In the post just below [Netanyahu Should Tell Obama to go Pound Sand] I talk about Obama’s rudeness when Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu was invited to the White House to receive several outrageous demands on Israel, including a demand that Israel abandon plans to build new homes in East Jerusalem, which is sovereign Israeli territory. Obama broke with all protocol to intentionally insult Netanyahu, as has been widely reported.
Today there are some interesting takes on what is really going on. I said below I think it is easy to understand what is going on. Obama hates Israel and quite possibly hates Jews. Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit allows as much but adds that it could be a bit more complicated:
Possibly Obama just hates Israel and hates Jews. That’s plausible — certainly nothing in his actions suggests otherwise, really.
But it’s also possible — I’d say likely — that there’s something else going on. I think Obama expects Israel to strike Iran, and wants to put distance between the United States and Israel in advance of that happening. (Perhaps he even thinks that treating Israel rudely will provoke such a response, saving him the trouble of doing anything about Iran himself, and avoiding the risk that things might go wrong if he does). On the most optimistic level, maybe this whole thing is a sham, and the U.S. is really helping Israel strike Iran, with this as distraction. The question for readers is which of these — not necessarily mutually exclusive — explanations is most plausible.
I’d like to believe that Reynolds is correct, that our president actually has a strategy beyond mere petty behavior. But Occam’s Razor says that if there are two explanations for a phenomenon, one simple and the other complex, the simple explanation is more likely to be correct. The more complex explanation offered by Reynold’s is certainly possible but it goes against other things we know about Obama. That he looks upon the present Iranian regime with favor, that he is utterly unsympathetic to the people’s revolution that is currently underway in Iran, he looks upon despotic regimes in general with affection (Castro, Chavez, the ousted former dictator president of Honduras) while taking cheap shots at our Democratic allies (Great Britain as well as Israel), that he has consistently treated Israel and its people with disdain that appears to be outright hatred at times, and that in other areas he is really just a thug with a lot of dumb luck and not a strategic planner.
That all makes Reynolds otherwise quite appealing alternative explanation very complex indeed. I think his first instincts were correct. So I’m ticking with my original simple conclusion. Obama just hates Israel, and he has a deep anti-semitic disdain bordering on hatred of Jews in general.
William Jacobson today first notes that the reaction to Obama’s rudeness has been strong and disapproving and then has these enlightening remarks which I find to be spot on:
I think the reaction to Obama’s treatment of Bibi Netanyahu hits home because it was so personal in nature, and because it epitomized how the American people have been treated by Obama and the Democrats, with arrogance and disdain.
We have seen this attitude since the Inauguration, when Obama and the crowd treated George W. Bush with disrespect, in the smears by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and other leading Democrats against health care protesters, in the daily attacks by the left-wing blogs and mainstream media against the Tea Party members, in the treatment of Sarah Palin and Trig Palin, in the bribes and budgetary chicanery used to pass a health care bill opposed by a significant majority of the population, and in the disgusting use of the race card to stifle legitimate political dissent.
In Bibi Netanyahu we see something we have lost in our leader, an unflinching sense of national destiny, an unapologetic pride in who we are and why we are, and a willingness to stand up to tyrants and neighborhood bullies regardless of the price.
To see a leader like Bibi Netanyahu treated so shabbily by someone who treats us the same way was too much to bear.
The story of how Obama treated Bib Netanyahu at the White House was a familiar story, which is why it has caused such a strong reaction.