Mark Levin: Netanyahu's ‘Leader of the Free World, Not Obama’

Michael Morris | March 18, 2015 | 4:16pm EDT
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President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, seen here during a White House meeting on March 5, 2012, have not always seen eye-to-eye. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Nationally syndicated radio show host Mark Levin discussed the emerging nuclear deal between the United States and Iran and relations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, stating that “[t]he problem is not Netanyahu, the problem is Obama.”

In a recent Q&A on Israel Hayom, Mark Levin, a Jewish American lawyer and author, described Obama as “anti-Israel,” further saying that “[h]e (Obama) is among the top five worst presidents, maybe the top three,” while referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “the leader of the free world.”

With millions of regular listeners, Levin has not hidden his respect for Israel and her leader, nor has he hidden his concerns about the tiny Jewish nation’s future. In the wake of a firestorm that is brewing in the Middle East it appears that his biggest concern, as of late, is the emerging nuclear deal between the United States and Iran.

In the Israel Hayom Q&A written by Boaz Bismuth, when asked, “Does Obama See Iran through different eyes than we do? Could it be that what we see as a problem, he sees as a solution?” Levin’s answer was nothing short of direct.

“Why did Winston Churchill see the rise of Adolf Hitler and yet Neville Chamberlain sought to make peace as if Hitler was going to accommodate Britain?” asked Levin. “In some respects we have the same problem here. We have a president who seeks to appease and accommodate and that is simply not going to work – that is his mentality in my view.”

“Also,” continued Levin, “he has a real hatred for [Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and any Israeli leader who would not bend to his demands, which are quite radical when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians. I mean, pre-1967 borders? That would be national suicide for Israel. The American people understand that.”

“You have to keep in mind Obama's background,” said Levin. “The people he surrounded himself with were extremely radical. That would include Professor Rashid Khalidi at Columbia University, who, for a period of time, was a mouthpiece for Hamas. These are the individuals Obama sought out and befriended when he was running for office. That is the mentality. You have a mixture of ideological extremism and an appeasement mindset, which endangers Israel and, quite frankly, endangers the United States in my view.”

When asked, “Would you characterize Obama as anti-Israel?” Levin’s answer, again, cut to the quick.

“I believe he is anti-Israel,” stated Levin emphatically. “He hasn’t shown any indication otherwise, in my view. Even when Hamas was firing thousands of rockets into Israel several months ago, he slow-walked armaments to the Israeli government because he didn’t think that the Israeli people should be defending themselves if they needed to. I see no indication that Obama is pro-Israel.”

Then, later in the Q&A, Levin was asked whether Netanyahu’s address to Congress was the right thing for the Israeli Prime Minister to do: “Was Netanyahu right to come to Congress and give his address?”

“Of course Netanyahu was right,” said Levin. “I was in the gallery and it was a profound speech. I said on my radio show to my 8.5 million listeners that when I listened to Netanyahu it was quite clear to me that he was the leader of the free world, not Obama. …”

So, what then, is Obama’s legacy? “Does Obama have a legacy?” the interviewer asked Levin.

“Yes, he has a legacy,” answered Levin. “He has done more damage to the American constitutional and economic system than any other president in modern American history. And, I might add, he has done more damage to our relationships with our allies than any other modern president I can think of. The world’s enemies, the enemies of Western civilization, are on the rise, are stronger than ever before, are conquering more territory than ever before and are more dangerous – that is his legacy.”

Next, the Q&A shifted, focusing more on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but Levin did not shy away from telling the interviewer whom he thought the problem was.

Levin was asked, “Are Netanyahu’s opponents right? Did he destroy Israel’s relations with the U.S.?”

“The American people and the Israeli people are best friends,” answered Levin. “The American government and the Israeli government, generally, are best friends. The problem is not Netanyahu, the problem is Obama. He is a problem not just for Israel, he is a problem for the American people and the United States. He is a problem for many allies all over the world who are cringing and praying for the end of his term to arrive.”

The interviewer then asked Levin about Netanyahu's address and how it will effect the Iran deal. “You said Netanyahu refuses to succumb to pressure. He proved it when he insisted on speaking at Congress. Will it pay off?” the interviewer asked Levin. “Will it help thwart the emerging deal with Iran?”

“I don’t know if it will change anything,” answered Levin, “because Obama is very ideologically driven, very strongheaded, very thin-skinned. … I don’t know if it will change anything any more than Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address changed anything, but it was a very important speech to a very important audience and I’m very glad that he gave it.”

And following yesterday’s election results in Israel, where Netanyahu and the Israeli Likud party pulled off a stunning victory, it appears President Obama, again, will have to contend with “the leader of the free world” (Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, in Mark Levin’s words).

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