By Pamela Geller
From the former Soviet Republic of Georgia comes news of an extraordinary betrayal by the Obama Administration. As Obama continues to abandon freedom in his support of Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia revolutions and regimes in Egypt and elsewhere, he has taken behind-the-scenes steps to further the international isolation of Israel, the only democracy in that Middle East.
Just before the November 29 United Nations vote granting non-member state observer status, the U.S. ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, an Obama appointee, met with Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. During their conversation, Norland recommended that the Prime Minister that Georgia should vote in favor of a Palestinian state.
This happened despite the U.S.'s official opposition, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the vote "unfortunate and counterproductive ... plac[ing] further obstacles in the path of peace." Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on the day of the vote: "None of the vital interests of peace appear in the resolution that will be put forward before the General Assembly today and that is why Israel cannot accept it." He was right. But in Georgia, the U.S. was betraying a steadfast and true ally.
This information comes from Gabriel M. Mirilashvili, a prominent businessman and corporation owner in Georgia, who is Vice-President of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and head of the World Congress of Georgian Jews. Mirilashvili says that he heard this from Ivanishvili himself, and that there exists an official record of the conversation between Norland and Ivanishvili. When Mirilashvili urged Ivanishvili to oppose the Palestinian statehood resolution, Ivanishvili responded that the American ambassador had told him to support it.
It is also interesting to note that a few days before this meeting, George Soros came to Georgia and also met with Prime Minister Ivanishvili, and they agreed to collaborate on various initiatives. President Obama's close ties to Soros goes back to the 2007 and the run up to the 2008 presidential election.
Meanwhile, another source said that Georgia is harboring Chechen jihadists -- killers who have Georgian passports. When some of these jihadis were arrested in Turkey, the Turkish press published the fact that they were traveling on Georgian passports. What's more, their leader, Umar Sugaipov, who is not currently in Georgia, is a former deputy head of security for the late President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, Aslan Maskhadov.
This is the kind of government that the Obama Administration is whispering with to work against Israel. That the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia would advise that nation's Prime Minister to support a Palestinian state is shocking, but not surprising. This is what the U.S. under Obama has been covertly but effectively pursuing on the world stage for four years now. While Obama is courting influential Jews in America and Americans who support the tiny Jewish state, he is betraying Israel, our only reliable ally in the Middle East.
Obama's foreign policy has been instrumental in the rise of jihadist and Islamic supremacist regimes across the Middle East and North Africa. And it is not difficult to see what the second Obama presidential term will bring. President Obama is consistent in his foreign policy. Four years into his presidency, the world is radically transformed, and soon will be unrecognizable.
Obama has said pro-Israel things -- but in reality his words mean nothing when he has also called upon Israel to accept a Palestinian state with contiguous borders, which would mean a truncated and bisected Israel disastrously vulnerable to jihad attacks. He has also insulted Netanyahu repeatedly. Obama clearly wants to go even farther, but the "Palestinians" and Muslim states so far still won't cooperate by even giving the appearance of accepting Israel's existence and wanting to establish a lasting peace.
Obama's hostility towards Israel is hardly surprising. I warned of his policies towards Israel and the Jewish people in my book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America. His anti-Israel alliances and troubling relationships are meticulously documented. What wasn't knowable was just how unfriendly Obama would get with the Jewish homeland. If his anti-Jewish mentors and advisors are any indication, Israel would be wise to realign with other freedom-loving nations as quickly as possible - before U.S. Ambassadors direct any more foreign leaders to betray Israel.