Last night on 60 Minutes, President Obama said, "When it comes to our national security decisionsÂ—any pressure that I feel is simply to do what's right for the American people. And I am going to block outÂ—any noise that's out there." What "noise" was he referring to? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's growing concern that America isn't truly backing his country in the effort to stop Iran from becoming nuclear.
Obama's comments follow his shameful behavior towards Israel and Netanyahu lately, specifically the White House claiming the president was unable to meet with the prime minister during the UN General Assembly in New York because of "scheduling problems." Not surprising, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad agreed with Obama in the apparent insignificance of the matter. "We, generally speaking, do not take very seriously the issue of the Zionists and the possible dangers emanating from them." He went on to say he didn't believe anything significant would happen in the nuclear talks until after the election.
The dictator's comments are generally expected because of his over-inflated ego, but certainly it's been boosted after seeing the president's disregard for Netanyahu and Israel, again. So boosted, in fact, that he thinks America is on his side. David Ignatius, who interviewed Ahmadinejad, wrote, "I had the sense that he genuinely believes the world is going Iran's way. He sees an America that is facing reversals across the Muslim world Â— in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and most recently, in dealing with the Arab uprisings." The reason he says everything is on hold until after the election? He implied that President Obama is slowing negotiations because it would be embarrassing for him to make certain concessions before the election. He also feels America is changing its mind about Israel, while saying he believes Americans are "peace-loving people." Peace-loving, yes, but also overwhelmingly in support of Israel, even if the president isn't.
Obama's message for Israel is coming through loud and clear. The nice words on 60 Minutes..."Now I feel an obligation, not pressure but obligation, to make sure that we're in close consultation with the IsraelisÂ—on these issues," mean nothing without action behind them. Instead, the action Obama took was to make time for Jay-Z, TV talk shows, campaigning and more which equal a big "you're on your own" to the people of Israel. Mitt Romney, who was also interviewed for 60 Minutes, summed up the situation perfectly. He said the decision not to meet with Netanyahu "is a mistake and sends a message throughout the Middle East that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends and I think the exact opposite approach is what's necessary."
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Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012