“Pro-Palestinian-in-Chief”

That is the title of Stanley Kurtz’s revealing article in National Review. Kurtz poses the question, what does President Obama really think about the Palestinians and the Middle East? To answer that question, he reviews what we know about Obama’s history and relationships that bear on the issue. His conclusion is not reassuring:

The continuing influence of Obama’s pro-Palestinian sentiments is the best way to make sense of the president’s recent tilt away from Israel. This is why supporters of Israel should fear Obama’s reelection. In 2013, with his political vulnerability a thing of the past, Obama’s pro-Palestinian sympathies would be released from hibernation, leaving Israel without support from its indispensable American defender.
To see this, we need to reconstruct Obama’s pro-Palestinian past and assess its influence on the present. Taken in context, and followed through the years, the evidence strongly suggests that Obama’s long-held pro-Palestinian sentiments were sincere, while his post-2004 pro-Israel stance has been dictated by political necessity.

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