- - Thursday, March 17, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Obama claims to be a supporter of Israel, but his repeated refusals to help our struggling ally in the Middle East, despite rising tensions and continued attacks in the region, say otherwise.

From lifting sanctions on Iran to calling for Israel to return to its indefensible 1967 borders, Mr. Obama has spent the past seven years betraying America’s treasured friend.

A longtime, loyal supporter of the United States, Israel has shared intelligence, cooperated on counterterrorism efforts and has continued to serve as a monument of democracy in a region of instability.

Yet, the Obama administration has allowed billions of dollars in taxpayer money to be provided to the Palestinian National Authority, despite the Authority’s alignment with the terror group Hamas.

And while Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israel, killing men, women and children, Mr. Obama continues to support the Palestinian National Authority.

As U.S. Rep. Trent Franks put it in 2014, “his flushed and breathless rush to embrace terrorists launching rockets at Israeli children is an unprecedented act of cowardice and betrayal.”

And, unfortunately, the betrayals do not stop there.

Just last month, Mr. Obama issued a rare statement expressing his refusal to enforce two provisions in the Trade Promotion Authority and Customs Enforcement bills that would penalize trade partners who boycott Israel.

Leaders on both sides of the aisle have since expressed their outrage with Mr. Obama’s statement, which seemed to be a clear move in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“Such actions run counter to longstanding U.S. policy,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a joint statement released by Mr. Reid and five of his Democratic Senate colleagues this month.

Israel needs America, and Mr. Obama refuses to stand by its side, exposing himself as a hypocrite through his repeated anti-Israel actions that run counter to his verbal statements of support for the country.

Mr. Obama should not turn his back on our greatest ally when our country’s support is needed the most.

As Mr. Obama has shown us, actions speak much louder than words.

We must now, more than ever before, stand with our ally Israel by recognizing the damage that Mr. Obama has caused and take into consideration the importance of improving U.S.-Israeli relations as we prepare to choose our nation’s next leader.

Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The author’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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