Obama Reaffirms his Support for Israel

Doubts about Sen. Barack Obama’s support of Israel were answered earlier this week when the presidential hopeful urged the United Nations Security Council to either condemn Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel or remain silent about events in Gaza.

In a letter to Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Obama wrote, “All of us are concerned about the impact of the closed border crossings on Palestinian families. However, we have to understand why Israel is forced to do this…. Israeli citizens are being bombarded by rockets on an almost daily basis…. Israel has a right to respond….” (See the full text here.)

It’s noteworthy that Obama makes no mention of suspicions that at least some of the rocket attacks may have been false flag operations carried out by Mossad.

Mossad agents have already been tried and convicted for setting up phoney Al Qaeda cells in Gaza. So false flag rocket attacks from Gaza are not beyond the bounds of possibility.

In fact given Mossad’s history and motto – “By way of deception thou shalt do war” – it seems more than likely.

Yet none of this is likely to be considered by Obama’s supporters in the U.S. Jewish community. The critical factor for them is the extent of Obama’s support for Israel.

In response to questions about Obama’s support for Israel on the Internet, Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9), the northeast coordinator for Obama’s presidential campaign told The Jewish Standard:

“There has been a despicable campaign of lies about Sen. Obama that have been circulating across the Internet for months on a variety of subjects, including his record on the State of Israel.”

The e-mails were created to scare the Jewish community by targeting an issue close to many American Jews, Rothman said.

“They certainly get the attention of people who care about Israel,” he continued. “But once those people are given the facts, they understand that these outrageous and false statements on the Internet are nothing more than attempts to scare Jewish Americans and other Israel-supporters into holding off on endorsing an otherwise extremely appealing candidate for the Jewish community.”

Rothman emphasised that Obama’s position is that Israel is and should always remain a Jewish state and that the Palestinians should have no right of return to Israel.

“Those who have worked with him the past 20 years in the Illinois pro-Israel and Jewish communities are crazy about him,” Rothman said. “They understand how deep his commitment is to the long-standing and essential U.S.-Israel relationship as well as Obama’s personal view that Israel is now and must always remain a Jewish state.”

Obama himself told The Jewish Standard: “I am proud of my close relationship with the Jewish community and appreciate the resolve of the community to look for the truth in the face of these false attacks”.

So now you know, if you didn’t already: the critical factor in any U.S. election is the extent to which candidates are prepared to commit themselves and America to Israel. Those who do are in the running. Those who aren’t ready to put Israel’s interests first, like Cynthia McKinney, are pushed to the side lines.

This is what it takes to secure a lead in U.S. politics. First and foremost a willingness to do the bidding of Washington’s pro-Israeli lobby, even if that means putting U.S. interests in second place.