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Obama and Jewish American Voters

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 15, 2012

Many Libertarian and Conservatives find it difficult to comprehend President Obama’s appeal to Americans, other than those receiving government handouts, pay or benefits.  One of group of supporters that is an enigma includes Jewish American voters.

Historically Jewish Americans have voted Democratic.  This can be explained by the group’s minority and oppressed status throughout history that created a belief that governmental protection is their best protection from persecution.  In addition, many Jewish Americans that immigrated to the United States in the 20th century came from Socialist backgrounds in the European countries they left.  Finally, Franklin D. Roosevelt was viewed as a special political figure to many immigrants during the 20th century.

Up until the radical Left gained significant power in the Democratic Party it was understandable that Jewish Americans would continue support for the Party.  In fact, Harry Truman was perhaps the most important figure in the world to ensure that the State of Israel would come into existence through the UN resolution.  The more recent radical direction of the Democratic Party should bring into question further backing by the Jewish American community.

As a Democratic Party has become more radicalized towards the Left, various interest groups that are antagonistic towards Israel and some that are even anti-Semitic have gained power within the Party.  More recently the Democratic Party has shown disdain for religion in general, as well is Israel, as demonstrated in positions originally included in the 2012 Party Platform.  In addition, President Obama has taken positions and made decisions since being elected that are clearly anti-Israeli.

A recent editorial by Wayne Allyn Root (posted below), a businessman, Libertarian and Jewish American, states a logical position as to why it is time for Jewish American voters to abandon the Democratic Party in general and Barack Obama specifically.

Why Obama Has Abandoned Israel and Why Jews Should Abandon Obama

by, Wayne Allyn Root 

Mitt Romney had an interesting, controversial, and completely ignored line during his speech at the Republican National Convention. Mitt said “Obama has thrown Israel under the bus.” Mitt knew something the rest of us didn’t.  The story is shocking, as much for the betrayal of one of our strongest allies, as for the timing.

Obama has gone rogue.  It’s been clear since day one, President Obama is no friend of Israel.  But I thought his betrayal would be timed for sometime after the election- perhaps on a quiet Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday weekend.  The fact he has openly thrown Israel under the bus BEFORE the election is a disturbing sign for Jews (and for all Americans who support the right of our longtime friend and ally Israel to exist).  Can you imagine what Obama is capable of after the Presidential election- if he never again has to answer to Jewish voters?

On Thursday, August 30th Time magazine disclosed that U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman, General Martin Dempsey, told reporters in London, “I don’t want to be complicit” if Israel chooses to conduct a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.  No top general would ever say anything like that without orders from the White House. Those are clearly Obama’s words, not Dempsey’s.

Even louder than the words are the actions of the Obama administration.  TIME reports that a U.S.-Israeli joint war games exercise was postponed several months ago to show Obama’s displeasure over Israel’s plans to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.  After being re-scheduled for this Fall it has suddenly been scaled back,drastically. TIME reports that “well-placed sources” in both countries have confirmed that the Obama administration has slashed more than two-thirds the number of U.S. troops participating; decided not to send crews to operate Patriot anti-missile systems; and will either cut in half or entirely eliminate the Ballistic Missile Defense warships involved in the exercise.

A senior Israeli official told TIME the message the Obama administration is sending is “We don’t trust you.”  I would contend the Israeli official is being very diplomatic.  The real message is much more brutal: “Good luck Israel. You are on your own.”

Everyone in the Obama administration is aware that an attack by Israel on Iran requires the latest “bunker buster” bombs provided only by the U.S. military.  Israel also knows that a pre-emptive strike on Iran (to save itself from the holocaust promised by Iran as soon as it has nuclear capabilities), will result in retaliation from both Iran and Hezbollah.  With 40,000+ missiles aimed at Israel from nearby Lebanon, Israel needs not only missile shields, but also military help from the U.S. to protect her civilian population and her very survival.

Even worse, the X-band radar system in the Israeli desert aimed at Iran and linked to Israel’s anti-missile systems, to warn Israel of incoming missiles, is manned by and controlled by U.S. military personnel.  Without cooperation from the U.S. military, Israel is literally “flying blind.”  The ability to save Israeli civilian lives and shoot down incoming missiles is in the hands of Barack Obama.  And his message is clear, “We don’t have your back.”

Given the cold shoulder Obama has given Israel since his inauguration, it is not a major shock that he is the first U.S.      President to refuse to help Israel defend her citizens and national security.  What is a major shock is his showing in no uncertain terms his bias against Israel’s right to defend herself BEFORE the election.

The question is “Why?” Obviously, first is Obama’s true radical nature – he is no friend of Israel.  Second, Obama had no choice, but to abandon Israel now.  As I’ve predicted publicly for months now, Israel is assured of no help after the election (if Obama is reelected and no longer has to face Jewish voters ever again).  Therefore Israel’s best option is to order the attack before the U.S. election, when Obama’s distaste for Israel may be overcome by his desperate need for Jewish votes and Jewish donors to remain in power.  Netanayu undoubtedly told Obama that he has reached the same decision.

Boxed into a corner, Obama is now doing all in his power to stop the air strike now, stalling it until after the election.  And of course, we all know Obama loves to please Russian President Putin.  Rumors from sources in both Washington and Moscow report that Putin has asked Obama to handcuff Israel.  We all heard Obama tell the Russians “Sit tight and give me space, this is my last election.  After my election I have more flexibility.”  Unfortunately, it’s now clear one of those “flexible items” is to abandon Israel.

As a Jew and a lifelong supporter of Israel, I would ask my fellow Jews to think long and hard at the voting booth on November 6th.  Perhaps it is time to consider whether the historic voting patterns of Jews on behalf of the Democratic Party are in the best interests of the Jewish people?  Is a vote for Obama, a vote condemning Israel to become a sitting duck in the name of political correctness?  Even more importantly, is voting for Obama over social issues, or a woman’s right to choose, worth risking another another Holocaust?

My conclusion: It’s time for Jews to abandon Obama, the same way Obama has abandoned Israel.

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One Response to “Obama and Jewish American Voters”

  1. Carl Hackert said

    Both Obama and Ahmadinejad Liken Israeli Concerns Over Nuclear Iran to ‘Noise’…

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-refers-israel-concern-over-iran-noise_652967.html

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