When Obama was running for the office of President, he promised to rebuild the U.S.’s reputation in the world. Unfortunately in the months following his inauguration he has continually insulted our allies and friends alike. It is no secret how the President has treated our longtime ally Israel from the beginning.
Unfortunately for us the Obama Administration has stepped to a new low. The State Department has issued a new list “specially designated countries” it believes “have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.” On that new list is Israel, and just as mysteriously North Korea has disappeared from that list.
In an effort to calm over tensions from the report ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen stated that,
“Even though the administration includes Israel among “specially designated countries” that it believes they have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members,” the U.S. also considers Israel, as well as some other countries on the “specially designated countries” list, as partners in the struggle against terrorism.
“The U.S. does not and never has considered Israel to have links to terrorism, but rather they are a partner in our efforts to combat global terrorism,” Christensen said in a written statement. “Countries may have been included on the list because of the backgrounds of arrestees, not because of the country’s government itself.”
You do not put a country on a list described as to “have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.” And then offer a disclaimer to say in Israel’s case it has to do with the background of arrestees. Isn’t this like blaming the victim?
ICE says that most of the countries on this list are there because of the percentage of Muslim population in that country. But didn’t President Obama say we aren’t at war with Muslims? Israel has a Muslim population of 16%, but the fact remains that Israel’s name was JUST added to the list based on the same prerequisites as were used in 2008 when the last report was made.
The Administration didn’t give much of a reason for removing North Korea from that list despite the saber rattling of Kim Jong Il in the last two years, but I suppose he doesn’t offer any threat because of a low Muslim population.