Tuesday is the day I usually post a link to Thomas Sowell’s brilliant columns. I may have time later to do that, or I may link it at the end of this post, or it may wait till tomorrow, or it may wait till next week. You already know know you can find it at JewishWorldReview.com, as well as other places around the web.
If you’ve read my “About” page, you may remember that I am a daughter of parents who began to follow Judaism after I left home. Before I left home, talk of religion and G-d included discussion of Zionism, the State of Israel, and admiration for the little country that took no guff from anyone. I read “Exodus” when I was a sixth grader, “Babi Yar” as a junior in high school. Golda Meir, David Ben Gurion, and Moshe Dayan were childhood heroes. I never told anyone, but I wanted to go to Israel and live on a kibbutz when I got out of high school.
As I was checking JWR this morning, I happened to read one of the feature articles, a sermon written by Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg. I know that most American Jews are Democrats, many are Communist/Socialist sympathizers, and that the majority voted for BarryO. Rabbi Wohlberg seems to have used reasonable thinking to reach his conclusions, which a number of Americans also believed:
Although I felt he offered a measure of hope for our country, and although I felt the election of a black man as President of the United States would be one of the most positive and remarkable events to take place during my lifetime, and although I agreed with many parts of his domestic policies…
I sensed a big ‘BUT’ as I read that line, and I was not disappointed:
I have always considered myself what is called a “Jackson Democrat” and I was genuinely concerned about Obama’s perspective on Israel.
My thinking exactly, Rabbi. Knowing even a bit about BarryO’s life in Chicago, I was worried from the very beginning. Rabbi Wohlberg continues:
And knowing that after years of Hezbollah and Hamas and suicide bombings and kidnappings and rocket attacks, a majority of Israeli voters don’t agree with his perspective, it seemed obvious to me that if he were elected President, there would be a clash between his policies and Israel’s policies. Sad to say, I was right.
But as events have unfolded, even sadder to say unfortunately I think I was right in my concern about what Mr. Obama had not said. For 20 years he went to a church whose minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, spoke in terms that were both critical of America and of Israel. And Mr. Obama had never raised his voice in protest.
James Tisch, the Manhattan billionaire and Chief Executive of Loews Corp. and long time activist in Jewish causes and philanthropies, thinks it did! In light of everything that has now been unfolding, Mr. Tisch recently said, “I think the President comes to this from Jeremiah Wright’s church and there is no doubt in my mind that in Jeremiah Wright’s church the Palestinians were portrayed as freedom fighters and not as terrorists.” In light of Mr. Obama finding the time to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey, but not Israel … in light of his refusing to take a picture with Prime Minister Netanyahu after their recent meeting … in light of so much emphasis being placed on the settlements … in light of the recent resurrection of Zbignew Brezinski … in light of new talk about an imposed settlement … in light of all this and more, I have to agree with Mr. Tisch.
Now, President BarryO and his band of Weasels are acting even worse than the Rabbi feared:
First, for the first time that I can think of, Israel is being accused of being the one that is the hindrance to peace. That’s never happened before! Despite all the disagreements between Israel and the United States, it was always understood that after all is said and done, it is the Arabs and Palestinians who have resisted making peace. The Ford and the first Bush administration refused to negotiate with the PLO. Bill Clinton clearly stated that it was the Palestinians fault that Camp David fell apart. Bush the Second refused to even talk to Yassir Arafat, saying he was an impediment to peace. Now? Now Mr. Obama goes to Cairo and says the first step toward making peace possible is freezing the Israeli settlements. He asks nothing tangible from the Palestinians. The Palestinians refuse to even negotiate, but its Israel’s fault!
I know that some of my words are going to bother some of you, but please understand if I didn’t say them it would bother me even more! The fact of the matter is, this administration has from day one made improved relations with the Muslim world a primary goal, going as far as to ban the use of words like “Jihad” and “Islamic terrorism.” It is unfortunate that to date, America’s outreach of a friendly hand has not been reciprocated, which leads some to blame it all on Israel. If Israel would only give up what it is entitled to, the women of Al Qaeda would take off their burqas and join the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Taliban would sing Hava Negilah around the campfire, Hezbollah and Hamas would join Hadassah and the Shiites and Sunis in the Middle East would say: after 1400 years of killing each other, let’s co-sponsor a Kiddush at Beth Tfiloh! It’s just little Israel that is standing in the way of all this!
The fact of the matter is, this administration has from day one made improved relations with the Muslim world a primary goal, going as far as to ban the use of words like “Jihad” and “Islamic terrorism.” It is unfortunate that to date, America’s outreach of a friendly hand has not been reciprocated, which leads some to blame it all on Israel. If Israel would only give up what it is entitled to, the women of Al Qaeda would take off their burqas and join the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Taliban would sing Hava Negilah around the campfire, Hezbollah and Hamas would join Hadassah and the Shiites and Sunis in the Middle East would say: after 1400 years of killing each other, let’s co-sponsor a Kiddush at Beth Tfiloh! It’s just little Israel that is standing in the way of all this!
Well, let me tell you: it has been pointed out that the Jews have always been in the way! Look in the Bible … every time Babylonia or Syria wanted to invade Egypt, little Judea was in the middle. The Jews developed a unique set of rituals and beliefs; they couldn’t offer sacrifices to the images of Roman emperors, they wouldn’t work on the Sabbath and so to the Greeks and the Romans, they stood in the way of world domination. And then came another religion whose followers proclaimed that it was the fulfillment of the one the Jews practiced, but the Jews refused to go along. And so our people were portrayed as being the devil who were to be eternally dammed. And then came Islam … Mohammed was eager to win over the Jews. After all, he was a monotheist … why couldn’t the Jews go along? And if they had, Mohammed would have a solid base from which to operate. But the Jews refused to go along. And so we were portrayed as being monkeys. In modern Europe, the Jews were in the way of middle-class Frenchmen and Germans who were seeking their jobs. The Communists found them in the way because Jews didn’t fit into simple class categories. Eventually, Hitler came along and decided to once and for all eliminate this universal inconvenience. It didn’t happen then and it’s not going to happen now!
Meir Dagan is one of my new Heroes.
Meir Dagan is the head of Israel’s Mossad. Under his directorship the Mossad, in recent years, has rebuilt its reputation for lethal and successful operations. What motivates Mr. Dagan may become obvious to a visitor to his office in Tel Aviv, where on the wall there is a picture of an old Jew standing on the edge of a trench … an SS officer is aiming his rifle at the old man’s head. “This old Jew was my grandfather,” Dagan tells visitors. The picture reflects his philosophy for Israel’s survival. In his words, “We should be strong, use our brain and defend ourselves so that the Holocaust will never be repeated.”
I don’t fear that the Holocaust will be repeated. This is not 1938 all over again. But in some ways, it is 1948 all over again, when there were leaders in the upper most echelons of the American government including the Secretary of State, who urged the President not to recognize Israel, saying that such recognition would stand in the way of Arab friendship with our country. President Truman didn’t listen to them.
I have excerpted much too much of the article, but I want to make sure you read some of it, at least.
Blatant anti-Semitism? From THIS administration? Maybe not…though I’ve run into a few American Jews who are bigger anti-Semites than any ignorant rube you can name. And more than a few bigots of ALL kinds in the cubicles of Government. Those never really surprised me, being raised the way I was, but as a Foreign Policy of the Greatest Nation On Earth? I’m not only kinda surprised at the unabashed pro-Islamist attitude of Our Elected Weasels and Czars (such a fitting term nowadays) and Bureaucrats, I am saddened beyond belief.