Someone please tell me this report is not true –
In the hubbub surrounding the “battle of the flotilla,” Netanyahu’s quick reversal of his decision to remain in the United States has been largely ignored. It turns out that Obama told him to leave because he didn’t want Netanyahu to use the White House as a stage on which to present Israel’s side of the story.
The flotilla violence caught Netanyahu in the midst of a diplomatic trip to North America. He was in the Canadian capital of Ottawa at the time, about to leave for Washington for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. The meeting was to have been a way for Obama to make up for the humiliation he dealt Netanyahu on his last visit, when he refused to be seen with the Israeli leader in public.
Netanyahu announced immediately after the flotilla news broke that he would remain in North America and would meet with Obama as scheduled. However, within minutes after media reported Netanyahu would continue with his trip as scheduled, he abruptly announced a change of plan and set off immediately for Israel to “deal with the flotilla crisis.”
Behind the scenes, it was Obama officials who caused the turnabout. Globes cites sources in both Jerusalem and Washington who say that Obama officials gave a clear message to Netanyahu’s people: “Don’t come.”
Ugh. I’m just shaking my head, here.
This story dovetails nicely with Roger L. Simon’s piece, today: It’s the Thirties all over again—time to blame the Jews
Yes, I know people have said things even more bigoted and stupid than dotty old Helen Thomas did the other day (not that she was any brighter before she got dotty), but I can’t help but thinking Ms. Helen felt freer to express her rancid anti-Semitism because of the times in which we live. I mean — to be blunt – the era of Barack Obama.
Consciously or not, our President — with his increased, and pompously self-righteous, pressure on Israel — has sent a message to the world. It’s time to blame the Jews. And the world, in economic extremis, is all too eager to find someone to blame.
Why do I get the feeling that this is not going to end well?
No violence this time because the “peace activists” were actually peaceful.
Over at NRO, Mona Charen calls the Obama Administration’s response to the Flotilla Incident, “a disgrace”:
The depths of President Obama’s radicalism were evident a year ago, when he sided with Hugo Chávez and the Castro brothers against the people of Honduras as Chávez wannabe Manuel Zelaya attempted to seize power in violation of the country’s constitution. For an American leader to side openly with leftist thugs was shocking.
And when President Obama lost his voice as thousands of brave Iranians braved clubs and bullets to demand their freedom, his values were suspect.
But this week is a new low. Under President Obama’s leadership, the United States has capitulated to terror tactics and to the despicable temptation to blame Israel. America has always been the one country in the world that reliably countered the bullying and the grotesque double standards much of the world applies to Israel. Obama has now joined the jackals. What a disgrace.
Today, Keep America Safe’s Liz Cheney released the following statement on President Obama’s response to the flotilla incident:
“Yesterday, President Obama said the Israeli action to stop the flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was “tragic.” What is truly tragic is that President Obama is perpetuating Israel’s enemies’ version of events. The Israeli government has imposed a blockade around Gaza because Hamas remains committed to Israel’s destruction, refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist and using territory under their control to launch attacks against Israeli civilians. The Israeli blockade of Gaza, in order to prevent the re-arming of Hamas, is in full compliance with international law. Had the Turkish flotilla truly been interested in providing humanitarian aid to Gaza, they would have accepted the Israeli offer to off-load their supplies peacefully at the Israeli port of Haifa for transport into Gaza. President Obama is contributing to the isolation of Israel, and sending a clear signal to the Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis that their methods for ostracizing Israel will succeed, and will be met by no resistance from America. There is no middle ground here. Either the United States stands with the people of Israel in the war against radical Islamic terrorism or we are providing encouragement to Israel’s enemies—and our own. Keep America Safe calls on President Obama to reverse his present cours