Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

10/31/2008 (7:24 pm)

Obama's Anti-Israeli Friends

Leftward blogs were yukking it up this morning because McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb told CNN’s Rick Sanchez that Obama “hangs around with anti-Semites,” but then refused to name anybody but Rashid Khalidi. Lefties Andrew Sullivan and Joe Klein called Goldfarb “McCarthy” and “bigot,” respectively, and the title on the YouTube video announces that Sanchez caught Goldfarb “lying.”

McCain himself somewhat famously believes that a person’s religion is his own business, and thus refuses to bring the Rev. Jeremiah Wright into the campaign; this is apparently who Goldfarb had in mind while he was twisting in the wind on CNN.

As to other anti-Israel connections, Goldfarb simply was not prepared. Let’s take the time to recall just how many anti-Israel voices have been noticed in the general vicinity of candidate Obama:

To start with, there’s the current flap about Rashid Khalidi and Obama’s close friendship with him. The LA Times is holding a videotape of Obama toasting Khalidi, and there was plenty of anti-Israeli rhetoric flung around at that dinner. It also appears that Khalidi is a long-standing friend of both Ayers and Obama.

Then there is famously Obama’s pastor, Rev Jeremiah Wright, whose pastor pages apparently featured several rabidly anti-semitic writers.

We need to look under the Hope-and-Change campaign bus, where several pro-Palestinian foreign policy advisors are lurking, having been shoved there after being noticed by the public. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Robert Malley, Samantha Power, and Susan Rice all earn dishonorable mention in this category. Malley is probably the worst of them.

Just recently, Obama’s outreach director to Muslims, Mahdi Bray, was spotted and filmed at a Hamas/Hezbollah rally, and it was reported that he and the Obama team met with CAIR’s Nihad Awad.

It was a while back, but al Qaeda financier Hatem al Hady was spotted as a friend on Michelle Obama’s page, until Johnny Simpson at Digital Journal and Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs noticed it and blogged about it. Then the friendship link quietly vanished.

It was not long after that that Johnson at LGF noticed a veritable flood of anti-Semitic blogging going on at Obama’s campaign web site. I blogged about it back in June.

And of course, Louis Farrakhan’s ferociously anti-Semitic Nation of Islam recently called Obama the Messiah.

Now, in none of these connections have we heard candidate Obama utter his own anti-Israel sentiments. He wouldn’t, most likely, because you can’t get elected President in American if you’re anti-Israel. It’s thought that there are some anti-Israel comments on the unreleased Khalidi Toast tape, but we don’t know that.

However, where there’s smoke, there may be fire. Recall Obama’s radical connections. The problem is not just that they exist, but that he seems to have no close connections except from among the radicals. Where are his moderate Democrat friends? His Republican friends? We have the same problem with pro-Palestinian connections: why is it that all of Obama’s supporters, friends, and advisors seem to come from the pro-Palestinian camp? Where are the pro-Israelis among his staff, associates, and friends? And why is it that the rabid anti-Semites all seem to take it for granted that Obama is their man?

As with everything else we’ve come to expect about The One, it appears that he’s not telling us the truth about his stance on Israel. His background and associates suggest a strongly pro-Palestinian bent. His words say “I support Israel,” but can they be believed?

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October 31, 2008 @ 9:40 pm #

And yet Jews suport Obama over McCain by what? 3:1? Wish someone could explain that to me.

November 1, 2008 @ 4:41 am #

If it’s only 3:1, we’re doing well. Jews traditionally support the Democrats by an 80% margin. Ann Coulter covered this in Slander in her riff on the left’s flogging of the Religious Right, noting that if you’re looking for groups that vote in blocks, the blacks (90% D) and the Jews (80% D) are where you should look, but Evangelicals (66% R) are not particularly tight.

Why Jews tend toward liberalism: religiously we’re sympathetic to social causes, and culturally we take governments as they come (because of the diaspora factor, we tend to avoid nationalism,) so we’re not apt to bite hard on the American Exceptionalism thing, but we do go for the social action thing. That spells “traditional liberal.” Also, we’re a neurotic bunch, but intelligent and education-oriented, and that spells self-actualizing social activism and self-flattering intellectualism; Jews are vastly disproportionately represented among the hard Marxists and eco-loons, trying to make ourselves feel important and virtuous by Changing the World or Knowing Everything. (Guilty as charged. This blog is characteristic.)

Too bad, really. Jews are about 1% of the American population, but 13 Senators are Jews. We’re an influential bunch.

The demographic seems to be changing in a conservative direction, though.

November 5, 2008 @ 3:55 am #

As an Israeli I can only comment that Israeli leftists and pro-arab-defeatists are our REAL worst enemy. If not our own government’s zealousness to give up vital Israeli interests – no MAerican government could have forced us to do it…

November 16, 2008 @ 9:19 pm #

[…] advisors Robert Malley and Zbigniew Brzezinski meant Obama would favor the Palestinians. I wrote, and others wrote, that Obama was lying about his position, and that he was strongly […]

January 3, 2009 @ 5:14 am #

[…] There’s very little question about his personal convictions on the matter; he’s pro-Palestinian to the core, but he’ll never say so to a mixed audience in America, he’ll only say it when he thinks […]

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