Antiochus Obama

Ever since Obama was elected we have said that he is a classic leftist Jew-hater.

Obama spent 20 years as a faithful member of Jeremiah Wright’s church because Wright, a proud and vocal Jew-hater, articulated everything Obama felt: hatred of America, hatred of Jews. Obama’s envoy in the UN, Samantha Power, has a history of Jew-hatred.

Obama and Power are problems from hell.

Friday’s United Nations resolution is Obama’s cowardly and disgraceful parting shot at the Jewish state.

In synagogue over Shabbos I heard several friends refer to Obama as Antiochus. This is a reference to the Assyrian-Greek tyrant who persecuted the Jewish people against whom the Maccabees fought a war of national and religious liberation. The Maccabees liberated Jerusalem, and cleansed the holy Temple. Jerusalem was liberated in ’67 from Jordanian occupation and ever since has been the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish State.

The Jewish people prevailed against Antiochus and against the assimilationist Jews who supported the pagan tyrant. Thus we now celebrate Chanukah.


For all eight years of the Obama administration, Democrats have made believe that Barack Obama is a firm and enthusiastic supporter and defender of the Jewish state. Arguments to the contrary were not only dismissed but angrily denounced as the products of nothing more than vicious partisanship. Obama’s defenders repeatedly used the trope that “Israel should not be a partisan issue,” as if Obama’s views and actions were beyond reproach. A whole corps of Jewish leaders, some at the major organizations and many from Chicago, showed far greater loyalty to Obama than to the tradition of true nonpartisanship when it came to Middle East policy.

All of those arguments have been ground into dust by Obama’s action Friday allowing a nasty and harmful anti-Israel resolution to pass the United Nations Security Council. Just weeks before leaving office, he could not resist the opportunity to take one more swipe at Israel—and to do real harm. So he will leave with his record on Israel in ruins, and he will leave Democrats even worse off.

It’s pretty clear that he does not care. Obama has gotten himself elected twice, the second time by a decreased margin (the only time a president has been reelected by fewer votes than in his first term), but he has laid waste to his party. In the House, the Senate, the state governorships, and the state legislatures, the Democrats have suffered loss after loss. Today’s anti-Israel action will further damage the Democratic party, by driving some Jews if not toward the Republicans then at least away from the Democrats and toward neutrality. Donald Trump’s clear statement on Thursday that he favored a veto, Netanyahu’s fervent pleas for one, and the Egyptian action in postponing the vote show where Obama stood: not with Israel, not even with Egypt, but with the Palestinians. Pleas for a veto from Democrats in Congress were ignored by the White House.

Does the resolution matter? It does. The text declares that “the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.” This may turn both settlers—even those in major blocs like Maale Adumim, that everyone knows Israel will keep in any peace deal—and Israeli officials into criminals in some countries, subject to prosecution there or in the International Criminal Court. The text demands “that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.” Now add this wording to the previous line and it means that even construction in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City is “a flagrant violation under international law.” The resolution also “calls upon all States, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.” This is a call to boycott products of the Golan, the West Bank, and parts of Jerusalem, and support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.

Yet Barack Obama thought this was all fine and refused to veto. Settlements have been an obsession for Obama since the second day of his term in office, January 22, 2009. That day he appointed George Mitchell to be his special peace envoy, and adopted the view that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the key to peace in the entire region and that freezing construction in settlements was the key to Israeli-Palestinian peace. But even if you believe all that—and looking at the Middle East today, no sensible person can—to allow this resolution to pass goes far beyond a flat demand for a settlement freeze. It is a strike against Israel. The inclusion of the usual language calling upon “both parties” to show “calm and restraint” and avoid “provocative actions” and “incitement” is pablum meant to attract European votes—and perhaps to attract Barack Obama. But in fact, there is no possible way that this resolution will advance the cause of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Obama has done us one favor, which is to settle the long argument about his attitude toward Israel. No partisan of his, no apologetic Democrat, can henceforth say with a straight face what we’ve been hearing for years about him. In 2012, for example, Thomas Friedman wrote in the New York Times: “The only question I have when it comes to President Obama and Israel is whether he is the most pro-Israel president in history or just one of the most.”

Sorry, Tom, but statements like that are now simply embarrassing. Obama has done what he could for eight years to undermine Israel’s elected government, prevent its action against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and create as much daylight as possible between the United States and Israel. So when the crunch came yesterday, Israelis had to turn to Egypt to postpone a U.N. vote. Think about that: there is more trust between Israel and Egypt today than between either of them and the United States. That’s the product of eight years of Obama foreign policy. Israelis can only wish American presidential terms were just four weeks shorter.

Obama has cast a veto, all right: he has vetoed the kind of close relations between Israel and the United States that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush carefully built and maintained. The remaining question is whether Jewish leaders and Democratic politicians who vouched for Obama and defended him for eight years will now tell the truth.

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  1. Esther
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Obama has always struck me as a cipher, empty and superficial but a highly useful minion of shadow interest groups. He’s always seems happiest on vacay in Hawaii or on the links. Not quite the Manchurian candidate but something eerily similar.

    But Samantha Powers? Methinks, along with our venerable Sec of State and Susan Rice, one of the witches three. They created a veritable disaster in Egypt, Libya, and Syria.

    Does anyone recall SamPo 2002 comments prior to her appointment, prior to being named adviser to the Pres-elect, addressing the issue of Palestine? She defined a humanitarian crisis that demanded US military intervention. Yes, that’s right, lets invade Israel, the one democracy in the ME, one of our two blood brothers, our solid ally and only reliable ally in the region. Young (especially female) college students swooned at her passionate writing on genocide. She’s probably confused at least one or two generations of college students. SamPo is one of those people who is extremely intelligent, so intelligent that after listening to her long enough you realize she’s mad as a hatter.

    Those little covered comments on Palestine made it perfectly clear what President-elect Obama’s agenda really was. Or somebodies agenda.

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  2. pkoning
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Will this bring light to the eyes of Jews who think the Democrat party is their friend? I hope so, though I’m not optimistic.
    Will it enlighten all those who think the UN is an organization with merit? Again, I hope so. The Democrat party is unlikely to lead that charge, but the Republican party may. Defunding the UN is a good first step, but the right answer is to evict them from the USA.

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  3. sennacherib
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Oh yeah, a happy Chanukah to all you guys.

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  4. Posted December 25, 2016 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    “Hodu L’Hashem Kitov Ki Leolam Chasdo” – “Praise G-d because His kindness is forever.”
    And, as I have written before, another way to translate “Hodu L’Hashem Kitov Ki Leolam Chasdo” is “Praise G-d because He is Good, because His Kindness is hidden.”

    This is the Season of Miracles and Wonders
    This last political statement by President Obama – deliberately having the US abstain from a UN Security Council vote once more condemning Israel – is just one last miracle from what has been a miraculous political year.
    The infamous Donald won the Presidential election against the will of his own Conservative Republican Party – and then proceeded to order the most Right Wing Conservative Republican Administration that NO Republican President would ever have dared to do!
    The Democrats, having been thrust into the Outer Darkness, wailing and gnashing their teeth, quickly moved to put forth the very extreme failures of the Democrat Party as their New Party Leaders – Nancy Pelosi; Debbie Wasserman Schultz; and Congressman Keith Ellison, while blaming their loss on Anything and Everything other than their candidate Hillary Clinton.
    Yet – the soft spoken, eloquent President Obama was still revered by much of the American electorate until – the day before the joint Holy Days of Christmas and Chanukah; the day before American Jews and Christians celebrate love and harmony together on the same day; President Obama was condemned by his own high ranking Democrat supporters when he threw the Jewish State of Israel “under the bus” by refusing to stop a criminal UN Security vote designed simply to hurt our ally, Israel.

    – “Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud, hatch out.” Claudius in “I, Claudius”

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    • sennacherib
      Posted December 25, 2016 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      I’m with you. This year and the next seven are gonna be fight. It’ll be fun, win, lose, or draw. I don’t intend to lose or draw.

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