Now, President Obama assures Israel he “has their back.” Well, thanks to President Obama, Israel ’s back is to the wall. Hamas, Hezbollah, and some new regional players are also at Israel ’s back. It’s getting a bit crowded back there.
No one can doubt President Obama’s sincerity. He believes what he says when he says it. They’re not just words.
He offered brave words early in his administration when he signaled a major change in U.S. foreign policy. No longer would the United States stand accused in the dock of world opinion. Under President Obama, we were at last joining an enlightened humanity.
With a great, left-handed flourish, the just-inaugurated President Barack Obama signed his Executive Order. In keeping with his campaign promise, made over and over again: Guantánamo Bay would close in one year.
What was that number? Executive Order Zero. Not only is Gitmo still open, but the most liberal Democratic Congress since Lyndon B. Johnson decreed in the waning days of 2010 that Gitmo shall remain open. (It’s the only good thing the 111th Congress did.)
So, are Mr. Obama’s words of assurance to Israel something substantial? Or are they, in Hillary’s words, just words?
If I had the responsibility for the life of the Jewish people and the survival of the State of Israel, I think I would look for something more solid on which to plan my own actions.
We shall see. Charles Krauthammer memorably said Israel was founded to prevent a second Holocaust, not to invite one. Israelis should remember that the Jewish people suffered a Holocaust because they trusted too much in the kindness of strangers.