- - Monday, March 23, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“Words matter,” was White House press secretary Josh Earnest’s recent explanation of the Obama administration’s intent to reassess its support for Israel regardless of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s clarification of his campaign comments “Benjamin Netanyahu win forces Obama to re-evaluate Middle East peace strategy,” Web, March 18). But as words and actions go, President Obama has been the duplicitous one.

Mr. Obama was the one who would not meet with Mr. Netanyahu while the latter was in Washington because he did not want to be seen as meddling in another country’s political contest. Yet Mr. Obama’s State Department is accused of funneling funds to Mr. Netanyahu’s adversary during the election process. Bibi’s comments have given Mr. Obama the excuse to further sever a relationship he was already keen on sabotaging with his administration’s vulgar name-calling in 2014 and two-faced assurances of having Israel’s back while pushing for an Iran deal and a two-state solution that could be suicidal for Israel.

Unfortunately Mr. Obama’s duplicity is not exclusive to Israel and his words and (in)actions have cost and continue to jeopardize the lives of Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.

ALIZA LAUFER

New York

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