A US official close to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry said both men are disturbed over what is being perceived in their inner circle as “Jewish activism in Congress” that they think is being encouraged by the Israeli government, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.
The official has informed Israeli government figures that the president and secretary of state are disappointed over repeated attacks made against them by leading members of the Jewish community in the US.
Now, notice the circular reasoning here, in which the circle is expanded to include Jewish Americans.
The Obama administration makes numerous foreign policy decisions that affects numerous countries; those countries will be more happy, or less so, with the Administration's foreign policy according to how they perceive that policy affecting their own interests. And various constituencies in the American electorate will have their own opinions on these same policies. So far, business as usual - all in a day's foreign policy work.
But here's what's going on here. Obama's people have knowingly taken an adversarial line against Netanyahu's government - and then they're shocked and outraged that some Americans object, and they conclude that those Americans are being put up to it by the Jerusalem government.
And it's not just "some Americans", not Israeli-Americans, not Zionist Americans, not AIPAC supporters, that Obama perceives as the threat - it's Jewish Americans. Which flies in the face of the actual voting patterns of liberal (often anti-Zionist) American Jews and pro-Israel Christians.
In other words, the Administration treats American Jews as a de facto extension of the Israeli government.
But try to get Obama to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.