Friday, May 27, 2011
President Barack Obama has a serious Jewish problem.
Despite his sophomoric attempt to portray himself as pro-Israel to the “American Israel Public Affairs Committee” or AIPAC on Sunday, Obama failed miserably. This according to a new Smith Research poll conducted by The Jerusalem Post.
The AIPAC speech was intended to correct impressions that he was hostile to Israel following his foolish demand that Israel return to the 1967 borders as a starting point for state-hood talks with the Palestinians that he delivered at the State Department last Thursday, and by a tense press conference at the White House on Friday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the AIPAC speech, Obama chose not to specifically rule out the “return” to Israel of millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees, and did not announce his first visit to Israel as president, as many hoped he would. He did insist that Israel must remain the Jewish “homeland” and listed the many ways in which his administration was helping Israel.
When asked in the Smith Research poll whether they saw Obama’s administration as more pro-Israel, more pro-Palestinian or neutral, a paltry 12% of Israeli Jews surveyed said more pro-Israel, while a shocking 40% said more pro-Palestinian, 34% said neutral. 13% did not express an opinion.
The first Smith Research poll taken before the first Netanyahu-Obama meeting in the White House and Obama’s landmark speech in Cairo in June 2009 found a robust 31% considered his presidency more pro- Israel, and 14% more pro-Palestinian.
It’s clear now there has been a tectonic shift in perception by Israeli Jews of President Obama. He is no longer seen as a reliable friend and ally to Israel.