Posts Tagged ‘Barack Hussein Obama’

The diplomacy of bullies and double-standards

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The diplomacy of bullies and double-standards

Private conversation overheard over an open mike:

President 1:

I can’t stand him. He’s a liar.”

President 2:

You’re sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”

All spoken privately but accidentally broadcast over an open mike. President 1 was Nicolas Sarkozy, the head of state of France, and President 2 was Barack Hussein Obama, the current incumbent in the Oval Office.

There were no calls for either president to issue a public apology, despite their immature behaviour and their contemptible breach of diplomatic niceties.

Now fast-forward a couple of years.

Defence Minister:

(The Foreign Secretary) has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling – (he) cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict … The only thing that can save us is if (he) wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone … The security plan is not worth the paper it is written on.”

All said in a private conversation eavesdropped by someone who immediately broadcast what he had overheard.

Response: Fierce insistence on an immediate, public and written apology from the Defence Minister.

To read the entire article, visit the Times of Israel where it was first published on January 14, 2014.

Review: Demonizing Israel and the Jews

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Demonizing Israel and the Jews” is a new book published in 2013 by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld.

No commentary on the Middle East, Israel, Zionism or Jews is ever really up-to-date.

For the simple reason that events in the Middle East have a tendency to take place at such a fast pace that yesterday’s clinical analysis is today’s outdated report.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, former Chairman of the Board of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is therefore to be commended. He does not claim to have produced a definitive analysis of the situation facing Israel and world Jewry. Rather, he offers a penetrating insight into how local events, regional attitudes and global perceptions impact our understanding of the Jewish state and of Jews in general.

All seen through the eyes of individuals in various countries and walks of life throughout the world.

The views expressed present Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives. They are secular, religious and anywhere in between. They span Asia, Europe and the Americas. They discuss legal niceties, ethical dilemmas and psychological analysis. They deal with the taboo subject of Muslims driving out Christians from the birthplace of Christianity in territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority – a practice known as ethnic cleansing. They touch down on media distortion and the role of purportedly non-governmental organizations that somehow seem to have considerable governmental funding from certain EU (and other) member states. Anti-Semitism, terrorism and the Holocaust all figure.

This highly interesting work is presented in the form of 57 short interviews with detailed references, each presentation two to four pages long and each providing a clear snapshot of a country, a culture, an attitude.

As recent events in the Middle East relegate US President Barack Hussein Obama to the sidelines and catapult Russian President Vladimir Putin to the political and strategic forefront, the future of the Middle East is front and center in everyone’s mind. It is difficult to overstate the case – President Obama appears to have squandered the USA’s moral, economic and strategic might and has succeeded in elevating a crushed former rival, Russia, to the pinnacle of power. As always, Israel is the sole stable political entity in the Middle East. The Jewish state consistently remains a morally driven democracy, a multicultural and diverse melting-pot of ethnicities, religions, political credos and not just a regional but indeed a global economic powerhouse.

Not least thanks to its massive recent natural-gas finds and discussions on an intermodal ship-rail link from the Red Sea port of Eilat to the Mediterranean coast port of Ashdod, should talks with the Chinese on its construction reach fruition. Such a link would virtually bypass the increasingly troubled Egypt and its Suez Canal. All in all, there is a very real prospect of a major regional, economic, strategic and political realignment, should the US continue to lose ground and major powers such as Russia, China and India continue their surge into prominence. The lynchpin, as so often, seems to be Israel. And where Israel is concerned, so too are Jews.

Dr Gerstenfeld’s book is all the more remarkable for taking a step back from these and other unfolding current events, focusing instead on the cultures and perspectives that are shaping attitudes to the Jewish state of Israel and Jews in general.

Demonizing Israel and the Jews” ought to be compulsory reading in every embassy the world over. A complementary copy ought to be sent to the White House. The Kremlin already appears to have internalized the contents of the book and the frightening glimpses it affords.


Obama set to visit Israel – now’s the time to REALLY worry

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Barack Hussein Obama, regarded by many (perhaps unfairly, perhaps justifiably) as the US president with the most hostile attitude to Israel in American history, is soon going to visit Israel.

It will be his first visit to Israel as president, despite his campaign  promises prior to his first term as president.

He has thus far visited a number of Islamist states in his capacity as president, and during his stewardship in the White House the Arab and Islamic worlds have been set ablaze, seeing the ascendancy of Islamic radicalisation, extremism and open hostility to liberal, democratic values in much of the region.

These changes came about through a remarkable – some might say schizophrenic – combination of active military interference in the internal affairs of some Arab/Islamic states and steadfast refusal to engage even in verbal fencing with other Arab/Islamic states.

What were the thoughts behind Obama’s sudden about-turn, his sudden desire to visit the Jewish state’s united, undivided and everlasting capital city Jerusalem? The US administration, like most others, persists in regarding Israel’s capital as  Tel Aviv. Which of course is fine, bearing in mind that the capital of the United States is New York, and the capital of France is Toulouse, and the capital of Britain is Liverpool…