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Why do so many Americans cheer when Bibi Netanyahu sticks it to Obama?

Why do so many Americans cheer when Bibi Netanyahu sticks it to Obama?

Netanyahu dropped a truth bomb on Obama on Facebook

We’ve covered the back and forth today, from John Kerry’s angry policy speech putting most of the blame on Israel for failure to reach an agreement on the final status of the dispute, to Bibi Netanyahu’s equally blistering rebuttal.

The rallying around Israel and Netanyahu by politicians on both sides of the aisle is a reflection of both ideological support for Israel and the fact that Israel remains hugely popular among the American public. The maligned “Israel Lobby” consists of a substantial majority of Americans who not only support Israel, but support Israel over the Palestinians. The American people are the Israel Lobby.

But that can’t explain the reaction against Obama’s U.N. move.

It reminds me of something I explored several years ago. One of the reasons Netanyahu has been so popular in the U.S. is that Netanyahu and so many of us share a common experience. Obama’s treatment of Netanyahu came to symbolize how many Americans felt they were treated.

Obama has been dismissive, even derisive of Netanyahu almost like no other foreign leader, much less a leader of an ally.

I explored that feeling on March 27, 2010, after an infamous Obama snub of Netanyahu at the White House, We Are All Bibi Netanyahu Now:

The reaction to Obama’s treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu was as strong if not stronger than I have seen in the comments here and elsewhere in the blogosphere on any other issue….

Why this reaction? … Who would care if our President left a foreign leader to wait in the White House while the President supposedly went to have dinner with his family? Who would care if our President broke protocol by refusing to be photographed and hold a press conference with a foreign leader? Who would care if that foreign leader left tail tucked between his legs, humiliated at home at the treatment by the leader of the free world?

Part of it certainly is that the foreign leader in question was the leader of Israel, which is tremendously popular with Americans…. But that cannot explain the intensity of the reaction….

I think the reaction to Obama’s treatment of Bibi Netanyahu hits home because it was so personal in nature, and because it epitomized how the American people have been treated by Obama and the Democrats, with arrogance and disdain….

In Bibi Netanyahu we see something we have lost in our leader, an unflinching sense of national destiny, an unapologetic pride in who we are and why we are, and a willingness to stand up to tyrants and neighborhood bullies regardless of the price.

To see a leader like Bibi Netanyahu treated so shabbily by someone who treats us the same way was too much to bear.

I’m standing by that analysis with regard to the current conflict over the anti-Israel U.N. Resolution, which has so many people cheering.

As usual, pathetic race card players like liberal “as a Jew” Peter Beinart are claiming criticism of Obama over the U.N. Resolution is racist:

Playing the race card against critics of Obama has been a primary tactic since the 2008 campaign, as I wrote on October 15, 2008, shortly before the election, “Race” As Political Weapon:

The suppression of legitimate political expression through false accusations of racism by the Obama campaign and its supporters is the defining theme of the 2008 campaign. This tactic, while it may be successful, is shameful and has damaged our society in ways we may not understand for years.

So I’m not really surprised it’s being used again. It’s just another insult, the type of insult that propelled Trump to the win.

As blistering at Netanyahu’s statement and tweets were, this Facebook post by Netanyahu on Facebook was a pretty brutal truth bomb, and aimed directly at Obama.

https://www.facebook.com/Netanyahu/photos/a.376960237075.156823.268108602075/10154241521287076/?type=3&theater

I think that stinging Facebook post has a lot of people smiling.

Netanyahu, though, also could have (should have?) dropped this video from the 2008 campaign:

The morning after claiming the Democratic nomination, Senator Barack Obama spoke to skeptical members of a pro-Israel lobby and made a pledge that some of them found pleasantly surprising: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

Yeah, we’re still all Bibi Netanyahu, at least until January 20.

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Wait until you hear someone say that you cannot be a good Jew without supporting divestiture.

It’s the anti Israel Jewish groups that get me

    snopercod in reply to MattMusson. | December 29, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I think for many Jews, socialism is their primary religion and Judaism is a distant second. It’s a great mystery why many Jews support all the policies that led directly to the ovens.

      An amazing phenomenon, isn’t it?

      I’ve said before, in comments on multiple posts at this site, American Jews (particularly the Obama-voting ones) overwhelmingly tend to be Democrats first, Americans second, and Jews a distant third. (I’m considering amending that to be “Democrats first, Americans a distant second, and Jews an even-more-distant third.”)

      They claim to be Jews, but being Leftist Democrats (i.e. “Progressives”) the Church of the State is their true religion, which is not substantially different from socialism. Inexplicably, they support the same policies that, in a different generation and language, killed millions of their own cultural ancestors. And they expect nothing bad to happen this time around.

      Go figure.

        Walker Evans in reply to Archer. | December 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

        I wish there was some way to refute you, some way to prove that what you say is just not true … but there is no such way. My wife’s family are all Democrats and seem to truly believe that those parasites are the only hope for the future. They would be stunned and ashamed if they knew she had voted for Trump; they might literally disown her.

        Yet, they claim to still be Jews, they go to temple – at least on some holidays – and would be offended if they were told their attitudes led some of their immediate ancestors to the ovens. They have called Trump “Hitler-reborn” and have such a frail grasp of history they can’t see how Obama and Clinton were following the same basic pathway.

        I have no idea why these pseudo-Jews are so devoted to the party of the KKK, why they are so anti-Israel, and so willing to throw their own under the bus. And we can’t ask; my darling wife’s family would disown her if we broached the subject. It almost appears they have some deep-seated cultural death wish.

          Tom Servo in reply to Walker Evans. | December 29, 2016 at 8:22 pm

          You have probably already noticed that most Orthodox Jews are strongly supportive of Israel, and many voted for Trump. The cancer in modern Judaism is the Reformed movement, which makes up the bulk of American Judaism. The Reformed Jews are primarily atheists who see “Judaism” as a kind of social club that you’re born into. Progressivism is their only true Religion.

          Tom Servo is correct.

          Epitomized by the likes of Norman Lear.

      Twanger in reply to snopercod. | December 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      I also have observed this phenomenon. Very puzzling.

Humphrey's Executor | December 28, 2016 at 9:24 pm

Infuriating.

Even better than conclusively exposing the continual lies about Obama being ‘pro-Israel’, the best part of this is how Obama has once again exposed how truly politically incompetent he is.

This is not a winning issue among ANY section of the American population. Both conservatives and independents STRONGLY support Israel. Democrats still support Israel over Palestine by a large margin. Only the true far left is the level anywhere close – and STILL Israel has more support than Palestine.

This does nothing but piss off a whole bunch of people and is almost guaranteed to cost multiple Democrats their Senate seats in 2 years.

Add that to the fact that there has already been pretty conclusive evidence that Kerry and Obama not only failed to veto, but basically wrote the whole UN resolution themselves, and at the end of the day its perfectly representative of Obama. A slimy, petty, incompetent little backstabber that doesn’t even have the balls to stand behind what he’s doing. He put this entire thing in motion and didn’t even have the balls to vote for it, instead voting ‘present’.

I like Bibi Netanyahu because I read up on his life. This is a very impressive man.

A Simon & Garfunkel lyric from the 1968 ‘Mrs. Robinson’ asks, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you..” alluding to the dirth of contemporary heroes in America. One of the reasons this American respects Bibi so much is because he fits the mold of an American hero in all the important ways: character, morality, unwavering principle, etc., etc. – except for the damning detail that he is not an American. Well, a very large group of Americans have adopted Bibi as an American hero. Can’t speak for everyone, but I feel a far deeper affinity for Bibi than Obama, Clinton, Kerr, Reid, et al, more even than for the McConnells, Boehners, Grahams (Lindsay), etc., of our American ‘leadership’.

    He’s John Wayne.

    Americans love an underdog who faces overwhelming odds. Americans love a good man with unwavering principles. Americans love an under-spoken man who stands firm against adversity, who does not bend and does not break. Americans love a man who speaks truth against a tide of lies and falsities. Americans love a man with the quiet dignity to humbly accept and overcome all that is thrown his way, and not become a braggart.

    Bibi Netanyahu is all of the above. Like Winston Churchill, he can be a respected hero to Americans, and we’ll forgive him for not being an American hero.

    Just my $0.02. 🙂

Subotai Bahadur | December 28, 2016 at 9:44 pm

I have more than a passing expectation of Obama declaring in the next few days that the US recognizes a Palestinian state as the legitimate government of Israel and Palestine. In which case, there is not reason for Israel not to take any measures within its power against the entire Ummah.

Words fail me. Obama and his ilk cannot be gone soon enough. No matter what Trump does in the future, it cannot be worse than what Obama has done and what Hillary would have done.

I can’t tear the pages off my calendar fast enough. . .

We know why.

Nitpicky case in point: Many Americans cheer when ANYBODY sticks it to Obama.

None of this would have happened if Hillary had won. Obama is just poisoning the well in order to make things difficult for Trump. Why is he acting now? He had to wait and see who won the election.

    Milwaukee in reply to DaveGinOly. | December 29, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Not so sure about that. He, Obama, hates the Clintons, and might do things just to screw with them. That way they can’t upstage him in history. Remember, he comes first with himself.

Because Bibi is competent, courageous and accomplished.

And Obama is an affirmative action putz, still soiling the diaper the media taped on him in 2008.

I’ve said several times that stupidity of this magnitude is only going to produce one logical course of action.

Namely, at a certain point, Israel is going to decide that if they’re going to be harassed, attacked, and bullied by the international community ANYWAY, they may as well just conquer ‘Palestine’ and be done with it.

Bibi has his faults, as we all do.
He is the Israeli leader when they need great leadership.
I pray that he and Israel survive this setback, and the setback of America allowing Iran to get the Nukes.
No, I don’t believe that ‘lying sack of excrement,’ who happens to be our president for another 3 weeks. The Iran deal was a bigger setback for Israel than this last back stabbing.

Regarding the 2008 campaign et al: Marxists lie. ’nuff said.

    Walker Evans in reply to yossi613. | December 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Too, while Obama may not be a Muslim*, he is certainly the Islamic Supremacist’s biggest U.S. supporter and an adherent to, and virulent practitioner of, the Muslim core concept of takiyah.

    *But remember his comment that the caterwauling known as The Call to Prayer is the “most beautiful sound in the world”. And that “The future must not belong to those who slander The Prophet of Islam.”

“Why do so many Americans cheer when Bibi Netanyahu sticks it to Obama?”

Because Obama is an a**hole. Pardon my language.

Duh.

Obama just wants to do for the Israelis as he has done for the Libyans and Syrians. And John Kerry is just the man to do it.

President Obama’s craven, back door, stab in the back of Israel will be forever remembered as a vile act of betrayal. How very small & common; how ignorant, infantile, self-involved & destructive this President has been!
In spitefully changing U.S. foreign policy (w/more than a half-Century legacy), President Obama has chosen sides – Adversary vice Ally, Muslim over Jew, Subterfuge & Backstabbing instead of Transparency. He chose his small & spiteful revenge over his own country’s interests. He can’t possibly know the consequences, but he’s certainly achieved a “Legacy” now! Possibly a very unhappy one.
He picked sides; the wrong side.

Eastwood Ravine | December 29, 2016 at 1:40 am

Because Bibi expresses affection for American values and greatness whereas Obama doesn’t.

The rise of a virulent national and international anti-nativism has focused people’s attention on its historical Jewish targets exemplified by the effort to transform the Israeli state and misrepresent its history.

The reason many Americans cheer when Netanyahu sticks it to Obama?

Simple answer: Americans like to see justice done. In the Israelis vs. Arabs/Palestinians story, it is the Arabs/Palestinians who have been committing wrongs against Israelis, and justice demands that we Americans side with the Israelies.

The reason liberals don’t? They never believed in truth or justice or the American way.

Obama…the one pussy we would all love to see Trump grab!

If only Arafat had signed the peace agreement Ehud Barak offered when Bill Clinton was in office we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Israel would already be gone.

    Milwaukee in reply to davod. | December 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

    ““Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” ― Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time. “

    The Palestinians leaders have a racket that keeps them in power, makes them wealthy, and famous. To actually solve this problem means they would have to do real work. Besides, with the desire of the Mohammedans to obliterate Israel and all things Jewish, victim Palestinians are excellent tools for the suicide jobs. The upside of Israel recognizing the Palestinian State, is on the flip side of the coin. Before, these acts of war were committed by terrorists. Now, the Palestinian State is committing acts of war. The State of Israel responding to acts of war from the Palestinian State looks different than response to terrorists. Arab countries likewise find it useful to keep this wound open and fresh.

      I believe this is one reason (of many) why Palestine rejects all treaties offering a two-state solution. If they are a recognized sovereign state, then all the acts of aggression toward Israel (another recognized sovereign state) are acts of war, subject to retaliation and (more to the point) condemnation by the international community.

      Palestine, as it’s currently run, ensures its lasting existence by NOT being a recognized state. Their goal is to destroy Israel, which they can only accomplish semi-legitimately if they are an “occupied territory” acting “to further their independence”. Actually becoming a sovereign nation would be a step backwards for them.

PS. I just realized Obama is playing by the WJC playbook. Bill tried exactly the same thing before he left office. The only difference is that Bill Clinton pushed to remove Netanyahu and succeeded. His replacement the left of center Ehud Barak, a decorated Israeli general.

Barak offered to part with much more land than was strategically prudent, but Arafat would not sign. A participant in ther talks {I cannot remember his name) later wrote that Arafat old him that if he signed a peace agreement he would be killed.

What is different today is that Obama wants to force Israel to do what he wants unilaterally, just as Sharon left Gaza without any Muslim input.

I apologize for the grammar problems in the earlier post. Keyboard problems.

DieJustAsHappy | December 29, 2016 at 5:54 am

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

BHO has been tried and tested these past years and has been found greatly wanting. Now, in the last days of his presidency, he is all the more demonstrating what a weakling, bully he is.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, stands for love of God and country, Israel. He’s endured adversity for them and is the cornerstone for how he uses the power he has.

John Kerry, in his delusions of grandeur, probably thinks that this little speech sets him up as the front runner for 2020!

Barack Hussien Al-Chicagi, a legend in his own mind, leader of the simpering, cowardly anti-American liberals and absolutely terrible golfer. Here is a ‘man’ who has never worked a day in his life, never served his country, learned racist and Communist hatred of the US and may well be the nadir in American politics. He rules like a king whilst denying his suffering people even the least bread crumbs from his dog’s dinner bowl. Anti-semitic, anti-American, pro-Muslim his stature rising in the hearts of terrorists everywhere, whispered questions about his true orientation will remain long after the stench of his inept leadership has faded.

This is who Obama and Kerry are: NY liberal Faculty lounge inhabitants. As a thought process consider this.

Trump is known as a deal maker. Hell, he wrote a book on it. I believe there is a slight possibility that Obama thinks, at least in the back of his head, that Trump might actually be able to broker a deal or at least pieces of a deal that could be part of a final deal while he is president. This scares the living daylights out of Obama.

Think about it. If this were to happen, with Trump following right after Obama, there is no room in the history books for Obama were this to occur. Add in the fact that I truly believe that Obama believes his own bullshit. And as such, Obama was unable to broker anything close to a handshake. Can you imagine Obama’s “legacy” if Trump was able to broker a deal?

Somewhat related, this gives the Palestinians something to “give up” during negotiations. What happened in the UN was always Israel’s to begin with. So now, to appear to give concessions, the PLO merely grants back to Israel what was always theirs. The PLO can would then say: We’ve given concessions and Israel is not bargaining in good faith and making concessions. Thus, we won’t meet.

The actions and Kerry’s hissy-fit (who also saw Nobel Prize in his mind) merely extend the possibility of no deal. Taken together with Obama’s view of himself and the fact that had a deal been done – thereby giving Arabs and/or Muslims no reason to continue “hating the west,” if an attack were to happen after a “deal” there would be no reason Israel or a western power would not turn to glass the perpetrator of such an act. Thus, it keeps alive the myth that without peace between PLO & Israel, the “infitada” and like actions are justified and will continue.

Central casting got this one right. The hero is strong, resolute, honorable and worthy of his praise. The villain is weak, sniveling and vengeful of those who, by their actions, draw attention to his perfidy.

Netanyahu v. Obama?

Speaking for myself … I like seeing an MIT man slap a Harvard dork around a bit.

I so long to see the Rashid Khalidi video withheld by the LA Times during the 2008 campaign which I’m certain clearly shows Obama as the Palestinian sympathizer that he truly is.

But America’s outrage isn’t entirely about Bibi. Those of us with knowledge of the radical left have wondered for years when Obama would fonally stop disguising his beliefs and begin acting on them more openly. Only now, as a lame duck, is Obama finally showing his hand in ways he would never have done, earlier in his term.

The tension has been building for the past 8 years. Many of us now see Obama acting in ways that represent his own pro-Islamist views but contradict the majority view– and in fact embarrasses the country.

What is it about Obama that he does not understand that since the November election he is a mere caretaker president, a lame duck. Why is he frantically trying to make new policy at home and abroad for the U.S.? Doesn’t he realize that in about three weeks, the new president can reverse his policies and undo them? Seems to me that’s what Trump and the GOP ought to be telling the world. Pay no attention to this guy, he is a jerk to try to change things now and no one should take his policy shifts seriously. The clock is ticking, President Obama, to when you become private citizen Obama. You cannot stop it. President-elect Trump should put out a statement that he fully intends to suspend and reverse any initiatives Obama has put in place after the election.

It just proves the old adage, never send a boy to do a man’s work.
Unfortunately our country did just that for 8 years.

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