President Obama found the golden reason to explain his erosion in support, as recent polls show him losing support in the Jewish community, It's that simple. Those who dare to speak out and publicly criticize his policies on Israel are blatantly disguised with his Middle Name.
"I'm vilified by the Republicans, because of my Muslim name," he told a group of Conservative Movement leaders, during a meeting on Tuesday in the WH , Yitchak BenHorin Reports.
In the meeting, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more "about Judaism" than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.
"Obama ... stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it," Haaretz reports.
When he was how does he feels about Israel? Obama joked that Lew always warns him it will get to "the kishkes question." Sounding offended by the question, he told the group, "I am not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?"
"Rather than describe how deeply I care about Israel, I want to be blunt about how we got here," he went on to defend himself. He then suggested that he should not be questioned about his commitment to the Jewish state because "all his friends in Chicago were Jewish - and at the beginning of his political career he was accused of being a puppet of the Israel lobby."
Now, he said, the Republicans are trying to portray him as not being supportive of Israel by stressing the fact that his father was Muslim and he has a Muslim name, as well as by claiming that he had been overly aggressive in pushing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to promote the peace process with the Palestinians.
Obama told the Rabbis, that as a senator he fully backed legislation aimed at preserving Israel's qualitative military edge, but then Bibi arrived. Ever since, he claims, people judged his support for Israel because of the differences between a center right government in Israel and center-left in the U.S., and that he pressed Netanyahu too hard in his belief that it's time to seize the moment and pursue peace initiative.
"He wondered how come no one asks Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel about their support to Israel," one of the participants told Natasha Mozgovaya.
Agreeably, Bill Kristol's response is: Really?
Earlier in 2010, in first interview to an Israeli TV channel, Obama told Yonit Levy That Israelis are suspicious about him largely because of his middle name. "Some of it may just be the fact that my middle name is Hussein, and that creates suspicion."