So it turns out that President Obama not only thinks he understands Israel better than the Israelis, he also sees himself as being “the closest thing to a Jew” that has ever served as president. That quote comes from David Axelrod, the former Obama political adviser, who told Israel’s Channel 2 the president said this in the context of complaining about how hurtful it was to him that some Israelis and American Jews consider him an opponent of the Jewish state or even an anti-Semite. That Obama has a very thin skin is something that has been apparent throughout his presidency. But the idea that he somehow considers himself at least as, if not more, Jewish than the leaders of the Jewish state and its supporters is a remarkable insight into his thinking. The question is not so much whether to accept this bizarre formulation as it is to what would lead the president to come to such a mistaken conclusion. The only answer is that he, like some of his Jewish supporters, actually thinks Jewish identity is a function of modern American political liberalism rather than a faith or a people.