Mar. 25, 2015
- U.S. Jewish Establishment Sounds Alarm as White House Rhetoric Intensifies – Michael Wilner
Criticism of Israel from the Obama administration has intensified to such a degree that leading figures in Washington’s pro-Israel community are calling on the administration to turn down the temperature. Jewish leaders are sounding the alarm after years of defending their support for President Obama and his White House.
“The fact that the outcome of a democratic election in Israel seems to be of great concern is cause for deep anxiety and puzzlement,” said David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee. “The way this is unfolding runs completely contrary to the spirit of U.S.-Israel relations,” Harris said. “The U.S. appears to have a reasoned interest in prolonging the crisis.”
“What we are hearing from the Obama administration raises deeper questions about their intentions and perspectives,” said Abe Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, adding that “from the beginning of the Obama years, there was a disturbing indifference to the mind-set of the Israeli public.”
Rabbi William Gershon, president of the Rabbinical Assembly, said, “the prime minister has quickly made significant steps to repair the tensions that developed in the heat of Israel’s election. The time is due, if not overdue, for the U.S. administration to do the same.”
Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Union’s executive director for public policy, said the president “clearly [preferred] ongoing political confrontation over trying to work with a democratically elected Israeli leader on the critical issues facing our two nations.” (Jerusalem Post)