Dr. Gerstenfeld, considered the foremost expert on anti-Semitism in the world today, is former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and recipient of the LIfetime Achievement Award (2012) of the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism. He founded and directed the Center's Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism program. His latest book is The War of a Million Cuts: The Struggle against the Delegitimization of Israel.
In the many reactions to President Obama’s decision for the U.S to abstain on anti-Israeli Resolution 2334 at the UN Security Council, two key aspects of his attitude have hardly been mentioned. The first one concerns a major motivation for the decision, the second his tactics.
The Obama presidency throughout was characterized by frequent whitewashing of terrorism coming out of parts of the Muslim world. During his first trip abroad in 2009, he said in Cairothat he would forge a relationship with Muslims around the world “based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”
This statement was too vague for anyone to yet understand that for Obama mutual respect included looking away from Islam-related terrorism in parts of the Muslim world. During that trip he visited two non-democratic Muslim states, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but did not visit Israel, the one democratic country in the area, a long-time ally of the US.
Daniel Pipes points out that Hussein as a middle name is exclusively given to Muslim babies. Pipes also mentions that Obama lived for four years in a fully Muslim Indonesian milieu under the auspices of his Muslim Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetoro. Those who knew Obama in Indonesia, considered him a Muslim. He was also registered as such in grade school. Even though he later converted to Christianity there are many signs of his unwillingness to face up to the ideological violence coming out of various Islamic societies. READ MORE