With the Israeli election in March, it didn’t take long for the Obama administration
to interfere in Israel’s democratic elections.
While the American government stood on the side as 40 world leaders walked arm in arm through the streets of Paris to rally for freedom and to honor the 17 victims of recent terror attacks in France, decency would have dictated that the administration stay silent during the upcoming elections.
Of course, decency is something which has been lacking throughout the Obama administration. While there is no question that a right-wing government would not be U.S. President Barack Obama’s choice, his office criticized Prime Minister Netanyahu for speaking to Congress about the importance of using congressional sanctions to prevent Iran from receiving nuclear weapons.
America has regularly interfered in Israel’s elections — to wit:
- Last election, a few days before voting, President Barack Obama said “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” and Obama commented that with “each new settlement announcement Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation.”
- In 1992, when Israeli Prime Minister Shamir refused to surrender to President George H.W. Bush’s demands that Israel stop building in Judea and Samaria, Bush withheld loan guarantees on the eve of Israeli elections. Polls showed that the Israeli public was upset about the crisis between America and Israel and reacted accordingly.
- IN 1996, President Clinton did everything he could to aid then-PM Shimon Peres in his bid to stay in power — including making a virtual joint campaign appearance. The president appeared with Peres in Israel and in the U.S. during the campaign and repeated Labor Party electoral slogans almost verbatim.
- In the late 1990s, Ehud Barak was endorsed by President Bill Clinton to help bring down Netanyahu’s government. Clinton pressured Israel’s Likud coalition partners to bring down the government — and Clinton aids James Carville, Stanley Greenberg, and Robert Shrum ran Barak’s election campaign.
On nearly every occasion, American intervention in Israel
has backfired — as some have speculated this election will as well. Obama has been no friend of Israel.
The words of the great, late Prime Minister Menachem Begin ring loudly when he told the United States ambassador to Israel that “Israel was (and is) no “vassal state” or a “banana republic.”
If America was quiet about Islamic terror in France, America should also be quiet about the democratic elections in Israel.
Ronn Torossian is one of America’s foremost Public Relations executives as founder/CEO of 5WPR, a leading independent PR Agency. The firm was honored as PR Firm of the Year by The American Business Awards, and has been named to the Inc. 500 List. Torossian is author of the best-selling "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations." For more of Ronn Torossian's reports, Go Here Now.
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