Caroline Glick does the math:
During Operation Cast Lead – 11 days before Obama’s inauguration – the House of Representatives passed Resolution 34 siding with Israel against Hamas. The resolution received 390 yea votes, five nay votes and 37 abstentions. Democrats cast four of the nay votes and 29 of the abstentions.
In November 2009, Congress passed House Resolution 867 condemning the Goldstone Report. The resolution urged Obama to disregard its findings, which falsely accused Israel of committing war crimes in Cast Lead. A total of 344 congressman voted for the resolution. Thirty-six voted against it. Fifty-two abstained. Among those voting against, Thirty-three were Democrats. Forty-four Democrats abstained.
In February 2010, Fifty-four congressmen sent a letter to Obama urging him to pressure Israel to open Hamas-ruled Gaza’s international borders and accusing Israel of engaging in collective punishment. All of them were Democrats.
In the midst of the Obama administration’s assault on Israel over construction for Jews in Jerusalem, 327 congressmen signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for an end to the public attacks on the Israeli government. Of the 102 members who refused to sign the letter, 94 were Democrats.
These numbers show two things. First, since Obama entered office there has been a 13-point decline in the number of congressmen willing to support Israel. Second, the decrease comes entirely from the Democratic side of the aisle. There the number of members willing to attack Israel has tripled.
In the midst of administration’s assault on Israel’s right to Jerusalem last month, Representative Doug Lamborn drafted Resolution 1191 calling for the administration to finally abide by US law and move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Lamborn gathered 18 co-sponsors for the resolution. All of them were Republican.
[I]n January, Lamborn and Rep. Trent Franks authored a letter to Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging the administration “to support Israel’s sovereign right to take any action it feels compelled to make in its self-defense.”
Their letter was signed by 22 other congressmen. All were Republican.
Similarly, since November, Rep. Louie Gohmert has been working on a resolution supporting Israel’s right to attack Iran’s nuclear installations. Gohmert’s resolution condemns Iran’s threat to commit nuclear genocide against Israel and expresses “support for Israel’s right to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran, defend Israeli sovereignty, and protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within a reasonable time.”
To date, Gohmert has racked up more than 40 co-sponsors. All are Republican.
But it’s more—and worse—than just math:
This week, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited Washington. Reps. Eric Cantor and Peter Roskam – the Republican co-chairmen of the House’s Israel caucus – held a public event with Barkat where they voiced strong support for Israel’s right to build in Jerusalem without restrictions.
In contrast, their Democratic counterparts refused to meet publicly with Barkat. They also refused to issue any statements supporting Israel’s right to its undivided capital.
So, it’s not just in the capital of the Jewish state that Jews are not welcome (according to President Obama), but in our capital, as well.
But this, to me, may be the most alarming development:
To date, both the Israeli government and AIPAC have denied the existence of a partisan divide. This has been due in part to their unwillingness to contend with the new situation. One of Israel’s greatest assets in the US has been the fact that support for the Jewish state has always been bipartisan. It is hard to accept that the Democrats are jumping ship.
AIPAC also has institutional reasons for papering over the erosion in Democratic support for Israel. First, most of its members are Democrats. Indeed, AIPAC’s new President Lee Rosenberg was one of Obama’s biggest fund-raisers.
Then, too, AIPAC is concerned at the prospect of its members abandoning it for J Street. J Street, the Jewish pro-Palestinian lobby, is strongly supported by the Obama administration.
And many prominent Republican congressmen are loath to call its bluff. Like the Israeli government itself, Republican House members express deep concern that blowing the lid off the Democrats will weaken Israel. As one member put it, “I don’t want to encourage the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attack Israel by exposing that the Democrats don’t support Israel.”
I don’t think it’s a secret anymore.
I wish AIPAC or the Republicans or whoever would follow our humble lead and call it exactly as they see it. I don’t know that President Obama is anti-Semitic, but his behavior toward Israel is hardcore leftist. I don’t have to cite Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Rashid Khalidi (though I will) to make my point. Instead of condemning the Arab world’s despicable and bigoted behavior toward the Jewish state, we get the condemnation of the Jewish state for building in Jewish neighborhoods in the Jewish capital.
And we get this:
The US pushed back against indications Israel has abandoned its commitment to take down authorized outposts Thursday, calling on Jerusalem to live up to its obligations.
“The Israeli government has pledged to take specific actions,” US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. “They have responsibilities and we would expect them to fulfill those responsibilities.”
Earlier this week, The Jerusalem Post reported that Israel has no intention in the foreseeable future of dismantling any of 23 unauthorized West Bank outposts built after March 2001, despite a 2002 road map commitment and years of pledges by successive prime ministers including Binyamin Netanyahu.
The promise to dismantle the outposts was made in the framework of wider understandings with the second Bush administration that provided for continued home-building at settlements Israel is likely to retain under a permanent accord with the Palestinians.
Israeli officials told the Post that since the Obama administration replaced those wider understandings with a demand for a moratorium on all new home-building throughout the settlements – which was accepted by Netanyahu in November – Israel no longer regards itself as having to go through with the outpost demolitions on the basis of that pledge to the US.
Crowley, though, indicated the US sees the matter differently since it believes Israel still needs to keep its commitment.
I try to keep things light. I may get angry (feigned or real), I may act out—but I rarely get worried.
I’m worried. For two countries.