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The Israeli-American Divide

Israel fears a crisis in Egypt, but the U.S. remains calm. How did these allies come to see things so differently?

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An Egyptian man holds a portrait of Muhammad Morsi in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Aug. 12, 2012. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images)

Last weekend, in the most dramatic shakeup of Egypt’s political system since Hosni Mubarak was toppled from his presidency, President Muhammad Morsi sacked Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, forced out Army Chief of Staff Sami Enan and other top military officials, and scrapped amendments to the constitution that limit presidential power. What a way we’ve come since 2011, when the Muslim Brotherhood promised that they weren’t even going to put forward a presidential candidate. It should come as little surprise that the founding movement of political Islam is eager to wield actual political power.

But as Cairo marches toward what seems to be a Muslim Brotherhood monopoly, the real significance of Morsi’s latest move lies elsewhere, in Washington and Jerusalem, where differing perceptions of Egypt’s political crisis have made plain that the United States and Israel are not united on matters of the Middle East. Their different interpretations of regional developments—particularly how they perceive various threats—are forcing the longtime allies apart.

Over the last six decades, the U.S.-Israel relationship has had less to do with the personal inclinations of American and Israeli leaders than with the particular events that have cemented the alliance. From the Cold War and the need to protect the vast energy resources flowing through the Persian Gulf, culminating with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the strategic realities of the Middle East have kept Israel and the United States tied at the hip. That’s changing.

For Israel, everything looks like a runaway trailer truck in the rear-view mirror. From the loss of Turkey as an ally, to the prospect of chemical weapons getting loose in the middle of Syria’s civil war, to say nothing of the Iranian nuclear weapons program, Israel sees nothing but one potential crisis after another.

That’s not so for the United States. From the point of view of the Obama Administration, the Middle East is much calmer than it has been in at least a decade. American troops are out of Iraq and on their way out of Afghanistan. What has Jerusalem on edge is, from Washington’s perspective, perfectly manageable. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is destined to be ousted without any U.S. investment; Turkey, though difficult to manage, is still a NATO ally; and it is going to be easier to deter and contain the Iranians than it was the Soviet Union. The current situation in Egypt is only the most striking illustration of the growing Israeli-American divide.

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What Washington and Jerusalem both liked about former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is that he kept the most populous Arab nation from spinning out of control for a relatively cheap price and at a very important time. His predecessor, Anwar Sadat, moved Egypt out the Soviet column and into that of the United States, representing a significant Cold War win for Washington that Mubarak never tampered with.

For Jerusalem, Mubarak’s adherence to the peace treaty meant that Israel didn’t have to worry about war with its most formidable neighbor. The current Egyptian crisis, manifested less by Tantawi’s dismissal than by the growing chaos in the Sinai means that Jerusalem’s resources will be stretched thinner and thinner. Even the prospect that Egypt’s leadership may consider trying to remilitarize the Sinai is going to force Israeli strategists to reorder priorities. One immediate shift is that the Jewish state can no longer afford the luxury of devoting as much attention, manpower, and money to fighting a clandestine war with Iran and its allies as it is has for the last decade.

With Egypt much less certain to keep the peace, the equation has changed radically for Israel, but much less so for a much larger and richer United States that is no longer squared off against the Soviets. For the Obama Administration, Egypt’s hard-charging Muslim Brotherhood leadership is simply another problem to be managed in a region that is perpetually posing challenges—and this particular challenge falls somewhere in the middle range. It’s a bigger concern than, say, the political upheavals in Yemen. But it’s less of a worry than the civil war in Syria that may lead to a fragmented or even failed state, which will require the attention and resources of the international order, with Washington invariably bearing much of the burden. It’s also nowhere near as a big a deal as Iran’s drive for a nuclear weapons program. Yet neither Syria nor Iran seem to keep Obama officials up at night, so don’t expect the White House to get too worked up over Egypt.

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If the notion that American and Israeli officials don’t see the Middle East similarly right now seems surprising, that’s in part because it follows a period during which relations between the two countries were arguably closer than they’d ever been. That mutual perspective was less a function of natural emotional attachment than the fact that in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, George W. Bush believed that the United States and Israel faced the same, perhaps existential, threat.

It’s true that al-Qaida is a central part of President Obama’s foreign policy: His re-election campaign ranks killing Osama Bin Laden as the president’s chief foreign-policy achievement, and the White House says that empowering al-Qaida in Syria is one reason not to support the armed rebels taking on Assad. But al-Qaida isn’t justification for treating the Middle East as a No.1 priority—or for leaving no daylight between the United States and Israel.

Then there’s the issue that American policymakers have historically believed is the most important reason for U.S. involvement in the Middle East: to protect the free flow of oil through the Persian Gulf. That energy equation could be on the verge of changing. If all those estimates of North Dakota shale are right, we may soon replace Saudi Arabia as home of the world’s largest known reserves of oil. For more than 60 years we’ve been the guarantor of Saudi Arabia’s stability, protecting the House of Saud from the Soviets, Saddam Hussein, and Iran. If U.S. policymakers come to believe that the Persian Gulf is no longer a vital American interest, then it makes sense to draw down our presence in the Gulf and throughout the region. Israel does not enjoy that luxury. The Israelis are there to stay.

The reality is that contrary to what many pro-Israel advocates and those opposed to America’s special relationship with the Jewish state argue, protecting Israel has never been a vital U.S. interest. Israel, rather, is a U.S. ally, and one whose worth is valued according to how Jerusalem can best serve American interests. This point goes right to heart of what Israeli leaders are considering right now as they are deciding whether to attack the Iranian nuclear program. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of the American president, who does not want him to attack Iran.

Indeed, with all the turmoil that Israel has undergone over the past two years, the major strategic issue is not a changing Turkey, or Syria, or Egypt, or the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Rather it is the evident and growing divide between Israel and its superpower ally.

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JehudahBenIsrael says:

Fundamentally, there isn’t and there hasn’t been an Israeli American divide.

What we have experienced has been a divide between Israel – public and leadership – and the present occupant of the Oval Office.

And, since the Oval Office is used by the same person only on a temporary basis, this is how we ought to view reality.

ManfredCoates says:

@JehudahBenIsrael,

There is a clear divide. Netanyahu with his friend Romney and various congressmen are making a concentrated effort to get Obama out of the White House. Adelson is paying for this along with others. Israel wants to attack Iran. The strategy is that the American should go first. Americans are tired of war. Israel says we are the first priority. The US is stuck in Afghanistan and the backdoor out is over Russia if Pakistan is a problem. US troops are stressed out and refuse to start another useless war so that Netanyahu and Romney can make a profit. There is an undercurrent in the USA and Isarael should pay attention to what is really going on. Israel is an independant state and can make decisions on it´s own. There is, regardless of how you put it, a low regard for America. It really is time for Israel to patch up their relations with their neighbors and start to walk alone. The US is also a separate state.

PhillipNagle says:

The new American attitude towards the Muslim Brotherhood is not suprising with Huma Aberdin sitting at Hillary Clinton’s side. We can tell how powerful Huma by the attacks on those who dare to question her influence.

We always saw things differently. USA: Big country on the other side of the world with many commitments and many allies. Then there’s Israel: Small country with few commitments other than survival, right in the line of fire and very few allies. How could they not see things differently? Always!

oaklandj says:

Lee Smith works at the Weekly Standard, where Bill Kristol has decided (sadly) to make Israel a wedge issue in order to help Romney win. Absolutely disgusting, but I’m glad at least Smith is forced to share where his loyalties are.

The U.S. was warned about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by British Intelligence and ignored it. The U.S. was warned about Arabs learning to fly by a female FBI agent months before 9/11 and the FBI ignored it but did a hatchet job on the FBI agent.
My country has not won a war since WW II and even that is dubious since Einstein warned FDR in 1939 that the Nazis were going to build an atomic bomb. Imagine that we could have had the A-bomb three years earlier and all those Jews would not have died such horrible deaths. America is stupid and intelligence agencies are as anti-Jew as they were since WW II.
Israel should not attack the Iranian nuclear sites but the Iranian leadership and wipe them out entirely including that converted Jew the President of Iran. We seem to have a history of former Jews trying to destroy us. Think Torqamada of the Inquisition. It’s only a matter of time before Egypt, and whoever is in power in Syria, Jordan and all the rest of them try to destroy Israel again. In 1967 we were almost destroyed by the inability of a water engineer Levi Eshkol to give the order to Rabin to attack. In 1973 Golda couldn’t give the order to attack first before they attacked us on Yom Kippur. I hate to say this, but thanks only to Nixon and Kissinger was Israel saved except for the fact that we were going to destroy every Arab capitol with nuclear weapons as a last farewell gesture. Should have done that anyway.
Bill Levy zev57@aol.com

You may want to work on your possessives. You say “my country” when referring to America, but then you say “we” when also referring to Israel. Also, America knew the japanese were going to try something, we just thought it would be the logical options such as the Philippines, Guam, or some of the other islands near them, not that they would go and strike in the middle of the freaking Pacific Fleet. Also, we have won several engagements since the end of world war 2. We rescued our med students from Grenada, we removed Noriega in Panama, we kicked Saddam out of Kuwait, we removed the Taliban from power and we killed Bin Laden, we crushed the Iraqi military and captured Saddam, etc.

And no, the CIA (OSS in those times) is not antisemitic. We started the precursor to the Manhattan Project with Executive Order 8801 on June 28, 1941, BEFORE the US even entered the war.

Israel is not naive. For sure, despite the rhetoric, the Jewish state has never been Washington’s best buddy, yet, in the past, Israel’s presence in the Middle East did afford a measure of reassurance to US presidents. Not so with Obama. There used to be much said about Israel as the only democracy in the region. In the past, democracy stood for something because previous American presidents recognized Israel as a buffer against unstable regimes. However irksome Israel might have seemed to super powers, it could be depended upon never to become a fundamentalist dictatorship seeking to nuke its neighbors for power, self-esteem and ambition. Such a belief might have influenced previous presidents. Not so, Obama. Obama campaigned on the slogan of a “new way.” He meant it. In four years he has kept his word. He has embraced fundamentalist Arab states to the point of turning a blind eye to, if not out-and-out tolerating, terror. Today, Israel stands alone under its Iranian threat of extinction, and Lee Smith’s article is correct: America and Israel are farther apart than they’ve ever been, as distanced from each other, in fact, as Israel is from her Arab neighbors in what the world so glibly calls “the Arab Israel conflict.”
I pray, Mr. Obama, that Israel will stand despite your vision of a new world, and that we’ll never get to see how your cookie crumbles.
Batya Casper
The Human Face of Conflict,
http://www.Israelathebook.com

Pam Green says:

How can you say that the CIA is not anti-Semitic? What about Blowback by Christopher Simpson? How do you reconcile that?

Pam Green says:

American so-called ‘progressives’ spew anti-Israel propaganda 24/7 all over the web, unwilling see both sides or document their wild accusations. Anyone who dares express a pro-Israel opinion is immediately hit with a vicious retaliatory barrage, which in turn squashes dissent. And what is most disorienting is that the ‘progressives’ have very reasonable positions on other issues. It is only Israel that turns them into raging fascists. Are they victims of indoctrination or paid disinformation artists? WHATEVER THEY ARE, IT IS THEY WHO ARE MAKING ISRAEL A WEDGE ISSUE! They are driving moderates to the conservative camp.

Pam Green says:

A strike on Iran would not be a profit-making venture, nor is it being contemplated for such a cynical reason. At very least, the international reaction to such a strike would be to try to paralyze Israel financially. Israel is going it alone and has been for quite some time! As Lee Smith says, Israel is being forced to fight on many fronts. Blame America for the phony ‘Arab Spring’, for funding terrorists and destabilizing all of Israel’s borders. Do you think the Israelis are unaware of what you call “an undercurrent in the USA”? It’s no undercurrent. It’s transparent to the entire world that the US has no sincere loyalties. It abandons its friends. And it’s stupid to boot. Here’s hoping that wicked, duplicitous Hussein and that vulgar bimbo are defeated in November.

brynababy says:

I cannot believe these ugly hateful comments about Israel and about Obama who has been a great friend to Israel. He has done more specific things for Israel than any previous President. As a Jew and a dedicated supporter of Israel I am sick to my stomach and ashamed, at the attitudes and biases by my fellow Jews.

@Pam Green, You have just outed yourself for what you are. A dyed in the wool KKK member. Now please do not tell us that you are a nice Jewish girl defending Israel. It is people like yourself that create the negative image that Israel has worldwide today. America/Obama has given Israel more than any president, you open your hands, take all you can get plus more and then spit in his face. For me you are the golem, the diebock that is harming Israel.

AriShavit says:

at it again McCarthy?

we know you’re a bigot, but do i need to cut and paste the thread where you lost this argument before?

Obama is not a President who wants to get involved in
fighting. He’d probably be happier as President of Sweden, but
Americans were the ones who elected him to office.

The President is arming Israel so he can remove troops
from the tumultuous Mideast to the quieter Pacific Rim. Israel can
fight their own battles, and if necessary, America’s.

He likes the drones. They’re effective, robotic, and
Obama doesn’t have to get his hands dirty. If we had another 9/11,
Obama would try to negotiate. He only went after OBL after asking
Jarret 3 times what he should do. Valerie said no, all three times,
but Panetta finally overruled her.

Liberals think that as long as we don’t do anything, no
one will bother us. Hoover, once respected, said we didn’t have to
worry if there was a war in Europe. After all, look at that huge
ocean separating us from them.

Obama feels that the Mideast is Israel’s problem, not
America’s. After all, look at that huge ocean, etc., etc., etc.

We took highly trained individuals and used them to spy on our new enemy, the Soviet Union. If we used them to spy on Jews inside America, it would be a different story, but we didn’t. NATO used military officers from Nazi Germany to run the military in West Germany in the 1950s. Does that mean that NATO is antisemitic? No, it means that they recognized what their resources were and they used them to their advantage. It was nothing personal, just good business.

Pam Green says:

No, these were war criminals, who were directly involved in the torture and massacre of innocent people and we protected them from prosecution, paid them well and allowed them to live full, comfortable lives, both in Europe and the U.S. And it was not even good business! They did not provide good intelligence against the Soviet Union.

Pam Green says:

KKK? Hardly. Golem? Ha. “It is people like yourself” who use the web to create a negative image of Israel, and resort to name-calling when you can’t deal with the facts.

Pam Green says:

What has Obama done for Israel? Can you be specific? I’m curious.

oaklandj says:

Nonsense. I’m an American Jew and a progressive, and I’m in Israel right now as I write this. I love Israel. I love most Israelis. However, I’m not a fan of the right-wing leadership here or in my home country making a political issue about Israel, when support for Israel has enjoyed bipartisan support for DECADES. Those who would chip away at that bipartisan support for short-term political gain should be made aware of how shameful and deplorable their actions are.

brynababy says:

BY COLIN H. KAHL

As the Defense Department official with primary responsibility for enhancing Israel’s defense capabilities and deepening joint military cooperation with the United States from 2009 to 2011, I can attest to the reality: No president in history has done more for Israel’s security than Obama.

The case for Obama’s Israel policy begins with record-high levels of Foreign Military Financing (FMF). The Obama administration has increased security assistance to Israel every single year since the president took office, providing nearly $10 billion in aid—covering roughly a fifth of Israel’s defense budget—over the past three years…

Under Obama’s direction, the United States has also deepened defense cooperation aimed at helping Israel address its most pressing security concerns, including rocket and missile threats emanating from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. When then-Senator Obama traveled to Israel in 2008, it wasn’t for a political fundraiser. Instead, he visited Israeli victims of Palestinian rocket fire in the southern town of Sderot, declaring ‘I came to Sderot with a commitment to Israel’s security.’ These were not just words. As president, Obama has championed efforts to provide Israel with $275 million over and above its annual FMF to help finance Iron Dome, an anti-rocket system that has already saved Israeli lives by intercepting approximately 90 percent of projectiles launched against protected areas in the country’s south in the past year…

providing Israel with advanced technology, such as the fifth-generation stealth Joint Strike Fighter, to which no other state in the Middle East has access.

This assistance is part of a comprehensive package that underwrites Israel’s multitiered rocket and missile defense. The package includes U.S. aid for the development of the David’s Sling long-range rocket defense system and the Arrow ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems. It also involves maintaining an advanced U.S. X-band long-range radar system in Israel’s Negev desert, positioning U.S. Aegis BMD ships in the eastern Mediterranean, and conducting the largest joint military exercises in history to improve U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation.

Beyond efforts to build Israel’s military capabilities, Obama has attempted to shape a regional and international environment that enhances Israel’s security over the long haul.

Time and again, Obama has mobilized the diplomatic might of the United States to protect Israel, even when doing so generated substantial criticism abroad. Obama has consistently defended Israel at the United Nations, rejecting the unbalanced Goldstone report, defending Israel over the Gaza flotilla incident with Turkey, and blocking Palestinian attempts to circumvent direct negotiations with Israel and impose an outcome through early recognition of statehood. In doing so, Obama has repeatedly shown his willingness to shield Israelis from international efforts aimed at isolating and delegitimizing the Jewish state.

Even as Obama has pressed all sides to make peace, he has stood shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish state in the face of mounting international challenges. As uprisings swept over the Arab world, the administration made clear to Egypt’s new leaders that U.S. aid was conditioned on Egypt continuing to abide by its peace treaty with Israel. And when an angry mob stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo last September, Obama personally and directly intervened with Egypt’s military to ensure the safety of Israeli diplomats.

I remember sitting in my Pentagon office that night when the phones started ringing off the hook from the White House. “You have to get Secretary [of Defense Leon] Panetta on the phone with [Egyptian Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein] Tantawi, now,” a senior National Security Council staffer urged. “We may only have 20 to 30 minutes before it is too late.” The call was part of a five-alarm fire drill orchestrated by the president to ensure that every possible avenue of communication and influence was directed at the Egyptian military. And it worked. Afterward, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahusaid, “I requested his [Obama's] assistance at a decisive — I would even say fateful — moment. He said he would do everything possible, and this is what he did. He activated all of the United States’ means and influence — which are certainly considerable. I believe we owe him a special debt of gratitude. This testifies to the powerful alliance between Israel and the United States.”

Obama has also taken aggressive action to counter the threat Israeli leaders describe as their No. 1 national security concern: Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama has repeatedly stated that an Iranian nuclear weapon is ‘unacceptable,’ and he has committed to using all instruments of U.S. power—economic, diplomatic, intelligence, and military—to prevent, not contain, this outcome… These sanctions—which have cut Iranian oil exports in half, have cost the Iranians billions of dollars in revenue every month, have increased inflation, and have caused the value of Iran’s currency to plummet—have finally pushed the regime back to the negotiating table…

Obama clearly prefers a diplomatic outcome to the crisis, seeing it as the most sustainable solution. But he has also made clear that all options, including military force, remain on the table to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold should diplomacy fail. Both the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have stated that the United States possesses a viable military plan in the event of a conflict with Iran. And the president has authorized additional military deployments to the Persian Gulf to ensure the option is credible…

Well, we didn’t exactly know they sucked at the time. Germany was the front lines of the cold war in Europe, so who better to spy in the regions than Germans.

Pam Green says:

Your position is illogical as well as immoral. You should really read Blowback.

Pam Green says:

Nonsense? Try reading the comment sections of major progressive websites. You’ll see that there is a daily stream of vicious, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic comments after every article, regardless of topic. If you want to preach about what’s shameful and deplorable, those sites would be a good place to start.

Pam Green says:

Quoting Obama’s Defense Dept. in defense of Obama? What a joke.

As they say, hindsight is 20:20.

Umish Katani says:

You have a schvartze in the white house… hiding in liberal clothing….but in fact he is anti-israel, no matter what his handlers say, or massage in the media to make it appear that he is pro israel or at best even handed… I really wish there was a choice this november, because both sides stink royally. Neither is good for the US or Israeli relations,, A schvartze or an evangelical Morman and RC..yuckh!

Umish Katani says:

Please submit a detailed list of all the good things Obama ibn Oh-lordy has accomplished or done for Israel as president,,,,, I am truly waiting with bated breath for you list of particulars….or are you going to hide behind anonymity and submit nothing because there is nothing to submit.

brynababy says:

These are facts, not opinions.

BY COLIN H. KAHL

As the Defense Department official with primary responsibility for enhancing Israel’s defense capabilities and deepening joint military cooperation with the United States from 2009 to 2011, I can attest to the reality: No president in history has done more for Israel’s security than Obama.

The case for Obama’s Israel policy begins with record-high levels of Foreign Military Financing (FMF). The Obama administration has increased security assistance to Israel every single year since the president took office, providing nearly $10 billion in aid—covering roughly a fifth of Israel’s defense budget—over the past three years…

Under Obama’s direction, the United States has also deepened defense cooperationaimed at helping Israel address its most pressing security concerns, including rocket and missile threats emanating from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. When then-Senator Obama traveled to Israel in 2008, it wasn’t for a political fundraiser. Instead, he visited Israeli victims of Palestinian rocket fire in the southern town of Sderot, declaring ‘I came to Sderot with a commitment to Israel’s security.’ These were not just words. As president, Obama has championed efforts to provide Israel with $275 million over and above its annual FMF to help finance Iron Dome, an anti-rocket system that has already saved Israeli lives by intercepting approximately 90 percent of projectiles launched against protected areas in the country’s south in the past year…

providing Israel with advanced technology, such as the fifth-generation stealth Joint Strike Fighter, to which no other state in the Middle East has access.

This assistance is part of a comprehensive package that underwrites Israel’s multitiered rocket and missile defense. The package includes U.S. aid for the development of the David’s Sling long-range rocket defense system and the Arrow ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems. It also involves maintaining an advanced U.S. X-band long-range radar system in Israel’s Negev desert, positioning U.S. Aegis BMD ships in the eastern Mediterranean, and conducting the largest joint military exercises in history to improve U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation.

Beyond efforts to build Israel’s military capabilities, Obama has attempted to shape a regional and international environment that enhances Israel’s security over the long haul.

Time and again, Obama has mobilized the diplomatic might of the United States to protect Israel, even when doing so generated substantial criticism abroad. Obama has consistently defended Israel at the United Nations, rejecting the unbalanced Goldstone report, defending Israel over the Gaza flotilla incident with Turkey, and blocking Palestinian attempts to circumvent direct negotiations with Israel and impose an outcome through early recognition of statehood. In doing so, Obama has repeatedly shown his willingness to shield Israelis from international efforts aimed at isolating and delegitimizing the Jewish state.

Even as Obama has pressed all sides to make peace, he has stood shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish state in the face of mounting international challenges. As uprisings swept over the Arab world, the administration made clear to Egypt’s new leaders that U.S. aid was conditioned on Egypt continuing to abide by its peace treaty with Israel. And when an angry mob stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo last September, Obama personally and directly intervened with Egypt’s military to ensure the safety of Israeli diplomats.

I remember sitting in my Pentagon office that night when the phones started ringing off the hook from the White House. “You have to get Secretary [of Defense Leon] Panetta on the phone with [Egyptian Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein] Tantawi, now,” a senior National Security Council staffer urged. “We may only have 20 to 30 minutes before it is too late.” The call was part of a five-alarm fire drill orchestrated by the president to ensure that every possible avenue of communication and influence was directed at the Egyptian military. And it worked. Afterward, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahusaid, “I requested his [Obama's] assistance at a decisive — I would even say fateful — moment. He said he would do everything possible, and this is what he did. He activated all of the United States’ means and influence — which are certainly considerable. I believe we owe him a special debt of gratitude. This testifies to the powerful alliance between Israel and the United States.”

Obama has also taken aggressive action to counter the threat Israeli leaders describe as their No. 1 national security concern: Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama has repeatedly stated that an Iranian nuclear weapon is ‘unacceptable,’ and he has committed to using all instruments of U.S. power—economic, diplomatic, intelligence, and military—to prevent, not contain, this outcome… These sanctions—which have cut Iranian oil exports in half, have cost the Iranians billions of dollars in revenue every month, have increased inflation, and have caused the value of Iran’s currency to plummet—have finally pushed the regime back to the negotiating table…

Obama clearly prefers a diplomatic outcome to the crisis, seeing it as the most sustainable solution. But he has also made clear that all options, including military force, remain on the table to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold should diplomacy fail. Both the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have stated that the United States possesses a viable military plan in the event of a conflict with Iran. And the president has authorized additional military deployments to the Persian Gulf to ensure the option is credible…

Pam Green says:

Bullshit. You’re intentionally avoiding and confusing my point.

We could certainly use a statesman like Benjamin Netanyahu here in the USA. From what I saw, Obama treated him ignorantly and rudely. Another thing, If we ever wanted to learn how to secure our Borders or fight terrorism, we should consult with Israel. Instead, Obama invites the Russians to Colorado this past month to train in anti-terrorism.

There is no Israeli-American divide….except in Obama’s mind…and the author of this article. If, God willing, Romney takes the helm the Israeli-American alliance will be fully restored.

Romney will be better for America and Israel than Obama…especially Obama in a 2nd term.

Romney will be better for America and Israel than Obama…especially Obama in a 2nd term.

Make no mistake,Isreal will never stand alone. Jehovah stands with her. As it is written, ” the battle is mine,says the Lord.” Let’s focus our trust in Him, not Washington D.C. Only in Him,will we find our victory. Pray for The peace of Isreal.

What can one expect from Mr Obamanation.the american people need to wake up.Or should I say, clean up (the white House. ) Let our voices be heard in November.

Amen and amen! ILOVE ISRAEL…and would gladly give my life to stand and fight with the IDF shoulder to shoulder and I am ashamed to be an american when it comes to this joke of a Government. LIES and MORE LIES from our own President with his own agenda which has nothing to do with what the majority of Americans want. And I believe that is to stand with/by ISRAEL!!! What more can we do to get our voices heard. I have BEEN contacted all officials-it helps!!!

Do we need to point out how jews created communism, were responsible for 35+ million christian deaths in russia and the same marxist ideas for another 100+ million from mao?
Do go there, I would love to make you look bad.
Also feel free to explain the USS Liberty Attack and Lavon affair..

There is a divide, its called, Americans are tired of fighting israeli fights while they stab us in the back.

AriShavit says:

f— you.

i’m tired of this antisemitic s—.

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