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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.
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."
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.
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