President Obama is marinated in the left-wing hatred of Israel and, not surprisingly, he hates Israel (not just Prime Minister Netanyahu, though there is that too). He has no patience with Israel’s struggle for survival. He seeks to engineer Israel’s surrender to her enemies. His attitude toward Israel is perhaps a little more obvious than his attitude toward the United States. As with so many issues, however, Israel presents as a test and a leading indicator.
Consider Obama’s statement on the revolting terrorist attack that took the lives of five men (including three American rabbis with dual citizenship) in Israel yesterday. Here it is as posted on the White House website.
Obama also gave slightly more extended remarks on the attack before a meeting of his team addressing the Ebola epidemic yesterday. Here are his remarks:
We know that two attackers senselessly and brutally attacked innocent worshippers in a synagogue during their morning prayers. Obviously, we condemn in the strongest terms these attacks. A number of people were wounded, and four people were killed, including three American citizens. So this is a tragedy for both nations, Israel as well as the United States. And our hearts go out to the families who obviously are undergoing enormous grief right now.
Secretary Kerry has spoken to Prime Minister Netanyahu. President Abbas has strongly condemned the attacks. Tragically, this is not the first loss of life that we have seen in recent months. Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died. And at this difficult time, I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence.
The murderers for today’s outrageous acts [sic] represent the kind of extremism that threatens to bring all of the Middle East into the kind of spiral from which it’s very difficult to emerge. And we know how this violence can get worse over time. But we have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace and to be able to raise their families knowing they’re safe and secure. The United States wants to work with all parties involved to make that a reality, and to isolate the kind of extremists that are bringing about this terrible carnage.
Abbas of course incited the attack, but never mind. As Obama calls out the “kind of extremism” that may lead to a “kind of spiral,” we find ourselves drawn into a vortex of mind-numbing clichés. Like Obama’s formal statement, Obama’s remarks are so placid, so evenhanded, so shot through with stupidity and falsehood, the wonder is that Obama can keep himself awake as he reads them (video below).