On today's edition of Fox Business' Follow the Money, Eric Bolling asked if President Obama is "losing the left and the liberals because he -- because of his -- I'm not going to say anti-Israel, but certainly not pro-Israel agenda." While Obama's supposed hostility to Israel is a pretty standard falsehood promulgated by the right-wing media, it was a particularly poor time for Bolling to make such an unsupported charge.
That's because it has been revealed that Obama personally intervened to save the lives of six Israelis who were trapped inside the Israeli embassy in Cairo, and, in doing so, earned the praise of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and prominent Jewish organizations.
Last week, President Obama intervened to ask Egypt's leaders to protect people in Israel's embassy in Cairo from a mob of protesters attacking the building. Complying with Obama's request, Egyptian commando forces stormed the embassy and rescued six trapped staffers. At an Israel Policy Forum symposium on "Security and the New Middle East," Efraim Halevy, the former director of Israel's national intelligence agency, the Mossad, credited Obama as the "one man" who brought about the rescue of the staffers and praised him for "leadership of historic dimensions":
From Halevy's comments:
"We've been talking these days about Turkey and about Egypt. And I would like to say something about the event which took place last Friday evening or through the night in Cairo, which I think to a large extent was a seminal event, not only in the history of the Middle East but also in the history of the relations between Israel and Egypt, and between Israel and the United States of America.
But one of the decisions he had to take in the end, he wanted to take, was to find ways of extricating his people, our people, out of that embassy. And he turned to one man, to the President of the United States, and he spoke to him. And the president of the United States, without having much time to consult with Congress, and with the media, and with the analysts and with all of the other people who have to be consulted on major and grave decisions. He took a decision to take up the telephone and get on the line with the powers that be in Egypt, and get them to order the release of these six people, and the detail of the Egyptian commando forces entered and saved them.
I think that this decision by President Obama was a unique decision in many ways. Because I don't have to tell you, and this was just said time and time and over again this afternoon/this evening, that the United States is not in a position the way it was many years ago in the Middle East, it has its problems, it has its considerations, and rightly so. But I believe the leadership that the President of the United States showed on that night was a leadership of historic dimensions. It was he who took the ultimate decision that night which prevented what could have been a sad outcome -- instead of six men coming home, the arrival in Israel of six body bags.
And I want to say to you very openly and very clearly that had there been six body bags, there would have been a much different Israel today than we have been used to seeing over recent years. This would not have been one more incident, one more operation, one event. And the man who brought this about was one man and that was President Barack Hussein Obama.
And I believe it is our duty as Israelis, as citizens of the free world, to say, not simply thank you President Obama, but also we respect you for the way and the manner in which you took this decision."
Obama's actions led Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to praise the president in a speech in Israel on September 10:
I want to use this opportunity to thank US President Barack Obama. I requested his assistance at a decisive -- I would even say fateful -- moment. He said he would do everything possible, and this is what he did. He activated all of the United States' means and influence -- which are certainly considerable. I believe we owe him a special debt of gratitude.
Obama's actions also earned him the praise of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC):
AIPAC and the American Jewish Committee praised the Obama administration for its intervention on behalf of Israel's besieged Cairo embassy.
"AIPAC appreciates the immediate intervention by President Obama and the U.S. Administration to guarantee the safety of Israeli diplomats and their families whose lives were in danger by an Egyptian mob at the Israeli embassy in Cairo," the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said in a rare public statement. "AIPAC encourages the U.S. to continue to urge Egypt to adhere to its treaty obligations with Israel under the Camp David Accords and its international commitments to maintain the safety of foreign embassies and diplomats."
And the ironic thing is, just a few hours before smearing Obama as not pro-Israel, Bolling complained about Obama's re-election campaign launching a website to fight against smears.