For an Administration whose President was elected on promises of “change,” “progressivism” and “inclusiveness,” the amount of blatant antisemitism is anything but reassuring. The most recent gaffe was Vice President Biden’s casual use of the word “Shylock” to describe greedy moneylenders. After realizing his faux pas, Biden has since apologized for his “poor choice of words.”
This was just a minor slip compared to Secretary of State John Kerry’s “Apartheid State” comment, which spoke volumes regarding his true feelings toward Israel, despite his constant proclamations of support for the Jewish State during the peace talks, which deeply favored Arabs. Kerry has consistently slammed Israel, placing the burden of peace on the peaceful side, rather than accepting the reality of the situation that Israel’s “partner” in the peace process is a group of terrorists parading around as a government.
And no, I’m not talking about Hamas- I’m talking about the Palestinian Authority, more dangerous than Hamas for its underhanded backstabbing and sly ability to play both sides of the table, getting support from the US, the EU and the UN both politically and financially, and using Western funding to pay terrorists and indoctrinate Palestinian society into never accepting Israel’s existence as the Jewish State and consequently pushing violence toward Jews. With Holocaust-denying Abbas at the helm, the Palestinian Authority’s role as Israel’s “partner” for peace is a joke.
And yet, this is exactly what the Obama Administration would have us believe, that Israel is to blame, building “settlements” on Jewish land for goodness’ sake. In addition to being Jewish land historically, even in more recent times Judea and Samaria were populated by Jews. However, after the 1948 War for Independence, Jordan occupied East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, formally annexing the land illegally in 1950, and discriminating against both Jews and Christians during that time, not allowing them to visit the holy sites.
The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America provides a description of what took place preceding the formal Jordanian annexation:
“Upon its capture by the Arab Legion, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was destroyed and its residents expelled. Fifty-eight synagogues–some hundreds of years old–were destroyed, their contents looted and desecrated. Some Jewish religious sites were turned into chicken coops or animal stalls. The Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, where Jews had been burying their dead for over 2500 years, was ransacked; graves were desecrated; thousands of tombstones were smashed and used as building material, paving stones or for latrines in Arab Legion army camps. The Intercontinental Hotel was built on top of the cemetery and graves were demolished to make way for a highway to the hotel. The Western Wall became a slum area.”
In 1967, Jews got it back. Now Jewish residents on their ancestral land are called “illegal settlers,” not only by Arab countries who typically call Israel the enemy, but by a country which is supposed to be Israel’s number one ally: the United States.
When Obama became President, he immediately began to fill his Administration with anti-Israel people like Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, Susan Rice and Samantha Power.
During the peace talks and before Operation Protective Edge, Obama essentially told Israel to make peace with Palestinians or suffer the consequences.
Ken Blackwell, former Secretary of State in Ohio, writes that “Obama may have the most anti-Christian, anti-Israel Administration in history.” Let’s put anti-Semitic on that list as well. What other word can be used to describe the fierce support for terrorists who openly declare their intent to obliterate the Jewish State by any and all means necessary, when this Jewish State happens to be the only truly democratic nation in the region on par with the same ideals as the US?
This is the same nation which grants equal rights to Muslims and where Muslim Arabs flourish, as opposed to the Muslim lands where Jews were mostly kicked out. And Jews would not be allowed to live in any future “Palestinian State,” whereas Israel is around 20% Arab. Yet the Obama Administration places the burden of peace on Israel. Ok, sure.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi even went so far as to say that Hamas is a “humanitarian group.” Read about their “humanitarian efforts” in “Hamas Is ‘Humanitarian’? 300,000 Israelis Forced to Leave Their Homes.”
Biden’s Shylock comment may be minor and seem inconsequential, but it is yet another insult, intentional or not, to the Jewish people, many of whom voted for Obama and Biden. And though many attempt to separate antisemitism and anti-Zionism, as if one is racial and the other is political, that argument has lost all validity with the anti-Semitic undertones of Israel bashers.
The Biden comment has been largely dismissed and barely made the news. Yet if the slur had been against any other group, there would have been hell to pay. Why are these anti-Jewish and anti-Israel actions of this Administration quickly swept under the rug? Most Americans Support Israel, but our government, despite its outward displays of support, does not represent that sentiment. Obama Is No Friend to Israel, and these constant jabs against Jews and against Israel are getting old.
Rachel Molschky Blogs at Cherson & Molschky