By Abraham H. Miller, Originally published in The Washington Times
President Obama, no doubt, is deeply offended by recent accusations that he is resorting to Jewish stereotypes to sell the Iran deal. But while we do not to know what is truly in Mr. Obama’s heart, there is ample indication that his rhetoric has crossed the line into classical anti-Semitism, revealing a complete disregard for the lack of civility that Mr. Obama has strongly criticized when directed at other identity groups. Equally troubling is the president’s falsifying the history of America’s entry into Iraq, and the role of the Jewish community in that policy decision.
Addressing leftist Jewish organizations that support his Iran deal, including the progressive J Street and the National Jewish Democratic Council, the president had this to say: “In the absence of your voice, we will see the forces that got us into the Iraq war forego this historic opportunity and put us on the path to a potential military conflict.”
This is not even thinly veiled but a wholesale resurrection of an accusation that is manifestly untrue—that American Jews and pro-Israel groups who are now rallying to stop the Iran deal are the same people who mobilized to push America into the ill-conceived and unnecessary war with Iraq.
Let us be eminently clear. Despite the president’s revival of this canard, none of the major Jewish organizations supported America’s entry into the Iraq war. Indeed, they strongly opposed it. Individual Jews overwhelmingly opposed the war by 77%, a figure that surpassed all other mainstream religious groups.
Moreover, the Israeli government opposed the war in Iraq because the preservation of the balance of power between Iraq and Iran was vital toIsrael’s security. America entered the war in Iraq over Israel’s objections—not with its support. Mr. Obama knows this.