Posted on | October 17, 2011 | 39 Comments
Guest post by Duane Lester of All American Blogger
I have spent quite a bit of time trying to understand why a majority of Jewish Americans continue to support this President when his actions are so anti-Israel. I have tried to convince Jewish Americans that the left generally doesn’t have much use for them.
What will it take for the scales to fall from their eyes for them to understand the left is not their friend?
How about overt antisemitism? It’s part and parcel with the Occupy Wall Street movement and is found from coast to coast. Here’s a video from the Emergency Committee for Israel:
Here’s an interview Reason TV conducted at Occupy L.A.:
There is word that the Jewish vote may finally be turning away from the Democrats. The Wall Street Journal the election of Robert Turner in New York was “the first electoral outcome directly affected by President Obama’s Israel policy.”
A Public Policy Poll taken days before the election found a plurality of voters saying that Israel was “very important” in determining their votes. Among those voters, Republican candidate Robert Turner was winning by a 71-22 margin. Only 22% of Jewish voters approved of President Obama’s handling of Israel. Ed Koch, the Democrat and former New York mayor, endorsed Mr. Turner because he said he wanted to send a message to the president about his anti-Israel policies.
This is a preview of what President Obama might face in his re-election campaign with a demographic group that voted overwhelmingly for him in 2008.
In response, Obama took drastic measure. He unleashed Biden on them, which some might consider an act of aggression:
As Mr. Obama confronts his re-election challenge and the prospect of fracturing support among core constituencies, he is relying increasingly on Mr. Biden for help with one particular group: American Jews, who routinely tend to vote Democratic but whom the Republicans are, once again, making a run at.
Despite some warning signs, Democratic officials maintain that they do not think that Mr. Obama is in danger of losing the Jewish vote — particularly given the president’s muscular defense of Israel at the United Nations General Assembly…
It’s insulting for these “Democratic officials” to state they don’t believe the Jewish vote is going anywhere because Obama gave a speech defending Israel. In 2008, he said he’d bring an unshakeable commitment to Israeli security, then proceeded to tell them to retreat back to 1967 borders after elected.
Do they honestly believe that people forget so quickly, or are they spinning? I’d bet Stacy’s tip jar on the latter.
There is no doubt that the left is unafraid of pulling back the curtain on their beliefs regarding Israel and Jews in general. I doubt Republicans will garner a majority vote from Jewish Americans in 2012. After all, in 2008, Obama took 77 percent of the Jewish vote. But if the left continues to be so overt in their antisemitism while Republicans like Herman Cain preach almost unconditional defense of Israel, I’m thinking Republicans will be able to count on Jewish voters in the near future.