The criticism of comments made by White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley made it is clear that some American Jews have forgotten the words of the late Zionist philosopher and leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky. In his famous essay, “The Iron Wall,” Jabotinsky wrote,
“It is incredible what political simpletons Jews are. They shut their eyes to one of the most elementary rules of life that you must not ‘meet halfway’ those who do not want to meet you.’
Traveling with President Trump to West Virginia last Tuesday, aboard Airforce One, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley held a press gaggle (an impromptu press conference where a video is not allowed). Per the official transcript, America’s relationship with Israel came up:
Reporter: What evidence are you referring to when you say the U.S. is more beloved around the world?
Reporter: That’s one country.
Gidley: That’s one, but I’m saying the relationships that we thought – that many people predicted we would have with other nations – the doom and gloom – was all over the place when the President was elected. And instead, we’ve gone to grow those partnerships. You’ve seen partnerships on air strikes in Syria, for example.
You’ve seen the relationship with Israel that is greatly enhanced because of this President. It’s the only democracy in the region, and it was virtually thought of to be an enemy of the American people in the last administration.
So, I think he’s turned things around in a big way. To be respected, and feared, and beloved again is what the – I think, the American people voted, and it’s what they got.
Reporter: So, what did you just say was thought to be an enemy of the American people in the past administration?
Gidley: No, I said, under the Barack Obama administration, many people though – yeah, that they almost viewed them as an enemy, it seemed like, in some ways with the way he treated Netanyahu. And so, this President came in and changed the relationship. It’s the only democracy in the region, and it’s important that we keep our partners and allies close and happy, and that’s what he did there.”
Despite the fact Gidley’s statement was accurate, some liberal Jews in the political community slammed him:
Tamara Cofman Wittes now of the liberal think tank the Brookings Institute and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs in Hillary Clinton’s state department, claims Gidley was lying,
“This is a preposterous distortion of the facts, as stated clearly and on multiple occasions by both the Israeli and American leadership throughout the period in question. Distorting and denigrating the long record of US-Israel partnership is not an act of friendship.”
What Ms. Wittes didn’t mention is that America is Israel’s most important ally, therefore is no way Israeli official is going to publicly criticize the American president no matter who it is, especially when the relationship is so tenuous as it was under the Obama administration.
During the time Wittes was working at Foggy Bottom, Israel became the Obama administration’s public whipping boy…