Thank You, President Obama. Love, Israel
By Chris Ernesto
2014 - "Anti War" - We
must confess, when you became President, some of us were a little worried that
America’s "special relationship" with Israel would come to an end.
concerned that the United States would no longer provide money, weapons, and
most importantly, diplomatic cover to Israel.
Jimmy Carter – a former President from your own political party – has been
highly critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. He even had the nerve to
say that Hamas
was democratically elected, and that our policy towards Palestine is worse
than South African apartheid.
fearful that your passionate speech in Cairo in 2009 would make Muslims believe
that an Obama presidency would be a neutral player in Israel’s fight against
the terrorists from Palestine.
thankfully, through your actions as President, you have alleviated our
unconditional support of Israel is on full display today. Because of your
administration’s financial support of our Iron
Dome weapon system, no
Israelis have been killed in our surge on Gaza. And although we have
already killed at least 100
Palestinians, including 21
children, and have wounded over 500 people, you have not publicly condemned
our actions (thanks!).
to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine. Since you have
repeatedly labeled Hamas a "terrorist organization" with whom you are
unwilling to sit down, your offer to negotiate was pretty clever – maybe
Palestinians won’t catch on to the fact that you are really on our side, and
they will agree to have the US act as mediator. Fingers crossed.
thrilled, but not surprised by your absolute backing of Israel at present. You
showed your true colors two years ago when you said you were "fully
supportive" of Israel’s bombing of Gaza in 2012.
are wise enough to understand that American elections are greatly influenced by
pro-Israel donors. For this wisdom we say, "thank you."
you will forever be in our debt for voting
against Palestinian statehood in 2012. For you to take that stand – when
virtually every other country in the world wanted to formally recognize
Palestine as an independent nation – wow, that was gutsy, and because of your
courage, Palestine today has fewer legal remedies.
You have continued
those frivolous United Nations resolutions that condemn the great State of
Israel. How can we ever thank you enough for that?
remained relatively silent as Israeli settlements rightfully continue their
expansion. You even said that you would abandon
your push to stop settlement expansion.
And you have
been very careful to never utter the words "collective punishment" in
discussing our embargo on Gaza.
countries understand what it’s like to be Israeli or American. That’s why we
have to stick together, like in 2010 when we were
the only two countries to vote against ending the embargo on communist Cuba.
Many of us
in Israel were previously concerned about all those pesky "Free Palestine"
protesters in the US. But we’re not worried about them anymore because many of
those same people continue to vote for you and other Democrats, thus insuring
that Israel will be able to do as it so chooses.
appreciate your support of the coup in Egypt that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood
from power. They were big supporters of Palestinians. As you know, Egypt’s new
leader, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi believes Hamas is a terrorist organization and an offshoot
of the Brotherhood, so we don’t have to worry about which side Egypt will
be on in our fight against Palestinians.
We must say
that we still have concerns about your
support of neo-Nazis in Ukraine. As you know, we have a bad history with
Nazis. But we understand your country’s desire to control Eurasia and to weaken
Russia, so as long as you let Israel reap the benefits of the American Empire,
we can let this one slide.
that your presidency has continued to demonize
Iran has been very beneficial to us. It’s been difficult for Israelis to
get people to understand that Iran – even though they haven’t attacked another
country in recent memory – is a serious threat to Israel. Sure, Iran knows we
could nuke them, but they just want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth,
so they don’t fear a nuclear reprisal.
of nuclear weapons, you sure helped Israeli officials sleep better when your
administration announced that it would implement a "don’t
ask, don’t tell" policy regarding our massive nuclear weapons arsenal.
say that Israel is like the little brother who constantly runs his mouth and
starts fights because he has a big brother who’s always there to bail him out
of any trouble. Well, to that we say, thank you big brother. Others are just
We know that
if the US criticized Israel the same way it criticizes Russia, Syria, Venezuela
or Iran, the rest of the world would jump on board and force Israel to change.
After all, the US is pretty much in full control of the UN, the IMF, the World
Bank and NATO. That’s why we are particularly appreciative of your undying
support of Israel.
warms our hearts when you say that Israel has the "right
to defend itself" but you have never said that Palestinians have that
same right. That really helps our cause.
In 2012 you
signed a law increasing military aid to Israel just one
day before your then-Presidential opponent Mitt Romney made a trip to the Holy
Land. Some said it was a political ploy to prove that Democrats are just as
"pro-Israel" as the Republicans. Nonsense, we say. You were just
strengthening Israel’s already advanced weaponry. Just like when you secretly supplied
us with bunker-buster bombs.
cover for Israel in 2011 by saying we had the
right to kill 20 Palestinian protesters who were commemorating the Nakba.
When you praised our "restraint" on this matter, a potential
firestorm was avoided, particularly because our government initially blamed the
killings on Syria. Because of your support, we were able to acknowledge our
role in the killings without fear of reprisal.
never know how many pro-Israel supporters you gained when you spoke at the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting in 2011. The crowd
went wild when you said, "So
make no mistake, we will maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge."
That was huge.
the "little" things you do, too. Like how your administration tried
an independent U.N. investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes during
our 2008-2009 incursion into Gaza. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we in Israel learned of
your valiant efforts.
And how you
refused to accept the Palestinian unity deal, which brought Hamas and Fatah
together. And you really made a statement when you withdrew
the US from UNESCO in response to its approval of Palestine’s membership.
We like it when you pound your fists on the table on behalf of Israel.
We were in a
pickle when a UN probe said there was clear evidence to back prosecutions
against Israel for killing and torture when our heroic troops stormed a Gaza-bound
aid flotilla in 2010. The vote was 30-1, with your country, the US, as the
lone dissenter. That’s a true friend.
Prior to you
becoming President, some people in Israel confidently assured fellow citizens
that you would be a deep supporter of Israeli interests. They believed this to
be true because in 2008, just 12 hours after your victory in the Democratic
Presidential primaries, you showed up at AIPAC wearing an Israel/US
lapel pin, telling the crowd that you "understood the Zionist
idea." Clearly this gesture was a quid-pro-quo with your pro-Israel
donors, and was a way for you to prove that an Obama presidency would always
put Israel at the top of its pecking order. That was a good move on your
were earlier signs of your unwavering support of Israel that we should have
spotted. While you were just a Senator, you co-sponsored a Senate resolution
demanding that the US do nothing to impede Israel’s military actions in Lebanon
in 2006. That meant so much to us, because you ran the risk of appearing to
be a "hawk" at a time when the people of the US were growing tired of
the Bush administration’s foreign policy. You rolled the dice.
gamble has paid off, and you have achieved your political dreams, and at the
same time you have made Israel quite happy.
For this, we
say thank you. Because of you, your party, and the rest of the US government,
Israel is free to act as it pleases. You, President Barack Obama, are the best
friend Israel has ever had.
Ernesto is cofounder of St. Pete for Peace,
an antiwar organization in St. Petersburg, FL that has been active since 2003.
Mr. Ernesto also created and manages OccupyArrests.com
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