Obama and Sarkozy Dis Netanyahu
Stand For Israel: In an unfortunate example of not knowing when your microphone is on, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “liar” and said he “cannot stand” him while speaking privately to President Barack Obama after the two leaders held a joint press conference at the G20 summit in France on Monday.
Sadly, President Obama responded, “you’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”
The French President, in his on-the-record comments, told reporters that France firmly opposes Iran’s nuclear program and that he supports further sanctions against Iran, and he hinted that France would come to Israel’s aid and would not “stand by idly” if it were attacked by Iran. President Obama has made similar pronouncements.
These statements of support notwithstanding, Sarkozy and Obama’s conversation shows that if there’s anything that the Jewish people have learned – or should have learned – over the course of their triumphant history, is not to place their destiny in the hands of strangers. As we learn in Psalm 117, “it is better to take refuge in God than to rely on man. It is better to take refuge in God than to rely on nobles.”
Israel has many enemies today. And, as we see from Sarkozy and Obama’s gaffe, even Israel’s allies make statements and implement policies that call into question their continued support of the Jewish State – and are sometimes downright offensive and insulting. But, thankfully, today, the Jewish people do have friends who are unwavering in their support for Israel – most notably our wonderful Christian friends. And those friends help best when they help us to defend ourselves – through prayer, charity, and activism. We’re so grateful for all you do!