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Obama Wildly Cheered by Reform Jews

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.

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37 Responses to Obama Wildly Cheered by Reform Jews

  1. Thanks for the post. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only Jew who’s critical of Obama. I’m not even that observant or all that socially conservative.

  2. If Mayor Ed Koch can be critical of Obama, there’s hope yet for Jews to wake up and smell the coffee. Also, don’t discount that while Jews may be applauding wildly in public, what they’re saying behind closed doors is another matter. I’ve had more than one conversation lately with progressive liberal Jews who will not take applause inside the voting booth this November.

  3. The American Jewish support of the liberals who hate them has always mystified me. I just don’t get it. They must be the descendents of the Jews of post WWI Germany who didn’t think Hitler “really meant it” in Mein Kampf.

    • This one of the most disturbing facts regarding liberal Jews. I too just don’t get it. How can they put the lives of these people in such danger? Do they profit so much that the gamble is worth it? I don’t think so. Wake up, Iran tells us daily what they want to do.

  4. Great Nixon story!
    MrO is most humorous when he challenges us to find facts to disprove his facts. He’s not brilliant and he is not a friend to anyone least of all Israel.

  5. Through history anytime class warfare was used to divide the society on power shifting issues it was always when nations were in conflict with each other , look it up . Its the same world just a different time .
    Maybe they think if they are on the right side of this they will be spared ?
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    Ex-CIA Agent Gives The Answer to S. 1867 and the Tyranny!
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    Ted Turner says there is a Problem and that this is causing Climate
    Change , TOO Many people
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    UN Pushes Population Control Agenda
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-mainmenu-26/north-america-mainmenu-36/9545-un-pushes-population-control-agenda

    “Seven big problems for 7 billion people . Experts weigh in on predicaments caused by a burgeoning world population ,
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44990504/ns/us_news-life/

  6. Excellent piece of work and very moving as it comes straight from the heart. For me as well as a Jew that easily perceives the hypocrisy of Obama towards Israel, his intentions and the damage he is doing to America and its allies, not to mention the economy and the worst part is that he is doing it so obviously that everyone can see it. I also have great difficulty understanding why so many people, people that truly love America and what America stands for haven’t quite figured out yet that there is nothing new or good to be expected from a president that keeps blowing his own horn and in reality has accomplished nothing but pile up lies, debt, unemployment and international uncertainty to say the least.

  7. To understand the URJ’s embracing of Obama, one needs to look back at where and why the Reformed movement began. It had its roots in the French Revolution, and after the defeat of Napoleon, Jews were forced back into the ghettos. In the early 1800’s Rabbi Geiger suggested that there be a change in the way European Jewry worship, and a strong push was made to make Judaism more like its Christian neighbors. Due to the re-ghettoisation of the Jews in Europe, many began to convert to Christianity in order to preserve the freedoms that they had grown to enjoy. It was Geiger, wanting to stem the tide of conversion, who pushed for Jews to be Jews, but to also adopt a more “modern” perspective regarding their Jewishness. Germany was the main center of the Reformed movement, with many Reformed Jews being anti-Zionist, believing that Germany would be the new Zion.

    In the mid-1800’s the Reform movement came to America, Jews had been in America since well before the Revolution, but the majority of them were Sephardic. Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise was one of the major movers and shakers of the Reformed movement, finally settling in Cincinnati and founding among other things; Minhag American (1857); the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in 1873; Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1875 and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) in 1889.

    The total Jewish population in America is approx. 6.5 million, or 2.1% of the population. Approx. 42% of American Jews identify themselves as Reformed, the remainder being split between Orthodox – 7%, Conservative – 22% and being either “just Jewish” or some other off shoot. When you consider the fact that there are approx. 13.5 million Jews worldwide, you have to wonder why anyone would want to pick on this particular population.

    With the passing of the Nuremberg Laws in 1935 in Germany the stage was set to define, according to the Nazis, what constituted a “Jew.” German Jews were among the most assimilated Jews in Europe, and considered themselves Germans more than Jews. Many had intermarried with non-Jews, and with the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws the status German Jews once had was destroyed. If a person had two Jewish grandparents, they were considered Mischling, or half-breeds. They were also subject to the “Final Solution” just like their purebred cousins.

    In America many of the Reformed Jews of Eastern Europe had also inter-married, and after the war it became obvious to many that the only secure place for Jews was a Jewish homeland – Israel. Originally Aliyah was for those that were pure Jews, but under pressure from the American Reform movement, Israel modified the law in 1970 to allow the Mischlinge the right of return.

    The Reform movement has always been liberal in its politics in America, while the Orthodox and Conservative have leaned more to the right. It is my experience that many of the Reform are nearly schizophrenic in their view of life. They want to be Jewish, but also want to be assimilated into the environs in which they live, and often that is not possible. As a Mischling myself, one Jewish, one Catholic parent, I have walked that razor’s edge between the two cultures, having never been fully accepted by either. I think that is why so many in the Reform movement have adopted the leftist or liberal slant. They want so badly to be a part of something that they are settling for nothing.

    Jews in America have been on the forefront of every major civil rights movement for the past hundred years, from the marches in Selma to embracing the rights of gays to marry. And yet, the very people that they have worked so hard to protect and lift up are the very ones that denigrate and dismiss them as some sort of “problem” thus causing the schizophrenia and self-loathing that many Jews feel. The question that often comes to my mind is, “Why do we even try?” American Jews, just as the German Jews of the 1930’s, are among the most assimilated in the world, and yet more and more are we blamed for all the world’s problems.

    The West has been duped into thinking that the two hundred years of the Crusades are the West’s fault, when they were nothing more than a response to Islamic conquest. Had it not been for Charles Martel at the Battle of Poitiers/Tours there would be a minaret in Paris rather than an Eifel Tower. Had it not been for the Polish king, Jan III Sobieski, Vienna would have been lost to the Ottomans and Eastern Europe would be speaking Arabic. Islam is not only a religion, it is a political ideology, one rooted in world domination. America owes it to the world to be the new Charles Martel or Jan III Sobieski, and stop the Crescent tide from running rampant again. Our best ally in this effort is a country that has a population less than New Jersey. Yet the history revisionists of the world are still making Islam the victim for 1400 years of conquest and war. The 200 years of the Crusades and the 150 years of European colonialism is nothing compared to what Muslim expansionism did since the time of Mohammad.

    America has to support Israel, not only to protect this tiny country, but also to protect ourselves from an ideology that will not stop until it has achieved its goal, and that is the Islamisation of the world. I only wish my Reformed brothers and sisters would understand that, unless they want to be hunted down as we were in Germany in the ‘30s and’40s, we need a President and Congress that will stand strong with our only true ally in the Middle East.

  8. I watched BHO’s body language when Bibi said, “that’s just not going to happen” in response to his ’67 borders and I said to my wife, “there goes Florida” -you could cut the disrespect w/ a knife.

    His popularity w/ jews, gays and to a lesser degree blacks is a mystery to me. Other than it must be fashionable.

  9. Keith, in all my days, I have never seen a President who, by his actions, has been more disrespectful of Israel than this one. At the same time, he talks about how unwavering is U.S. support for such an important ally. This, while he shows great disrespect for P.M. Netanyahu! In the meantime, many of Israel’s staunchest supporters tend to be conservative, tend to vote Republican, and tend to live here in the Bible Belt of the South. We tend to be Christian, brought up to respect Israel as God’s chosen people, and early on learn about the verse in the Bible where God said, “I will bless those who bless you (Israel) and curse those who curse you.” Mr. Netanyahu recently extended Christmas greetings to Christians in Israel and across the world, and it is wonderful to see such a great man take the time to do this. If liberal Jews here in America only understood that many of Israel’s greatest supporters are as I described above, perhaps they might see clearer that Republicans are not the enemy.

    • Thanks Deana, it’s heartwarming to read your words. Having heard from so many Christians so fervently supportive of Israel, I have come to believe it even transcends religion. The feeling of religious brotherhood has extended into a general empathy for a country that is democratic, maligned around the world, and struggling against radical totalitarians who hate Americans as well. If only more Jews could recognize that there is a genuine hand of friendship in the Bible Belt outstretched toward them.

  10. Maybe I an generalizing or am a racist or something, but I always think of most Jews as smart. I think they like to be in the intelligensia…They think this “professor” is intelligent…so… It’s all appearances–and inattention to detail and logic.

  11. “Please, point me to some article somewhere showing that Iran has slowed its drive toward obtaining nuclear weapons since Obama assumed office.”
    On April 5, 2009, in Hradcany Square, Prague, Czech Republic, Obama gave the green light to Iran’s nuclear program.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-By-President-Barack-Obama-In-Prague-As-Delivered/
    “Iran has yet to build a nuclear weapon. My administration will seek engagement with Iran based on mutual interests and mutual respect. We believe in dialogue. (Applause.) But in that dialogue we will present a clear choice. We want Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations, politically and economically. We will support Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear energy with rigorous inspections. That’s a path that the Islamic Republic can take. Or the government can choose increased isolation, international pressure, and a potential nuclear arms race in the region that will increase insecurity for all.”

  12. Dear Deana. Many thanks. We all appreciate your steadfastness here in Israel. I personally don’t understand these Reform ‘Jews,’ albeit to say that I was once one. I may not be orthodox but a traditional Jew. I do not understand my family in the USA who call themselves Conservative Jews but who appear to care more for Palestinian rights and less for Orthodox Jewry and who will not hear anything at all about Obama. Thankfully many other American Jewish colleagues and friends, also on the liberal side, have grave doubts about Obama and will not be voting for him a second time.

    • RoMo, you are certainly welcome. I was raised the granddaughter of a Southern Baptist preacher, and when the family gathered for supper at Granny and Pop’s house, the talk around the table after supper inevitably turned to prophecy and End Times. The importance of Israel was always impressed on me from a young age. We Evangelical Christians believe that as the End Times advance, Israel will lose her long-held allies (including the U.S. — I think Obama has contributed greatly to that) and will return to her reliance on God and God alone. I’m not proselytizing by any means — just explaining why many Christians are so supportive of Israel.

  13. I have never seen a man pit race against race and then adds religion to the
    mix. Truly a vile bunch and as Obama has roots in a church that taught that
    hatred we shouldn’t be surprised. As a Catholic it would be like Pope bashing or like Bibi nd the Dali Lama being sent out the back door by the trash. I still
    don’t understand why he maintains the Jewish vote if he does. The whole Obama adm is ready willing and able to throw Isreal under the bus. I don’t
    understand and hope they know American’s of all religions do not agree.
    If they went back to the 67 borders all the religious sights so important would be off limits. But that’s probably a good result for Obama heartbreaking.

  14. If their self hatred is so great thry feel compelled to align themselves with those who wish them ill, it would be fine if the extent of their actions were limited. Unfortunately, they’re going to get us all killed. And for that, I resent them enormously.