"The results will be what they may, but Israel will have a friend in the White House in January of 2013," according to Oded Eran and Owen Alterman from the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. The pair analyzed the final debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney, and drew their conclusion from positive comments the candidates made about Israel during the debate.
There is a risk, of course, in trusting a candidate's declarations on the eve of elections, especially if he needs the Jewish vote. It is prudent to paint a complete picture, based on the candidate's past statements and actions.
Romney has never determined U.S. foreign policy, but in many of his statements he has shown a deep understanding of Israel's difficult geopolitical reality. Obama, who has determined foreign policy in the Middle East, lets us conclude from what he has said and done that he does not especially excel in his support of Israel. One can argue, of course, that he wants the best for Israel, at least for those who think that helping Israel includes creating another Arab country alongside it. However, the crude pressure he has applied and his attitude toward Israel — specifically during his speech in Cairo in which he compared Palestinian Arab refugees to Holocaust refugees — do not place him in the "friend" category.
Obama's approach to Israel is derived from a world view that includes hostile attitudes toward the "capitalist" West, where he identifies a system of evil regimes that exploit and subjugate Third World nations. There is reasonable reason to worry that as the close friend of Professor Rashid Khalidi, who was close to Yasser Arafat and a student of Edward Said, Obama sees the creation of Israel as an imperialistic invasion into the Islamic world. He demands that Israel compensate the Palestinians by establishing an Arab state to correct the injustice caused to them.
The immense risk that Hamas could take control over this state, and use it to conduct a bloody war, apparently does not trouble the president.
Obama's world view influenced the profession he chose for himself following his university studies and before entering Chicago's corrupt political system.
Obama was a community organizer, a job invented by Saul Alinsky, a Jewish thinker who described in his book "Rules for Radicals" how it was possible to change the existing public order through cadres of extremist activists who recruit young people from universities, churches and even street gangs to partake in uninhibited subversive activity.
Machiavelli wrote "The Prince," according to Alinsky, "to preserve the power of those with means. My book is intended to aid those without the means to control the government … it is for those who want to change the world from what it is, to what they believe it should be." (In Hebrew, this would be for the "social activists" who believe that the "people want social justice.")
To carry out a successful revolution, the radical community organizer must first win the trust of the prevailing system, and then destroy it from the inside by inflaming hatred and divisions that motivate young people to rebel and tear down the existing social order.
"The first step toward community organizing is to destroy the existing system," Alinsky writes. There is no doubt that Lenin and Stalin would have nodded in satisfaction (Dostoyevsky, who authored "Demons," would have nodded loathingly), despite Alinsky's characterization as more of an anarchist than a Marxist.
Obama's world view is important because only by understanding it can we see that the president is not a failure, as his rivals claim, but a supremely talented individual who conquered the presidency out of nowhere, undermined the world order within four years and made the U.S. economy dependent on the government. All this in order to build a new world on the ruins of the old, one in which the sect of "elected officials" completely control the fate of "the people," exactly according to his guru and teacher, Alinsky.
Obama tried "saving" the American economy, the secret of American strength, from a severe crisis by nationalizing the healthcare system and increasing the national debt by $5 trillion, which flooded the market with money (which will lead to unmitigated, devastating inflation), and by increasing regulations and taxes on small businesses, the main job creators in the entire economy. The results thus far have been devastating.
Obama made the U.S. weak, even to the point that Iran is ignoring it, and China and Russia continually goad it. He also helped Islamic radicals take over the Arab Spring.
These are all considerable achievements for the community organizer. If he is elected again, the destruction will be made complete.