The less-than-objective Associated Press reported that
Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden convened a Hanukkah celebration at the White House Thursday in an early celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights.
Obama said the Hanukkah story was about “right over might, faith over doubt.” In the Hanukkah story, a small band of Jews rededicating a Jerusalem temple found that a one-day supply of oil kindled a flame instead for eight.
The president noted “our unshakeable support and commitment to the security of the nation of Israel.”
Hanukkah begins at sunset on Dec. 20. Obama joked that everyone needs to be “careful that your kids don’t start thinking Hanukkah lasts 20 nights instead of eight.”
This is just wrong on sooo many levels.
First, Scooter, you don’t light all the candles at the same time.
On the first night of Hanukkah and on all other nights during the holiday, the middle candle (called a shamash) is lit first. The shamash does not count as one of the Hanukkah candles, but is used to light all the other candles.
Families usually light their Hanukkah menorah directly or soon after nightfall. If Hanukkah begins on Shabbat, the Hanukkiyah should be lit just before sundown.
Secondly, and most importantly, since when has this Administration been a friend of Israel and the Jewish people, except when it’s time to cozy up to the Democratic Jewish Elite for campaign contributions?
Yesterday, American Thinker blogger Neil Snyder posted an article titled, “You Can’t be Pro-Obama and Pro-Israel”. Here are some excerpts:
Barack Obama is no Friend of Israel.
Since the day he took office, President Obama has been anti-Israel. He has taken advantage of every opportunity to snub Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu; he has created false hope among so-called “Palestinians”; and he has fomented problems in the Middle East that Israel is being forced to suffer through.
“Dithering” is an apt word for describing the president’s policies regarding Israel. In a nutshell, it means that the president doesn’t have an Israel policy. He makes it up as he goes along, and nothing is certain except that he has created a colossal mess in the entire Middle East for us and for Israel.
For example, what were the president’s policies regarding freedom-seeking Arabs who wanted changes in their political systems during the Arab Spring? Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, had to go and so did Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s president. But what about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad? President Obama wasn’t sure about him. As of December 1, 2011, the death toll in Syria was more than 4000 and rising, but the Obama administration has done precious little to quell the senseless violence.
…This is the bottom line. Israel has no friends in the Middle East, and her enemies are growing stronger by the day. One of the most incendiary political questions today is whether Israel is preparing to strike Iran, but the fact is that with help from Iran, Israel’s enemies are preparing to deliver what they think will be a death blow to Israel. Repeatedly over the years, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has boldly asserted that Iran intends to “wipe Israel off the map.” The day has finally arrived when the Iranians think they are ready to launch a coordinated attack, and political instability in Syria may have prevented an attack in September.
Now more than ever before Israel needs a friend in the White House, and Barack Obama is not that person. After examining the facts, I am forced to conclude that you can’t be pro-Obama and pro-Israel.
Do you remember what happened back in May, when Obama got schooled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu?
The day after Obama spoke to the American people from the State Department, with an audience of 12 sycophants, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, commanding the nation of Israel to give up half of their nation to the Palestinions, including a number of Christian holy places, he had a scheduled face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu.
To say that it did not go well for Obama, is like saying that General Custer had a minor disagreement with the Indians.
In a magnificent display of leadership, Prime Minister Netanyahu told Obama what he could do with his command that Israel return to its 1967 boundaries.
Their meeting ran over by two hours, cancelling their luncheon plans.
While the two leaders agreed that there must be ironclad Israeli security alongside a Palestinian nation, no progress whatsoever was made on the issue of where the borders should be.
In response to Thursday’s speech by Obama, Netanyahu said:
While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines. These lines are indefensible.
As they sat together on a couch in front of the cameras after their private meeting, an uncomfortable looking Obama tried his best to spin their meeting into a positive thing. The president said:
Obviously there are some differences between us in the precise formulatons and language. That’s going to happen between friends.
Looking toward Netanyahu, he added:
What we are in complete accord about is that a true peace can only occur if the ultimate resolution allows Israel to defend itself against threats, and that Israel’s security will remain paramount in U.S. evaluation of any prospective deal.
And that’s when the President of the United States was taken to school.
While Obama acted like he was listening intently, he squirmed around on the couch as if his bloomers were riding up. He knew that he was being humbled.
The animated, passionate Prime Minister of Israel gave Obama a lesson in leadership, saying:
Remember that, before 1967, Israel was all of nine miles wide. It was half the width of the Washington Beltway. And these were not the boundaries of peace; they were the boundaries of repeated wars, because the attack on Israel was so attractive.
It’s not going to happen. Everybody knows it’s not going to happen. And I think it’s time to tell the Palestinians forthrightly it’s not going to happen.
If that was “unshakeable support and commitment to the security of the nation of Israel”, Mr. President, I’m a blonde Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader named Buffy.
Next year, Mr. President, skip the Menorah lighting, and let Joe do it. At least he might be more believable. You will be a Lame Duck, anyway. There will be no need for any Hanukkah hypocrisy then.