Obama’s reckoning

In the current Hamas hostilities against Israel, we have seen Barack Obama and John Kerry join in the war on the Jewish people. Not surprising, perhaps, but sobering. Obama and Kerry are working with Israel’s enemies in Qatar and Turkey to help Hamas emerge from the conflict with its key goals fulfilled. I take its key goals to include terminating Israel’s blockade (blockade of war matériel, that is) and facilitating access to funds for its forces fulfilled.

Obama’s hostility to Israel emerges in ways large and small, even as he professes understanding of the challenges that confront Israel. Here is one small example from Obama’s godawful press conference yesterday (White House transcript here):

You have children who are getting killed. You have women, defenseless, who are getting killed. You have Israelis whose lives are disrupted constantly and living in fear. And those are costs that are avoidable if we’re able to get a cease-fire that preserves Israel’s ability to defend itself and gives it the capacity to have an assurance that they’re not going to be constantly threatened by rocket fire in the future, and, conversely, an agreement that recognizes the Palestinian need to be able to make a living and the average Palestinian’s capacity to live a decent life.

Obama juxtaposes Arab women and children “getting killed” with Israelis whose lives are “disrupted” and who are living in fear. No mention of the Israeli losses that rivet the country. For those otherwise lacking a clue, that ought to help.

And “an agreement that recognizes the Palestinian need to be able to make a living and the average Palestininan’s capacity to live a decent life” — that’s code for Hamas’s strategic objective in the conflict. Obama means to help Hamas achieve it.

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