Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks released the following statement in response to the report:After more than a month of agonizing diplomatic tension, President Obama seems determined to damage the U.S.-Israel relationship by pursuing a poorly thought-through policy shift at our ally's expense.
What became of the candidate who promised pro-Israel voters that "When I am President, the United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel"? Today, we hear directly from the administration that the President has decided to "balance support for Israel against other American interests." The result of this flip-flop is, as the Timesnotes, "a chilly standoff" between our nations - but no progress whatsoever toward peace.
After more than a month of unprecedented snubs and diplomatic pressure, the Times'report provides yet another wake-up call to the deeply pro-Israel majorities in Congress and across our nation.
MY FELLOW JEWS;
ANY OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS MUST NOW CHOOSE BETWEEN YOUR PARTISAN ALLEGIANCE AND YOUR IDENTITY AS JEWS.
NONE OF YOU WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED OR VOTED FOR FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE JAMES BAKER FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
BAKER FAMOUSLY SAID, "FUCK THE JEWS." (YES: HE SAID IT, BUT OBAMA IS DOING IT!)
YET NOW, OBAMA HAS CLEARLY A EXPLICITLY CHARTED A COURSE FOR US FOREIGN POLICY WHICH IS MORE HOSTILE TO ISRAEL THAN ANY DEVISED BY BAKER.
- DO NOT TAKE SOLACE IN THE FACT THAT OBAMA HAS A FEW JEWS IN HIS INNER CIRCLE: THEY ARE "PEACE NOW"/"NEW ISRAEL FUND" JEWS AND TRAITORS TO ISRAEL.
- DO NOT TAKE SOLACE IN THE FACT THAT A SEASONED "PRO" LIKE BIDEN IS VEEP; BIDEN IS A LONG-TIME ISRAEL-BASHER WHO FAMOUSLY THREATENED ISRAELI PM MENACHEM BEGIN.
IS YOUR CONNECTION TO THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AND THE EDITORIAL PAGES OF THE NYTIMES STRONGER THAN YOUR CONNECTION TO THE STATE OF ISRAEL?
IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO CHOOSE:
- YOU CANNOT SUPPORT BOTH OBAMA AND ISRAEL;
- YOU CAN SUPPORT ONE OR THE OTHER.
UPDATE: MANY JEWS ARE CHOOSING WELL:
Not all of that is attributable to the falling out with Israel, of course — in fact, a bare majority approve of how he’s handling relations with them(!) — but, by comparison, his approval rating among Jews in the previous poll was 57 percent.
To be momentarily underwater on a question about reelection within a demographic that broke for him in 2008 by an almost 60-percent margin seems … astonishing.
The poll also finds that Jews oppose any attempt by the White House to recognize a Palestinian state within the next two years, 28/52,