Jerusalem Post Deputy Managing Editor: Obama May Love Jews, But he is an Anti-Semite

Glick letting the Danish ambassador have it in 2013 (screen capture)
Glick letting the Danish ambassador have it in 2013 (screen capture)

“Narcissists have a unique problem. They are so blinded by their self love and self regard that they cannot understand what they are actually saying and doing. Their internal filters are all distorted because they believe that they can do no wrong. US President Barack Obama is a narcissist.”

– Caroline Glick, Facebook, May 29, 2015

It is hardly a unique problem. We could, of course, say the same of haters. And racists. Even of true believers and extremists of all stripes. Including Caroline Glick herself.

Chicago-born Caroline Glick, the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post, suggests, in a Jerusalem Post op-ed, that President Barack Obama is an anti-Semite. Her reasoning is as flawed as any we have seen with regard to Obama.

Glick, who has been called “an apologist for Israel” and who has previously accused Obama of “cowardice” and of making a laughingstock of the U.S., claims, tendentiously, the question of whether he is an anti-Semite “has lingered in the air since his first presidential bid in 2008. It first arose due to the anti-Semitic sermons that Jeremiah Wright, his pastor for more than 20 years, made as Obama and his family sat in the pews.”

I say tendentiously because this view “lingers” only because it has been continuously pushed by the president’s enemies – including, prominently, Glick – in complete disregard of the facts. Apparently, it is permissible to attack U.S. foreign policy and the president, but doing the same of Israel is worse than objectionable: it is anti-Semitism.

Glick relies a great deal in making her case on a recent Obama interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, in which, she relates,

Obama said that an anti-Semite is someone who refuses to recognize the 3,000-year connection between the Jews and the Land of Israel. An anti-Semite is also someone who refuses to recognize the long history of persecution that the Jewish people suffered in the Diaspora.

“But there’s a bit of a problem,” she says. “Right after Obama provided us with his definition of anti-Semitism, he endorsed and indeed engaged in the very anti-Semitism he had just defined.”

She says that “Throughout the six-and-a-half years of his presidency, Obama has laughed off the concerns. But he has not dispelled them. And this failure has hurt him.”

In all fairness, a lot of conservatives believe a lot of things about Barack Obama, and he has not dispelled them either: that he is Kenyan, not American; that he is a Muslim, not a Christian; that he is a terrorist-sympathizer, not a killer of terrorists; that he is somehow both a lawless dictator and weak.

The facts don’t come into play. It is all a matter of belief. Is is a matter of defining America’s first black president as the “Other.”

The charges of anti-Semitism, for example, revolve around his refusal to let Israel control the United States’ foreign affairs, to set America’s diplomatic course in the Middle East. They revolve around the assertion that if you disagree with Israel’s foreign policy, that you are anti-Semitic.

As Jimmy Carter found out a few years ago, it is illegal to hurt Israel’s feelings.

Glick says that Obama intends to destroy Israel, or, at least put Israel in a position from which it cannot defend itself. “Obama,” she asserts, “reportedly intends to enable the passage of a French draft resolution that would require Israel to withdraw to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines.”

Reportedly. So of course, he is guilty. He is also reportedly a Muslim. He is also reportedly a Kenyan.

Glick returns to the president’s “extensive interview to Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic.”

In this interview, Golberg tells us,

In the wake of what seemed to have been a near-meltdown in the relationship between the United States and Israel, Obama talked about what he called his love for the Jewish state; his frustrations with it when it fails to live up to both Jewish and universal values; and his hope that, one day soon, its leaders, including and especially its prime minister, will come to understand Israel’s stark choices as he understands Israel’s stark choices. And, just as he did with Saudi Arabia, Obama issued a warning to Israel: If it proves unwilling to live up to its values—in this case, he made specific mention of Netanyahu’s seemingly flawed understanding of the role Israel’s Arab citizens play in its democratic order—the consequences could be profound.

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And this seems to be what bothers Glick most. She writes, “As Goldberg, who is sympathetically inclined toward Obama, put it, Obama ‘holds Israel to a higher standard than he does other countries.'”

Of course, Goldberg qualified this remark by saying, “this is my interpretation of his worldview,” and revealed that Obama also told him,

What is also true, by extension, is that I have to show that same kind of regard to other peoples. And I think it is true to Israel’s traditions and its values—its founding principles—that it has to care about … Palestinian kids. And when I was in Jerusalem and I spoke, the biggest applause that I got was when I spoke about those kids I had visited in Ramallah, and I said to a Israeli audience that it is profoundly Jewish, it is profoundly consistent with Israel’s traditions to care about them. And they agreed. So if that’s not translated into policy—if we’re not willing to take risks on behalf of those values—then those principles become empty words, and in fact, in my mind, it makes it more difficult for us to continue to promote those values when it comes to protecting Israel internationally.”

I do not believe the facts prove this to be true, that Obama holds Israel to a higher set of values. Americans will well-remember Obama’s infamous “Apology Tour” that never took place. Obama holds America to higher values. Obama speaks often, and critically, of American values and our failure to live up to them, notably in the case of torture.

Glick claims, “in the end, Obama’s charm offensive did provide a clear answer to the question of whether he is anti-Semitic.”

It bears noting that the fact that Obama failed his own test of anti-Semitism doesn’t necessarily mean that he hates Jews. It is certainly possible that he likes Jews.

But loving Jews and being an anti-Semite are not mutually exclusive.

So Obama is a Jew-loving anti-Semite?

“Consider anti-black bigots,” she tells us in cringe-worthy prose. “Over the years, plenty of racists have professed, and perhaps even felt, love for black people.”

And she apparently believes them. She believes racists can love blacks. While they beat them? Gun them down? Lynch them? Call them abusive epithets? Deprive them of their vote and civil rights?

I’m a white guy, and I’m not feeling the love.

But she tells us,

They discriminated against blacks not because they hated them but because they believed that blacks were inferior to whites. It was due to their “love” for blacks that they insisted on holding them to lower standards than whites, or on segregating them from whites, lest they be embarrassed or set up for failure.

In other words, the fact of their “love” didn’t make them less bigoted.

The “fact” of their love? Where is the fact of their love? Saying it’s so doesn’t make it so. Yet, following this dubious logic, Glick concludes,

“Likewise, the possibility that Obama loves Jews doesn’t make his compulsion to judge Israel by a separate standard from other states and nations, including the Palestinians, any less bigoted.”

It is Glick’s claim that,

By rejecting the policy significance of anti-Semitism for the Iranian regime, Obama exhibited yet another anti-Semitic behavior. Obama asserted that if you fail to recognize the danger that anti-Semitism constitutes for Israel’s survival, then you are an anti-Semite.

She insists Obama is wrong about Iran, and if Obama is wrong about Iran, ipso facto he is an anti-Semite. But Obama does not believe he is wrong about Iran. It has not been proven he is wrong about Iran. And thinking somebody is an anti-Semite simply because they disagree with you is not a cogent argument; it is stupidity.

Republicans have called Obama every name in the book because they disagree with him. None of this makes their insults true. Glick has engaged here in the same sort of smear campaign as Republicans have for the past six years.

She has not made or proven a case for anti-Semitism beyond a belief that if Obama doesn’t do what she wants him to do, he must be an anti-Semite.

By her own logic, we could accuse her of being a racist.

Her conclusion is that “Now that he has answered the question, Israel needs to act in accordance with Jewish values, and choose life even at the expense of good relations with the Obama administration.”

Unfortunately, and here she misses the point entirely, Jewish values, at least to her, include ethnic cleansing and apartheid of the remainder – the genocide of the Palestinian people.

It is this approach that Barack Obama questions. And it is certainly not anti-Semitism to question it.

40 Replies to “Jerusalem Post Deputy Managing Editor: Obama May Love Jews, But he is an Anti-Semite”

  1. Well this is hardly surprising.

    Right wingers have been calling everything and everyone that they think is against Israel (note, ISRAEL, not exactly Jews, even stuff that’s perceived as against Israel in any way.).

    It’s ludicrous for the fact that, the term anti-Semite means being against the races (not the country, the RACES) which are defined as Semites, that includes a number of middle eastern races, INCLUDING Arabs.

    Wonder why they never highlight this little tidbit when talking about antisemitism.

    That makes Glick’s, as well as the right winger’s definition (ie, the ones I have seen at Beritbrats) nothing less than a huge pile of horse manure.

    But hey, if it hurts Obama and helps Israel, they will run with it.

  2. I think we should really prove that we are anti-Semite and withdraw all the billions in aid that we hand over to Israel every year, and while we’re at it, no more weapons, and take away their nukes. That sure would save the Palestinian kids, and take away any reason for Iran to want nukes too. Several problems disappear at once. Of course, since Obama is not anti-Semitic, this will not happen. So I’d say Ms. Glick had best keep her rants to herself, before Dems take over Congress again, and someone sane looks at all that money we give Israel that use use for terrorizing another group of people, and finally say, “Enough!”It is not anti-Semitic to expect people to act like human beings.

  3. “that would require Israel to withdraw to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines.””

    Really??? The only thing that was indefensible about that was that the country was created at all, necessitating the removal of the then occupants from their own land.

  4. I feel that Israel has every right to defend themselves from the incessant attacks they get from the surrounding countries.

    They don’t get the right to tell us what to do- the ingrates.

  5. This lady has some weird logic… I mean, how can one love Jewish people, but yet be considered Anti-Semite?

    Unless, you know, it’s not true!

  6. Indeed, off-topic.

    There is a difference between partisanship and fanaticism. Please study it, lest you be taken for a crank.

  7. Crank? No. And to suggest that is pretty harsh and unfair, reynardine.

    Everyone knows Rin is a Hillary Clinton supporter and she’s enthusiastic that the polls look good for her.

    Being a supporter of a candidate who looks strong in the polls and who can win the 2016 presidential elections doesn’t make one a “crank” just as supporting a candidate who doesn’t look like s/he has a snowball’s chance in Hades to win makes one a loser.

  8. Caroline is the true narcissist here folks! And by her flawed Lakud party logic then since Henry Ford was a notorious anti Semite then everyone who owns a Ford is Also an Anti Semite. And if I were that Danish Ambassador I would have bitch slapped her!

  9. What is interesting is when a Jew like me is called an antisemite because I don’t support israel’s Prime Minister’s warmongering policies.

    Note I said Prime Minister, not Israel. Netanyahu is NOT Israel. He represents a really small number of Israelis who supported him. In fact, he had to form a coalition government because he didn’t have enough to form one on his own.

    He only won because the second runner up ran an entirely abysmal campaign.

    Many Israelis think he’s the equivalent of a tea party nutjob.

  10. You are a crank if you insert your hobby horse into every conversation, in and out of place, attack everyone who disagrees with you, and then scream persecution when they resent it.

  11. Do you think that the (huge) “herpes” sore that’s on bibi’s mouth area will come into “play” somewhere in this conversation???

  12. Every player in the Middle East wants the USA to go and fight their wars and rescue them from their neighboors, when they have not been playing fair themselves.

  13. If Obama is an anti-Semite, she’s an anti American, and should surrender her American citizenship. Or she should apologize for insulting our leader.

  14. This may not be directly on point but I often hear right-wing Christians talk about how much they “love” Israel while at the same time denigrating all other minority groups. This alleged love of Israel is an out-and-out scam done for political and perhaps biblical reasons. To the right wing, Jews are just another minority group to be hated.

  15. So is she saying this “They discriminated against blacks not because they hated them but because they believed that blacks were inferior to whites. It was due to their “love” for blacks that they insisted on holding them to lower standards than whites, or on segregating them from whites, lest they be embarrassed or set up for failure.

    In other words, the fact of their “love” didn’t make them less bigoted.” because of the way Israel treats it’s own Ethiopian Jews? also
    “”Glick claims, “in the end, Obama’s charm offensive did provide a clear answer to the question of whether he is anti-Semitic.”
    It bears noting that the fact that Obama failed his own test of anti-Semitism doesn’t necessarily mean that he hates Jews. It is certainly possible that he likes Jews.
    But loving Jews and being an anti-Semite are not mutually exclusive.”” (Glick)
    “So Obama is a Jew-loving anti-Semite?” A good question since she refutes what she says frequently, like a schizoaffective pe…

  16. Narcissists have a unique problem. They are so blinded by their self love and self regard that they cannot understand what they are actually saying and doing. Their internal filters are all distorted because they believe that they can do no wrong. Caroline Glick is a narcissist.”

    More she is an Anti-American bitch and a supporter of genocide.

  17. And this stupid woman is in charge of anything more responsible than a “pop stand”?? First she needs to become familiar with a dictionary, assuming that is, that she knows what one is, including the words integrity, responsibility and humility. For her edification, “semitic” refers to the indigenous peoples of the middle east INCLUDING the Jews. Therefore, “anti-semitism” refers to things contrary to the interests of said peoples, again, including but not only the Jewish people. Thus, something that is “anti-semitic” is contrary to the interests of the Islamic, Palestinian, Jewish and all other indigenous peoples of the area, NOT SOLELY THE JEWS.

  18. Caroline Glick was describing herself and her ilk NOT our President who is clearly at a level miles above that toxic hateful harpy! That screen-grab of her is PERFECT! it shows how sick and hate filled she is.

  19. Wrong. Here is what the dept of state has to say:
    http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/fs/2010/122352.htm
    Further more every dictionary available says anti-Semite means a hatred of Jews. Not arabs or muslims. Jews specifically.
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-semitism
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/anti-semitic
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/anti-Semite
    You are correct in a semite is a person from the semetic language speaking world. But your definition is wrong for anti-Semite.

  20. Webster’s Concise Family Dictionary definition of a Semite: a member of any of a group of people (as the Jews or Arabs) of southwestern Asia. That would prove that Delu’s posting is correct. Failed again billybones!

  21. Netanyahu is a creep of the first order- requesting the neo-con research of a way to de-stablize the Middle East and toss it into a violent and destructive swirl…. PNAC supported the end of Saddam, Asaad and Iran to weaken other players except Israel and the Saudis. They got the Bush family back in power and lied this country into an unjustified war.

    The Saudis and Israel are partners in all of this – cynnical in that they hate each other, but bargained to do this for their own self-interest.

    Amusing item – American Christians want to encourage “end-times”, and Israel supports them to get votes in our Congress – even though “end-times” means all Jews need to convert to Christianity or “burn” when the the end comes…. That is how cynnical they are.

    I am not anti-Semitic. I am anti- lies, cheating, racism, murder, plundering, locking Gaza into a ghetto….. all Israeli pastimes at the moment… How sad.

  22. What’s pissed off Glick and others who think PBO should permit Israel to conduct our foreign relations in the ME is that he has majority support among Jewish Americans. Bibi had the nerve to call JAs anti-Semitic because they don’t agree with everything he says/does. Glick, et.al are refusing to realize that Bibi not only has problems with PBO, he has problems with leaders of other western nations, too. None of them are too pleased with his refusal to negotiate with the Palestinians on a two-state solution or with him continuing to expand into Palestinian territory. The Glicks in this debate remind me of my kid when she was young. If I disagreed with something she wanted to do, sometimes she’d say she didn’t like me. Although she would say this, she also knew that if there was anyone in this world she could depend on, it was me. PBO doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Bibi on key issues, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t care for the Israeli people or would withdraw military support.

  23. I cannot even find a copy of that dictionary. How about a link. But fact is even the state dept. says different. You know the one headed by John Kerry.
    Or how bout this link for you if the other 4 were not enough.
    http://www.theneworder.org/news/2013/11/three-definitions-of-anti-semitism/
    or
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism
    Or here is 23 more definitions:
    http://www.liberationgraphics.com/ppp/monograph_definitions_of_antisemitism.html
    Fail to you KWolf.

  24. Semite: a member of a group of people originally of southwestern Asia that includes Jews and Arabs

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semite

    Anti-Semitism- (on the other hand)
    hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-semite

    There are Jews who say Arabs are not semites:
    http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/03/25/arabs-are-not-semites/

    And there are those who say Arabs are..
    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/07/hate-arabs-literally-anti-semitism.html

    You’re both wrong, and you’re both right.

  25. The United States of America is a Constitutional Republic, governed by the people through their elected representatives. However, since Harry S. Truman’s TREASON, the Congress of the United States is controlled by Zionists.
    Moreover, the First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the right to worship or not a religious entity. For those of us that do not believe, we believe the Big Bang Theory. There is NO repeat NO GOD OF ABRAHAM.
    Lastly, if we had an American government, the Separation of Church and State would be enforced.
    Billy Ray Wilson

  26. Caroline Glick must engage in constructive reporting and stop demanding from the American president to be supportive of the warmongering policies of the Israeli leadership.
    Glick appears to have a very wrong perception about relationships between nations and expect their ally the USA to care more about Israel than American states.
    She doesn’t care about the embarrassing position America is into while trying to defend criminal actions committed by Israeli leaders when last year while the entire planet was screaming against the massacres of Palestinian children and civilians in Gaza, America rushed more lethal war materials to Israel to kill more Palestinians.
    Result of that conflict is the overwhelmed non binding votes in favor of the Palestinian state by the UK House of Commons, the French Parliament, the European Union Parliament, Spain, Sweden the majority of the South American governments and others all sided with the Palestinians and left Obama practically alone and isolated

  27. Glick doesn’t care about the embarrassment president Obama and Sec Kerry suffered when they promised Palestinians a peace deal and were fooled by Netanyahu who tricked them by pretending to be in favor of peace but his actions proved that he was actually in favor of grabbing more land for settlements and to divert criticism he attacked and massacred the Palestinians in Gaza.
    Though I am fiercely against branding derogatory names on entire nations or human societies, Glick who rightly is protesting against anti-Semites, she is very happy to brand the millions of freedom fighting Palestinians as terrorists and though she knows that their fight is against the occupying power Israel, she constantly demonizes them as an International Terror Group.
    Using my memory as well as researching through various publications, I can’t find any act of terror committed by Palestinians against other nation except Israel.
    Palestinians and Israelis must live free and must focus her articles on this go…

  28. First off you failed in spelling my name. Second, there is no link. I have a hard copy of the Webster’s Concise Family Dictionary at home. Some of us still like having books to go to for information instead of relying on the internet. If we are looking at the word anti-Semite as the article indicates, then what I found in the dictionary for the definition of Semite: a member of any of a group of people (as the Jews or Arabs), of southwestern Asia, anti-Semite would mean being against a member of any of a group of people, (as the Jews or Arabs). I also looked up the word anti-Semitism. The description for that is: hostility toward Jews as a religious or social minority. There is anti-Semite and there is anti-Semitism. In this case, the article is talking about anti-Semite.

  29. …when I served in the Navy in the early ’80s, my ship visited Haifa, Israel…I loved the Israelis I met…shopkeepers, bartenders, folks on the street, hell, even gorgeous gals with Uzis!!!{Israeli Defense Force}
    We got the english-language Israeli papers delivered to our ship…and even then I thought the Likud party sounded like a bunch of fluckin’ psychotics…including the Republican Senator from Israel, Bibi Netanyoyo…if it was me, I’d say “OK, you wanna interfere with our political system??? YOU need us…WE don’t need you.”
    The Israelis I met on the street in Haifa were very grateful that we guaranteed thier safety, thier very existence…
    …the Reich-wing Likuds sound like we OWE everything they get and more…have you seen how much more they are demanding???
    …Harry S Truman had NO idea that Israel would be doing this shitte, or he probably would NEVER have stuck his neck out…calling him a traitor is no more than Republican projection…

  30. …oh, and Glick is yet another Teatard engaged in Republican projection…
    …Fluck all Teatards, wherever they rear thier ugly heads…

  31. Anyone who is pointedly critical of Israel, Israeli policy in the Middle East or sympathetic toward the Palestinians, is going to be called an anti-Semite. This is a marginalizing tactic and a way of stigmatizing and stereotyping critics and skeptics. The accused may even be Jewish, they may even be Israeli — it doesn’t matter. “Anti-Semite” has lost any rational meaning by this kind of irresponsible over-use. The world would be better off it we stopped taking the epithet seriously.

  32. AMEN, what has happened and keeps happening in the U.S. isn’t a secret, it’s easily checked.
    The real enemy to us and the Middle East is a very small fraction of people in Israel and America and the other countries that will stop at NOTHING to have their way. The word Anti-Semite means about as much now as the word Christian that has been twisted to be a trigger. The ordinary people in Israel has even less power than Americans unlucky enough to live in republican states that are republican through gerrymandering, big big money a lot of it coming from Jewish billionaires that want to hide their connections. They KNOW how wrong they are is why they hide. And scream anti-Semitic when they are called out.

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