Unfair charges

In your editorial of July 23 entitled “Can anything save disastrous U.S. foreign policies?,” you charge that “Obama’s history involving Israel has been to support Palestinian militants while criticizing the Jewish state.”

Once again you stoop to calumny. He has done nothing of the sort.

Have you no respect whatever for the truth?

The following are facts adduced by the National Jewish Democratic Council in an online article of February 28 entitled “President Obama and Israel: The Facts”:

The Obama administration has provided to Israel “over $3 billion per year to assist Israel’s military to ensure it has the latest and most efficient technologies and weapons available.”

The administration “provided $275 million in supplemental funding to develop the Iron Dome missile system, praised by Israel’s defense leaders for its ‘exceptional’ and revolutionary success at saving the lives of Israelis living under threat from Hamas’s rockets.” (Aside from the general inerrancy of Hamas’s rockets, it is the Iron Dome system that is primarily responsible for holding Israel’s civilian casualties in the current conflict to a handful, while thousands of Israeli air and artillery strikes wantonly kill hundreds of Palestinian civilians.)

“There was additional funding for the Arrow and David’s Sting missile systems, bringing the total funding for missile defense to $650 million, double the amount spent by the Bush administration.”

In the diplomatic field, there are many other indications of fresh U.S. support for Israel about which you would appear totally unaware.

What do you make of these remarks by Israel’s most highly respected elder statesman, President Shimon Peres, in March of 2012?

“Mr. President, I know your commitment to Israel is deep and profound. Under your leadership, security cooperation between the U.S. and Israel has reached its highest level. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a friend in the White House.”

And these by Defense Minister and former Prime Minister Ehud Barak in July of 2012?

“I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing more in regard to our security than anything that I can remember in the past.”

What of these remarks in March of 2013 by the president himself?

“The United States of America stands with the State of Israel because it is in our fundamental national security interest to stand with Israel. It makes us both stronger, it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. That’s why the United States was the very first nation to recognize the State of Israel 65 years ago. That’s why the Star of David and the Stars and Stripes fly together today. And that’s why I’m confident in declaring that our alliance is eternal; it is forever.”

Would you have the president apply for dual citizenship in Israel tomorrow as proof of his bona fides?

Is your position on “the special relationship” between the U.S. and its client state that perverse?

H.C. Nash


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