Obama blasted for ‘browbeating’ Israeli PM

Posted: 03/31/2010 by Lynn Dartez in Obmamaaaaa File
Chad Groening and Allie Martin – OneNewsNow – 3/31/2010 6:00:00 AM//

US and Israeli flagsA conservative activist and former presidential candidate says President Barack Obama’s recent treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington illustrates that Obama is the most “anti-Israel” president in American history.

Israel says it will continue building in east Jerusalem, despite pressure from the Obama administration to end construction in areas the Palestinians claim for their future state. A statement from Netanyahu’s office on Friday said “the prime minister’s position is that there is no change in Israeli policy on Jerusalem.”

Various press reports described Obama’s meeting with Netanyahu as a “dressing down” and humiliation of the prime minister during his recent visit to Washington, DC. (See earlier story)

Gary Bauer 2 (American Values)Gary Bauer, president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, recently returned from a trip to Israel himself. He is not complimentary of Obama’s treatment of the prime minister.

“Talking to insiders, I get mixed accounts of what exactly happened. So I would take with a little bit of a grain of salt some of those descriptions,” he acknowledges. “But what there’s absolutely no question about is that President Obama is browbeating our most reliable ally in the Middle East.”

According to Bauer, a pattern in President Obama’s Middle East policy makes one fact incredibly clear. “The president has reached out repeatedly to Iran in spite of everything that that government has done — [and] he has not once visited Israel, although he has visited a number of Muslim countries in the Middle East,” he points out.

“There just can be no doubt here that this is the most anti-Israel president of the United States that we have seen in the history of our country.”

Bauer does not believe that bodes well for American national security.

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Benjamin NetanyahuThe cold shoulder
Gary Bauer is not alone in his criticism of the president’s recent treatment of Benjamin Netanyahu. Southern Baptist leader Dr. Richard Land says the rude behavior directed at Israel from President Obama and his administration is getting lost in the focus on healthcare reform.

Dr. Richard Land (ERLC)Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, feels the president’s treatment of the Israeli prime minister is shameful.

“Everybody knows that any map of a two-state solution, that part of east Jerusalem is going to be part of Israel,” Land comments. “This is Obama at his best. He kowtows to our enemy and sticks his finger in the eye of our friends.”

The few newspaper accounts of the meeting note that it is virtually unheard of for a U.S. president to treat a visiting head of state in such a manner.

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