President Obama met today with leaders of Major Jewish Organization trying to assure them of his support of Israel. The meeting was requested by the organizations, the President agreed as long as two other organizations were also welcome, JStreet and American’s for Peace now. Neither group has any real standing in the Jewish community but since they have a distinctively anti-Israel stance (Jstreet is funded by former Nazi Collaborator George Soros) Obama wanted to raise the groups profile by having them at the meeting.
Many of the other groups played key roles in the Jewish support of President Obama in the last campaign, Including the Council of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, which was instrumental in getting Sarah Palin dis-invited from a Jewish rally against Iranian President Ahmadinejad last year, and Abe Foxman who runs the ADL as his own personal liberal lobbying group (for example since 2007 the ADL sent out letters in favor of abortion, illegal immigration and against Geert Wilders, but ignored the the case of a Florida woman whose condo was throwing her out for putting up a Mezuzah).
Also attending was the liberal Reform Jewish leader Eric Yoffie. The reform movement does not have the same theological ties to Israel as the rest of Judaism. Mort Klein head of the Zionist Organization of America was not invited, as he was not a big supporter of the president throughout the campaign.
Obama paraded out some of his Jewish staff, including Rahm Emanuel, and David Axelrod along with Valerie Jarrett who spoke at an Antisemitic Islamic convention just last week.
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Participants said some of the toughest questioning of Mr. Obama came from Malcolm Hoenlein , executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Two said that Mr. Hoenlein told the president that diplomatic progress in the Middle East has traditionally occurred when there is “no light” between the positions of the United States and Israel. But Mr. Obama pushed back, citing the administration of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
“He said, ‘I disagree,’ ‘’ said Marla Gilson, director of the Washington action office of Hadassah, the women’s Zionist organization. “He said, ‘For eight years, there was no light between the United States and Israel, and nothing got accomplished.’
Of course Obama forgot to mention that former Prime Minister Olmert offered the Palestinians the world and they turned it down, proving once again that the Palestinians have no interest in peace.
Another source said that Hoenlein pressed Obama on the perception that his pressure on the Israelis to freeze settlements hasn’t been matched by countervailing pressure on the Palestinians, pointing to a Palestinian leader’s remark that he would simply wait for Israel to compromise before making any moves himself.
President Obama assured Jewish-American leaders that the White House is applying “pressure” equally to Israelis and Palestinians, guests at a White House meeting today said.
Anybody who has been following the President’s public statements about the Middle East know that line is about as truthful as the one about the stimulus plan working the way it was planned. His demands about Israel’s settlements have been much harsher than the requests he has made of the Palestinians.
Obama blamed it all on the press: that U.S. journalists were seeking conflict, overemphasizing the importance of Israeli settlements and missing achievements in peace talks.
“I think I share some of the same anxiety that others might have shared. … But I’m prepared to give this new president an opportunity — not just prepared, but I support him taking a slightly different approach than we’re used to,” said Rabbi Steven Wernick, executive vice president and CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
In the end, the President kept it safe, the meeting was with people who worked so hard to get him elected, along with a George Soros puppet or two. These organizations would never risk losing their access to the President by speaking out publicly, no matter what Obama said. Clearly if there is going to be a backlash against Obama’s anti-Israel strategy it will have to come from a grass-roots level, as the major Jewish organizations have too much vested in Obama and the Democratic party.