Bishop Harry Jackson Discusses Why Obama Is So Unliked In Israel

While most Americans were focusing on the domestic implications of Barack Obama's re-election, the effects of his victory are being felt around the globe in different ways.

Furthermore, Candy Crowley of CNN and most others observing the presidential foreign policy debate in October thought the president had everything under control with Middle Eastern dissidents. Gov. Mitt Romney was considered a clear loser compared with Obama.

During the election, much was made of Obama's popularity abroad. An MSN poll of more than half a million people from 36 countries showed that President Obama was favored over Romney by an astounding 81 percent. Yet Obama was not so popular in a country that was not among the 36 surveyed in the MSN research: Israel. A similar study done by Tel Aviv University reported that only 22 percent of Jewish Israelis supported Barack Obama's reelection.

Why was there such a disconnect with young Israelis? Perhaps their apprehension can be attributed to our leader's affinity with the Islamic world and the numerous perceived slights senior Israeli leaders have received from him.

In addition, Obama did not visit Israel as president, although he did travel there as a presidential candidate in 2008. After winning a large percentage of the Jewish American vote--as Democrats traditionally do--his seeming ambivalence or lukewarm treatment has given heartburn to both Jews and evangelical Christians.

Middle East analyst Aaron David Miller echoed the concerns of many when he wrote in the July edition of Foreign Policy, "My sense is that, if he could get away with it, the president would like to see a U.S.-Israeli relationship that is not just less exclusive, but somewhat less special as well."

The modern state of Israel is not a stranger to defending itself against bordering countries bent on its destruction. Time and time again, the tiny country has shocked the world with its ability to stand up to its larger neighbors.

In June of 1967, Israel simultaneously defeated Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Syria-supported Palestinian guerrilla groups (and other mercenary forces) in an astounding victory known as the Six Days War.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
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