CUFI Talking Points- Obama, Netanyahu and the Israeli Election

bibi obamaCUFI is a bipartisan organization.  We have gone out of our way to acknowledge President Obama when he has stood by Israel.  But now we must note that President Obama has crossed the line.  His disrespect of the Israeli people and the leader they just reelected by a wide margin are simply unacceptable.  The fact that he blasts Israel while embracing and forgiving Iran only ads salt to the wound.

The Israeli people have spoken.  In this time of enormous danger in the Middle East, they want a pragmatic leader who does not conjure peace partners out of thin air or base their security on a foundation of shifting sands.  Meanwhile, President Obama continues to live in a fairytale world where there could be peace and security tomorrow if only Israel left the West Bank.  To believe in this nice story, the President must ignore all of the Israeli peace offers that the Palestinians have rejected.  He must likewise turn a blind eye to the likelihood that Hamas would seize these strategic territories in short order.  And he must pretend that ISIS would not take over in the long term.

It seem that President Obama’s fantasies regarding the Palestinians are similar to those he believes regarding Iran.  But ignoring danger does not make it go away.  President Obama may prefer to belittle Prime Minister Netanyahu for recognizing these realities.  But we would all be better off if President Obama looked past Bibi and saw these dangers for himself.

CUFI applauds Netanyahu’s reelection, expresses worry over US-Israeli ties

cufi seal with flagsChristians United for Israel congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on securing his fourth term in office, expressing hope that the Israeli leader and US President Barack Obama would have better relations during this term.

“The US- Israel relationship is central to the national security interests of both nations,” CUFI spokesman Ari Morgenstern told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, we do not believe President Obama has been a good steward of this alliance and in general has created a situation in which our enemies do not fear us and our friends do not trust us.”

Christians United for Israel has taken copious steps to support Israel’s security and its interests in the US government. Most recently they supported Netanyahu’s speech before Congress and have also called on their more than two million members to support the Corker-Menendez legislation that would help block Obama’s current deal with Iran regarding nuclear weapons. Read more at The Jerusalem Post.

An Ugly Double Standard for Israel

Obama-US-Israel_Horo-e1380562741472-635x357President Barack Obama’s vow to reassess U.S.-Israeli relations after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign remarks about a Palestinian state showcases his badly skewed views of Israel, its conflict with the Palestinians, its Arab neighbors and the true sources of regional instability.

“We take him at his word,” Obama said of Netanyahu’s promise, which he walked back after his electoral victory, that a Palestinian state won’t come to pass on his watch, “and so that’s why we’ve got to evaluate what other options are available to make sure that we don’t see a chaotic situation in the region.”

Never has one sentence, which comes from Obama’s interview last week with the Huffington Post, highlighted so clearly the ugly double standard to which the president subjects Israel as compared to its neighbors. After all, Netanyahu’s demagoguery over the Palestinian issue, which was designed to fire up his conservative base, derives from a political system whose core feature is unmatched in the region: democracy. No other regional government is democratic. Neither is the Palestinian Authority that governs the West Bank, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refusing to cede power six years after his term expired in 2009.  Read more at US News and World Report.

Who are the weak links on Iran?

The 2-million-member-strong Christians United for Israel has decided to do something about the remarkable turn of events. Last week CUFI issued an action alert that generated more than 71,000 emails to senators in support of the Corker-Menendez Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (S.615) that would seek to guarantee an up or down vote on a final deal. In a news release, CUFI founder and chairman Pastor John Hagee declared, “It is unconscionable that the President would consider signing a deal of this import without Congressional approval. Congress is the voice of the people, and the massive response to this action alert makes clear that on Iran, the people want their voice heard.”

On Monday CUFI placed ads in the New York Post and Billings Gazette (Montana), calling upon Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), respectively, to support this bill. The ads politically called on the pols to “stay strong”:

We appreciate your support for economic sanctions on Iran. This is exactly the kind of strong leadership that brought the Iranians to the negotiating table in the first place. But your work is not yet done. Now you need to ensure that any deal reached at this negotiating table will actually make us more secure. Every major arms-control agreement in recent history has been submitted to Congress for approval. A deal with Iran should be no different. Since the President is seeking to bypass Congress, the time has come for Congress to act.

Today identical ads will run in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and New Jersey’s Star-Ledger calling upon Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), respectively, to do the same. Web ads will also run directed at Booker. Read more at The Washington Post.