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AIPAC’s new president was a key donor to President Obama’s campaign.
At today’s AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, attended by over 7500 of the leading Jewish activists from all over the country, Lee Rosenberg repeatedly received standing ovations, saying:
In any relationship, mistakes are going to happen, and even the best of friends are going to disagree. Disagreements over policy between the United States and Israel -- between any two allies -- happen. That is a given. But how friends disagree, how they react when missteps occur, that can determine the nature of the relationship….
Ladies and gentlemen, let us be clear, the reluctant partner in this peace process is not Israel's elected leader Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The recalcitrant partner are the Palestinians and their leader -- President Mahmoud Abbas.
The Palestinians are bitterly divided between Hamas and Fatah -- that is a problem. The failure of President Abbas to end his nay-saying and come to the table for direct talks which Prime Minister Netanyahu has been committed to from the start -- that is a problem. The failure of the Arab world to begin normalizing its relationships with Israel -- that is a problem.
Obama has more than ‘splainen to do, as will Hillary Clinton when she speaks before the AIPAC Policy Conference tomorrow.
(Note: Commenters should realize the depth of the reality shock to liberal Jews, and other liberals, and accept it as one would anyone gaining sense, rather than using it as another opportunity to chastise past votes and donations, and remember that conservative Jews have been at the forefront of the conservative movement and reawakening.)
I never thought I'd say this about the President of the United States, but he is a maggot, a traitor and a liar. But some of us tried to warn our fellow Jews prior to the election, only to be rebuffed, because too many Jews drank the Kool-Aid of liberalism.
And now, we're going to see our institutions crumble from lack of monies, as high unemployment and higher taxes etc. and yes, higher healthcare costs, destroy charitable giving.
In the meantime, we have to worry about Obama wanting to destroy Israel, and there is no doubt in my mind that is his plan. He is no ally. He is an enemy.
It's painful to read your comment and recall Truman's instinctive reaction to Israel's birth in 1948. The USA has come a long way.
I suspect many will try to understand The One's attitude in terms of his childhood in Indonesia, his multiculturalist sensibilities, and his apologetic attitude toward nations whose value systems would mandate an end to our Liberty -- and the eradication of our heritage. Whatever the cause of Obama's bias, he is targeting Israel rather than insisting that Islamic nations and groups observe decent standards of behavior.
Can Israel live cheek by jowl with a new nation populated by Islamic extremists? I can't imagine that.
One of these days Obama is going to react in frustrated anger and blurt out a slur offensive to Jews. That Jesse Jackson Jr. moment will be a shock to many who have not connected the dots yet, IMHO.
I've never felt all that harsh toward American Jews voting Dem --tradition and its power to hold things together is the tribe's lesson to the world --even when it hits a slick spot (like the USA Democratic party turning Communist) and runs off the road some. After all Father Coughlin --and the 20,000 American Nazis who rallied in Madison Square Garden in 1939 just before Hitler invaded Poland, two years AFTER he allied with Stalin --are in living memory, and until very recently, the Dem party was a different thing altogether than the horrid mobster it now is, and actually DID try to champion the protection of minorities.
But having said all that, 70% in 2008 means conservative American Jews have a LOT of work to do.
Up here in MA, the Jewish people don't seem fazed by obama's hostility to Israel at all. They are still enthralled by his wonderfulness, and REALLY impressed about what a great president he has been for the USA.....especially compared to that idiot Bush (their words, not mine).
Israel announced new settlements in East Jerusalem on the eve of negotiations that were about to begin; it's pretty disingenuous to point the finger solely at the Palestinians. Netanyahu embarrassed American diplomats. O's diplomacy has definitely been suspect though
"Commenters should realize the depth of the reality shock to liberal Jews...
I see NOTHING to support this claim! Obama is a muslim and has and will always side with his muslim brothers. Liberal Jews knew this and know this yet continue to beat his drum.
While I hate to see Israel under pressure, it is a fact only because New York Jews voted for and funded Obama the muslim.
You say "...it is a fact only because New York Jews voted for and funded Obama the muslim."
Oh, the rest of Gentile and other Americans, 53% of the voters, don't count? Sorry, but your statement is another version of blaming everything on the Joos. Nonsense, and dangerous at that.