“Today he said in a speech that the United States of America and Canada, that’s the comparison you look for. You look to the Palestinians and the United States ‑‑ or the Palestinians and Israel; it’s the same relationship as the United States and Canada. That is the most ‑‑ I mean, I apologize to first graders, but that is the most ‑‑ that’s ‑‑ a first grader would make a better comparison than that. That is unbelievable. It shows the man has absolutely no idea what’s really going on,” Glenn said.
“To equate the Palestinians, who are lobbing missiles over the border, to equate them to Canada is beyond comprehension. And if you think that if Canada was bombing our schools, bombing our buses, if you think that we wouldn’t be behaving like Israel times a thousand, this ‑‑ these people would rise up. Americans would rise up and say enough is enough. We would. We wouldn’t have the restraint that Israel has. Because we’ve forced Israel to sit on their hands for so long. We wouldn’t put up with it.”
As bad as the Canada comparison was, Glenn said the most disturbing elements of this story come not from Obama’s words but his actions.
President Obama, who is making his first trip to Israel as the Commander-in-Chief, declined an invitation to speak in fron of the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body. Instead, he spoke to handpicked members of the radical left at a university.
Columnist Caroline Glick explained, “The only revealing aspect of Obama’s itinerary is his decision to on the one hand bypass Israel’s elected representatives by spurning the invitation to speak before the Knesset; and on the other hand to address a handpicked audience of university students – an audience grossly overpopulated by unelectable, radical leftists.”
Glenn said, “I’ll tell you what this president is doing: He is sending a very clear signal to the enemies of Israel: ‘I do not endorse or believe that the Knesset is even legitimate. I am with you. Judea and Samaria belongs to you, not to Israel. And while I could sit here and talk to people like Benjamin Netanyahu, I’d rather talk to you, the radical, because you are the one that has the key to the solution and the future.’ That is exactly what is happening with the president’s trip.”
In her column, Glick pointed out that the last time Obama spoke in the Middle East, he invited members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the radical left to attend his speech in Cairo. Not long after, Egypt was enveloped in the uprising known as the Arab Spring which saw radical Islamists rise to power.
“Nobody else either sees it or they’re too much of a pansy to get on air and actually say it. But this guy is setting the Middle East on fire yet again. You watch. You watch. In the next 12 months, you watch these people who have been invited to this and you see if there isn’t trouble or a real gaining of traction with the radicals in Israel.”