Saturday, May 10, 2008

The false claim: Obama or Israel

No matter what Barack Obama says -- earlier this week it was, "We must never waver in our unshakeable commitment to help Israel achieve its goal of true security through lasting peace with its neighbors" -- or how many Jews support his presidential campaign, quite a few believe he spells nothing but trouble for Israel.

John McCain tapped into this fear recently. And today, shortly after I received the above video from Obama's office in which he congratulates Israel on 60 years, Israpundit emailed me his blog post arguing that Jews had to choose between Obama and Israel.
While most Jews favour Obama in a run off with McCain because he is a Democrat, they ignore how pro-Palestinian and anti-American he is.

Let me list the ways.

- Obama said “Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people,”

- Obama said “If there is an Arab American family [in the US] being rounded up without benefit of an attorney, those are my civil liberties!”

- Everyone on Obama’s foreign policy team, McPeak, Hamilton, Kurtzer, Brezezinski, are anti- Israel and The Israel Lobby. Their policies are closely aligned with Carter’s and Baker’s.

- Obama has been in bed with Jew haters and Islamic jihad for years. Farrakhan and his dear friend Reverend Wright, Obama’s spiritual guru, is a vile Jew hater.
Israpundit lists another nine bits of evidence against Obama, which he writes "cannot be characterized as a smear as they are all true." Let's take a second look, starting with these first four points.
  • The Palestinian people are suffering, even Likudniks and the likes of Ruth Wisse agree on that point.
  • Jews more than any minority know that when anyone's civil liberties are being infringed, it is as if their own are. Because, in time, the injustice will find them.
  • Brzezinski, which is spelled this way, is, according to Obama's camp, "not advising Barack on any Israel issues."
  • It appears the case for that last point, that Obama "has been in bed with Jew haters and Islamic Jihad for years," comes from this article in the Yemen Observer. Funny, I would have expected an American journalist to follow up on that. Kind of seems like a big deal.
And I guess those kudos to 60 years of a Jewish State must have come from some other Obama '08 office. Here's how the impostor concluded his congratulations:
I am absolutely convinced that our friendship between the two nations is unbreakable. As someone who has had the great honor of running for the presidency of the United States of America, I pledge to you that I will do whatever I can, in whatever capacity, to not only ensure Israel's security, but also to ensure that the people of Israel are able to thrive and prosper and build on the enormous promise that was made sixty years ago.


Guy Vestal said...

That is all fine and good... But who exactly is really worth putting in office in '08?

John McSame? 4 more years of Bush Pt. Deux?

Billary? Oh Puhleese... I would rather have her hubby back in office for 4 more years. All that is, is the same circus, different clowns.

And as for Barrack Osama? Do we want to end up like Europe? Infidel heads rolling in the streets? Women executed for just breathing?

I would rather see Mr. Greenberg here in office. At least with him, we could expect the state of Israel to be treated like a real nation, instead of just some orphan that needs "Big Brother's" babysitting, just because Issac & Ishmael are still squabbling.

Anonymous said...

how can we possibly doubt what a politician running for office says?

what kind of cynical people are we to suggest that a politician's loyalties and associations are a better barometer of his real agenda than what he says when running for office?

I am deeply ashamed of our cynicism. We must learn to have faith in Obama for only Obama can save us all!

Brad A. Greenberg said...

Anon, I have never suggested we take politicians at their word. In fact, I've stated over and over again that I trust not the statements of someone who wants my vote.

My point, though, is that I've yet to see much genuine evidence that Obama is tainted. Yeah, there was Jeremiah Wright, but John McCain has Rod Parsely.

This is the only report I've seen regarding Obama that raises some legitimate concern.

Guy Vestal said...

And Rev. Wright & Rod Parsley aren't evidence enough for both camps???

Isn't the tip of the iceberg enough to realize that an entire iceberg exists below it?