Obama, Israel and Palestine

By Khalid Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem – 24/07/08
Barack Obama has finally made his long-awaited pilgrimage
to Israel, a rite of passage that no aspiring American
politician, let alone a presidential candidate, can afford
to miss or ignore.

There (or rather here), Obama uttered all the
politically-correct words that Israeli leaders and
especially Israel-firsters back home would want to hear.

He called the creation of Israel in Palestine in 1948 a
“miracle,” utterly ignoring the near obliteration of
Palestine and expulsion to the four corners of the world of
the vast bulk of its indigenous Christian and Muslim
inhabitants.

The presidential hopeful told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert that “I have come to communicate to you my fervent
support for Israel.”

In Sderot, in southern Israel, Obama was quoted as saying
the following: “If somebody was sending rockets into my
house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do
everything in my power to stop that, and would expect
Israelis to do the same thing.”

Of course, he mentioned absolutely nothing about the
Israeli campaign of murder and terror against Gaza,
particularly the year-long harsh blockade of the coastal
enclave’s estimated 1.5 million inhabitants, which has
killed and maimed thousands of innocent men, women and
children whose only “crime” is that they had dared elect a
government the Bush administration and Israel didn’t like.

Predictably, Obama lashed out at Iran, saying that “a
situation in which Iran was capable of making nuclear
weapons would be “game-changing” and would have
repercussions across the world.

Again, he utterly and totally ignored Israel’s estimated
300 nuclear warheads, as if even alluding to this
well-known fact was an earth-shaking taboo.

Obama is not ignorant of the facts in the Middle East. He
is well-aware of the evil nature of the Israeli occupation
of Palestine and the equally criminal treatment meted out
to the Palestinian people.

He also knows well that true and just peace with the
Palestinians is the last item on Israel’s agenda as
evidenced from the unmitigated Jewish settlement expansion
in the West Bank, especially in occupied Arab East
Jerusalem.

Non the less, Obama is also meticulously conscious of the
whoring theatre of American politics where political
correctness always exceeds and overrides moral rightness.

He knows that the nearly complete Jewish domination of the
“media discourse” in America leaves him with only two
choices: Either he be conscientious, in which case he would
most probably lose; or play the political prostitution game
quite skillfully, and have a fair chance of winning. Obama
has obviously opted to adopt the later choice.

It is of course true that the sole reason behind Obama’s
visit to Israel, a country that got the US involved in two
wars in the Middle East and is now hell-bent trying to get
the Bush Administration to wage a third war, this time on
Iran, has more to do with his efforts to impress American
Jewish voters, especially American Zionist leaders, than
with showing solidarity with “Sderot” or underscoring his
commitment to peace in the Middle East.

But this is only partially true. There are far more
Hispanic voters in the US than Jewish voters, but Obama has
made no pilgrimage to Mexico as he has to Israel.

Similarly, there are probably at least as many American
Muslim voters as there are Jewish voters, who unlike the
Jews are expected to overwhelmingly vote for Obama, given
their conspicuously nightmarish experience with the Bush
administration, especially its witch-hunting campaign
against American Muslims.

Yet we have seen Obama display a virtually phobic reaction
toward everything and anything Islamic, from refusing to be
photographed with two hejab-wearing supporters recently to
him completely disavowing his childhood Islamic heritage as
if the religion of Islam, which gave the world so much in
terms of civilization and culture, were something to be
ashamed of.

This probably explains why Obama has carefully avoided
visiting the Haram al Sharif esplanade in East Jerusalem,
one of the world’s most splendid sites, lest he be caught
inadvertently showing signs of respect to the holy place or
shaking hands with a Muslim scholar.

Then his political opponents back home would rather
enthusiastically seize “the golden opportunity” of having
finally found the ultimate “proof” that Obama is in fact a
“crypto-follower of Osama bin Laden.” After all, Obama’s
last name and Osama’s first have 80% similarity.!!!

Well, anything could work in a country that can be so
easily mesmerized by spin doctors and misled to the abyss
by organized mendacity.

Yes, it is the spin doctors, the professional liars, that
Obama is worried about, I would say much more than he is
about Jewish voters. This is why he probably doesn’t want
to give them any chances, even at the expense of whatever
moral credentials he might have.

I know that the hardcore Jewish leadership in America
doesn’t really like or trust Obama, mainly because in the
tone of his voice they detect a propensity to refuse total
submission to Jewish power. This is the reason that their
support of the black candidate is shrouded with more than a
thin façade of hypocrisy and disingenuousness.

But why would the “omnipotent lobby” not unmask its doubts
and lack of certitude about Obama and switch support to
Senator McCain, who is with Israel, heart and soul?

Well, because they are worried that in case Obama won the
race, they lobby would probably fall out of favor with the
next master of the White House. And that would be very bad
for Israel. Hence, their uttered slogan is “we must not
allow this Negro to outsmart or outmaneuver us.”

Surely, American Zionism and its powerful lobby, which
effectively controls American politics and policies, is
fond of Obama’s tongue. But they are not so sure about
Obama’s mind and heart.

So, far Obama has done a remarkable job hiding whatever
discrepancy there might be between his tongue and his
conscience. This is what irks Israel’s firsters most.

Well, let us hope that Obama will be the next President of
the United States. At least if he can’t stand up to Israel
, whose former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rumored to
have said “We, the Jews, control America and the Americans
know it,” he, at the very least, would be the lesser of the
two evils, since a McCain’s presidency would mean another
four years of George W. Bush’s policies.

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