caters to the views of Israel’s most extreme fanatics and on more than one occasion, Ha’aretz was forced to retract featured stories that were proven to be defamatory and false. These facts mattered not to Obama for the radical views espoused by the Ha’aretz editorial board are in line with his own.

As for Gordon’s claim that Israel’s policies contribute to regional instability, the indefatigable David Horovitz said it best when he noted that it’s as though a clueless Gordon had just arrived from the “Planet Zog” and had “mistaken the Middle East for Finland.” That is an accurate summation. With 200,000-plus dead in Syria, Iraq unraveling, Egypt teetering, Iran on the verge of nuclear breakout and the rest of the Arab world imploding, Gordon chooses Israel as the source of the region’s troubles and does so  while some 40% of the country is under rocket fire from the very people he expects Israel to do business with. Now if that doesn’t represent the zenith of chutzpah, I don’t know what does.

The praise heaped upon Abbas by Gordon and his boss is equally puzzling and quite disturbing. Abbas is an unelected autocrat whose term of office expired in 2009. He is also an unqualified Holocaust denier who referred to the death of 6,000,000 Jews as a “fantastic lie,” denied the existence of gas chambers and alleged, somewhat contradictorily, that, “The Zionist movement led a broad campaign of incitement against the Jews living under Nazi rule, in order to arouse the government’s hatred of them, to fuel vengeance against them, and to expand the mass extermination.” In other words, the Jews are to blame for their own mass extermination, which incidentally, never actually occurred. Lastly, Abbas has partnered with Hamas, the very group that seeks Israel’s destruction, the very group responsible for the recent kidnapping-murder of three Israeli teens and the very group that’s currently trying to inflict maximum civilian casualties by targeting Israeli cities with deadly rockets. These inconvenient truths are seemingly ignored by the Ostrich-like White House.

But to get a true sense of how insidious Abbas is one need look no further than comments he recently made in connection with Israel’s recent counter insurgency efforts. He alleged that Israel is committing genocide and compared Israel’s defensive measures to atrocities carried out by the Nazis at Auschwitz concentration camp, where at least 1,080,000 people, the majority of them Jews, were murdered.

President Obama and his minions have noted on different occasions that the bonds between Israel and the United States are iron clad and when the chips are down, the administration has Israel’s back. Well Mr. President, you have indeed lived up to expectations. The chips are down and the knife you’re sticking in Israel’s back today has nearly come out the other side.

About the Author
Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor. He has authored several articles covering political and military issues concerning Israel, the United States and the Mideast at large.
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