Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Emanuel Tells Rabbis US "Screwed Up"

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The Jerusalem Post is reporting that US officials are denying that they have changed their view on the Israeli Nuclear Policy.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told a group of rabbis called to a gathering at the White House that the Obama administration has, "screwed up the messaging" about its support of Israel over the past 14 months.

He said it will take "more than one month to make up for 14 months."

Emanuel told the rabbis, "During the elections there were doubts about President Obama's support for Israel, and now they have re-surfaced."

"Concerning policy," he said, "we have done everything that we can that is in Israel's security---and long range interests." It is not difficult to misunderstand and think President Obama isn't much interested in standing with Israel. A history of carefully crafted statements toward Israel and the Middle East and his recent "stiffing" of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the White House could easily cause concern.

And it has. And President Obama is now trying to cover himself.

Some rabbis came away from the meeting impressed and mollified. Some did not. They continued to express doubt or at best restrained optimism.

A point made to the rabbis was that the Obama administration is "frustrated" that what they have done for Israel, "has not been comprehensively and accurately reported."

It must be difficult for a President to have such an "unsupportive" press.

Frustrating.

The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed piece nearly a year ago (July 3, 2009) by Alan Dershowitch, a Harvard law professor, titled, "Has Obama Turned On Israel?" where he was expressing considerable concern over the President's attitude and actions toward Israel.

His column begins with, "Many American supporters of Israel who voted for Barack Obama now suspect they may have been victims of a bait and switch."

The piece ended with, "So with Iran's burgeoning nuclear threat, it's important to be vigilant for any signs of weakening support for Israel's security---and to criticize forcefully any such change."

Be Vigilant.

America's relationship to Israel involves much, much more than politics and policies.

Pastor John Hagee has given
seven reasons why we support Israel. I strongly recommend you read it.

Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Vocal. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Thank you for
your support.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith and Freedom

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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for this very well written article Gary. We appreciate your making us aware of things of importance that we may not have time to research.

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  2. Excellent Gary. Thank you for helping us stay informed.

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  3. I read the 7 reasons to support Israel link and I didn't see any reason that would involve our national security or prosperity. It appears to be strictly for religious reasons. If you want to donate to Israel, that's great, but why should my tax dollars go to a religious cause?

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  4. 1036

    Stability in the region is one . Also they share a common culture and value system we do. Basically the muslims in that area who have the most rights in a government are those who live in the democratic republic of Israel.
    Think about that, the rights of muslim women, minorities, homosexuals , etc are greater in Israel or Iran

    They are our friends. I think that matters. Supporting a government that supports freedom is important in an area that has a lousy record of doing so.

    The religious reasons I agree are not reasons for our country to be allies with israel. But because of the Jewish religion it should not be a reason not to support israel either.

    Israel is far from perfect , so are we for that matter.

    Mick

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  5. Israel is GoD's people. Israel will always be safe. They have countries as enimies, but they will never fall! Thus, to have the US stay friends with them , seems pretty important to me!

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  6. I can't say that every friend of theirs is a friend of Jesus, but it's a good start. I want the blessings that I see from the scriptures given and would like to see the whole United States enjoy all of the same, as much as we can receive.

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