If President Obama wants to keep the Jewish vote, he’ll need some new advisers. Because the president’s Rosh Hashanah message is an insult to the Jewish people and Israel.
Take a listen.
First of all, Mr. “Pahkeestahn” pronounces everyone else’s foreign language words correctly, why not Hebrew? The “O” in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a long “O,” as in “Obama.” Ohhhhhkay?
No, that’s not the insult, just a bone to pick. The insult is this:
Around the world, a new generation is reaching for their universal rights.
By this he means the “Arab Spring.” Just as he did in his Passover greeting, Obama is using a Jewish holiday to tout the struggle of people who, by and large, hate Jews.
It’s a tribute to how little this supposedly worldly man understands about other cultures that he could possibly place the Arabs and the Muslims into a Jewish New Year greeting.
In the piece I did on the Passover greeting, I cited several questions posed in a 2010 Arab public opinion poll by the Brookings Institute. Here’s what I wrote:
Question: When you watch Israeli civilian casualties in the conflict with the Palestinians, which two of the following best describe your feelings?
“Israelis brought it upon themselves” was selected by 75 percent of the Arabs interviewed. “Revenge for the Palestinians” was chosen by 59 percent. “Empathy with the Israeli victims was chosen by . . . three percent. “Angry with the Palestinians” by one percent.
How about the following question: “When you watch a movie or a program about the Jewish Holocaust, which of the following is closest to your feelings?
Well, fully 97 percent chose “Empathize with the Jews who suffered under the Nazis.”
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Well, it would make sense, if it were true. Sorry to mislead you. In actuality, the number of Arabs who said they empathize with the Jews who suffered under the Nazis was three percent.
Fifty nine percent chose “resent it as I feel it brings sympathy toward Israel and Jews at the expense of Palestinians and Arabs.” Twenty nine percent charitably selected the option, “I have mixed feelings.”
I WASN’T AWARE IT WAS POSSIBLE TO HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST.
Sure, it’s unfortunate Jews and Arabs don’t get along, We should all work for peace, try to build bridges, etcetera, etcetera, and so forth. But since Anwar Sadat went to Jerusalem and got killed for it, there really hasn’t been much progress.
Those same people “reaching for their universal rights” are taught from their infant years to hate the Jews. I hope they get their “universal rights” – though I doubt they will, because their societies are dysfunctional – but I don’t need to hear about them in a Rosh Hashanah message.
Now let’s take a look at the Rosh Hashanah message from Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces. He too mentions the “new generation” Obama talks about.
Clearly, there is concern that the new generation “reaching out for their universal rights” is going to reach out for Israel’s throat.
The general says:
These changes have presented the state of Israel with new security challenges on all fronts, and we must prepare ourselves to deal with these threats in the future.
Israel understands that Obama’s abandonment of Hosni Mubarak and the instability in the Middle East presents a grave threat to the Jewish state.
Mr. President, go ahead and try to promote democracy in the Middle East. Good luck. But leave these people out of your Hanukkah greeting, at least.
Hat tip to Meredith Jessup at The Blog on TheBlaze website for catching this.