During the Democratic Convention, its leadership and some media seemed to be -- but maybe not genuinely -- surprised that any reference to Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel had been dropped from their platform. But, no one should have surprised; given the President's historical attitudes towards Israel, and his belief that the Palestinians are the victims of Israel imperialism.
For twenty years, President Obama sat in a church that was headed by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and, I'm sure that, for twenty years, he listened to much hatred for the Israelis being spewed out of Wrights mouth. Wright is a person who blames America for the attacks on 9/11 because of our association with Israel and what he considers as their victimization of the Palestinians. He has called Judaism a gutter religion. Before Reverend Wright was a minister, was a Black Muslim; and, Black Muslim's make no bones about the destruction of Israel. One of his key supporters and, I'm sure friend, is George Soros; an avid critic of America's close relationship with Israel. One of the best recaps of Obama's attitudes toward Israel can be found in this article written in January 2008 for the American Thinker by Ed Lasky: http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/01/barack_obama_and_israel.html.
Then, there was Obama's May 2011 declaration that called for Israel to return to its pre-Six Day War, 1967 borders as a prerequisite for peace. In that very statement, he was clearly siding with the Palestinians; knowing full well that the City of Jerusalem would be, once again, divided with Palestinians controlling East Jerusalem. More importantly, some of the most holy Israeli religious sites would then be handed over to Muslims who, in the past, have had no qualms about destroying non-Muslim religious antiquities.
Obama once said he knows more about Judaism than any other past president. However, I would question whether he knows Judaism and Israel in the way that Reverend Wright espouses or in the way that most Americans look at that country and its religion. I think the dropping of Jerusalem from the platform speaks volumes in answering that question.
For more reading: New York Times May 2011: Obama Sees ’67 Borders as Starting Point for Peace Deal: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/middleeast/20speech.html?pagewanted=all