Obama Retracts Jewish Identity of Israel

Last January, during his State of the Union address, President Obama solemnly proclaimed Israel as a “Jewish state” In pushing for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the president said his objective was an “independent state for Palestinians, and lasting peace and security for the State of Israel -- a Jewish state that knows America will always be at their side.”

Well, that was January.  But this is March, when any permanence for Obama’s support of Israel as a Jewish state is gone. 

In his summit meeting at the White House with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the president conspicuously omitted any reference to Israel as a Jewish state.  In one swoop, he erased Jewish identity from Israel -- the very basis and rationale for Israel as a Jewish national homeland:  Here is how he puts it now when calling for “two states, side by side, in peace and security -- a state that allows for the dignity and sovereignty of the Palestinian people and a state that allows for Israelis to feel secure and at peace with their neighbors."  Israel’s Jewishness is gone.

So, how confident can Israel be when the White House so cavalierly turns around and scraps an existential pillar of the Jewish state.

So much for Obama’s trustworthiness. Even before Obama sat down with Abbas, Secretary of State John Kerry served notice that Israel’s Jewish identity no longer was a rock-solid U.S. commitment, calling it instead a “mistake” in laying the groundwork for a peace deal. With Abbas firmly opposed to the Jewish identity of Israel, Kerry and Obama threw Israel under the bus.