A mask and a face that shrinks from it:
Remember George Orwell's memorable quote: "He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.” ?
I'm thinking about President Obama's successive broadsides at Israel's
elected PM and his jaw-dropping declarations that "that two states is
the best path forward for Israel’s security, for Palestinian
aspirations, and for regional stability...or that a real knotty policy
difference that has great consequences for both countries and the
Here is the thing:
1. A two state solution will
be good for Israel only
if the Palestinians cut their aspirations to
statehood in the Occupied territories, which entails an open and
internationally-backed renunciation of their RoR claims.
Solution of I/P conflict will not make ISIS disappear, Iran to abandon
its nuclear ambitions or Assad to stop massacring and gassing his own
citizens. So how is that going to bring "regional stability"?
conclusion is the Obama is speaking as a liar. He cannot not know that
what he's saying is false and based on moonshine rather than hard
realities or verifiable facts. While wearing the mask of a peace-maker,
his face doesn't grow to fit it but rather shrinks to make it all the
more demonstrably a mask and no more than a mask. I mean, we have been
reassured repeatedly that Obama is highly intelligent, a voracious
reader of books and a lover of Jews and Israel. Yet he keeps saying
things that contradict every one of these attributes.
As for the mask, I think we have some evidence that he's perfectly aware and comfortable with it.
Let me draw your attention to this little story from Ali Abunimah, from
"The Electronic intifada". By Abunimah's own testimonial, this is what
Obama said to him in
"the winter of 2004 at a gathering in
Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary
campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States
Senate seat he now occupies.
As he came in from the cold and took
off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and
volunteered, "Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right
now, but we are in a tough primary race. I'm hoping when things calm
down I can be more up front." He referred to my activism, including
columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of
Israeli and US policy, "Keep up the good work!"
Does it need
translation? Isn't Obama practically saying that he cannot reveal his
genuine sentiments about the Palestinians because he is in a campaign to
get elected? What remains unsaid but pretty clear is that as long as he
needs to court the Jewish voice, he cannot be "upfront" about his own
As Abunimah himself helpfully adds later in the article:
"... given his historically close relations to Palestinian-Americans,
Obama's about-face is not surprising. He is merely doing what he thinks
is necessary to get elected and he will continue doing it as long as it
keeps him in power."
A quick tour of the rabid anti-Israel Left
blogs and media outlets can reveal some other telling quotes which
suggest Obama's so-called staunch support of Israel is merely a
convenient pose. Like this, for example:
"Less than two weeks
after Obama gloated to AIPAC about his love for Israel, he unexpectedly
admitted the truth while campaigning in Iowa recently. "[N]obody is
suffering more than the Palestinian people..." said Obama, "the Israel
government must make difficult concessions for the peace process to
And then there was the famous hot mic
incident in which President Obama was caught on camera assuring outgoing
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have "more flexibility"
to deal with contentious issues like missile defense after the U.S.
Both times there is POTUS openly admitting he's wearing a mask.
Too bad his face has not grown to fit that mask.