President Obama blamed Hamas, not Israel, for the conflict that resulted in the death of an estimated 100 or more Palestinian civilians.
In this light, Dratwa’s Facebook post seems misdirected, highly confused and opens the door to charges that he holds a distinct racial animus against blacks, as well as President Obama.
Dratwa, in an effort to defend himself, on his Facebook page wrote, “I am, and have always been, completely candid about my beliefs and have nothing to hide.”
He concluded by saying, curiously, that “the aforementioned photos do not reflect my beliefs and have no bearing whatsoever on my position in the Israeli Defense Forces.” Yet Dratwa, as a spokesman for the Israeli military, is expressly forbidden from issuing political statements of any kind and at any time.
At the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D. C., however, that regulation is apparently unknown. In a statement for BlackAmericaWeb.com, the Embassy commented, “this man, while not correct, was using his personal social media account.”
In speaking to its apparent concerns, the Embassy continued, “this event does not and should not reflect on the relationship between the United States and Israel, or their leaders.”
That relationship, however, remains strained, even as President Obama has been credited, including by political opponents, with providing Israel with the greatest financial and military resources the United States has ever extended to that small, conflicted nation.
The United States-Israel Mutual Security Cooperation Act, signed by President Obama about two months ago, cemented $70 million in fresh aid for Israel’s defense.
Funding for the “Iron Dome,” a short range missile defense shield–and Israeli access to America’s most advanced weapons systems–were included in the agreement. For the past several months, 3,000 United States troops have joined Israeli soldiers in sophisticated war games.