President Obama. Love, Israel
By Chris Ernesto
12, 2014 "ICH"
- We must
confess, when you became President, some of us were
a little worried that Americaís "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 Ė a former President from your own
political party Ė has been highly critical of
Israelís 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 Israelís fight against
the terrorists from Palestine.
thankfully, through your actions as President, you
have alleviated our anxieties.
unconditional support of Israel is on full display
today. Because of your administrationís 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
offered 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 Ė maybe Palestinians wonít catch on to
the fact that you are really on our side, and they
will agree to have the US act as mediator. Fingers
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 Israelís bombing of Gaza
you 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 Ė when virtually every
other country in the world wanted to formally
recognize Palestine as an independent nation Ė wow,
that was gutsy, and because of your courage,
Palestine today has fewer legal remedies.
veto 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.
have been very careful to never utter the words
"collective punishment" in discussing our embargo on
countries understand what itís like to be Israeli or
American. Thatís 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
weíre 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, Egyptís
new leader, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi believes Hamas is a
terrorist organization and an
offshoot of the Brotherhood, so we donít have to
worry about which side Egypt will be on in our fight
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 countryís 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.
Itís been difficult for Israelis to get people to
understand that Iran Ė even though they havenít
attacked another country in recent memory Ė 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 donít fear a nuclear
speaking of nuclear weapons, you sure helped Israeli
officials sleep better when your administration
announced that it would implement a
"donít ask, donít 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 whoís always there to bail him
out of any trouble. Well, to that we say, thank you
big brother. Others are just jealous.
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. Thatís 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 Israelís already
advanced weaponry. Just like when you secretly
supplied us with bunker-buster bombs.
provided 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 Israelís
qualitative military edge." That was huge.
recognize the "little" things you do, too. Like how
your administration tried to
stymie 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.
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 Palestineís membership. We like it when
you pound your fists on the table on behalf of
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 the your country, the US, as the lone
dissenter. Thatís a true friend.
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
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 behalf.
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 Israelís
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 administrationís 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.
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