As a proud Jew, it always disconcerts me to hear the enmity so many other Jews have for Republicans. Jews who will tell you that nothing is more important to them than Israel will then happily list the evils they attribute to the insane leaders of the GOP.
Jews are generally liberal politically, and that’s fine. But their derisiveness toward Republicans reveals a kind of self indulgence among some who, wallowing in their own politics, refuse to recognize the fervent support among Republican politicians for the state of Israel.
If Israel is so important to Jews, than Jews ought to at least give due consideration to Republicans. Please, name for me a Democratic debate in which each candidate was vying to show that THEY were Israel’s best friend.
It was news, according to some outlets, that conservative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia was actually accorded a “polite” reception when he spoke before this week’s gathering of the Union of Reform Judaism, which represents the most liberal and populous of the Jewish religious movements.
Really? Merely polite is adequate? Cantor is the most senior elected Jewish politician in the history of the United States.
But the reception was no less than rapturous for Barack Obama, who has insulted the Israeli prime minister numerous times, who has sought to change the ground rules for negotiations in favor of the Palestinians by declaring the 1967 borders the starting point for talks, who has earned the mistrust of many Israelis through his stances in the peace talks, and who literally bows before the Saudis.
Obama, who spoke to the URJ today, got the following greeting, according to the press pool report:
POTUS got a rock star reception – and returned the compliment: he told the group they hoped draft the civil rights act and other major movements: “Without these efforts I probably wouldn’t be standing here today, so
thank you,” he said. He joked about how his daughter, malia, has reached the age to be invited to bar and bat mitzvahs. He talked about prejudices jews have sustained and said “I feel a connection” and that only in america is his story possible.
Rabbi Eric Yoffie introduced POTUS, and noted he was speaking to a group that “supports health care for all americans,” gay rights and ending DADT. He called POTUS a “wonderful friend to this movement”
Obama, as is his wont, favorably compared his administration to all others, without offering up a scrap of evidence.
I am proud to say that no U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel’s security than ours. None. Don’t let anybody else tell you otherwise. It is a fact.
Well, I’ll give you one: The Republican president liberals revile most, Richard Nixon.
As Israel incurred massive losses of materiel and manpower during the early days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Nixon ordered an resupply operation on the order of the Berlin Airlift.
Over a four week period, hundreds of jumbo U.S. cargo planes delivered over 22,000 tons of armaments, allowing Israel to freely expend the remaining resources it had with the assurance it would get more.
Alexander Haig, then a senior White House aide, recalled that though consumed by Watergate, Nixon drew his attention squarely toward saving Israel.
As soon as the scope and pattern of Israeli battle losses emerged, Nixon ordered that all destroyed equipment be made up out of U.S. stockpiles, using the very best weapons America possessed. . . . Whatever it takes, he told Kissinger . . . save Israel.
The president asked Kissinger for a precise accounting of Israel’s military needs, and Kissinger proceeded to read aloud from an itemized list.
“Double it,” Nixon ordered. “Now get the hell out of here and get the job done.”
Can you really imagine Obama taking this type of decisive action? I can’t.
Obama also claimed to be dealing with Iran on Israel’s behalf.
Another grave concern -– and a threat to the security of Israel, the United States and the world -– is Iran’s nuclear program. And that’s why our policy has been absolutely clear: We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. (Applause.)
And that’s why we’ve worked painstakingly from the moment I took office with allies and partners, and we have imposed the most comprehensive, the hardest-hitting sanctions that the Iranian regime has ever faced. We haven’t just talked about it, we have done it. And we’re going to keep up the pressure. (Applause.) And that’s why, rest assured, we will take no options off the table. We have been clear.
Please, point me to some article somewhere showing that Iran has slowed its drive toward obtaining nuclear weapons since Obama assumed office.
The latest outrage is that Obama has actually discouraged sanctioning of Iran’s central bank, a move that could really hurt the regime. Is this, one wonders, because the economic fallout could have really hurt . . . Obama?
A nuclear Iran is a mortal threat to Israel and, ultimately, to the United States. Leave it to the same wildly applauded president to keep the U.S. military in check and at best let Israel try to take out the program militarily – and do it much more poorly than we would have.
Obama won’t lift a finger, except to acknowledge the applause.