Why do Jews still support Obama?

I’ve been puzzled ever since Obama first started campaigning for president. Why do Jews support him? It cannot be their love for learning influenced by his great grades in any of his colleges. He has refused to disclose them. So it’s, Oh! Who cares about them? “He had to do well to become editor and chief of the Harvard Law Review,” they chirp. Actually, he was the president of the HLR, and he was appointed to that position. It couldn’t be because of his great record in the Illinois Senate. He never initiated a bill and merely voted a majority of times “present.” It couldn’t be because of his support for Israel throughout the years. He was close friends with Louis Farrakhan, Father Pfleger and Rashid Khalidi, and he attended the meetings of Palestinian radicals in Chicago. He couldn’t have received a biblical background in Judaic history from his mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who is an admitted and accomplished Jew/Israel hater.

So what do Jews see in Obama that turns them into a mindless cheering squad for him? Why is he now such an adamant supporter of the Palestinians, including Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, when in his presidential campaign, he swore to defend a united Jerusalem? No comment from him even noting the daily rockets that land in Israel fired off by Palestinians. No negative words from him concerning the Gaza flotilla. His first phone call from the White House went to Abbu Abbas, the chair of the Palestinian Authority. This is the man who has repeatedly promised to wipe Israel off the map. In reality, he has done so. The official stationery and seal of the Palestinian Authority has the map of Palestine as stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea — in effect, wiping out Israel. No comment from Obama. The textbooks of the Palestinian Authority are filled with Jew/Israel-hating verbiage, thereby creating a new generation of Muslim terrorists.

Don’t the savvy Jews see the facts and demand answers in exchange for their votes the second time around? Where are their “leaders,” such as Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League and Lee Rosenberg, the head of American Israel Public Affairs Committee? Don’t they see what’s happening before their very eyes? Why do they still support Obama’s policies against Israel by remaining silent? Where are the 44 members of the Jewish Congressional Caucus, who when campaigning before and during their terms of office, blather about their support for Israel to their Jewish constituents? Debbie Wasserman Schultz supports J Street, a vitriolic anti-Israel group, while cheerleading for Israel in her district for votes, when the political need arises. “Israel advocate” Ted Deutch visits his local synagogues and addresses Jewish organizations, shouting out his concern for Israel, yet he remains mute when he should really be opposing Obama’s obvious bias against Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel.
The Rev. Al Sharpton led the pogrom in Crown Heights in the early 1990s, leading to the death of Yankel Rosenbaum, who was stabbed to death by a thug incensed by Sharpton’s hate speech. Sharpton has long been an outspoken opponent of Israel and its survival. So why no outcry from Jewish groups when Rev. Al was given the honor at the 2004 Democrat Nominating Convention of delivering its highlight speech of that holy gathering? The leftist crowd tore down the house in support of his words of wisdom. No boos or confrontations from the Democrat throng.

Where was the outcry from Jews when ex-Sen. George Mitchell was appointed as the Middle East negotiator for the United States? Ditto for Hillary Clinton, who until she needed Jewish votes in her very successful run for senator of New York, was a stalwart Palestinian supporter. Netanyahu’s poor treatment by Obama is one for the record books when it comes to demeaning a leader of a very friendly country.

Shouldn’t bells ring in their heads of the obvious implication when Obama calls this nation one of the largest Muslim nations in the world? Shouldn’t Jews understand that 20 years at the feet of the Rev. Wright has had an enormous impact on the president, who until the last moment prior to his election was forced to throw Wright under the bus? Did he really mean it, or is he still under this man’s influence?

So my question to my leftist Jewish brethren is: “Why do you still support Obama?” I call on them to wake up, face the facts and stand up to this man and his policies, which threaten not only our ally Israel, but the rest of the free world. For if Israel goes down the tubes, we are surely the next victim of the Muslim bulldozer that has as its motto “first the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.”

Alan Bergstein

Alan Bergstein comes to our pages as a Brooklyn native. Father of four, retired NYC Principal, Korean War Veteran, patriot and Jewish and Israel activist.

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