The Jewish Paradox


Although I am not an observant Jew and may have little in common with such well-known online commentators as Dennis Prager and Shmuley Boteach, I am nevertheless strongly pro-Zionist, recognize Israel as the legitimate and historic Jewish homeland built on solid moral foundations, and am always aware that, should the antisemitic fever in the world ever rise to epidemic proportions, Israel through the Law of Return represents the only asylum available to those like myself. As historian Robert Wistrich writes, “the current rise [of antisemitism] is a herald of a catastrophe already in the making.” For Jews not to pay heed to what is erupting all around them, and even to abet it by one or another form of complicity, is as tragic as it is imbecilic.

I am fully persuaded that Israel must survive as a sovereign Jewish nation regardless of the world’s growing animosity, which expresses itself in any number of different ways: the demand that Israel make endless concessions to the Palestinians, that it must not respond effectively to rocket attacks from Gaza, that it shrink its borders to indefensible limits, that it allow itself to be dissolved in a so-called “binational state,” and that it remain dormant before the threat of a nuclear Iran. And then, of course, there are the manifold libels and flagrant canards to which it is constantly exposed: apartheid policies, organ harvesting, gratuitous violence, the targeting of civilians, and all the rest of the fictive and absurd vilifications hurled its way.

My concern, however, is not only with antisemites and anti-Zionists. It is also with diaspora Jews living comfortably assimilated lives in North America, who unfailingly cast their ballots for the so-called “progressive” parties that tend to put the interests of Israel’s enemies over Israel’s well-being. In Canada, for example, the vast majority of Jews are captive to the Liberal Party which regularly voted pro-Arab and pro-Palestinian on UN resolutions, regarded itself as an “honest broker” in the region which in practice meant favoring the anti-Israeli side of the Middle East controversy, and also depended—and still depends—heavily on the large Muslim voting bloc in the province of Ontario to promote electoral success. Although the Conservatives, who are currently in power, have reversed all these Liberal trends, they still cannot rely on the Jewish vote.

The same counter-intuitive situation prevails in the U.S., where nearly 80% of the Jewish community gathers dust in the pockets of the Democrats and indeed voted enthusiastically for Barack Obama. The main reason for this electoral deformity is that Jews consider themselves “liberal” in their politics, that is, as pro-welfare, pro-abortion on demand, pro-big government, and pro all the other planks that constitute the Democratic platform. Some have also distanced themselves both from their cultural and religious heritage and from the existential concerns of the Jewish state.

Yet many continue to identify with Israel’s needs and problems and are involved in various programs and organizations that contribute to the defense, solvency and social improvement of the beleaguered state. At the same time, they eschew the Republican Party which, like the Conservatives in Canada, stands firmly behind Israel. Most Jews would never vote for someone like Mike Huckabee, who has fully embraced the Israeli position in the ongoing conflict and seen through the Palestinian propaganda smokescreen, and are openly contemptuous of Sarah Palin, who installed an Israeli flag in her office and has come out in staunch support of the country. No matter. The ordinary run of American Jews remains unmoved. Fifty four congressmen have recently signed a letter taking issue with Israel’s “current blockade” of the terrorist statelet in Gaza. That all fifty-four were Democrats should come as no surprise. Nor is it in any way remarkable that the letter was backed by the Jewish advocacy group, J Street.

An exemplary case in point is furnished by Alan Dershowitz, who has written book after book and article after article defending Israel against its enemies, but still throws in his lot with Obama and the Democrats, unwilling to realize that perhaps Israel’s most determined adversary in the world today, after Iran’s Ahmadinejad, is Barack Obama himself. It is as if Dershowitz, like the majority of his nominal co-religionists in the U.S., has simply refused to acknowledge the personal history and political behavior of the American president and his loyal minions—some of whom happen to be Jewish, put in place to protect an anti-Israeli president, as Moshe Dann suggests, “from charges of anti-Semitism.” But some American Jews may be capable of learning, apparently. Marty Peretz, editor in chief of The New Republic, who once campaigned for Barack Obama, is now singing a very different tune with a different set of lyrics—“Obama’s real rage against Israel.” But this is still the exception.

Anyone who has followed the president’s social and political itinerary, his background, his contacts, his actions, should have instantly understood he would be, at best, an unreliable ally to Israel, at worst, a clever and unscrupulous antagonist. As I’ve had occasion to point out before, as have many others, this is the man who spent twenty years’ worth of Sundays sitting beneath pastor Jeremiah Wright’s antisemitic pulpit. This is the man who chummed around with former PLO spokesman and rabid anti-Zionist Rashid Khalidi. The rambling, unctuous and insincere drivel of his unteleprompted speech to the residents of rocket-battered Sderot should have given his game away even before he had finished orating.

Once in power he appointed manifestly anti-Israeli figures like Susan Rice and Samantha Power to positions of official eminence. One of his advisers was the old antisemite Zbigniew Brzezinski, the same who recommended that the American air force should engage Israeli fighter jets should Israel have the temerity to attack Iran’s nuclear installations. It was the President’s administration that reneged on the settlement consensus worked out between Israel and the former American administration. Obama’s shallow and ignorant Cairo address equated the Holocaust with Palestinian suffering and tellingly ignored the historical and continued presence of the Jewish people in the Holy Land. Though he has visited a slew of Muslim states, he studiously avoided Israel during his many presidential junkets, sending his subalterns instead.

Then we had his sly choreographing of meetings with Jewish organizations to exclude critics of his policies, his awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Israel-hater and secretary-general of the infamous Durban I conference on racism Mary Robinson, his backing of the Saudi peace plan (which envisages Israel’s retreat to indefensible borders, the uprooting of hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens from their homes, and the “return” of millions of manufactured Arab “refugees” to Israeli territory, thus putting paid to the Jewish state), and more recently his attempt to humiliate Israel by legislating down to it, requiring it to make ever more concessions to a Palestinian negotiating team that refuses to negotiate and forbidding Israel from building in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem—which just happens to be its capital. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Obama deliberately provoked a crisis to weaken Israel’s bargaining position and bring it into even greater disrepute among the wider public. Yossi Klein Halevi, writing in The New Republic, has no doubt that “Obama’s one-sided public pressure against Israel could intensify the atmosphere of ‘open season’ against Israel internationally” and that Obama is intent on launching a “political intifada” that could well turn into a Palestinian third intifada. Obama’s malice toward Israel is quite frankly undeniable.

Anyone who says that this president is a friend to Israel is lying to himself or is living in some alternate universe. Anyone who cannot see what National Post columnist George Jonas calls the “anti-Semitism, and Arabist agenda that emanates from the Obama administration” should be treated for cataracts. As peremptory and unnuanced as this may sound, any Jew who approves of Obama or continues to invest his fealty in the Democratic Party works insidiously against the well-being and even the survival of the Jewish state as we know it. According to recent polls, 96% of Jewish Israelis have recognized this indubitable fact, yet Canadian and American Jews foolishly persist in massively endorsing the very political parties that, whether subtly or overtly, would diminish Israel’s ability to defend itself against its sworn aggressors.

Of course, Jews have a long history of turning against their own, from Korah, Dathan and Abiram who revolted against Moses to those who helped further the Medieval blood libels to the Yevsektsiya (the Jewish section of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union) to the despicable Richard Goldstone today—and the uncountable numbers in between. This is not—repeat, not—to suggest that the ordinary run of American and Canadian Jews are quislings and delators of the same perfidious stamp; nevertheless, there is something almost inexplicable in their political loyalties that calls their collective acuity into question. According to the old cliché, Jews are supposed to be smart, but sometimes the facts seem to argue otherwise.

In any case, as we survey the North American diaspora, there can be little question that something is seriously amiss in the Jewish community.

  • Alex

    "And then, of course, there are the manifold libels and flagrant canards to which it is constantly exposed: apartheid policies, organ harvesting, gratuitous violence, the targeting of civilians, and all the rest of the fictive and absurd vilifications hurled its way."

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Israel admit to the organ harvesting, not only of Palestinians but also of dead Israeli soldiers? This was reported in such newspapers as the New York Times and Washington Post back in January.

    • Leon

      There was ONE forensic pathologist several years ago who illegally took organs from dead bodies to save other lives. He was dismissed. Nothing remotely similar to the curent libel invented by the Arabs.

      Leon

    • Joy

      The other bad publicity re "organ harvesting" in recent times had to do with some Orthodox Jewish rabbis and a few others in the community (this was only a very distinct minority, to be sure) who arranged payments to poor Israeli citizens for voluntary donations of kidneys, e.g. This was NOT widespread – obviously – but reaped huge anti-Jewish & anti-Iraeli publicity in New York (where the rabbis lived). Subsequent articles reported that far from being widespread, this was, indeed, an anamoly and NOT condoned by any Israeli authorities. My larger question is, why is it OK to DONATE a kidney, but not SELL one? I have long maintained that this issue needs to be openly and honestly discussed. Because with all our often mis-guided restrictions re one's ultimate control over one's own body, the natural impulse is to turn to the Black (i.e., in this case, "free") Market – where all sorts of unregulated abuses can & do occur.

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  • David

    This article is very biased and ignorant, and I’m Jewish myself. You’re obviously one-sided. You really need to put down your pen…this article bares no truth.

    • Frank(ly) M'Dear

      David:

      An article written by an author who describes himself as "Zionist" and continues on to define a Jewish dilemma is hardly "based". KNOWING WHAT TEAM YOU ARE ON DOES NOT CONSTITUTE BIAS. Nor does having a cultural identity constitute bias. But I suspect you wouldn't know or understand such notions of cultural or ethnic or religious identity, being a liberal milquetoast non-entity yourself (or so you would have us understand). C H A R M I N G .

    • Cat

      And your reply is one-sided! So what! That's what such articles – and discussions are meant for, son. Here's a lesson your college professors didn't offer you. When you disagree with someone, it is poor form to use rudeness such as calling them "biased" or "ignorant:." That behavior bespeaks someone who is unable to address the issues (due to emotional immaturity or perahps their own lack of years – I don't claim to know you or your possible deficiencies). Stick to the ideas and issues or ask your mother how to become a polite young man!

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      You are apparently one of those Jewish traitors. Marxist Humanism has rotted your mind & caused you to take up residence in "Opposite Land" & that is coming from a non Jew !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ben atr

    the americans are turning on aipac and jewish media, soon theyll turn on us for being disloyal. so shut up!

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  • gama

    Obama is blocking the sale of weapons to Israel while arming the Arabs. See http://www.mideastoutpost.com/archives/obamas-ant… . Long before Obama attended Jeremiah Wright's church he campaigned for Raila Odinga in Kenya. Raila Odinga was a communist who allied himself with the Muslims and who, upon losing the election unleashed murderous rampages in which Christians were burned. For more see http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/k

    • Barbara

      Obama's father was an aid to Odinga.

      • Joy

        Which may explain why one of the first things that Dr. Evil did when he became master of the Oval Office was to return a bust of Sir WInston Churchill (aparently on loan – NOT a gift?) to the UK – really gratuitous and an unnecessary insult to one of our premier allies. Obama's Kenyan blood (if it wasn't Frank David Marshall's…) still seethed from Britain's colonialization of that part of Africa; and the thought of Churchill – that old colonialist himself – gazing (disapprovingly) down on him (Dr. Evil), must have been too much for the Marxist ideologue and extreme radical to stomach – even as he was masquerading as a post-racial, post-American POTUS. Further, Odinga and Obama, Sr., were members of the same tribe (and we know how intent on killing enemies these African tribes have always been!). Just a little early crack in the facade….

        • Joy

          Oops – I meant to say, "Frank Marshall Davis'" [blood].

  • Marty

    The Obama's Administration's anti-semitism is indisputable, but it is of the cowardly type and cannot seemto come out of the closet. This is 1938 all over again. If Israel is fed to the arabs piecemeal, the hope is that all will be well. The American government has not accepted the fact that we are in a war for survival. islam is determined to destroy western civilization and democracy. Israel is on the frontline and needs support against genocidal sociopaths who have been waging war on christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists for 1400 years and murdered 270 million people in the process.

  • myron ernst

    Obama et al (meaning the US and all of the EU, UN) in advocating for the fantastical "two-state solution"
    are actually advocating that Israel commit suicide, for that would be the end result, UNLESS, the second "Palestinian " state
    were semi-autonomous, that is, only an autonomous civilian police force, in addition to autonomous religious, , legal and education authority, but no MILITARY, NO ARMY. The "second state" would almost certainly become a launching pad for the final attack on Israel–Tel-Aviv, Haifa, all major population centers in central, coastal Israel. To what extent this "state " would be an Iranian proxy, we don't know, but what's the difference? see Gaza.

    Just to confirm my view, I took another look at GOOGLE MAPS–specifically Israel, all the while referring to the mileage/kilometer scale.The distance from Ben-Gurion International Airport, Israel's only international airport
    (the airport at Eilat is of very limited capacity) to the border of the "West BanK–the new state, is approx. 7 miles.
    (as in s-e-v-e-n miles). Ben-Gurion is virtually Israel's only major physical link with the outside world. The distance from the new "Palestinian" state to the center of Tel-Aviv and the major population centers surrounding TA, is approx 12-15
    miles. (ditto Haifa, more or less) A simple rocket of Korean War (or even WWII) vintage would be capable of crippling Israel
    entirely. see Gaza and Sderot. Even a bit more sophisticated Qassam home-made rocket could do the job very well, not to speak of simple long -range mortars, bazookas, and easy-to-hide hand-held land-to air, land-to land rockets.

    Most Americans , living in a vast land area, are simply incapable of appreciating/assimilating this stark reality.

    Consult GOOGLE maps. I'm sure you're already well aware of this geographical reality, but it also helps to go back to the map
    in order to enhance our link with the real, as opposed to fantasy.

  • Neil

    This was a brilliant article, pure and simple. Those that are taking issue with it know that it's factual, but dismiss its content, because they're part of the herd mentality of liberalism, first and always, regardless of what's best for America and Israel. Michael, (Weiner) Savage, may, in fact, be correct. As he states, "Liberalism is a mental disorder."

  • steinhardt

    I am a Jewish conservative, but I have relatives who are firmly in the Democratic camp and voted for Obama. And yet they are pro-Israel.
    I remember reading how an AIPAC conference gave Obama a standing ovation.
    American Jews should realize that some of us conservatives have grave doubts about Obama's respect for Democracy – he just wants to ram through a hard-left agenda, which removes our opportunities in life, our liberties, and our prosperity. Maybe he is a patriot by his lights, but a lot of us doubt it. He appoints communists like Van Jones, and a group of left wing czars. It doesn't help with the racists out there that there are some prominent left wing Jews and blacks in the administration.
    The point is, that Jews have enough problems without being identified as supporters of a tyrannical government that takes away American freedoms.

  • shneerhere

    "…not only does Israel have a big target on its back, but that the entire international Jewish community also has a big target on its backs, since per Islamic eschatology not only must Israel be destroyed and the Jews that reside there annihilated, but all Jews not only in Israel but also all around the world must be annihilated as well."

    This is so true. Obama would like nothing more than to see Jews turn on Jews, which is what he foments with his J-Street agenda, his de facto arms blockade of Israel and his days-old recall of bunker buster bombs on their way to Israel. Sadly, US Jewish Liberals vote for their Holy Trinity… Abortion, Gay Marriage, and Gun Control, more than for their and Israel's survival. All the more reason to believe in God, because no nation could consistently act so stupidly and in total disregard of its own survival, and yet survive.

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  • Turbeaux

    Leftwing self loathing Jews who like useful idiots ally with the Red/Green alliance should realize that not only does Israel have a big target on its back, but that the entire international Jewish community also has a big target on its backs, since per Islamic eschatology not only must Israel be destroyed and the Jews that reside there annihilated, but all Jews not only in Israel but also all around the world must be annihilated as well. Thus, by siding with the Red/Green alliance against the interests of Israel, they are also aiding and abetting the eventuality that their own throats will be slit, which is why we must label them as self-hating useful idiot Jews.

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    The best weapon against Obama is his illegitimacy. Obama/Soetoro's presidency violates the US Constitution for the following reasons.

    1) With only one parent American citizen (the mother), he is definitely not natural born citizen. http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.h

    2) He has never produced any valid proof even of his ordinary citizenship.

    3) His Indonesian citizenship relinquishes his natural born citizenship even if it were valid at his birth.

    4) He is a felon, a social security fraud. His social security number belonged to a dead person and starts with digits 042 assigned to the state of CT where he never resided.

    Therefore he has to be prosecuted as a felon – if America is still a nation of laws…

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    http://www.resonoelusono.com/RonPaul.htm

  • Samurai Hit Woman

    A liberal Jewish friend of mine once said, “If it wasn’t for Hitler all Jews would be fascist”. At the time (in horror) I disagreed with her. But now in retrospect that certainly explains the suicidal streak in Jews.

    Fascism is an aspect of the totalitarian system they seem to be favoring when they embrace liberalism today because totalitarian is what liberalism has become.

    But most Jews don’t seem to notice the change in liberal to illiberal. Why not? It's there to be seen by those with the will to see it.

  • cochavi1

    That people believe the organ harvesting libel, along with the 'Israelis Went to Haiti To Steal Organs' libel which appeared also on Huffington Post, etc., shows how deep the anti-Semitism runs among many of Obama's supporters.

    Obama may or may not be a 'hater' of individual Jews, he just works against Jewish collective survival = Judaism. It's a distinction with no difference.

  • Joy

    Steinhardt, I'm a Conservative Jew, too – and you said what I'm now no longer fearful of saying loudly and often: Namely, this is, indeed, a tyrannical government. We are living in the age of the first American dictatorship – the first truly American (actually, UN-American) tyranny. Obama is our first bona fide dictator – pure & simple – and it makes me totally sick!!

  • steven L

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  • TMay

    I think President Obama was trying to push an anti-Semitic button in the US that he assumed would be there because it has been there for his friends, Chavez and Ahmadinad. Be aware of the friends of a person. He is capable of testing too. BTW I read that the Obamacare bill includes that medical schools will have to reflect the population in terms of whom it admits to medical school, and that is not good for Jews. Legislators really should read bills before voting for them, and what was the artificial rush for, considering that it is not going into effect for a couple of years, and therefore one cannot in any scenario honestly say that lives were at stake? People have said that President Obama feels the rush to push as much Leftist legislation as possible before Americans wake up as to who he is.

  • Rochmoninoff

    Palestinians: shoot rockets
    Israelis: build apartments
    Americans: complain about building apartements!
    It would be bad enough if Hilary tried to make them morally equivalent. But she commits a worse sin: she ignores the continuous terrorist attacks as if they don't even happen.

  • Bigmo

    The Quran confirms the Old testament and attacks the Talmud:

    http://www.conflictingviews.com/religion/all-religions/koran-says-torah-gospel-not-corrupted-3324.html

    Now THATS what you call a jewish paradox. Wouldn’t you say?

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