In an attempt to squelch rumors that he is pro-Palestinian,
or god forbid Muslim, Barack Obama made it clear in the final Democratic Presidential
debate on Tuesday that he is anything but. After being prodded by NBC's Tim
Russert on the issue, Obama said he has long been a "stalwart friend of
Israel's," believing the country to be one of the United States' "most
important allies in the region," and even going as far as to call the security
of Israel "sacrosanct."
The hallowed confirmation that he would maintain the US's lopsided support
for Israel came the same day seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes
in Gaza. Since "peace negotiations" resumed in November, Israeli military
forces have reportedly killed over 200 Palestinians.
Speaking to a group of 100 pro-Israel supporters in Cleveland this
week, Obama assured the crowd that as president he would keep Iran in
the crosshairs to protect Israeli interests.
"Now the gravest threat ... to Israel today, I believe, is from Iran.
There the radical regime continues to pursue its capacity to build a nuclear
weapon and continues to support terrorism across the region," he explained.
"Threats of Israel's destruction can not be dismissed as rhetoric. The
threat from Iran is real and my goal as president would be to eliminate that
After reiterating that he'd end the war in Iraq first, Obama then promised
he would turn his attention to the country's neighbor. "My approach to
Iran will be aggressive diplomacy: I will not take any military options off
In fairness, Obama did mention something few Democrats in Washington dare
to utter, "I think there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that
says unless you adopt a unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you're
anti-Israel and that can't be the measure of our friendship with Israel."
After pointing out the obvious, however, Obama praised Israel's most
recent invasion of Lebanon, the pro-Israel tilt on Capital Hill, and
his quest for Israel to remain a Jewish State.
"[Any] negotiated peace between Israelis and the Palestinians is going
to have to involve the Palestinians relinquishing the right of return
as it has been understood in the past," he averred. "And that doesn't
mean that that there may not be conversations about compensation
How gracious, but what does Obama plan to do with the over 1.4 million non-Jewish
Arabs that live in the country? Continue to treat them like second-class citizens
or just boot them out? Obama has called Israel a "democracy," but
as the former editor of the Harvard Law Review you'd think he would know what
the term actually means. Sure Israeli Arabs can vote, but they can't hold office
if they are democratic secularists who want civil rights for all of the country's
citizens. They have no constitutional protections (Israel has no formal constitution)
and can only own land in certain locales as a consequence of unfair laws that
grant special treatment to Jewish residents.
Simply put, as Jimmy Carter took so much heat for rightly observing,
Israel is an apartheid-ridden country where the Arab population is not
exactly welcomed with open arms.
Barack Obama won't confront this reality, nor will he end Israel's
violent incursions into the occupied territories or halt the US
military threats toward Iran. The Obama campaign may pledge to bring
"hope" and "change" to the White House, but when it comes
to what the
Democratic frontrunner calls our "special relationship" with Israel,
that promise an out-and-out lie.