Sheldon Adelson has a piece up at this Jewish news service warning that Obama dislikes Israel and will act on his true feelings in a second term. The piece includes the statement that Obama studied under the late Edward W. Said. Some footnotes on that relationship follow my Adelson excerpt.
Think about Obama’s anti-Israel friends and mentors—radicals like Rashid Khalidi, Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, or the late Edward Said, the virulently anti-Israel professor under whom Obama studied. Has he made anti-Israel promises to them? Is Obama’s campaign rhetoric in support of Israel only creating “space” till after the election?
…Given that Obama’s public expressions are not something Israelis can rely upon, we need to take seriously the question: What are his second term plans when he no longer needs the Jewish vote?
Let’s also not forget, when Obama took office, he admitted his administration sought to put “daylight” between America and Israel. He lectured that the Jewish state needed “to engage in serious self-reflection” about peace—as if tiny Israel has not spent decades pursuing peace with its belligerent neighbors. And unbelievably, in his 2009 address to the Muslim world, he implied a moral equivalence between the Holocaust and Palestinian dislocation.
With a second term the president won’t have fears of electoral accountability and will act upon his true feelings toward Israel.
This is worrying—especially at a time when the Jewish state as well as Americans sorely need a president whose words and policies they can rely on.
Not since 1967 has Israel’s safety been more precarious.
In these times of unrest and violence, it is necessary to elect a commander-in-chief whose words we can trust. Mitt Romney, to my mind, is a much safer choice. Unlike Obama, he not only understands Israel’s predicament, he actually likes the country.
To be sure, no one should argue that Jews must support Romney just because he is more reliable on Israel. But neither should they dismiss him because they don’t agree with his every position. When the Jewish homeland is at stake, we must not let ourselves be fooled by Obama’s oration skills.
Obama in 1998 attended a Chicago dinner organized by the Khalidi circle, at which Said was the keynote speaker, and there’s a photo of him seated at the table with Said and his wife.