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White House Plans Seder While Obama Disses Israel

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Oh the chutzpah! Sunday’s New York Times gushes, “Next Year in the White House: The Obama Seder Tradition” on page one, by Jodi Kantor.

In glowing and adoring words, Jodi enthralls us about the Obama’s seder “tradition”, began in 2008 on the campaign trail and now into it’s second coming at the White House this Monday evening.

“So begins the story of the Obama Seder, now one of the newest, most intimate and least likely of White House traditions. When Passover begins at sunset on Monday evening, Mr. Obama and about 20 others will gather for a ritual that neither the rabbinic sages nor the founding fathers would recognize.”

Last year's Seder with the Obama's at the White House

The article makes light of the current disharmony between the United States and Israel in one solitary sentance, “In the Old Family Dining Room, under sparkling chandeliers and portraits of former first ladies, the mostly Jewish and African-American guests will recite prayers and retell the biblical story of slavery and liberation, ending with the traditional declaration “Next year in Jerusalem.” (Never mind the current chill in the administration’s relationship with Israel.)

The “chill” stated by Ms. Kantor, was an all out rebuke by the the same New York Times in a Friday editorial, chastising Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for defending his country’s interests, and cheering President Barack Obama for his horribly rude treatment of Netanyahu two days ago.

According to the Telegraph, Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family. Obama had presented Mr Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands designed both to the end the feud with his administration and to build Palestinian confidence ahead of the resumption of peace talks. Key among those demands was a previously made call to halt all new settlement construction in east Jerusalem.
When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: “I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls.”
As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. “I’m still around,” Mr Obama is quoted by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. “Let me know if there is anything new.”

The President’s beat down of Israel is in direct contrast with his impotent approach to Iran. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told AIPAC that the U.S. would demand  “sanctions that bite” on Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons. I’ve lost count how many wrist slaps the White House has given Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

While the Times glows over Obama’s ecumenical outreach to Jews, on the same front page, the headline reads intelligence “Agencies Suspect Iran is Planning New Atomic Sites”. “The revelation that inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, now believe that there may be two new sites comes at a crucial moment in the White House’s attempts to impose tough new sanctions against Iran.”

I just don’t get it. What’s more important to the United State’s foreign policy? Alienating Israel, our most important strategic ally, the one democracy in the entire Middle-East over the construction of an apartment building in it’s capitol, Jerusalem? Or stopping an Islamo-Fascist, Jew-hating maniac from developing atomic weapons in Iran?

I think President Obama is in a strong need of a testicular transplant so he can embrace our partners and start kicking the ass of our enemies.

Posted: 2335PST


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