Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Obama's Phone Scandal

Israeli TV reported on a leaked transcript of a hostile telephone call between Obama and Netanyahu

US Denies Report on Obama Netanyahu Telephone Call
-Herb Keinon

US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a phone conversation that Israel must immediately stop all military activities in Gaza, and said Jerusalem was not in a position to pick the mediators of a cease-fire, Channel 1 reported Tuesday night.

According to what Channel 1 said was a partial transcript of the Sunday phone call, when Netanyahu asked what Israel would get from stopping its military operation, Obama said that he believed Hamas would stop the firing of rockets, and that “quiet would be met with quiet.”

The White House quickly issued a denial, with Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, calling the supposed transcript of the call “totally false.”

Netanyahu, according to the report, replied to Obama that Hamas was a terrorist organization committed to Israel’s destruction, and one that had already violated five cease-fires.

Obama reportedly repeated his call for an immediate end to the IDF operation, saying the pictures of the destruction from the Gaza Strip were distancing the world from Israel. He said that a week after the operation ended, Turkey and Qatar would negotiate with Hamas on the basis of the understanding that ended Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012.

When Netanyahu said that Turkey and Qatar were Hamas’s biggest supporters, and it was impossible for Israel to rely on them, Obama reportedly said that he would rely on them, and that Israel was not in a position to chose the mediators.

The ball was in Israel’s court, Obama told Netanyahu, according to the report, and it must stop the military operation.
[Jerusalem Post]

Hostile Obama Tries to Force PM to Accept Truce

Damning evidence has emerged of US President Barack Obama's dismissal of Israel's position in favor of supporting the position of Hamas and its allies during ceasefire talks.

A "senior US official" leaked an audio recording of a telephone conversation between Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Channel One. In it the 35-minute conversation, which took place on Sunday, the US President appears downright hostile at points, and even cuts off Netanyahu in the middle of his protestations over a one-sided truce proposal which would have seen Hamas receive all its key demands, but that Israel ultimately rejected.
[Virtual Jerusalem]

The President’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.
[The White House]

Under Obama, America has switched sides -Caroline Glick

When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas.

The Obama administration is insisting...[that] the eventual terms of that cease-fire must include opening Hamas-controlled Gaza's borders with Egypt and Israel and ending Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza coast. That is, the cease-fire must allow Hamas to rebuild its arsenal of death and destruction quickly, with US political and financial support. 

Until Obama made the call, there was lingering doubt among some Israelis regarding his intentions. Some thought that US Secretary of State John Kerry might have been acting of his own accord last Friday night when he tried to force Israel to accept Hamas's cease-fire terms.
But then Obama made his phone call. And all doubts were dispelled. Kerry is just a loyal steward of Obama's foreign policy.   

Obama is siding with Hamas, and its Muslim Brotherhood patrons in Qatar and Turkey, against Israel, and its Sunni Arab supporters — Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.  

It is Obama who demands that Hamas have open borders so it can resupply, and receive billions of dollars — starting with an immediate cash injection of $47 million from US taxpayers... 

The discovery that the Obama administration is in Hamas's corner hit all of Israel hard. But it hit the Left the hardest. The Israeli Left went ballistic [against Obama].
The Israeli Left has been Obama's ace in the hole since he first ran for office. They were the grease in the wheels that legitimized the administration's anti-Israel pressure group J Street. They were the ones who could be counted on to tell the US media and American Jews that Netanyahu is to blame for Obama's hostility. 

Yet, rather than backtrack the administration doubled down on Monday, releasing a series of statements condemning the Israeli media's condemnations of Kerry's pro-Hamas position. [T]he administration went so far as to say that by criticizing Kerry, Israel's media were endangering their country's alliance with the US. 

Americans are the ones who need to be most alarmed by what Obama's actions on behalf of Hamas reveal about the general direction of American Middle East policy under his leadership.

The problem is that in every war, in every conflict and in every contest of wills that has occurred in the Middle East since Obama took office, he has sided with Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, against America's allies.  

Under Obama, America has switched sides.  
[Jewish World Review]

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