We are living through the most anti-Israel U.S. administration in history. Even Jimmy Carter -- who is a rabid anti-Semite and hater of Israel in these days of his dotage -- was not as bad while in office as Barack Obama and his henchmen, including Hillary Clinton, are.
Recently, Obama told some of the few Jews still blinkered enough to support him that "This administration -- I try not to pat myself too much on the back -- but this administration has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration." I would laugh but I'm too busy feeling sick about the damage that Obama and team has done to one of our most important and strategic allies.
The U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, who is the Jewish son of a Holocaust survivor, is now the center of a firestorm following comments he made on November 30th. A quote being attributed to him, but which is really a reporter's analysis of what Gutman said, is causing the trouble: "A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned, and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians." Again, this line was part of a newspaper article, not a quote from Gutman himself and the left is falling all over themselves to defend Gutman on that basis.
However, Gutman's actual remarks, while less inflammatory, are still troubling.
Early on, Gutman says "There is and has long been some amount of anti-Semitism, of hatred and violence against Jews, from a small sector of the population who hate others who may be different or perceived to be different, largely for the sake of hating. Those anti-Semites are people who hate not only Jews, but Muslims, gays, gypsies, and likely any who can be described as minorities or different."
Really, is there a substantial number of anti-Semites who also hate Muslims? Yes, Europe has its share of neo-Nazis. But what Europe is really facing is a large and rapidly-growing Muslim population. According to a Pew study, "The number of Muslims in Europe has grown from 29.6 million in 1990 to 44.1 million in 2010. Europe's Muslim population is projected to exceed 58 million by 2030. Muslims today account for about 6% of Europe's total population, up from 4.1% in 1990. By 2030, Muslims are expected to make up 8% of Europe's population." France is already near 8 percent Muslim population, and Belgium 6 percent.
And we're supposed to believe that anti-Semites are just like (and just as few) as haters of Muslims or gypsies?
Gutman also sees "a tension and perhaps hatred largely born of and reflecting the tension between Israel, the Palestinian Territories and neighboring Arab states in the Middle East over the continuing Israeli-Palestinian problem. It too is a serious problem."
Notice the word "too"? It implies that the virulent and violent anti-Semitism of Muslims is not the serious problem, but some sort of secondary problem. The use of "too" diminishes the word "serious". A better construction might have been that anti-Muslim sentiment "is too a serious problem"...except that it isn't -- and certainly not in America.
Gutman continues with the left's worst bit of moral relativism: Anti-Semitism based on the Israel-Palestine conflict "is the area where every new settlement announced in Israel, every rocket shot over a border or suicide bomber on a bus, and every retaliatory military strike exacerbates the problem and provides a setback here in Europe for those fighting hatred and bigotry here in Europe."
So, for Gutman, Israelis building an apartment in Israel or retaliating against terrorist targets is as big a problem as the Palestinians' murdering Israeli civilians.
I understand that the primary religion of most American Jews today is liberalism, not Judaism or Zionism. But at some point, more of my tribe must wake up to the fact that the Obama administration and liberals in general are inclined to side with murderers over the only democracy in the Middle East. Obama and his team are truly giving aid and comfort to the enemy with their words, their moral equivalencies, their apologies, their pandering for Muslim approval.
The danger this causes is not just to Israel, but to western civilization, and I do not offer that as hyperbole. It is time -- far past time -- for Jews to abandon the ever-less-subtle haters led by Barack Hussein Obama.
[Robert Goldberg has a good article at the American Spectator today discussing these and other issues, including Hillary Clinton's anti-Israel rhetoric.]
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