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Hillary: Counting Jews in Jerusalem

By Ken Blackwell · Sep. 13, 2011

Editor’s Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison

The normally sensible Forbes Magazine recently named Hillary Clinton the Second Most Powerful Woman in the World. That’s absurd. She’s clearly not even the second most powerful woman in the Obama administration. For influence on this president, she clearly walks behind Michele Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and Kathleen Sebelius.

Mrs. Clinton has even been derided in liberal blogs as Barack Obama’s “Saudi wife.” Feminist editor Tina Brown went so far as to say she’s been put in a “foreign policy burka.” We don’t have to follow the Washington Post’s annual In/Out listings. Fashions come and go in the “Style Section,” even burkas.

What we should focus on in examining Secretary of State Clinton’s influence are the policies coming from this administration, and the impression so far is that Clinton is following not leading. The current Obama policies toward the Middle East are alarming. When Iranians demonstrated in the streets following clearly fraudulent national elections in ‘09, Secretary Clinton toed the administration’s line. The Obama administration did not want to be seen as “interfering” with Iran’s internal affairs. That Iran interferes with the internal affairs of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and a host of other Middle Eastern trouble spots should have been obvious.

In contrast, the Obama administration greeted the “Arab Spring” in Egypt. Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton hailed the ouster of the thirty-year autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Now Mubarak is facing a death sentence in a Cairo courtroom and Egyptians have stormed the Israeli embassy. Thirty years of a Cold Peace between these two neighbors has been overthrown. Will we see another Arab-Israeli war?

In Libya, Obama and Clinton have thrown the weight of the United States and NATO behind the rebels. These would-be democrats now tell us they will not give up al-Megrahi, the convicted mass murderer of hundreds of Americans on Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Our putative peace partners in the “Arab Spring” movement in Tripoli say Gaddafi was wrong to give up the Libyan bomber for trial in the United Kingdom in the first instance.

Perhaps most offensive of all is Hillary Clinton’s assignment of counting Jews in Jerusalem. Old Washington hands may remember that President Richard Nixon bitterly ordered one of his aides to count the Jews in the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The good man who took on that odious assignment has long since apologized and done penance. And the world has heard on the White House tapes Nixon’s foul-mouthed rants and lashings out against the Jews.

Yet, when Israel’s life hung in the balance during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, President Nixon raced to re-supply the Jewish state. For all his anti-Semitic statements in private, his policy was pro-Israel when it counted.

Now, when it counts, the Obama administration’s private comments are all friendly toward the Jewish state. Only its policies are dangerously anti-Israel.

Never before have Israelis been told that Jews cannot build new apartment houses in their own capital city. Never since Soviet oppressions of the Jews has Israel been more needed as a refuge. Columnist Mark Steyn has eloquently pointed to the endangered state of European Jewry. Jewish cemeteries in once-peaceful, always neutral Sweden are being desecrated by Islamists.

If the Jews cannot live in Malmő, where are they to go but Jerusalem?

Madame Secretary has obediently supported every Mideast initiative of this administration. She has signed off on billions in aid to Fatah, the so-called Palestinian Authority. This outfit, better known as the avowedly terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization, suppressed state TV coverage of West Bank Arabs on 9/11. Residents cheered as the Twin Towers came down and fired off their rifles in the air that terrible day to celebrate their fellow terrorists’ attack on America.

The reason the PLO leaders ordered those cameras to go dark on September 11, 2001, was not that they did not approve of the wild Hate America scenes being acted out by their fellow denizens. No, it was because the PLO big shots did not want to jeopardize the generous U.S. foreign aid with which they line their pockets and pad their Geneva bank accounts.

If she does not regret it already, Secretary Clinton will come to bitterly rue her association with the shameful Mideast policies of this administration. You don’t have to embrace Evangelical theology to know that the United States has had a historic relationship with Israel. Christians the world over are called upon to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. But if that is too religious for secular-minded diplomats, they might recall Winston Churchill’s advice: Let the Jews have Jerusalem. It is they who made it famous.


Michael Lynch said:

President Nixon did what was right for the country, in spite of his personal prejudices! President Obama does what is wrong for the country because of his personal ideology and prejudices! Mr. Nixon was a flawed man and a good leader. Mr Obama is a flawed man, whose flaws prevent him from leading the country in the right direction. Mr. Obama CANNOT accept that the job of being POTUS is larger and more important than his personal ideology and beliefs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Brian Norton said:

Very good article, Cal, and a definite wake-up cal, although perhaps not harsh enough for those who are not following what the Obama administration considers the proper state of the Israeli State. As in, pre-1967 borders, bisected by a corridor between the two terrorist organizations of Fatah and Hamas and forced to count Palestinians that live in Jerusalem as citizens, thereby wiping out the Jews as a franchise and a homogenous nation. That is just some of the more egregious points, but with the U.S. support of the Mubarak ouster in Egypt and the rise of Muslim Brotherhood adherents in the new government, it appears the U.S. is planning on supporting the Arabic side in the next Israeli-Eygpt war, coming soon to a mid-east theater near you. Wait, they already are supporting it through foreign aid to Hamas and Fatah, both of which have sworn to wipe Israel of the face of the map. Truly did Obama say that when things get ugly, he would probably side with the Muslims...classy thing for an American president to say. How do you bet it is going to go if Israel has to call us in on our treaty to aid and defend them? Can you say "throw them under the bus?"

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM

jimi belton` said:

i AM A 63 YEAR OLD VIET VET, and a Born Again Christian....Israel, is there anything that I can do....I think i could still manage an m60 mg.....With my prayers for Israel, I will come over....Tell us Christians what we can do....SHALOM...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Bob Marshall said:

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Randy McFarland said:

Amen to Jimi Belton! I too am a US ARMY veteran and a current Police Officer (10 year SWAT Sniper Team Leader)... I too would love to volunteer my services to Israel. I too am a Born Again Christian who does not buy-in to 'Replacement Theology'. I have toured Israel twice each time telling as many soldiers and cops that I ran into that there are a BUNCH of us in the United States that Stand United with Israel. It was hard for me to come home each time (I wanted to stay behind to help them in their DAILY war on Evil and Hate) I fear BHO has already brought the curse of Yaweh down on this great Nation. Praying daily for the peace of Jerusalem. God bless you Mr. Belton and thank you for your service in Vietnam.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Nancy A Few said:

BHO is so totally wrong-headed in his approach to Israel that it's a wonder the Congress hasn't slapped him down already. But Congress is a bunch of self-serving know-nothings themselves, only concerned with the perks they can get for themselves, that they don't think about the country first, which is their first duty. I just hope that Israel does something to set BHO back down on his fanny. Would we ever agree to let another country dictate where we could or could not build? I think not.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 10:49 PM