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In Indonesia, Where Israelis Can’t Enter, Obama Tells Jews Where They Can’t Live

In Indonesia, Where Israelis Can’t Enter, Obama Tells Jews Where They Can’t Live

Associate Editor

In Democratic circles, it is scandalous to join a club that excludes women, say, or blacks or gays. The New York Times, a few years ago, devoted dozens of articles, many on the front page, to the horror of the Master’s Tournament being held in a golf club for men only, in Augusta, Georgia.

The same high standards don’t apply to places excluding Jews. This past week Obama — now called "Imam Obama" by Rush Limbaugh, now called Abu Hussein by Hamas — visited Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country, where Israeli aren’t allowed to visit. Did Obama say anything about Indonesia’s treatment of Israelis and Jews in the course of his pandering and groveling, as is his norm when speaking to Muslims? Of course not. He didn’t scold Indonesia. He scolded Israel. He made a point of saying Jews should not live in parts of Jerusalem that didn’t have his approval. As if that’s any of his business.

Exactly why is that Barack Hussein Obama’s business? If Indonesia’s anti-Semitic policies are not for him to discuss, why is Jerusalem his business, except that this son of Indonesia, this son of a Muslim, the step-son of another Muslim, clearly sees himself as the Palestinians’ water carrier.

(The question is not whether Obama is a practicing Muslim. The question is, to what extent is he prejudiced in favor of his family’s Islamic culture and attitudes, as so many of us tend to embrace the culture and attitudes of own families. Except his family is Islamic, a culture that is at war with Israel. We were bulldozed by Jewish leaders in 2008 to think this shouldn’t make a difference. Clearly those Jewish leaders were wrong.)

Obama beieves that Israel must engage in non-stop "confidence building" for Palestinians. At the same time, he demands nothing that might give Israelis more confidence in either him, or his neo-Munich peace process.

Of course, "Progressive" Jews don’t give a damn that Israelis are banned from Indonesia. Have you seen one Jewish paper, or blogger, or organization, say anything at all about that? These Jews shouldn’t call themselves "Progressives," they should call themselves "Regressives," because they’re a throwback to the days when Jews were timid and deferential, the days when demanding that Jews be treated as equals and with dignity was left to the heroic few,

Imagine if Obama visited a country where black Africans were denied entry, or gays were denied entry.

Would black journalists or gay journalists let that pass without protest, without even a comment, no matter how much they liked Obama? Would any journalists have been quiet in the face of such discrimination and bullying?

What if Israel decided tomorrow to deny entry to a Muslim carrying a valid passport from any one of the 22 Arab states. Do you think we’d hear about it — with Regressive Jews the loudest protests of all?

How embarassing can Obama’s Jewish sycophants get? How can these Obama Jews ask for nothing from Obama regarding Indonesia’s exclusion, and delegitimization of Israel, but then start jumping and quivering when Obama snaps at Israel about Jerusalem?

Why is The Wall Street Journal more cognizant than most Jewish newspapers and commentators of the irony and disgrace of Obama excoriating Israel while standing in a country where Israelis are excluded?

Here’s part of the WSJ’s editorial:

"Why Mr. Obama chose to pick this fight from the distance of Southeast Asia is anyone’s guess. Israel’s decision to proceed with the building of some 1,000 housing units in the Har Homa neighborhood of municipal Jerusalem—a ‘settlement’ only in the most jaundiced sense of the term—was made in October. Israeli governments of both the right and left have encouraged similar building projects since Jerusalem was reunified in 1967. And construction of the new housing will not begin for months if not years.

"None of that deterred Mr. Obama, who warned the Israeli government that ‘this kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.’ The State Department also chimed in, saying it was ‘deeply disappointed,’ while Palestinian spokesman Saeb Erekat added that the new construction proves ‘that Israel chooses settlements, not peace.’ This is the same Mr. Erekat who recently wrote an admiring letter to Ahmed Sa’adat, the mastermind of the 2001 assassination of an Israeli cabinet member.

"All Israel has done is insist that Jews have a right to live anywhere in their capital city, something that might be controversial in Ramallah but ought not to be in Washington. Mr. Obama’s public endorsement of the Palestinian view of what constitutes a settlement only puts the negotiated peace he seeks further out of reach.

"Meanwhile, the Indonesian government forbids Israeli citizens from visiting their country. If Mr. Obama wants to bridge the distance between Jakarta and Jerusalem, maybe he can start with that one."

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