During his visit to the White House Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly experienced the kind of self-consciously scornful treatment intended to tempt a soon-to-be declared enemy foolishly to take responsibility for the break in relations that precedes open hostility. “For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation.”
Obama indulged in this arrogant display “after failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, telling the Israeli head of government to “let me know if there is anything new.” This brings to mind the way Hitler’s Germany treated the subject leaders in Poland or the Czech Republic after the Wehrmacht crushed their defenses. Or the attitude the Soviet dictators took toward their vassals in Eastern Europe once the last vestiges of their independence had been crushed. The health takeover that is the engine for the Obama faction’s suppression of the sovereignty of the American people had just won enough Democrat support to achieve Congressional approval. But Obama wasted no time before making it clear that he intends the same fate for the sovereignty of Israel. There was a time when America had leaders in the White Housewho knew that their responsibility for the nation’s extraordinary power meant they should speak to the world with decent pride, while treating our allies with decent respect. Infatuated with his own power, the present occupant of the White House seems ever ready to humiliate both the United States and Israel in order to display and exalt in his always repulsive self-importance.
The episode brought back to my mind words that I wrote about Obama’s success a year ago today:
The incongruity of this moment appears especially in this: that he could not have achieved his goal without the support of rich and influential people from the very community indelibly scarred by the 20th century’s inhuman ambitions. Lamentably, I believe that their reward for this support will be policies that usher in the destruction of Israel and greatly encourage and strengthen the deadly aims of those in the Islamic world whose lust for its destruction has led them to ingest and act upon some of the foulest ordure left by the Nazis’ dysentery of hatred for the Jewish people.
Given the obvious success of Obama’s life long course of leftist indoctrination it’s hard to understand why people blithely assumed that he did not imbibe the implacable hostility to Israel characteristic of left-wing globalists. I saw it frequently during my years representing the United States in various UN meetings. I also saw the unreasoning hostility that lurked beneath the diplomatic façade of some Arab Islamic states. Obama’s studied attempt to curry favor with even the most extreme anti-Israeli actors in the Islamic world (like Iran, for example) should only add to the logical expectation that he sympathizes with the view that the greatest obstacle to peace in the Middle East is the absence of the headstone that marks the place of Israel’s demise.
Sadly, some Americans of both right and left applaud Obama’s willingness to take Netanyahu to the mat. For some this quiet glee is marred only by a nagging suspicion that it’s all a carefully orchestrated diplomatic charade, intended to burnish America’s credentials as the good guy in a good-cop, bad-cop diplomatic mugging of the Palestinians. The latter will only be convinced that Israel has finally been abandoned when Israel deniers are able to give speeches aimed at proving that it never existed in the first place.
The advantage of pursuing an unthinkably atrocious goal is that decent people will have trouble thinking about it. It’s hard to provide against an inconceivable evil. Of course, after the experience of the twentieth century, it’s also hard to understand why there are still people who think there is any evil beyond the appetite of human ambition, particularly the ambition to rule and transform the world. Anyway, when it comes to the elimination of a Jewish enclave by a self-idolizing would-be dictator with delusions of socialist grandeur on a global scale- what’s so inconceivable?
Two things offer hope. Obama’s arrogant willingness to erase the independence of Israel isn’t supported by many decent Americans. They don’t want the existence of Israel will surrendered to one factional leader’s little fits of vanity. What is more, Israel never was, and still is not, a creature of American power. It rests in the hands of God, and it will survive as long as in heart and soul, and mind and strength the people of Israel walk humbly with their God. Many Americans who love their liberty will be walking there beside them, trusting the same God for the strength to preserve us free.