Why Does the Obama Administration Treat Israel Like a Punching Bag?

This ad recently ran in The New York Times and other newspapers:

You may remember when Obama’s minion, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta accused Israel of not wanting to negotiate with the Palestinians.  Panetta:

“Just get to the damn table,” Panetta said, per The Hill piece. “The problem right now is we can’t get them to the damn table to at least sit down and begin to discuss their differences — you know, we all know what the pieces are here for a potential agreement.”

Well, what we all know is that Israel has been calling for one-on-one negotiations with no pre-conditions for what seems like forever.  The Palestinians have refused time and time again.  And should these talks take place in Israel with Hezbollah and Hamas rockets streaming in around the “Peace Table?”  Maybe that old duck-and-cover routine would come in handy?

And of course we know that this ad was right on target because the Democratic National Chairwoman and administration bulldog immediately slammed it.   Politico reported:

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman who is the president’s most outspoken Jewish surrogate, slammed the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) as a GOP front group and praised the president’s positions.

“This is just one more example of the absolute fact that ECI is nothing more than a Republican front organization,” she told POLITICO. “They have been discredited by major national Jewish organizations like the American Jewish Committee. They have been so offensive and so outrageous in their efforts to use Israel as a wedge issue.”

She accused the group’s leaders of using Israel and foreign policy “because the Republicans are wrong on every domestic issue that matters to the Jewish community. … The president’s record on Jewish issues is stellar. This is a president through word and deed has been a stalwart supporter of Israel.”

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