March 22, 2013 Leave a comment
President Obama has been gallivanting around Israel the past few days. His visit is interesting in that it parallels a visit to Egypt in 2009. In his Cairo visit, Obama held a speech at a university filled with hand picked radicals including the Muslim Brotherhood. Rather than speak to the Knesset, Obama chose to speak to another group of hand picked university radicals. In Cairo he included the Muslim Brotherhood, in Israel he spoke to a room where only half stood and cheered when Obama said Israel had a right to statehood. One wonders what Obama’s end game is here in Israel. In Egypt he empowered the Arab Spring radicals. Who is he empowering now?
Obama’s flowery rhetoric for the press can easily be ignored. He suggested the difference between the Palestinians and Israelis is no different than the Canadians and Americans. Last I checked, Canada wasn’t launching rockets on the daily into the United States. It’s easy to dismiss this sort of nonsense argument, as it is easy to dismiss Obama’s positive rhetoric about Israel. Are we to believe he’s done a 180 on Israel in the last few months?
What is interesting about this trip is who he’s speaking to. Like in Egypt he wants to speak to the “leaders of tomorrow” at a hand picked university speech. He even referenced his Cairo speech, telling the crowd of radicals he spoke to people “just like you.” No doubt, they are as they were all hand selected radical leftists. He also said the following:
And let me say this as a politician — I can promise you this, political leaders will never take risks if the people do not push them to take some risks. You must create the change that you want to see. Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.
In this line he’s essentially telling a group of radical leftists to push their government to “take some risks.” He said largely the same thing to the Cairo university, which included leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. They took his words to heart and started a revolution. Don’t think Obama doesn’t know exactly what he’s doing here. He’s signaling to the radical left in Israel and the Palestinians that the United States will do nothing to help Israel if there is a leftist revolution.
Like in Egypt, the Israeli leftists and Palestinians were watching and listening closely to what Obama said in this speech. He’s made it clear that he wants them to push Israel, he’s made it clear the US won’t help the current state of Israel. What these radicals do with this news is anyone’s guess. One would think this was a call for a Palestinian uprising supported by radical Israeli leftists. Israel is perhaps in a better position to defend itself than Egypt was, so who knows which side will come out victorious. World opinion of Israel has turned sharply against the state in the last decade, so perhaps the Palestinians can count on world support. (remember just a decade ago it was “anti-Semitic” to oppose Israel or anything Jewish? Now the media openly attacks the state. Why?)
Hopefully Obama’s speech won’t amount to anything. But in a year when Israel is in turmoil, we can look back to this speech as the start of whatever is taking place. Obama may be over playing his hand in Israel, but look for the Palestinians to start something big at some point. They’ll look to the US for support and odds are they’ll get it indirectly from this administration. They’ll get it directly from our media who will pretend like it’s some sort of spontaneous uprising when in reality it will be a planned event. An event, that has ties directly to the President. We need to be paying attention here, Israel will be the next major world crisis.