– character in George Orwell’s 1984
The destruction of words – in Orwellian terms, Newspeak – is the only way one can characterize this president’s claim regarding his policies toward Israel:
“I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration.”
It’s quite the opposite, really.
“This is really chutzpah,” says syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. “This president has done more to de-legitimize and undermine Israel’s position in the world than any other president, and he did it by arriving on the scene and ... demanding of Israel a freeze on settlements, including the building of Jewish homes in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem of all places, something that had never been a precondition in 17 years of negotiations.
“Of course, the Palestinians had to insist on it as well, once the president had, and that destroyed all negotiations, and it made Israel the fall guy for an era – an era of an arrogant amateur who imposed this at the beginning of his term. As a result there are no negotiations.”
Then there’s Iran, he says, the biggest threat to Israel.
“This is a president who – at a time of maximum weakness of the mullahs in 2009 – did not lift a finger to help the revolution (in Iran) because he had another delusion that if he engaged and negotiated with the mullahs he could sweet talk Iran out of its weapons. The policy is a failure. He knows it. And we are on the threshold of Iran becoming a nuclear power.”
“Well, I thought it was kind of a tall claim,” Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane politely added.
“That would be great news, if it were true,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said pointedly. “Unfortunately, under the Obama administration, U.S.-Israeli relations have hit a low not seen since the Jimmy Carter years.”
Moreover, the president openly called on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders, which was perhaps the worst maneuver in modern diplomatic negotiations, essentially taking that chip out of Israel’s stack. And his reported treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is shocking.
To then claim, when he wants Jewish votes and contributions, that, “Obviously, no ally is more important than the state of Israel,” is a sickening destruction of words.