Editor's note–The irony is that there are some who believe that Obama is a secret Muslim with allegiance to Muslim causes. His statement about being "the closest thing to a Jew in the oval office" as well as "Obama to U.S. Jews: My administration has done more than any other to support Israel" along with his unconditional support for Israel shows where his real allegiance is. If any candidate for any office boasted that he or she was ‘the closest thing to a Muslim that has ever sat in such-and-such office’, the JMSM (and especially the right-wingers) would be screaming like 6 month old babies who just dirtied their diapers. Furthermore, if indeed–as ADL and other organized Jewish groups fanatically and disingenuously maintain–that Jews have no more influence over the government, media, finance, etc, then why is there this obvious attempt on the part of SO MANY people, including the President himself–to pander to these people and make it appear as though he is in ‘their camp’ on all issues and at all times?
The fact is however, that in this case, Obama is telling the truth. Contrary to the narrative that right wing Zionists would like the world to believe, Obama was brought to office in order to SAVE Israel, not to harm her.
President Obama once confided to a top adviser that he believes he is “the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.”
In an interview with an Israeli TV station, former Obama adviser David Axelrod recalled the president venting in a moment of contemplation about criticisms that he doesn’t support Israel strongly enough.
“You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office,” the president told Mr. Axelrod. “For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.”
The TV report came out in advance of an exclusive interview that Mr. Obama conducted with Channel 2’s Ilana Dayan, which will be broadcast later Tuesday.
“The world of politics everywhere is divided into two categories: the first and more common is the people who run for public office because they want to be somebody,” Mr. Axelrod said. “A smaller group is made of respectable people who run for public office because they want to do something – something positive. Shape the future in a positive way. I think Benjamin Netanyahu completely falls in the first category. He is a great politician. He knows what he needs to do to get through the next election. But it seems to me that Israel has to think about what they need to do to get through the next generation.”
Martin Indyk, U.S. special envoy for the Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations from 2013 to 2014, told Ms. Dayan that “Israelis are ungrateful to this president.”
“They never appreciated his rule whereby nothing will harm the security of Israel,” Mr. Indyk said. “Obama did not manage to get that statement out so that the Israelis can really feel it. You are an emotional nation, not a rational nation. You work from your gut and not your mind. “
He said of Mr. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this spring, which the White House opposed: “The prime minister really stuck his finger in President Obama’s eye, and this is a disturbing development.”