Shameful, but not surprising: Obama has had close associations with antisemitic foes of Israel and allies of the jihad throughout his political career, as Pamela Geller and I document in our book The Post-American Presidency.
“The Incredible Shrinking U.S.-Israel Security Cooperation,” by Shoshana Bryen for Algemeiner, June 27 (thanks to David):
President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan walking along the Colonnade at the White House. Photo: wiki commons.
In light of increased sensitivity to intelligence leaks, it seemed innocuous — or even admirable — when the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) asked the Senate to remove a few words from the US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act: the “sense of the Senate” part of the bill included the sentence, “Expand already close intelligence cooperation, including satellite intelligence, with the Government of Israel;” ODNI wanted the words “including satellite intelligence” to go.
An ODNI spokesman said it was “simply a matter of clarifying the intelligence aspects of the bill and being sensitive to the level of specificity of the language”¦nothing nefarious here, just more clear language.”
This is just the latest example of the Obama Administration making clear that it does not want to be seen as Israel’s partner in regional affairs — several of them predicated on Turkish desires. Despite Israel’s status as a Major Non-NATO ally, a NATO “partner” country, and a member of NATO”s Mediterranean Dialogue, Turkey is increasingly insistent that Israel be isolated and cut out. This surrender to Turkey “” which Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for years been aggressively making ever more fundamentalist “” coincides nicely with the Administration’s increasingly open courtship of Turkey”s Islamist-leaning and virulently anti-Israel Prime Minister and what appears to be the desire of the Administration to enhance security relations in the Arab-Muslim world as it dials back visible cooperation with Israel.
This is no small matter. Israel’s security is threatened “” above all by the refusal of the Arab States to accept that it is a legitimate, permanent part of the region in which it lives. For the U.S. or Turkey “” formerly a partner in regional security — to distance themselves from Israeli security is to raise hopes among enemies that they will ultimately be able to threaten Israel without fear of a U.S. or NATO-allied response.