Sunday, May 03, 2009

Gingrich: Obama is Dangerous for Israel

"They are systematically setting up the most decisive confrontation that we've ever seen," the leading Republican told The Jerusalem Post, referring to news reports about the administration's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"There's almost an eagerness to take on the Israeli government to make a point with the Arab world," he said, speaking to the Post ahead of his speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference.

He called US President Barack Obama's program of engagement on Iran a "fantasy," and his Middle East policies "very dangerous for Israel." He summed up Obama's approach as "the clearest adoption of weakness since Jimmy Carter."

Clearly, in order to survive, the Israeli government needs to prepare itself to hunker down in ways that it hasn't had to do since the 1950's, to defy and resist the hostility from the Obama administration with all of its might. If that means cutting deals with China, Russia, India and taking unilateral action against Iran or wherever necessary. If that means a halt to sharing intelligence and technology, if that means fortifying it's nuclear arsenal to fend off all threats. This US administration needs to be viewed as hostile on all fronts. The survival of Israel is far more important than Obama's "hip" new Arabist agenda. Like the latest fashion in Hollywood, that too will pass, but Israel must survive at all cost in the meantime. Self reliance and self sufficiency will be paramount. Israel should be prepared to weather US backed UN sanctions and a reduction or elimination of military aid as Israel's new ambassador has stated that he fears. We are dealing with an administration that possibly represents a worst case scenario for Israel as far as US-Israeli relations are concerned. It's time to plan on hunkering down and riding out the coming Storm. Hopefully it won't come to pass, but with this administration, it would be wise to be prepared.

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