Not only did the U.S. join in Monday’s U.N. action aimed at Israel, the 15 months of anti-Israel rhetoric and action coming from the Oval Office have emboldened anti-Israel forces across the globe. From this morning’s Wall Street Journal:
Well before Monday’s sea battle, Israeli officials had been blaming the Obama administration’s tough line on Israel for emboldening other countries to follow suit. “It is clear that many countries feel they have more leeway, and that if America can afford to speak the way it does on Israel, then why should they stay behind,” another senior Israeli foreign ministry official said in an interview before Monday’s bloodshed. “America draws the line and they all align themselves on this.” U.S. officials stress that all their actions are designed to strengthen Israel’s national security, and that establishment of a Palestinian state is essential to that.
Some in the Obama Administration are clearly concerned over the political consequences of the president’s hostility to the Jewish State and are trying to spin the record and especially Monday’s unanimous vote condemning the flotilla incident, but there should have been no such condemnation, and no questioning of Israel’s right to operate its blockade of the terrorist-run Gaza Strip.[# More #]
Now the Obama Administration is issuing statements increasing the pressure on Israel and distancing itself from the blockade. From the Washington Post this morning:
“We communicated with Israel through multiple channels many times regarding the flotilla,” P.J. Crowley, a State Department spokesman, said in a statement issued in response to a question from The Washington Post. “We emphasized caution and restraint given the anticipated presence of civilians, including American citizens.”
Yesterday Secretary of State Clinton called the blockade “unsustainable,” which is like calling our own efforts to keep weapons from reaching al Qaeda “unsustainable.” What in the world can that mean?
As with the president’s response to the oil spill crisis (see the post below), his response to the flotilla crisis is dithering and indecisive, thus inviting the enemies of Israel to paint the flotilla boycott-running as an acceptable propaganda tactic. American supporters of Israel should finally realize that this Administration will never be anything like a strong ally of the Jewish State except in words, and when conflict comes, words matter very little. The message was sent long ago, and the world got it loud and clear.