Times Just Can’t Figure Out Obama’s Position on Israel
By Don Feder
Monday May 18, 2009

In a front-page story in today’s paper, The Times just can’t seem figure out what President Obama will do about Israel — like you’d need a crystal ball to figure it out.

In speculating on today’s meeting between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, The Times refers to the latter as “Israel’s hawkish prime minister.” Why, because he’s unwilling to put Israel’s security in the hands of its sworn enemies — Hamas and Fatah?  The Times refuses to call Hamas a terrorist group, but Netanyahu is “hawkish.”

Not coincidentally, everyone quoted in the article thinks Obama will be realistic in his approach to the conflict. Not one Israeli or American who’s skeptical of the president was quoted.

In assessing Obama’s policy toward Israel and the terrorism-loving Palestinians, The Times did the old on-the-one-hand, on-the- other-hand shuffle.

On the one hand, the paper reports, Obama’s friends include Rashid Khalidi, described as “a Palestinian-American scholar and a critic of Israel.”  A critic of Israel?  Khalidi is a former PLO operative who calls Israel “racist” and its existence illegitimate.

But, on the other, Obama “offered no public support for the appointment of Mr. [Charles] Freeman to a top intelligence post,” when he was under fire and ultimately forced to decline the nomination.

The Times would have us believe that when Freeman was picked to head the National Intelligence Council, Obama had no idea that the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and head of a Saudi-funded “think tank,” was rabidly anti-Israel, going so far as to blame all of America’s Middle East problems on the Jewish state.

Just as it would have us believe that Obama listened to the anti-Israel ravings of his former mentor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr. (who isn’t even mentioned in The Times’ story) for 19 years without being influenced by Wright’s corrosive hatred of Israel. Wright, who regularly compared Israel to South Africa under apartheid, gave an award to anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

Given his past associations and his appointments to date, Obama’s views on Israel and the Palestinians are as much in doubt as his views on abortion.

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