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And this is from the right-wing Israeli paper, the Jerusalem Post (not that leftie Hamas-loving Haaretz):

May 21, 2008 19:55 | Updated May 22, 2008 10:44

Obama the Zionist

By SALOMON KALACH

With Barack Obama close to clinching the Democratic nomination, Republicans have stepped up their efforts to woo Jewish voters who have doubts about the senator's support for Israel and his overall Middle East policy. Using fear tactics, groups like the Republican Jewish Coalition have played the "Israel card" to tip the balance come November. Four years ago, I would have been persuaded. Not this time.

Yes, back then the fear tactics worked, and they made me prefer President Bush over Senator Kerry. I was a college pro-Israel activist - needless to say in a very difficult time for Israel advocacy - and I needed some moral comfort, some moral clarity. While I recognized that Kerry was a smart guy, and I did like him overall, Bush's black and white clarity was more comforting. I was convinced that such beliefs were essential for a post-9/11 world and an unrelenting war against terror. Since Jewish voters whose main concern was Israel were telling me they supported Bush, I decided to join the club.

That was a huge mistake, but an eye-opening experience about campaigns and fear tactics. Today, neoconservatives are trying to do the same, but this time I am supporting whoever gets the Democratic nomination. I already know that Senator Clinton is a staunch supporter of Israel, and I have become convinced that Senator Obama would be as well. This time, using the "Israel card" will not work for the Republicans in attracting the Jewish vote.

SENATOR OBAMA's interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic represents some of the most reassuring words I have heard from the Democratic front-runner regarding his Middle East policy, and especially his support for Israel. Rather than only seeing Israel as a "strategic ally" or as the "only democracy in the Middle East" - the standard clichés of support - Senator Obama identifies with the "Zionist idea" and believes that a secure Jewish state is "fundamentally just."

Now, that is refreshing. When was the last time we had heard the word "Zionist" being used in a positive way and described as "fundamentally just" by a non-Jew? Senator Obama evoked the Zionist idea because he does not think of Israel only as a geopolitical ally, and does not base his support on a cost-benefit analysis of the "special relationship." Rather, his support for Israel is anchored in a true understanding of the need for the Jewish people to have a homeland where Jews "can take care of themselves no matter what happens," where we can feel rooted, where our culture can be preserved, and where the Jewish values of social justice can flourish. He especially identified with Zionism's quest "to start over and to repair the breaches of the past."

Obama's connection to Israel is much more personal and, therefore, much stronger, genuine and uncompromising than your traditional candidates. It is not a support based on interests, politics, or a quid pro quo with the Jewish state. It is a support based on identity, on a genuine understanding of the needs of a people to have self-determination, and a conviction that regardless of day-to-day policies, the idea of a Jewish state is fundamentally just.

This is much more reassuring than a candidate that repeats the traditional catch phrases of "strategic ally" and "only democracy in the Middle East." These phrases always make me feel like I constantly have to "make the case" for Israel because, if I cannot prove Israel's "worthiness" to the US, then support will diminish. On the other hand, Obama's rationale for supporting Israel is much simpler. He respects, understands and identifies with the desire of the Jewish people to be a fulfilled and independent nation in their own homeland. In his eyes, Israel and the Zionist idea are important and fundamentally just in their own right.

Therefore, come November, I am confident that both Clinton and Obama represent hope and change for the future, and I am certain they both possess the knowledge and skills to grasp the complex issues much better than the Republican nominee. I had initial concerns about Obama, but I have come to realize that my doubts were just another product of the traditional "fear tactics" employed by neoconservatives. I have learned my lesson over the past four years and will not make the same mistake again. This time I support either Democratic nominee, and I am more convinced than ever. Undecided no more - if nominated, Obama is right for the job, right for Israel.

The writer is a long-time pro-Israel activist and a former Legacy Heritage Fellow.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid...icle%2FShowFull

Edited by wife_of_mahmoud

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I'm sure Obama already has Hamas on his speed-dial. :blink:

Right....and OBL attended Jenna Bush's wedding as one of Dubbya's invited guests.

Dial 1 for Jimmy Carter, he's got Khaled Meshal's digits.


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:ph34r:

Don't just open your mouth and prove yourself a fool....put it in writing.

It gets harder the more you know. Because the more you find out, the uglier everything seems.

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I'm sure Obama already has Hamas on his speed-dial. :blink:

Right....and OBL attended Jenna Bush's wedding as one of Dubbya's invited guests.

Dial 1 for Jimmy Carter, he's got Khaled Meshal's digits.

I figured you probably missed this post...

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...t&p=1853744

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I figured you probably missed this post...

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...t&p=1853744

No, I didn't. It had some very good points:

1.American Jews choose to back candidates largely on the basis of their stance on Israel.

2.To be strong on Israel, you have to be harsh to the Palestinians.

3.The Rev. John Hagee and his fellow Christian Zionists are good for the Jews.

4. Talking peace with your enemies demonstrates weakness.

5. George W. Bush is the best friend Israel has ever had.

I'd like to bring your attention to #4.


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I figured you probably missed this post...

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...t&p=1853744

No, I didn't. It had some very good points:

1.American Jews choose to back candidates largely on the basis of their stance on Israel.

2.To be strong on Israel, you have to be harsh to the Palestinians.

3.The Rev. John Hagee and his fellow Christian Zionists are good for the Jews.

4. Talking peace with your enemies demonstrates weakness.

5. George W. Bush is the best friend Israel has ever had.

I'd like to bring your attention to #4.

So what are you saying? You agree that diplomacy is a good thing?

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I figured you probably missed this post...

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...t&p=1853744

No, I didn't. It had some very good points:

1.American Jews choose to back candidates largely on the basis of their stance on Israel.

2.To be strong on Israel, you have to be harsh to the Palestinians.

3.The Rev. John Hagee and his fellow Christian Zionists are good for the Jews.

4. Talking peace with your enemies demonstrates weakness.

5. George W. Bush is the best friend Israel has ever had.

I'd like to bring your attention to #4.

So what are you saying? You agree that diplomacy is a good thing?

I'm saying that talking peace with your enemies demonstrates weakness.


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I figured you probably missed this post...

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...t&p=1853744

No, I didn't. It had some very good points:

1.American Jews choose to back candidates largely on the basis of their stance on Israel.

2.To be strong on Israel, you have to be harsh to the Palestinians.

3.The Rev. John Hagee and his fellow Christian Zionists are good for the Jews.

4. Talking peace with your enemies demonstrates weakness.

5. George W. Bush is the best friend Israel has ever had.

I'd like to bring your attention to #4.

So what are you saying? You agree that diplomacy is a good thing?

I'm saying that talking peace with your enemies demonstrates weakness.

Based on your own experience or does it have any historic relevance?

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Based on your own experience or does it have any historic relevance?

Throughout history, many conflicts have indeed been resolved through talks,

but in most cases it happened with the weaker side acquiescing to the demands

of the stronger side. That's the way it works, Steven.


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Based on your own experience or does it have any historic relevance?

Throughout history, many conflicts have indeed been resolved through talks,

but in most cases it happened with the weaker side acquiescing to the demands

of the stronger side. That's the way it works, Steven.

If a 90lb kid walks up to a 300lb football lineman and dares him to fight, but the lineman just walks away - does that make him weak, in your opinion?

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Based on your own experience or does it have any historic relevance?

Throughout history, many conflicts have indeed been resolved through talks,

but in most cases it happened with the weaker side acquiescing to the demands

of the stronger side. That's the way it works, Steven.

If a 90lb kid walks up to a 300lb football lineman and dares him to fight, but the lineman just walks away - does that make him weak, in your opinion?

Yes.


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Based on your own experience or does it have any historic relevance?

Throughout history, many conflicts have indeed been resolved through talks,

but in most cases it happened with the weaker side acquiescing to the demands

of the stronger side. That's the way it works, Steven.

If a 90lb kid walks up to a 300lb football lineman and dares him to fight, but the lineman just walks away - does that make him weak, in your opinion?

Yes.

You've missed out on about 500 years of progress.

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