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OBAMA WATCH

How will Barack Obama treat Israel?

The President-Elect claimed strong support for Israel during the campaign. The majority of Jewish people in the U.S. voted for him, but many in Israel had doubts about what he would do if he were to become President.

We should pray that he he will remember God's promise in the Abrahamic Covenant that has literally been fulfilled in the rise and fall of nations:

I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;

- Genesis 12:3



Current Events


See also:
Moral Issues in Campaign 2008


US-Israeli relations suffer 'tectonic rift'

Jun. 27, 2010 - At a private briefing in Jerusalem Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, said that Israel and the US are facing a long and potentially irrevocable estrangement.
Sources said Mr Oren told the meeting: "There is no crisis in Israel-US relations because in a crisis there are ups and downs. [Instead] relations are in a state of tectonic rift in which continents are drifting apart."
Oren reportedly told the group that White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel is a friend to Israel, but President Obama has taken personal control of the faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As a result, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was snubbed by the president during his last visit to the US. Another meeting between them is coming up soon. It is expected to be more civil, but Israeli officials say that they expect relations between Obama and Netanyahu to still be strained.
Source: Telegraph - UK
Rahm Emanuel to Resign Soon: Report - MyFoxChicago


Obama, Netanyahu seek to defuse tensions

Mar. 23, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent about 90 minutes with President Obama in the Oval Office yesterday, but reporters were not allowed to take pictures and were not given any information about the talks. It is assumed that the issue of building programs in Israel was discussed as a hinderance to U.S. plans to restart peace negotiations.

Netanyahu also visited Congress and received a warm public reception from representatives of both political parties.

"We in Congress stand by Israel," the leader of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., assured Netanyahu at an all-smiles appearance before the cameras. "In Congress we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel."
Source: MSNBC
Israel and the US: A battered friendship - BBC
Israel defies Obama over Jerusalem settlements - Times Online
Analysis: Blundering toward disaster - David Horowitz - Jerusalem Post
Israel's New Enemy: America? - Cal Thomas - Jewish World Review

Obama and the War against Israel

Jun. 23, 2010 - Read this detailed scholarly article about the Islamic animosity against Israel and the United States by David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin. They explain President Obama's overtures to the Muslim world and the fracturing of the relationship between Israel and the U.S. over the issues of Israeli housing developments. Additionaly, under Obama the U.S. can no longer be counted on to stand with Israel in the hostile U.N. environment. The article states,
If President Obama had been trying to undermine Israel’s security — and ours — he could hardly have done a better job.
Source: National Review

Netanyahu Calls for 'Two States for Two Peoples'

July 7, 2009 - On his 100th day in office, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that said the greatest achievement of his government, so far, is the agreement on the issue of Palestinian statehood. Voice of America reported:
Under pressure from the United States, Israel's hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used this formula on Palestinian statehood for the first time... "two states for two peoples."
Source: Voice of America

Jews ‘Very Concerned’ About Obama, Leader of Jewish Organizations Says

June 14, 2009 - According to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Jewish people are deeply troubled by President Obama's Middle East initiatives. He has visited Turkey and Egypt but not Israel. His speeches are conciliatory toward Islamic nations but not very helpful to Israel. In Egypt, he did remind the world that there is a special unbreakable relationship between the US and Israel. And he did mention the holocaust, but seemed to apply the modern application to Palestinians. He made no reference to Israel's ancient claim to the land of Israel.
As troubling as Obama’s references to Israel and the Palestinians were, Hoenlein found the president’s failure to mention the radical regime now running Tehran equally disturbing.
Source: NewsMax
Bill Clinton: U.S. no longer dominated by Christians and Jews - OneNewsNow

Obama: Moment is 'now' to act for Mideast peace

June 5, 2009 - At a news conference in Dresden, Germany, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama called for serious progress toward Mideast peace.
Obama reaffirmed his commitment to the peace process, saying he feared that if action was not taken now Palestinians and Israelis could become too entrenched to return to the peace table.
He added that each side is going to have to make some difficult compromises.
Source: Haaretz

Obama Seeks Common Ground, 'New Beginning' Between West and Muslim World

June 4, 2009 - In Cairo, President Obama pledged to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.
-- one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition," Obama said.
Obama's speech had significant references to Israel:
Hamas should give up violence and join the mainstream Palestinian coalition.
The United States' bond with Israel "unbreakable," but Israel should stop constructing settlements in Palestinian territory.
Palestinian statehood is the only resolution to the conflict in the region.
Anti-Semitism, including denial of the Holocaust is "ignorant" and "hateful."
Source: Fox
Transcript of the speech
Israel split over Obama’s outreach to Muslims - MSNBC

Pentagon pick: Bush 'mindlessly' supported Israel

Apr. 22, 2009 - Rosa Brooks, President Obama's new adviser to the Obama administration's new one of the most influential Pentagon officials. Michelle Fluornoy, the undersecretary of defense for policy, says Obama will be less likely than President Bush was to approve Israel's plans. Brooks, worked for George Soros' philanthropic foundation, and was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
A WND review of her opinion pieces in the newspaper finds trends that defenders of the Jewish state may view as anti-Israel, including distorting history to seemingly whitewash Palestinian terrorism.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Obama backs Saudi peace initiative

Apr. 3, 2009 - President Obama met with with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Thursday night. He affirmed his support for a Saudi peace plan for the Middle East.
The February 2002 initiative calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from all territories taken in the Six Day War, including east Jerusalem, and a "just settlement" to the Palestinian refugee crisis in exchange for normalizing ties with the Arab world.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Obama bows to Saudi king - Greeting called 'most unbecoming for president of the United States' - WorldNetDaily

Obama: 'US support for Israel's security firm'

Apr. 2, 2009 - President Obama also called Netanyahu personally on Wednesday and congratulated him on his inauguration to the premiership. He told Netanyahu that the U.S. is committed to Israel and its security.
The Obama administration is still committed to a two-state solution, according a Reuters report Wednesday which quoted the White House.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Israeli Election Cliffhanger

Feb. 11, 2009 - The election of a Prime Minister in Israel has produced confusing results. Both Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and hard-line leader Benjamin Netanyahu are claiming victory. Livni's Kadima Party won 28 seats in parliament,and Netanyahu's Likud party won 27. But neither one has a majority, so the slow process will begin for one of the two candidates to form a ruling coalition with other parties. Netanyahu may have the advantage in this effort, which may take weeks of negotiations.
Whatever government is forged, it is unlikely to move quickly toward peace talks with the Palestinians and instead could find itself on a collision course with President Barack Obama, who has said he's making a Mideast peace deal a priority.
Source: Fox

Obama Gives First TV Interview To Arabic Network

Jan. 27, 2009 - President Barack Obama granted his first formal television interview to the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya network. He said, "All too often the United States starts by dictating." He said we would be listening to them now.
"My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy," Obama said. "We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect."
Obama's envoy to the Middle East, George J. Mitchell, has begun an eight-day trip to the Mideast to talk to all the major parties involved.
Source: Fox
Text of Obama interview - Al-Arabiya
Obama hails 'anti-Israel' Arab plan - WorldNetDaily
The day America lost the terror war - Strong criticism from Benjamin Shapiro - WorldNetDaily

US envoy worries settlers

Jan. 26, 2009 - President Obama has appointed George Mitchell as US Mideast Envoy. The appointment is disappointing to Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan because Mitchell has previously voiced objection to allowing natural growth in West Bank settlements. He had served President Clinton in the same role.
"In the past, Mitchell made an indecent comparison between the war on terror and the settlements," the Yesha leader said.
Mitchell will visit the region next week. President Obama is eager to engage the issue of peace in the Mideast. He said, "It will be the policy of my administration to actively and aggressively seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as Israel and its Arab neighbors."
Source: YNet News

Obama says won't delay on Mideast issue

Jan 11, 2009 - President-elect Obama has refused to get involved in discussions about the Gaza conflict, but he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos, that he will begin the effort to promote Mideast peace early in his presidency.
During his presidential campaign, Obama said both President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton waited too long to work vigorously to broker a peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Source: YNet News

Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

Jan. 9, 2008 - Sources close to President-elect Obama say he will probably innitiate secret, indirect talks with Hamas, in contrast with President Bush's refusal to negotiate with them.
Source: Guardian - UK

Obama may make Powell Mideast envoy

Dec. 13, 2008 - Sources in Washington told Ynet that President-elect Obama wants to establish a special peace envoy to the Middle East, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell is a serious option.
Powell – a Republican statesman ... served as national security advisor under the President Ronald Reagan, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush and secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration.
Powell is not the only option. Former chief negotiator Dennis Ross, ex-Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer are also under consideration for the role. It is not clear how Hillary Clinton, who has been chosen to be the next Secretary of State, will feel about a dignitary to the Middle East who will report directly to the President instead of her.
Source: YNet News

Obama's atomic umbrella: U.S. nuclear strike if Iran nukes Israel

Dec. 11, 2008 - An unnamed source says that U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's administration will offer Israel a "nuclear umbrella" against the threat of a nuclear attack by Iran.
The source, who is close to the new administration, said the U.S. will declare that an attack on Israel by Tehran would result in a devastating U.S. nuclear response against Iran.
During the presidental campaign, Secretary of state-designate Hillary Clinton had suggested the idea of a nuclear guarantee to Israel.
Source: Haaretz
Report: Obama to Offer Israel 'Nuclear Umbrella' Against Iran - Fox

Israel asks Bush to explain its 'special relationship' with U.S. to Obama

Nov. 26, 2008 - During the farewell meeting betweem Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Bush, Olmert asked Bush to give President-Elect Obama vital information about the nuclear issue, promises of military aid and advanced weapons systems, and restrictions on the U.S. supply of advanced weapons to Arab states.
Leading Israeli officials are concerned that if the United States begins talks with Iran in an effort to halt its nuclear program and development of additional nuclear programs in the Middle East, Washington will call for restrictions on Israel's nuclear capability.
Source: Ha'Aretz

Dear Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin: I apologize for the Jewish vote for Obama

Nov. 12, 2008 - Dean Rotbart appologizes to Republican voters, Christian evangelicals, and all others who support the Nation of Israel. A disturbing 78% of American Jewish voters picked Obama even though they knew of his associations with anti-Jewish, anti-Israel friends and preachers.
Source: Jewish Journal

Obama pledges state to Palestinian leader

Nov. 18, 2008 - Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority's second most senior negotiator, says that President-elect Barack Obama phoned PA President Mahmoud Abbas today. According to Erekat,
"Obama expressed his full support for a Palestinian state. He told the president (Abbas) he will continue to promote the peace process, which will end with a two-state solution."
Source: WorldNetDaily

Obama to adopt Saudi plan, ram home Israel-Arab peace deal

Nov. 17, 2008 - Advisors close to President-Elect Obama told London's Sunday Times that he plans to give top priority to concluding an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on the 2002 Saudi peace proposal.
[The plan] offers the Jewish state broad acceptance in the region in exchange for surrendering 100 percent of the eastern half of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.
If Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, becomes Israel's Prime Minister, it is likely that she can gain acceptance of the plan by Israel. But if Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's next Prime Minister, he will oppose the plan since he is against land-for-peace negotiations.
Source: Israel Today
'Obama didn't endorse Arab Peace Plan' - Jerusalem Post
Palestinians See Little Hope in Obama - Newsmax

Some Chicago Jews say Obama is actually the 'first Jewish president'

Nov. 13, 2008 - The Chicago Jewish population has a strong sense that Obama really supports their "Jewish agenda." Some of them half-jokingly call Obama "the first Jewish president."
Source:Ha'Aretz

'Israel war on Iran on the radar'

Nov. 8, 2008 - According to a senior European Union diplomat, the perfect time for Israel to strike Iranian nuclear installations 'is between now and January 20'. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak believes that Iran is building a nuclear weapon.
"We don't rule out any option. We recommend others don't rule out any option either," added Barak, in regards to Obama's plans for Iran.
Source: Press TV
Iran says test-fired new missile - YNet News

Emanuel to be Obama’s White House Chief of Staff

Nov. 7, 2008 - President-Elect Barack Obama has chosen Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel to be his Chief of Staff. He said,
"I announce this appointment first because the Chief of Staff is central to the ability of a President and Administration to accomplish an agenda. And no one I know is better at getting things done than Rahm Emanuel,”
Source: Change.com
The Rahm Emanuel Theory Rush Limbaugh calls Emanuel "a thug Democrat."
Rahm Emanuel: attack dog, policy wonk, committed Jew - JTA - Jewish and Israel News
Rham Emanuel - TIME

Obama Wins, Candidates Call For Unity

Nov. 5, 2008 - Historic election picks first African-American president, and both candidates give eloquent speeches calling for unity and cooperation.
Source:CNN
Analysis: Key Factors in the 2008 Presidential Race - Fox
McCain's Concession Speech - Fox
Obama's Victory Speech - Fox



Earlier News From The Presidential Campaign


Experts Say Next US President Must Deal With Tehran's Nuclear Program

Oct. 31, 2008 - The Voice of America reports that experts agree that U.N. sanctions have not and will not deter Iran in its effort to build nuclear weapons. Russia will not help because they have built the Iranian nuclear plant and will provide the fuel. China will not help because they need Iran's oil. The next U.S. President will have to do something about this problem. Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, says that if Israel decides to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, the U.S. will need to help them by providing military equipment.
"However deeply unattractive the use of military force is, it is far more unattractive to contemplate an Iran with deliverable nuclear weapons."
Source: Voice of America

LA Times Refuses to Release Tape of Obama Praising Controversial Activist

Oct. 29, 2008 - According to an LA Times article Barak Obama had close ties and admiration for a professor and activist for the PLO.
Obama was a "friend and frequent dinner companion" of Rashid Khalidi, who from 1976 to 1982 was reportedly a director of the official Palestinian press agency, WAFA, which was operating in exile from Beirut with the PLO.
The LA Times refuses to reveal how it obtained the tape of Khalidi's farewell party.
Source: Fox
Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama - Los Angeles Times
Obama's Unsavory Ties to Islamic Extremists - Daniel Pipes lists 7 ties between Obama and Undesirable Muslim organizations - NewsMax/ Jerusalem Post

Jackson: “Zionists” will lose influence under Obama

Oct. 15, 2008 - Last week at the World Policy Forum in Evian, France, Jessie Jackson claimed that“Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” will lose influence under an Obama administration. He predicted that Obama would change relations in the Middle East and put an end to “decades of putting Israel’s interests first.”
Obama, who had some early trouble earning the trust of some Jewish voters on the issue of Israel, quickly distanced himself from the comments.
Source: Fox
Who really stands by Israel? Obama’s, McCain’s worldviews provide the answer - YNet

John Bolton: Obama presidency dangerous

July 9, 2008 - John Bolton, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, expressed his concern that Barak Obama would not support the use of force to fight terrorism by U.S. allies, such as Israel.
Bolton argued Obama holds a "broad conviction" that "everything can be negotiated and can be solved through negotiations."
Source: WorldNetDaily

Other questions people are asking:


Is it God's will for Barack Obama to be President?

Should we support him?

What kind of appointments will he make?

How will he deal with terrorism?

How will he treat Israel?

What effect will he have on moral issueslike abortion and marriage?

Is he a true Christian?

Could he be Antichrist?

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