Obama to blame for the anti-Semitism in US.
1. He imported 1 million Muslims from countries that average 74% anti-Semites. You think when they cross the ocean their anti-Semitism disappears? That is why our Jewish kids are under assault at our college campuses today.
Jerusalem Post Opinion
TRUMP NOT TO BLAME FOR RISE IN ANTISEMITISM
BYMARTIN OLINER APRIL 5, 2017 21:55
During Obama’s term in office, his efforts to challenge the Jewish state were always in the headlines...
antisemites perceived Obama’s policies as supportive of their own views. In his June 4, 2009 speech at Cairo University, Obama undermined Israel’s narrative of the Jewish state’s continuous existence because of its connection to its land going back to the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs. He adopted the false Palestinian narrative that Israel exists only because of the Holocaust.
Obama further reinforced that false narrative by going straight from Cairo to the Buchenwald concentration camp and not to Jerusalem.
Obama also encouraged the development of J Street, an organization that has actively polarized the Jewish community and made Israel into a divisive issue instead of the unifying force it has heretofore been on Capitol Hill. The president tried (and failed) to do the same with Israelis, urging dovish college students in Jerusalem to push their political leaders to take risks on behalf of peace.
The tensions between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were initiated by Obama to demonstrate to the Arab world that the US was no longer “in Israel’s pocket.”
Former Obama adviser Dennis Ross wrote in his book Doomed to Succeed: The US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama that Obama made a deliberate, strategic decision to add daylight between the US and Israel to improve his relations with the Muslim world.
Obama also made a strategic decision to seek a deal with Iran, the terrorism- supporting Islamic republic that sponsors contests for antisemitic cartoons.
But one could argue that perhaps no action by Obama encouraged antisemitism more than his efforts over his eight years in office to demonize Israeli settlements. Those efforts sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly portrayed Israel as an aggressor, and incorrectly painted the Jewish state as the primary obstacle to Middle East peace and the sole source of Palestinian misery.
That effort culminated in December with the refusal of the Obama administration to veto UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which states that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory including east Jerusalem, “occupied” since 1967, has no validity, constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and is a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.
The resolution demands that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the “occupied territories,” including east Jerusalem.
It implicitly encouraged the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israeli officials as war criminals for advancing West Bank construction.
The most harmful impact of the resolution is the provision that “Calls upon all states to distinguish, in their relevant details, between the area of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.”
It is noteworthy that this provision contravenes existing American state and federal legislation. The Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a decade-old international campaign, modeled after the South Africa divestment campaign, to place crippling economic pressure on the State of Israel until it submits to conditions supportive of the Palestinians.
In recent years, BDS has been successfully combated by state and federal legislation. Such legislation makes the rejection of BDS a top priority for US negotiators as they work on free trade agreements. Yet, when he signed the anti-BDS Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act in February 2016, president Obama said he would not enforce it with regard to Israeli settlements.
With such a friend as Barack Obama in the White House, the Jewish People’s enemies did not feel compelled to act. Now with Donald Trump, a president perceived as truly pro-Israel, they have resurfaced to ensure that antisemitism will continue, not because of the policies of the White House.
The writer is the president of the Religious Zionists of America.