Dan Senor has a great article in The Wall Street Journal about how fundamentally Obama weakened our support of Israel, and Matthew Knee is following up here on the Obama’s administration’s belated push to shore up support in the Jewish community after the NY-09 Democratic debacle in which Israel policy was a primary issue.
Why is everyone acting so surprised, as if the isolation of Israel in the Middle East at the hands of U.S. policy was “unexpected.” Jesse Jackson told us before the election about the change to come, based on what he said was his close relationship to Obama.
PREPARE for a new America: That’s the message that the Rev. Jesse Jackson conveyed to participants in the first World Policy Forum, held at this French lakeside resort last week.
He promised “fundamental changes” in US foreign policy – saying America must “heal wounds” it has caused to other nations, revive its alliances and apologize for the “arrogance of the Bush administration.”
The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end. Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.
“Obama is about change,” Jackson told me in a wide-ranging conversation. “And the change that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the way America looks at the world and its place in it.”
Jackson warns that he isn’t an Obama confidant or adviser, “just a supporter.” But he adds that Obama has been “a neighbor or, better still, a member of the family.” Jackson’s son has been a close friend of Obama for years, and Jackson’s daughter went to school with Obama’s wife Michelle.”
Whatever else you call Obama’s Middle East policy, don’t call it “unexpected.”