(Fred Weinberg) – I was raised in a reform Jewish household where we went to Sunday School for 10 years whether we needed it or not.
It was almost a 10-year, college level education in comparative religion taught by some of the best and brightest in the Midwest. We got to see through most of our teachers’ bias and make decisions for ourselves. We learned Jewish ritual and we learned why that was important to a people more often the oppressed and almost never the aggressor.
We learned that after the end of World War Two, when it became widely known that Adolph Hitler’s “final solution” included the genocide of 6,000,000 Jews, some of our more recent ancestors said, “never again” and decided that one of the ways to insure that was to create a Jewish state named Israel.We also learned that—even in Peoria, Illinois—many of us (my sisters and I included) were only one or two generations removed from either people who fled Europe prior to the war or came after the war with serial numbers tattooed on their forearms.
Israel came about in 1947, carved out of a desert, surrounded by avowed enemies which, to this day, have promised to push the only democracy in the Middle East into the sea.
About 75 years later, it is a nation which has thrived at no expense to its neighbors save the ass whipping it dealt those neighbors which tried to make good on those vows to wipe it off the map in 1967.
It has been the most reliable ally of the United States despite the fact that the Obama administration literally sent its campaign vendors to Israel to interfere with its recent elections and try to defeat, unsuccessfully, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who our soon to be former President deemed too right wing. Keep in mind that Obama is the same clown who just told us that the Russians (gasp!) tried to interfere in our own elections.
And, as a going away present, that same clown (Obama, if you don’t have a scorecard) orchestrated a United Nations (an oxymoron is there ever was one) Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s construction of housing within its capital, Jerusalem’s, city limits because they are contested by whatever the Palestinian Authority calls its law this week.
And to leave that resolution on the United Nations’ pathetic permanent record card, Obama had his lame excuse for an ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, abstain from the vote and not veto the resolution.
Other than to illustrate what a useless body the UN is, it was a way for Obama himself to show the world that since he no longer needed Jewish voters, they could go screw themselves.
It’s not like Jews in America couldn’t see this coming. The fact is that if Obama isn’t actually a Muslim he’s certainly a sympathizer who is willing to participate in amazing verbal gymnastics to play both sides of the fence.
Given the times that I was attending Sunday School at Temple Anshai Emeth—less than 25 years had passed since the Holocaust—it was a little easier to put Israel into perspective for people of my generation.
Today, not so much. The words Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, and Buchenwald no longer carry the instant ability to still a conversation—primarily because, except for students of history, very few people born after 1970 know where those extermination camps are or their significance. Time has a way of making the horrible a little more acceptable. And people like Obama have become the useful idiots of the Islamic State in helping that acceptance along.
Apparently, Israel has not only become “inconvenient” for Obama but for a large group of so-called Jews in the United States as well.
There is simply no other explanation for any Jew — and that’s the majority of them — who supported Obama in two elections.
Fortunately, even Obama can only have two terms. Not only is he NOT a “friend” of Israel’s, but I don’t think he’s much of a friend of the Jewish people, either.
This is a guy who was purely focused on getting the reliable votes of a reliably liberal voting group while busily stabbing them in the back because the truth is that he doesn’t believe in or see the necessity of a Jewish state so that an Adolph Hitler can never again exterminate six million Jews. A Jewish state which is, was and should always be strongly backed by the greatest freedom loving nation on the face of the earth in the face of others who would gladly pick up where Hitler left off.
If you think that defending the right to have a late term partial birth abortion, the right to get free birth control pills, the right to have the government pay for your health care is more important than your ultimate right to practice the religion of your birth, than you are simply not thinking about the world in very clear terms. You have lost track of what the term “unalienable rights” really means.
If no other person of Jewish ancestry will say this in print because it is politically incorrect, let me be the one.
Barack Obama didn’t deserve a single Jewish vote, much less 70% of them.
I am certain that Donald Trump will do much better. And, he won’t need a majority of Jewish votes to do the right thing.
Mr. Weinberg is publisher of the Penny Press. Get to know more about him by visiting www.PennyPressNV.com.