To quote the good citizens of Rock Ridge in Mel Brooks' 'Blazing Saddles' - "Bullshit!"
As reported on PJ Media, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta gave a major address on US policy in the region to the Brookings Institute the very same week that Obama was lying to to Jewish donors at the Upper East Side fundraiser. As Barry Rubin of PJ Media notes, the Panetta address provides us with a clear picture of the Administration's view of the region - particularly when not pandering for campaign funds.
Despite the satisfactory state of relations on a purely military level, the Obama Administration is not a friend of Israel, even to the extent that it was arguably so in the first two years of this presidency.
It is now an enemy; it is on the other side. Again, the issue is not mainly bilateral relations but the administration’s help and encouragement to those forces that are Israel’s biggest enemies, that want to rekindle war, and that are 100 percent against a two-state solution. And I don’t mean the Palestinian Authority, I mean the Islamists.
And the Obama Administration is also a strategic enemy of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Morocco, and Jordan. It is also a strategic enemy to the democratic opposition forces in Iran, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, and Egypt.
Having analyzed and studied the Middle East for almost four decades I say none of this lightly. And these conclusions arise simply from watching what the administration says and does.
In his speech, Panetta has bashed Israel based on a ridiculously false premise. Here it is:
“I understand the view that this is not the time to pursue peace, and that the Arab awakening further imperils the dream of a safe and secure, Jewish and democratic Israel. But I disagree with that view.” Nevertheless, Israel needs to take risks and particularly, “The problem right now is we can’t get them to the damn table, to at least sit down and begin to discuss their differences.”
Basically, the policy of this Administration is that Israel must, in the view of the Administration, not only talk peace with Hamas and Hezbollah, but that IT must be the one to make concessions to these terrorist organizations if 'peace' is to be realized.
What the Administration is basically saying is, since Hamas and Hezbollah will only recognize peace exists upon the ashes of Israel, then the ashes of Israel is fully acceptable to the Obama Administration. They see Israel as the impediment towards achieving peace - not the actions of Hamas or Hezbollah by insisting that the utter destruction of Israel being the only acceptable solution to the challenges of the region.
To the President, and within his official policy of his Administration the issue isn't Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and radical Islamist takeover of many of the region's countries. It's not about Iran and Syria arming Hezbollah, permitting Hezbollah to occupy Southern Lebanon and effectively establish a radical Islamist state within a state - while pointing 50,000 missiles at Israel. It's not about the Fatah and Palestinian Authority actively working to make Sumaria and Judea 'juden rein'. It's all about the existence of a Western democracy not only within this region, but defiantly standing against the Arabs in the region for over 60 years.
This was made even more evident by the words of the US Ambassador to Belgium - a former Obama fundraiser extraordinaire who was rewarded with the Ambassadorship by the President. This horse's ass, Howard Gutman, recently told a conference hosted by the European Jewish Union that Israel is to blame for the anti-semitism that is being actively harbored and practiced by people of the Muslim faith.
A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Gutman reportedly said, according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. “He also argued that an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty will significantly diminish Muslim anti-Semitism.”In a proper world, this moron would have already been sacked for his statements. Instead, he only articulated the official viewpoint of the Obama Administration...and demonstrated once again the President's real positions.
According to the account in the Israeli paper, “The legal experts at the event were visibly stunned by Gutman’s words, and the next speaker offered a scathing rebuttal to the envoy’s remarks.”
Which is more reprehensible? The Administration's position regarding Israel or the Jewish idiots at the fundraiser who donated tens of thousands of dollars to the President for his re-election?