'Wittle Baa-wee’ Obama, Boehner, Cruz, and Prime Minister Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted a Republican invitation from Speaker of the House John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress. And wittle ‘Baa-wee’ Obama is upset. (How dare those dastardly Republicans do something he doesn’t approve of?) So wittle ‘Baa-wee’ has announced that he would refuse to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu. And it is a safe bet that he will do his best to make sure Democrats do not attend the Prime Minister’s Congressional address either.
Obama’s public reason for not meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu is supposedly some “long-standing practice and principle,” that Obama doesn’t meet with heads of states or candidates in close proximity to their elections. Feel free to attempt making sense of that.
So the political world spins, emphasis on “spins.” Because when we peel away the layers of this drama it is really about undermining Ted Cruz and Obama’s visceral hatred for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Let me explain what I believe is taking place.[adsanity id=8405 align=alignleft /]Questions: Was Boehner’s inviting the Israeli Prime Minister to address a joint session of Congress tantamount to poking a finger in Obama’s eye? Was Boehner’s move, as Ed Kilgore of Washington Monthly’s Political Animal Blog proffered, “an effort to polarize sentiment on Iran sanctions legislation opposed by [Obama], and more specifically to put pressure on outspokenly pro-Israel Democrats to support a potential veto override? (The Big Favor To Bibi; 1/22/15) Yes and no.
Answers: Yes it is a finger in the eye of Obama, and yes it is intended too pressure pro-Israel Democrats to support an override of Obama’s threatened veto of sanctions against Iran.
But it is also an attempt by Boehner to win back the conservative base. Conservatives love Prime Minister Netanyahu and inviting him to speak before a joint session of Congress is the equivalent of throwing them a bone. But growing numbers of voters love Ted Cruz. Ergo, I submit that Boehner’s other reason is to undermine Senator Ted Cruz, especially his inroads with Jewish voters and specifically wealthy Jewish donors.
I believe Boehner and the establishment Republicans are more worried about a potential Ted Cruz presidential bid then they are publicly letting on.
There are unresolved issues between Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Some believe they stem from Obama’s Muslim sympathies, but whatever his reasons, Obama does not hide his contempt for the Prime Minister. It is also known that Obama and his anti-Israel camarilla do not want Prime Minister Netanyahu to win reelection. As Daniel Greenfield wrote: “The idea is to undermine [Prime Minister] Netanyahu without getting Obama’s hands dirty.” (What Israeli Elections Mean for Obama; 12/8/14; frontpagemag.com)
Obama hates the very ground that Prime Minister Netanyahu walks on, which many believe (myself included) is the real reason he refused to attend the march against terror in Paris. Channel 2 France reported that French President Francois Hollande conveyed his desire via his national security advisor, Jacques Audibert to his Israeli counterpart Yossi Cohen, specifically requesting the Prime Minister not attend. When the Prime Minister ignored Hollande’s demand presented as a request, Obama stayed home, and then spun the lies about someone at the White House dropping the ball pursuant to attending.
Obama and his minions view the Prime Minister as the mountain in the road to the Israeli concessions that the Obama and the Palestinians want. They can control the Israeli left, which as Greenfield points out, “teeters between running on the disastrous peace process that everyone hates and pivoting away from it toward economic bread and butter issues.” Obama and his Israel-hostile Middle East supporters may believe they can control the Israeli left, but the Obama White House knows it has a better chance of controlling his wife’s uber ostentatious lifestyle than they do of controlling Prime Minister Netanyahu.
As you can see there are several moving parts to this political theater that is unfolding. To be fair the Israeli opposition Labor Party is as upset with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s acceptance of Boehner’s invitation as Obama is with Boehner for extending it. The opposition Meretz Party plans to demand that the Central Elections Committee prohibit Israeli television from broadcasting the Prime Minister’s address.
As for Obama, it remains to be seen what actions he will take in addition to meeting with green-lipped bloggers who take cereal and milk baths. One thing is absolutely certain and it is that Obama is desperately looking for a way to prevent Prime Minister Netanyahu from making the address. The other thing that is certain is there are no few powerful Democrats who have large Jewish voting blocks and rely upon them for campaign money and votes.
It will be interesting to see what political cover Obama provides for them so they can do his bidding without appearing to do so.[adsanity id=11817 align=alignleft /]
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here