GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel January 29, 2015 — This must be a great time to be in the “I Voted” sticker manufacturing business. Major players on the international stage have held or will soon hold elections, including the United States, Greece and Israel. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has undergone a change in leadership, albeit one without an election of any kind. The same can be expected of Cuba as soon as Fidel Castro finally kicks the bucket and his brother Raul officially takes command of the communist Island.
All of this international upheaval figures to be of great importance to President of the United States, Barack Obama. In fact, with his proven obsession with campaigning, it’s shocking that Obama hasn’t been more involved with ballot boxes worldwide.
In order to better understand the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, it certainly would be helpful to analyze the White House’s reactions and inactions regarding these electoral developments. In fact, a comparison between the President’s responses to the just-finished Greek election and the upcoming vote in Israel shows exactly what Barack Obama stands for.
On Sunday, the radical left-wing party, Syriza, led by Alexis Tsipras, won the general election in Greece. Tsipras was voted into office, according to the Jerusalem Post, due to “a wave of anger against German-backed austerity that has driven up poverty and pushed unemployment over 25 percent.” To this end, Tsipras has promised to “cancel austerity,” and defy European institutions.
Even more worrisome than these Marxist statements is Tsipras’ record with regard to Israel. On Tuesday, Hamas, the terrorist organization in charge of the Gaza Strip, which recently waged war against Israel while using women and children as human shields, congratulated Tsipras on his electoral victory.
According to the JPost, “The [Syriza] party has constantly identified itself with the Palestinian cause and its program includes a demand for abolition of Greece’s military cooperation with Israel and the support for the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.”
With regard to Tsipras himself, “party colleagues and his own inner circle have repeatedly attacked Israel and the ‘Zionists’…Syriza’s former head, Nikos Konstandopoulos, has consistently offered his services as a defense lawyer for convicted and alleged Arab terrorists who have been arrested in Greece,” and “last year,” the article continued, “Tsipras stated that ‘the world should make every possible effort so that Israel ends its criminal attack and brutality against Palestinians.’’’
Additionally, the neo-Nazi party, The Golden Dawn, remained the third most-powerful party in Greece, receiving 6.3% of the vote. As the Jerusalem Post notes, “in its manifesto, Golden Dawn… argues all illegal immigrants should be rounded up, detained and sent home.” The Times of Israel added that the party, “frequently uses Nazi imagery, [and] has been accused of being behind dozens of racist attacks on immigrants. Its leaders have denied the existence of Nazi death camps and gas chambers.”
All told, Greece, a once-important member of the European Union, has now elected an Israel-hating communist to office and once again given a party that fashions itself after the Third Reich great power. This is of great concern to everyone…except Barack Obama apparently.
A browsing of the headlines yields next-to-nothing on Obama’s response to the Greek electoral outcome. While it is unlikely Obama would have a problem with another Marxist taking power, shouldn’t he, the first African American president of the United States, at least voice his concerns over the rise of two parties with a history of anti-minority and anti-Semitic sentiments?!
However, all that can be found is a brief statement by the White House Press Secretary that reads
“We congratulate Greece on successfully completing its parliamentary elections, and we look forward to working closely with its next government. The Greek people have taken many difficult but important steps to lay the groundwork for economic recovery. As a longstanding friend and ally, the United States will continue to support their efforts and those of the international community to strengthen the foundation for Greece’s long-term prosperity.”
Obama appears to have no issue with the new Greek order, no matter how racist it may be.
President Obama’s involvement with the upcoming Israeli elections is similarly puzzling.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran in response to President Obama’s declaration that he will veto any legislation passed to increase sanctions on the nuclear-weapon-pursuant regime in Teheran. The move has since been slammed by the White House. The President’s men have hammered Netanyahu for agreeing to this speech and President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have refused to meet with the leader of the Jewish State while he visits D.C. in March.
On Friday, a White House spokesperson claimed that the reason for the refusal to meet with Bibi is due to the upcoming elections in Israel. According to National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan, “as a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country.”
This lie was exposed soon thereafter. According to a report in The Times of Israel, “in 1996, Prime Minister Shimon Peres, fighting a close campaign against challenger Netanyahu, visited the Clinton White House on April 30, just less than a month ahead of the May 29 elections.” Additionally, in 1992, the George H.W. Bush White House delayed loan guarantees to Israel in order to help Yitzhak Rabin defeat the incumbent Israeli Primer, Yitzchak Shamir, in the upcoming elections. “When…Rabin defeated Shamir,” The TOI piece notes, “the loan guarantees showed up within two months.”
An article on Breitbart.com, which cites the Times of Israel piece, also noted that, “in addition to that glaring example of White House intervention in an Israeli election, there is also an example as recently as several days ago, when President Obama hosted British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is in facing a tough re-election fight,” as well as pointing out that, “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spearheaded her own, independent diplomatic initiatives after her party took Congress in the 2006 midterm elections, famously visiting dictator Bashar al-Assad in 2007 in a statement of defiance against the George W. Bush administration.”
This thinly-veiled shot at Netanyahu by the Obama Administration is not particularly surprising, especially given the President’s fickle and immature nature. What is shocking however, is a Facebook post by author and Senior Contributing Editor at the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick on Monday that said, “Obama won’t meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington when he addresses the Joint Houses of Congress in March because of Netanyahu’s visit’s proximity to the Israeli elections. And Obama, of course believes in protocol and propriety which is why he won’t get involved. No, he’s not getting involved at all. He’s just sending his 2012 field campaign manager to Israel to run a campaign to defeat Netanyahu. That’s all. No interference whatsoever.”
The United States, under Barack Obama, sees no reason to speak out against those who murder in the name of Islam, those who fabricate a Palestinian genocide, those who refuse to enter the 21st century, those who denounce from every pulpit the founding principles of the Western World, while finding every opportunity to slam the only democracy in the Middle East because it is run by a hawkish Jew who has had the gall to say “no” to the President of the United States on more than one occasion.
As proof, Glick links to a report from the Independent Media Review Analysis which states, “Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections. One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign’s national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.”
So, in a nutshell, while Obama refuses to meet Netanyahu allegedly on the grounds of not getting involved in Israeli elections, he is, in fact, sending some of his best campaign cronies to take Bibi down.
Alone these drastic and shocking differences in reaction by Obama to the Greek and Israeli elections show what the Obama Doctrine on Foreign Policy truly is. Now add this to his recent no-show at the Paris Unity Rally, his refusal to label Islamic terrorism as such, his absence from the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, while he instead rushed to personally pay his respects to the deceased leader of Saudi Arabia who was anti-democratization and who inherited his leadership rather than win it through election, and the world Barack Obama wants to live in becomes frighteningly clearer still.
It doesn’t take a political scientist to understand the policies of the current administration. The United States, under Barack Obama, sees no reason to speak out against those who murder in the name of Islam, those who fabricate a Palestinian genocide, those who refuse to enter the 21st century, those who denounce from every pulpit the founding principles of the Western World, while finding every opportunity to slam the only democracy in the Middle East because it is run by a hawkish Jew who has had the gall to say “no” to the President of the United States on more than one occasion.
This backward doctrine puts the whole world in danger, and it is terrifying to think what future implications this irrational and irresponsible foreign policy will have during Obama’s remaining years in office.