January 2009: Just days after he became President, Barack Obama chose to grant his first public interview to Al-Arabiya, a leading worldwide Arab satellite channel based in Dubai. In the interview, he assured Muslims that America was not an enemy.
November 2009: The White House released a photo of Obama talking on the phone to Prime Minister Netanyahu from the Oval Office. It shows him sitting back, with his feet up on the Resolute Desk; the photographer was in front of the desk, making the most prominent feature of the photo the soles of Obama’s shoes.
March 19, 2012: The White House released a photo of President Obama talking on the phone with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from the Oval Office. It shows him sitting up straight, shoes totally out of sight.
In Middle Eastern cultures, it is a serious offense to show the soles of your shoes to someone. This is why that journalist threw shoes at President Bush and the heavy media coverage of that insult ensured that the insult Obama sent Israel with these photos was not only understood in the Middle East, but here as well.
May 2011: The White House released photos of Obama’s Oval Office meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which Obama’s anger and loathing for the Israeli leader are readily apparent.
July 26, 2012: Obama’s Press Secretary absolutely refused to say where Israel’s capital is [:51]
July 29, 2012: During his visit to Israel, Mitt Romney publicly referred to Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel.” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said,
Mitt, I want to thank you for those very strong words of support and friendship for Israel and for Jerusalem that we heard today in your speech by the walls of Jerusalem. Jerusalem today is marking the destruction of the city thousands of years ago. As you see it’s been rebuilt by the Jewish people, open to all the three great faiths, vibrant, bustling, and as you said, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and Jerusalem will always be the capital of Israel. So welcome to Jerusalem, Mitt. [emphasis added by CtH]
Netanyahu and his wife Sara then had the Romneys over for dinner.
September 2, 2012: The Pentagon basically pulled out of a joint military exercise with Israel that had been scheduled for next month. A senior member of Israel’s security cabinet said,
This is the Obama administration’s response to the dinner party Netanyahu held in (Mitt) Romney’s honor. … There is no doubt that President Barack Obama, if he is reelected, will make Netanyahu pay.