Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.
Team Obama is desperate to shore up support for their man in the American Jewish community. They are so desperate, in fact, that they are showing Israeli President Shimon Peres’ video to their convention delegates in Charlotte , N.C. Israel ’s president is a largely ceremonial office, lacking real power. But Peres is Israel ’s most famous dove. Like Mr. Obama, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Like Mr. Obama, many people today ask: Where’s the Peace?
Mr. Peres tells convention goers that Barack Obama is “the best president for Israel .”
That’s an amazing statement. Only four percent of Israelis think Mr. Obama is a friend of Israel . Our president has gone out of his way to avoid visiting Israel . He visited all around Israel during his famous apology tours.
He took pains to ingratiate himself with Islamists in the region. He bowed to Saudi Arabia ’s King Abdullah. He addressed the Turkish parliament, a majority of whose deputies are pushing Turkey away from its secular and democratic past and toward Islamism.
Mr. Obama spoke at Al Azhar University in Egypt . There, he referred to the Koran as “holy” and said the Islam had been “revealed.” Al Azhar is a notorious nest of Muslim Brotherhood activity. Soon after President Obama spoke there, Muslim Brotherhood activists helped to topple the thirty-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak was no friend of Israel , either, but at least he maintained a “Cold Peace” along the Egyptian-Israeli border. No more.
The new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt is headed by Mohamed Morsi. Morsi is being welcomed in Washington . Here, he is expected to lobby for more U.S. aid. He is pledged to press President Obama to release the blind Egyptian sheikh, Omar Abdel-Rahman. The “cleric” is serving a life sentence for masterminding the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.