I am Jewish, if you did not already know. And even I am bothered by the remarks POLITICO reports Barack Obama made today, "Jewish Americans have always stood up for freedom and democracy around the world, and that includes our unshakable support and commitment to the security of the state of Israel."
Our standing up includes "our unshakable support"?
Is the president claiming to be Jewish now?
That wording bothered me but even more than that was the "unshakable support and commitment to the security of the state of Israel."
I think that is a goal for Israel but I do not see it as one for the United States.
It bothers me that the President of the United States is yammering on so about the importance of ensuring the security of another country.
And it is not as though he does not have enough to work on here at home, right?
The economy is in the tank, unemployment numbers remain high and unnacceptable, he is overseeing multiple wars, and he thinks he has time to fret over Israel?
As I said, the remarks just did not sit right with me.
And if you are not getting how offensive President Obama's remarks were, this is from WSWS for context:
The Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s massacre Sunday of unarmed Palestinian protesters on its borders underscores the hypocrisy of those ascribing “humanitarian” motives to Washington’s predatory policy in the region.
Israeli troops opened fire with live ammunition and, in one case, tank fire on Palestinians who demonstrated on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza. Tens of thousands joined in the protests, which were called to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe), the term used by the Palestinians for Israel’s declaration of independence and the wholesale ethnic cleansing that drove three-quarters of a million Palestinians from their homes in 1948.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: