His coarse treatment of our most important ally in the region bodes very badly for the U.S. and our interests. His personal dislike for Israel's internal politics should be very much divorced from his negotiation with Israel on behalf of you and I, "We The People." Sadly the President seems unable to distinguish for himself any difference between his job as President and his personal political opinion of what he thinks of Israel, her people, and their government.
What he needs to understand, and understand clearly, is that we depend upon Israel's nuclear, military, and economic vibrancy in the region to prevent the entire middle eastern region from turning into one big radical Islamic ghetto. For if Israel was not there, that is exactly what the rest of the world would be facing.
But let's move beyond the geo-political, radical worldview, pro-Palestinian/Islamic activist positions held by President Obama--what about some just plain old common sense?
If you have a meeting scheduled for the following day with a nation that you may have some differences with, isn't it far better to address them in private? The result of Thursday's speech is that the United States and Israel are perceived to be at odds with each other. And while the leaders of those nation's may be, the people of the United States overwhelmingly love the nation of Israel and wish her success with her own defense, economic vitality, and self determination.
Lastly to make matters worse, according to reports, President Obama assured Israel, prior to his speech, that there would be no "surprises."
Which perhaps you could argue that from his perspective--there probably weren't.
If President Obama is willing to kick in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's teeth by making him wait for hours in a White House holding room in 2010, what's to keep him from embarrassing the Prime Minister on the world stage while courting Israel's enemies 2011?
The rest of America does not share President Obama's fascination and curiosity over the Arab Spring. I'm not arguing that any of us are hostile to muslims, but I am stating clearly that appeasing them and coddling them, and making them coo is not nearly as important to any of the rest of us as it is to President Obama.
Ultimately "We The People" are growing tediously weary with a President who has clarity enough to kill our enemy one day, but take repeated opportunities to insult our long standing allies for days and weeks following.
And somebody inside the President's inner circle might want to let him know!