* TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: In a nearly unprecedented move, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed a candidate in the 2016 race for President of the United States. Netanyahu made his announcement during an early morning press conference Friday.
Traditionally, the protocol among heads of state has been to steer clear of any and all political endorsement of other candidates or incumbent heads of state, and to not in any way be involved in the elections of other nations.
But perhaps being fueled by anger after recently learning that current U.S. President, Barak Obama has at US taxpayer expense, sent a team of his political operatives into Israel ahead of Israel’s March 17, 2015 elections in an effort to unseat Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister has broken the long standing protocol and gotten involved in the US presidential race.
The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz recently reported that a U.S. taxpayer-funded non-profit by the name of OneVoice has been working inside Israel with a campaign operation called Victory 2015 in a joint effort to unseat Prime Minster Netanyahu, who they view as being“too anti-Islam” and “too hawkish”. Spokespersons for the operations say they intend to replace Netanyahu with a more “liberally progressive” candidate who will be more accommodating to the desires of Islamic nations in the region.
In a sharply damning response to Obama’s involvement in the Israeli election, staunchly pro-Israel U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R – Texas, and Congressman Lee Zeldin, R – NY -1 sent a letter on Thursday to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that Kerry launch an investigation into Obama’s involvement and any U.S. tax dollars being used.
In the letter to Kerry, Cruz said, “Has President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?” Sen. Cruz asked. “This administration’s relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the planet, and there can be no doubt that their first target will be Israel, followed by the United States. This administration should be focusing its animosity on the very real enemies we face, not on our staunch allies.”
The relationship between Obama and Netanyahu has been an icy one at best from the time Obama took office. Obama has made numerous trips to the region and seemingly snubbed the leader of America’s staunchest Ally, Israel. The U.S./Israeli relationship became extremely strained in the last few months as Obama threatened Israel with sanctions over its actions to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
But the tension came to an explosive head when recently, Speaker of the House, John Boehner issued an invitation to Netanyahu to visit the U.S. and address a joint session of Congress. The Obama administration has reportedly been livid over Boehner not going through the White House with his invitation, and Obama has refused to meet with Netanyahu during his visit.
The political fallout in the U.S. as well as around the world over Obama’s snubbing of the Israeli leader, and especially Obama’s overt campaign efforts to unseat Netanyahu has been intense. Undoubtedly, such an unprecedented endorsement will have a major affect on the presidential race as 2016 draws near. It’s as yet unclear what if any affect Obama’s efforts will have against the Prime Minister, since his (Obama’s) is not an official endorsement of an opposition candidate, though Haaretz reports that it may have a significant affect.
During his endorsement press conference, Netanyahu said that he respected long standing protocol, but that enough was enough and he had to take political action of his own. “I have been long suffering and patient with the Obama administration. For six years I have been dumbfounded at the level of incompetency, naivety, and rudeness that Obama and his administration exhibit on an almost daily basis. He (Obama) has shown nothing but contempt for Israel and the Israeli people, and shown support and given aid to our enemies. Obama broke protocol first when he sent his thugs over here to try and unseat me. I am not doing this for myself, but for the sake of Israel and the U.S. When facing a bully, there comes a point where you have to hit back, and hit hard.”
Netanyahu continued, “After serious consideration and looking over a very deep and qualified field of potential candidates, I have decided to give my support, my personal endorsement if you will, to Senator Ted Cruz. Ted has been a stalwart supporter of Israel and our people. He is one of the few leaders in the U.S. government with the intestinal fortitude to call terrorism ‘terrorism’, and directly address the threat of radical Islam and a nuclear Iran. Ted has proven to be fearless in fighting against the odds when he must, something I as the leader of a tiny nation surrounded by enemies can relate to.” He concluded, “Over the last two years Ted and I have been in regular contact, we have worked closely together on policy. To say the least, he (Cruz) has been an unwavering ally; and what’s more he’s been a true friend. I would ask the American people, and the freedom loving members of the world community to join me in supporting Ted Cruz as the next U.S President.”
Though Obama will not be on the ballot in 2016, undoubtedly his policies will, and Netanyahu’s endorsement is a clear repudiation to Obama and his legacy.
In response to the news, Cruz released a statement saying in part that, “I cannot begin to express how humbled and honored I am to have one of the greatest world leaders give his endorsement to me. I have always, and will always stand for Israel, and for liberty in the Mideast region. As the Prime Minister has expressed, the actions of the Obama administration toward Israel are inexcusable. We must turn the tables on our foreign policy. If I am fortunate enough to earn the support of the American people and become president, I look forward to working with Mr. Netanyahu in a much closer more effective way. Together the U.S. and Israel will again stand as strong allies.”
Cruz concluded by giving his own endorsement to Netanyahu for his reelection. “I ask the people of Israel to once again support Mr. Netanyahu. The world is in crisis, and your Prime Minister is a rock solid leader for such a time. It’s not a time for instability and change in Israel. You must show your enemies that you are united behind a strong leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.”
Sources close to Cruz say that he and Netanyahu plan to have closed door meetings together when the Prime Minister visits in March, and the two plan to meet many times, both in the U.S. and Israel as each campaign for reelection.
*Obviously this is a satire piece. Well half satire anyway. However, there are always those who believe anything posted in on the internet, so again, DISCLAIMER: This article is satire.
But while being satire, there is a great deal of it that is true, hence it being “half” satire. It’s true that Obama and Netanyahu hate each other, and that Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress, and that Obama is pitching a temper tantrum over it and refusing to meet with the Prime Minister. It’s true that Obama has threatened sanctions against Israel. It’s true that Obama has embraced and aided our enemies, namely radical Islam and its nations. It’s true, disgustingly so, that Obama has sent political campaign operatives to Israel at U.S. TAXPAYER EXPENSE in an effort to unseat Netanyahu, the leader of Israel, our most staunch ally. It’s also true that Cruz and Congressman Zeldin have sent a letter to John Kerry asking for an investigation into it, and the information given regarding the campaign against Netanyahu, as well as the quote from Cruz about it is accurate as cited by news sources linked.
Basically everything in the article is true except for Netanyahu endorsing Cruz and vice versa, and their quotes regarding said endorsements. So there again, half satire. Maybe one-quarter satire, three-quarters truth….But I digress.
But what makes satire so effective is the grain, or in this case, barrels of grain of truth it contains. I am simply appalled at the actions of Obama and his administration. In fact I am ashamed of him. I am in many ways ashamed to call myself an American after the way Obama has blatantly broken all protocol and taken every opportunity to snub our allies, all while giving aid and support to our mutual enemies.
It is inexcusable that a US president is sending his political thugs, reportedly at U.S. taxpayer expense, to unseat our staunchest ally, one of our few remaining allies in the world. Few remaining strong allies anyway. And what’s more inexcusable is that on and on this type thing has been going for 6 years, yet Congress, republicans and democrats alike have done nothing, repeat nothing to stop it. Well, at least nothing but what Ted Cruz and a small handful of others have been doing. Unfortunately though, they cannot do much without others supporting their efforts.
That brings us to the final truth herein – Ted Cruz: It is very true much that he is arguably Israel’s staunchest ally. among U.S. leaders. It is true that Ted Cruz, like Netanyahu is fearless in the face of overwhelming odds and enemies. Everything that BiBi Netanyahu “said” in his “endorsement” above regarding Cruz is true, though he never actually said it. That is why the U.S. Jewish community is showing major support for Cruz. And remember, traditionally U.S. Jews have been primarily democrat voters. Obama won the Jewish vote twice. Can you say buyer’s remorse?… They are also mega money donors, and Cruz having their support is a major plus for him.
Ted Cruz will not get an official endorsement from Netanyahu, nor will any candidate for POTUS because unlike Obama, Netanyahu is a consummate professional, an adult, a leader, and not a political bottom feeder like Obama. (I really hate to insult catfish by using the term ‘bottom feeder’ to describe Obama, but hey, what’s a writer to do?…)
But if Ted Cruz gets the endorsement of the American people, the only endorsement in the end which matters,(which increasingly he seems to be getting en masse) then perhaps the U.S., Israel, and the rest of the free world can again have some adult leadership and trust among allies, and put respectful fear back into the hearts of our enemies.
By Javan Browder, Managing Editor – Conservative Fifty Dot Com