Israel News Agency
--- November 4, 2008...... Israel by its very nature is a conservative
nation. With the threat of terror attacks and war taking place
at any moment, Israel deserves that status.
when many of my Facebook friends ask me how can I as an Israeli
vote for Obama, I understand where they are coming from. Just
Obama's name is enough to scare anyone walking the streets of
Tel Aviv, Haifa or Jerusalem.
Barack Obama has had many friends in the past who helped create
an image of a man who just might not really be a friend of Israel.
Obama has associated himself with a few people who are anti-Israel
advocates. Early on in his career he chose a church headed by
a former Black Muslim who is a harsh anti-Israel advocate and
who may be seen as tinged with anti-Semitism. This church is
a member of a denomination whose governing body has taken a
series of anti-Israel actions. So, at every chance, politically
militant conservatives in Israel try to portray Obama as owned
by Muslims and cold, even hostile, to Israel.
have accused him of planning to collude with terrorists because
he has said he would meet with the leadership of Syria or Iran
to discuss peace in the Middle East.
President George W. Bush seemed to join the attack when, in
a speech to the Israel Knesset, he tacitly compared Obama to
Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister infamous for
appeasing Adolf Hitler.
his political fortunes and ambition climbed, he found support
from George Soros, multibillionaire promoter of groups that
have been consistently harsh and biased critics of the American-Israel
is Obama really a threat to Israel?
Obama made no secret of his sincere support and dedication to
the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel. "My
view is that the United States' special relationship with Israel
obligates us to be helpful to them in the search for credible
partners with whom they can make peace, while also supporting
Israel in defending itself against enemies sworn to its destruction,"
Obama has stated at both an AIPAC conference and in Jerusalem
when meeting with Israel President Shimon Peres. Barack Obama
sounds as strong as Clinton, as supportive as Bush, as friendly
other candidate has verbally pushed Iran so hard against the
In one of his TV debates against McCain, Obama stated that he
would use military force against Iran and do all that is needed
to insure that Iran never has a nuclear weapon. Upon hearing
this, US war hero John McCain stated that it would not be right
to signal punches. But Obama appeared not to be frightened by
Iran. So confident is Obama that he is ready to talk to Iran
rather than have third parties get involved. And that speaks
kinds of communications that he would engage in and the pressure
he envisions on Iran may differ in some respect from the other
candidates," said an adviser to Barack Obama. And in a
speech he made in Chicago, Obama showed his cards. He was transparent:
"Let me be clear: Under no circumstances can Iran be allowed
to have nuclear weapons" or Clinton's "we cannot,
we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear
world must work to stop Iran's uranium enrichment program and
prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. It is far too dangerous
to have nuclear weapons in the hands of a radical theocracy.
And while we should take no option, including military action,
off the table, sustained and aggressive diplomacy combined with
tough sanctions should be our primary means to prevent Iran
from building nuclear weapons."
need the United States to lead tough-minded diplomacy. This
includes direct engagement with Iran similar to the meetings
we conducted with the Soviets at the height of the Cold War,
diplomacy would include real leverage through stronger sanctions.
It would mean more determined U.S diplomacy at the United Nations.
It would mean harnessing the collective power of our friends
in Europe who are Iran's major trading partners. It would mean
a cooperative strategy with Gulf States who supply Iran with
much of the energy resources it needs. It would mean unifying
those states to recognize the threat of Iran and increase pressure
on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment. It would mean full implementation
of U.S. sanctions laws. And over the long term, it would mean
a focused approach from us to finally end the tyranny of oil,
and developing our own alternative sources of energy to drive
the price of oil down."
Obama addressed US aid to Israel, saying: "We must preserve
our total commitment to our unique defense relationship with
Israel by fully funding military assistance and continuing work
on the Arrow and related missile defense programs."
compared to George W. Bush, Obama states: "Our job is to
do more than lay out another road map."
job is to rebuild the road to real peace and lasting security
throughout the region. That effort begins with a clear and strong
commitment to the security of Israel: Our strongest ally in
the region and its only established democracy. That will always
be my starting point."
respects Israel and Israel's democracy. "We should never
seek to dictate what is best for the Israelis and their security
interests. No Israel prime minister should ever feel dragged
to or blocked from the negotiating table by the United States".
Barack Obama really as friendly to Israel as other candidates?
Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida co-chairs Barack Obama's White
House drive in the state. And why would Wexler do such thing?
Because "I have spoken with Barack to discuss the dangers
facing our ally Israel, and I am convinced there will be no
stronger supporter of Israel than President Obama",
his statement says.
has emphasized his Christianity, distanced himself from Carter
and Brzezinski and pronounced Iran the gravest threat to the
state of Israel, vowing to eliminate that threat.
has also authored opinion pieces for Israel news outlets, granted
interviews to Israeli reporters and reached out to Jewish leaders
here, consistently describing Israel as a friend and stalwart
Clinton was the greatest friend Israel ever had. This is in
contrast to George W. Bush who talked much but was weak to act.
an American presidential candidate, George W. Bush repeatedly
pledged his eternal love for and belief that a united Jerusalem
should and will remain Israel's capital. He then proceeded,
as president to refuse to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
much for US Republicans. Not much different these days from
Democrats when it comes to placing the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
one who has served in the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel
Border Police, as one who has carried a gun in Israel since
1989, I understand my fellow Israelis fear. But they need to
dig a bit deeper before characterizing one as a threat to Israel.
efforts of the McCain campaign, and its supporters, to scare
Jewish voters went way over the top, into something truly disgusting,
if not racist. Some of the worst: a talk show host saying that
Obama wants to "gas the Jews," as well as "Joe
the (unlicensed) Plumber" agreeing with a supporter that
an Obama presidency will be "death to Israel."
the fact that these are wild accusations with no basis in fact,
the use of the memory of the Holocaust as a political football
is extremely offensive - particularly to those of us who have
relatives who were victims or survivors.
good reality check: the wholehearted endorsement of Obama by
Edgar Bronfman, former World Jewish Congress president and Alan
Dershowitz, the grandmaster of Israel's public defense against
Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Jimmy Carter.
who wrote the New York Times best seller "The
Case for Israel" recently found himself defending a
Democratic Obama administration to conservative Jews who argued
that anyone who was worried about Israel should be for Republican
reminded the audience that Israel had been willing to engage
with Arab states, including Iran, and argued that Obama would
be a better friend than McCain because of his ability to engage
European Quartet members and, potentially, Arab leaders in the
Dershowitz added, the results of today's election ultimately
won't change American policy on Israel.
fate will not turn on who is elected president, because we are
one of the few countries in the world where Israel is not a
divisive issue - not because of the Israel lobby, but because
we all support Israel," Dershowitz said.
the hecklers at a screening for "The Case for Israel"
- a sold-out event hosted by the Boston-based Committee for
Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America - were clearly
not in the target market. They arrived already convinced of
Dershowitz's case for Israel, and many wanted to know how he
could make his film and still be for Obama. This was perhaps
unsurprising, given that the film was made partly with the help
of American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who has been a lavish
supporter of the Republican Party and the Republican Jewish
Coalition this election year.
responded that it was time to acknowledge "the truth that
many American Jews are way to the right of Israeli Jews,"
but said everyone should go ahead and "vote your conscience"
- adding that it would be a tragedy if all Jews voted the same
way and then found themselves on the losing side, with less
ability to influence Washington debate.
Barack Obama becomes the first Black US President in January,
many Israelis will need to find a way to excuse themselves for
voting against Obama as he travels to and from Israel. Perhaps
one way to reduce their present fears, would be to remember
the "Kissinger Effect" - that is how a partly Jewish
Secretary of State Henry Kissenger had to compensate for his
Jewishness by acting against Israel from time to time while
serving under US President Richard Nixon.
was Kissenger who basically ordered Israel not to preempt an
attack on Egypt and Syria before the 1973 Yom Kippur war to
"not appear as the aggressor." One hates to think
of the many Israel soldiers who were slaughtered in the first
hours and days of that war because Israel was forced to stand
down, no preempt, no call up of IDF reserves.
such, Obama would be forced to compensate for his Islamic name
and past Islamic radical associations when caught between Israel
and a Hamas or Hezbollah hard place, rock or missile.
McCain campaign would have done well to have stopped treating
the Jewish community as easily manipulated sheep. To have stopped
pushing out the image that Obama, who in reality is an accomplished
and respected US Senator and dedicated Christian, is a radical
Muslim who would destroy Israel.
McCain is a great man. A war hero. A true friend of Israel.
But should Sarah Palin ever be forced to replace McCain, then
we would all need to become truly Hassidic Jews. For only prayer
would save us in that scenario.
Israel News Agency wishes US President elect Barack Obama
health, wisdom, courage and the strength to lead the United
States and the Western democratic world in the fight against
Islamic terrorism and for global prosperity.
Richard Nixon, a staunch Conservative was able to make peace
with Communist China, perhaps Barack Obama is in a position
to create a true peace with the Islamic world.
of Israel's present and former IDF
Generals support Barack Obama.
But Obama now needs all of our support and prayers.
We are on the same page.
as a Black man, Barack Obama knows something about being discriminated
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