- Mar 30, 2011
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...And not for the first time, either. Again and again, when Israel has been embroiled in international dustupsover its attack last year on a flotilla filled with activists headed from Turkey to Gaza, to cite but one examplethe White House has had Israels back. The security relationship between the countries, on everything from intelligence sharing to missile-*defense development to access to top-shelf weapons, has never been more robust. And when the Cairo embassy was seized and Netanyahu called to ask for Obamas help with rescuing the last six Israelis trapped inside the building, the president not only picked up the phone but leaned hard on the Egyptians to free those within. It was a decisive moment, Netanyahu recalled after the six had been freed. Fateful, I would even say.
All of which raises an interesting, perplexing, and suddenly quite pressing question: How, exactly, did Obama come to be portrayed, and perceived by many American Jews, as the most ardently anti-Israel president since Jimmy Carter?....
.....The irony is that Obamaalong with countless Israelis, members of the Jewish diaspora, and friends of Israel around the worldseems to grasp these realities and this choice more readily than Netanyahu does. The first Jewish president? Maybe not. But certainly a president every bit as pro-Israel as the countrys own prime ministerand, if you look from the proper angle, maybe even more so.
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