Monday, October 20, 2008

Like Lightning (barak in Hebrew), Barak is nice to look at but potentially dangerous


I have a friend who keeps sending me political e-mails. Up until recently, I was ok with that. But within the past few months, I have been getting e-mails from him telling me how wonderful Barak Obama is.

I do have a problem with this. Obama is not a friend of Israel and is not a friend to Jews. Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter to me how many nice things Mr. Obama has done in his life, it doesn’t matter to me how many of the issues we would see eye-to-eye about.

I am sure if you look really hard you can find stories about Martin Luther and Pope Pius XII that show them in a good light. You can probably find such stories about Torquemada and Queen Isabella. But it doesn’t matter to me how heart warming these stories are, these people are still anti-Semites, they are still Jew haters. Martin Luther said that Jews eat the dung of the devil. Pope Pius stood by when 6 million Jews were murdered. Torquemada was the early leader of the Spanish Inquisition, a 15th Century to 19th Century organization that murdered Jews (in Spain, Portugal, Italy and the "New World") and took their assets. And Queen Isabella, besides approving and supporting whatever Torquemada did, also was a party in expelling the Jews from Spain in 1492.

When I was in college, I took an art history class. One of the pieces we viewed and discussed was a relief from the Arch of Titus that portrayed the Romans taking vessels and other things from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after they destroyed Jerusalem, burned the Temple and killed and exiled hundreds of thousands of Jews. When my instructor spoke about this piece she talked about the glorious victory Titus, the Roman general who destroyed 1st Century Jerusalem, had just experienced. I went over to her after class and told her about how this piece represents the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. When she put this piece on one of our tests, I spent the entire allotted time describing in minute detail how this frieze represented one of the most horrible destructions in Jewish history. I got full credit.

No matter how good a spin you put on evil it is still evil. No matter what nice things an anti-Semite might do, (s)he is still an anti-Semite.

It is the same with Barak Obama. No matter how you clean it up and spin it, Barak Obama is not going to be good for Israel. Barak Obama is not going to be good for Jews. So no matter how much I wish I could vote for someone who holds his economic and domestic political views, I can’t because being a Jew and supporting Israel are too important to me.

I have to tell you all, I am an unabashed Liberal. I believe in assistance for those less fortunate, I believe in higher taxes for the rich, I believe in a woman’s right to choose, I believe in women’s rights and gay rights and animal rights. I have never voted for a Republican for President. But, despite agreeing with a majority of the platform of the Democratic candidate for President, I can’t in good conscience support him. Why, you might ask? Because he supports the division of Jerusalem and he supports handing over to the Palestinians more land to be used to attack Israel. As Israel gets smaller and smaller and the PA territories (a.k.a. "missile launching pads" where the PA can launch missiles at population centers of Israel) get larger and larger, the Palestinians become more emboldened, asking for more and more.

And yet, there are people like Barak Obama who believe that peace will come if Israel hands over huge chunks of their already depleted land to these war-mongering murderers. I suppose he’s right – there is no one more at peace than a dead person. And if Barak Obama has his way, all the non-Muslims in Israel will be dead. And that’s the sort of peace I, for one, will not be voting for.

For those of you who think Barak Obama is not an anti-Semite, think of what you would do if your Rabbi stood up one day on Shabbat and started saying, if reference to other groups, the sort of things Obama’s minister, Reverend Wright, said about Jews. I don’t know about you, but I’d be out of that synagogue so fast. And I certainly wouldn’t be an apologist and I certainly wouldn’t want to consider him my mentor.

Obama has a commercial where Israeli generals show their support for him. There’s only one problem – these generals were lied to, told this was a documentary, and their comments were taken out of context.

Obama believes in appeasement. He believes, as did Neville Chamberlain, that terrorists and dictators can be mollified by reasonable people showing their willingness to find a peaceful solution. But students of World War II and the recent handover of Gush Katif (Gaza) know that people like Hitler and the leaders of Hamas see appeasement as weakness.

Senator John McCain and Governor Sara Palin, on the other hand, stand strongly with Israel and Jews. Sara Palin was planning on going to the anti- Ahmadinejad Rally and released the speech she would have given (which was a very good speech, in my opinion). McCain and Palin are behind Israel and understand the security issues Israel faces.

While I hate the idea of becoming a one-issue voter, I feel I have no choice. I feel the Democratic candidate for President is at best naive about the situation in the Middle East (thinking Israel can just decide to resolve it by doing anything less than handing over the entire country to the Arabs) and at worst anti-Jewish. This one issue then becomes a matter of survival: Survival of our rights as Jews; survival of the American Jewish community; survival of our homeland, our lifeline, our soul – Israel.

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