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Obama Propelled Netanyahu to a Win

Thursday, 19 March 2015 02:48 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defied pollsters’ predictions of impending doom and surged to a stunning victory. His Likud Party’s strength in the Knesset swelled from 20 seats today to 30 in the incoming parliament.

He is expected easily to build a majority coalition of at least 61 center-rightists in the 120-member chamber.

Netanyahu’s election-eve promise to block a Palestinian state drove Likud members and other conservatives to the polls. Also helpful: Obama’s petulant and unconcealed disgust with America’s closest ally in the Middle East.

Recall that a senior Obama aide last October called Netanyahu “a chickens***.” Another, also quoted in The Atlantic, called him a “coward.”

Early this month, Obama’s tantrums over the Israeli’s allegedly protocol-breaching speech to Congress — and the boycott of it by 58 Democrats — transformed what would have been a moderately reported talk into a momentous occasion as anticipated and analyzed as a State of the Union address.

Obama then rudely announced that he did not watch Netanyahu’s remarks and dismissed them as “nothing new.”

“The most durable boost to Bibi was the White House’s campaign against his congressional speech,” observed Dan Senor, co-author of Start-up Nation, an inspiring volume on Israel’s entrepreneurial culture. “This did more to help Bibi consolidate the right than anything.”

Obama claimed in September 2012 that he was too busy to meet Netanyahu, either in Washington or after Obama lectured the United Nations General Assembly. While in Manhattan, however, Obama found time to visit ABC’s The View. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg declared him “eye candy.”

Obama again refused to see Netanyahu during his early-March trip to America, explaining that it might sway Israeli voters. Obama’s feigned, Swiss-style neutrality was, of course, a hoax.

The State Department already had contributed $350,000 to the anti-Netanyahu One Voice Movement and its subsidiary, Victory 15. Obama’s 2012 national campaign director, Jeremy Bird, flew to Israel to lead this effort, which was supported by other Democratic strategists. A bipartisan U.S. Senate panel is probing this abuse of taxpayer funds.

“People and foreign advisers and associations are going to hundreds of thousands of households,” to rally Likud’s opponents, Netanyahu said on the stump. “The gap between Labor and Likud is based primarily on foreign funds that flow in vast quantities to leftist NGOs.”

This likely was the last straw for many Israelis.

“The specter of leftists armed with foreign money helped convince right-wingers who hadn’t voted in years that the right was in real danger of losing,” Times of Israel political analyst Haviv Gur told me. “It is probably fair to say that V-15 got more right-wingers to the polls on Election Day than left-wingers.”

Unlike Secretary of State John Kerry and the leaders of Canada, Great Britain, and India, Obama had not congratulated Netanyahu, as of Thursday afternoon. In contrast, on the very day that each won power, Obama commended China’s Xi Jinping, the Muslim Brotherhood’s and Egypt’s now-deposed Mohammed Morsi, and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani.

Meanwhile, White House Political Director David Simas patted Israelis on their heads merely for voting, as if they inhabited a banana republic escaping military rule. “We want to congratulate the Israeli people for the democratic process,” Simas said, “for the election that they just engaged in, with all the parties that engaged in that election.”

“Most of the American pressure that has been placed on Israel by the Obama administration has backfired,” the Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick told radio host Mark Levin. “Every time that they pressure us in a major way, the Israeli public rallies behind Netanyahu, and that’s what also happened now . . . In a way, the biggest loser in this election was President Obama.”

Obama must be riven with acid reflux. He aspired to be Bibi’s chief nemesis and turned himself into Netanyahu’s secret weapon.

Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock —
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