Mideast: Barack Obama has gone out of his way to undercut a key ally, Israel, while going to bat for those keen to destroy it. This is an agenda that traces all the way back to Chicago.
For the first time, a sitting president has called on Israel to give up its defensive buffer zone secured in the Arab war to destroy the Jewish state. He is adopting Hamas' position demanding Israel pull out of the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
In an earlier affront, Obama didn't buy Israel's story over the Gaza flotilla flap, even though it's now confirmed that Hamas was trying to smuggle weapons into the area under a false humanitarian flag.
Why is he so quick to distrust Israel, while so eager to appease Palestinians?
One of his best friends in Chicago was Rashid Khalidi, former PLO spokesman under Arafat who supported terrorist strikes on Israeli government targets. At a 2003 pro-Palestinian banquet, during which speakers expressed anger at Israel and U.S. foreign policy, then-Illinois state Sen. Obama sang Khalidi's praises.
What he said exactly is still secret — suppressed by the media. The Los Angeles Times has a video of the dinner but won't make it public, honoring a deal with a source.
Obama's Chicago mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, called for a boycott of Israel for its "apartheid" against Palestinians while Obama sat in his pews. Echoing his sermons, his star acolyte now says Palestinians are "suffering the humiliation of occupation."
"Israeli settlement activity continues," Obama said in his one-sided speech, forcing Palestinians to walk away from peace talks. Does that justify their terror activity? Obama's pastor thinks so.
Wright even reprinted Hamas' terror manifesto against Israel in his church bulletin — when Obama was attending services. Written by Hamas deputy chief Mousa Abu Marzook, a fugitive terrorist wanted by the U.S., the letter was featured on Wright's "Pastors Page" under "A Fresh View of the Palestinian Struggle."
Wright, a one-time member of the Nation of Islam, gave dozens of Jew-bashing sermons while mentoring Obama. His partner in Chicago is the anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, with whom Obama marched on Washington in 1995. In 2008, Wright honored Farrakhan as a hero on the cover of his church magazine.
Both Islamism and the radical "Black Liberation Theology" Wright preached rejecting the Jews as God's chosen people. Obama's church also preached that North Africa is the promised land, and that Moses and Jesus were Africans.
This is where Obama's suicidal demands on Israel are coming from, no matter how he tries to soothe the Jewish lobby now.