I don’t know what to think about the platform, because if you’re going to hold Barack Obama responsible for every word of it, then you have to hold Mitt Romney responsible for every word of the Republican platform. And as I believe that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare, and that gay men and women should be able to marry, I do not agree with the Republican platform, and will never agree with it unless they take out the language affecting those two subjects.
But it is troubling, and it is what we’ve seen since Barack Obama took office. I think that it means he’s so sure that Jews will vote for him, that he can put into the Democratic platform policies that he has already put into effect, such as his treatment of Jerusalem as NOT Israel’s capital.
Barry Rubin has an analysis that most people will overlook:
But here’s the thing that upset me just as much — the title of the section under which Israel appears: “Strengthening Alliances, Expanding Partnerships, and Reinvigorating International Institutions.” There is only one sentence about all the Middle Eastern countries other than Israel! It is of vital importance for U.S. interests, and for Israel too, that the United States continues to maintain good cooperation with a dozen specific Arab states. The platform is an insult to America’s Arab allies, who have been dissed by Obama as he has tended to help or support their enemies.
He is one of the few pro-Israel pundits who is also a pro-Arab, pro-Muslim pundit. Barry truly cares for ALL of the people in the Middle East. Read his response to people who want to know where all the moderate Muslims are. They are, he points out, being murdered by the Islamists in their countries.
So I don’t know what to think, and I am not surprised that Obama wants to put even more distance between him and Israel–and I hope very much that he and the Dems are thrown out of office in November.