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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Iyar 21, 5769, 5/15/2009

      Whose side is Obama on?



      If Israel is America's closest ally in the region, then why is Obama trying to tie the Jewish state's hands in the face of an existential threat?
      Even as the would-be Hitler of Persia, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, races towards the nuclear finish-line, the man sitting in the White House is doing little to stop him.

      Indeed, as the Financial Times reports today, the Obama administration seems more concerned about Israel defending itself against Iran than about the Ayatollah's atomic ambitions.

      According to the FT, CIA Chief Leon Panetta paid a secret visit to Israel two weeks ago. His goal was not to reassure the Jewish state or even allay its fears of a second Holocaust. Instead, his primary objective was to make sure that Israel does not attack Iran's nuclear installations without notifying the US in advance.

      Doesn't the head of the CIA have better things to do with his time?

      It seems that Washington is beginning to panic over a possible Israeli response much more than over the likelihood of Tehran being able to pull the nuclear trigger. Does this make sense?

      If Israel is America's closest ally in the region, then why is Obama trying to tie the Jewish state's hands in the face of an existential threat? Whose side is Obama on?

      To all those American Jews who cast their ballots for Barack Obama in last November's US Presidential election, it is time to admit the folly of your vote. By putting him in the Oval Office, you might just have endangered the future of the Jewish state.