I never thought the day would come when I would agree with anything Debbie Wasserman Schulz had to say, but a recent report in Politico has changed all that.
According to a story by Politico’s Dylan Byers, Wasserman Schulz, who is Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, reportedly told a private group of Jewish Americans in South Florida that MSNBC, CNN and the broadcast media portray Palestinians as victims while ignoring the plight of Jews.
Now that’s big news because Wasserman Schulz heads a political party whose president and members of the House and Senate have, for the most part, done everything possible to thumb their noses at Israel and to ignore the raw hatred that exists toward Israel and Jews all over the world.
This pattern starts at the top with the Obama White House and its obvious contempt for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. There has been a handle-with-care approach to Israel’s enemies and those who are anti-Semitic. At the same time, the White House has engaged in open battles in media and behind the scenes with Israel’s leaders. All this goes on while Israel continues to face the constant threat of attack from nations such as Iran, with its tireless efforts to beef up nuclear capabilities that clearly are designed to threaten Israel’s existence.
President Obama and his advisors were quick to let it be known that a possible address by Netanyahu to Congress would be met with hostility by the administration, even though the Speaker of the House has every right to extend such an invitation to speak.
Meanwhile, the president’s plan to somehow negotiate a deal with the Iranians is a sure recipe for disaster. To have force or meaning, an agreement would require support from U.N. Security Council members, including Russia and China — no friends to America’s foreign policy.
The obvious hostility toward Israel that has seeped into many media outlets, particularly those that tend to “lean forward” in President Obama’s direction, has started an apparent worldwide trend that is extremely concerning. Recent news reports suggest that a new wave of anti-Semitism is growing throughout Europe.
The recent slaughter of Jewish shoppers in a French deli was not a lone incident. Acts of violence and chants of hatred toward Jews have spread from France into all parts of Europe, including Germany. A recent poll of Jews living in Italy showed that a vast majority believe that anti-Semitism is on the rise in that country.
Why should we be shocked? President Obama, the supposed leader of the free world, bends over backward not to offend the vilest collection of murderous thugs since the Nazis of Hitler’s Third Reich. These are people who kill by decapitation and now by burning a man alive. But the president will never utter a word that brands them for what they are — radical Islamic terrorists.
Obama tiptoes around the subject of these ghastly murders, gingerly commenting on them. At the same time, he feels free to tell Israel and its leaders to butt out of his endless negotiations with Iran. Advisors to the president have been quick to make it known that Netanyahu would pay a heavy price for his speech. They have used profane descriptions of him for daring to go directly to Congress. Yet a group that cages a man and sets him ablaze must be condemned in the most carefully chosen words, lest the many non-violent followers of their religion take offense.
One could say that over time Obama’s strategy has worked: A recent poll shows that those in Great Britain view Israel less favorably than they do Iran.
And make no mistake; this wave of one-sidedness is coming to a town or city near you in the future. As Israel continues to be portrayed by many media outlets as an obstinate bully; and while the world waits in fear for the next act of savagery by what President Obama has termed “the JV team” of terrorists, the seeping hatred toward those who suffered incalculable tragedy in World War II might seep right back into our own laps.
Matt Towery is author of the book “Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency.” He has served as an elected official, has advised major national campaigns and heads a non-partisan polling and media company. He is also publisher of the Washington-based Southern Political Report, the nation’s oldest active political newsletter. Follow him on Twitter: @matttowery. To find out more about Matt Towery and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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