Hoenlein, Jewish Leaders Losing Patience With Obama Policy


malcolm-hoenleinPresident Barack Obama was set to leave for Middle East this evening in a trip the White House is billing as an effort to reach out to the Muslim world. The president will travel to Saudi Arabia and Egypt. But some early signals from the administration already have some American Jews worried. Weeks of public and private jousting by the Obama administration with Israel and its American Jewish supporters have taken a toll so great that even the president’s scheduled trip to the former Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany elicited this reaction.

“Frankly I’m much more concerned about living Jews than paying tribute to dead Jews,” said Malcolm Hoenline, executive director of the Conference of Major Jewish Organizations.

obama1The Buchenwald visit will come after the president’s speech in Cairo on Thursday, which is designed to reach out to the Muslim world. Members of the New York-area Jewish community aren’t necessarily worried about that speech, but about the signals being sent publicly and privately by the president and his aides on Israel and the Middle East. Obama says Israel needs tough love.

“Part of being a good friend is being honest, and I think there have been some times where we are not as honest as we should be about the fact that the current direction is profoundly negative, not only for Israeli interests but U.S. interests,” Obama said today.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s reiteration of the president’s views on Israeli settlements hit a raw nerve.

“He wants to see a stop to settlements, not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions,” Clinton said.

To which Hoenline responded: “I’m seeing people who are increasingly concerned about the tenor and tone of the comments that are being made, that they are concerned about the direction of the policy and the messages that are communicated.”

Tri-state Jews are also riled up about administration officials holding private meetings with Jewish congressman to get them to go along.

“There’s too much heat here and too much smoke not to believe that someone isn’t feeding the fire,” Hoenline said.

Jews are also concerned about President Obama’s latest overtures to Iran asking U.S. embassies around the world to invite Iranian officials to their Fourth of July celebrations in Manhattan.

The president said he wants to open a dialogue with the Muslim world because there are “misapprehensions” about the West.

He also said that it will take more than one speech to deal with the policy issues that need to be worked through.

{Marcia Kramer-CBS 2 HD NY/Elisha Ferber-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Yidalech who voted for this AntiSemite all because he had a D next to his name!

  2. What else do you expect from Yishmael?
    All the Yidden who voted for him should have their heads examined, including the two delusional nitwits I sparred with in the bakery. Change. What change? Back stabbing your friends and allies is more like it.
    Hilary’s a chameleon. Look how easily she sided with Obama’s anti-Israel policy. Too bad BMG made all those guys give her the big bucks.
    Ten poor kallahs could’ve been married with what they wasted on her.
    BTW, it’s amazing how the Secret Service manages to keep up with her broom.
    The Jewish congressmen better hang tough. Got that Chuck? Don’t let Obama and his token Jew Rahm fool you. Read a few Holocaust books and see what believing Amalek’s platitudes and promises can lead to. The Judenrat ended up in the ovens just like everyone else did. And if you think it can’t happen here, just ask the Japanese Americans what it was like when they were put in interment camps.
    Bottom line: We need Moshiach and we need him NOW! Let’s all do what we can to hasten his arrival.

  3. I have always wondered why polling data shows such strong jewish support for the democratic ticket when it seems like the republican ticket is a stronger friend to Isreal.