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Jews Commit Political Hari-Kerry By: Don Feder
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, October 28, 2004

Where do American Jewish voters go for guidance? Apparently, this year we’re heeding advice from Tehran, from the rabidly anti-Semitic former prime minister of Malaysia and – of course – from our pals in the Palestinian Authority.

Sorry, that’s a bit of black humor.

What I mean to say is that – in one of those ironic twists of fate – it’s likely that this year a majority of Jewish voters will cast their ballots for the presidential candidate favored by Israel’s most implacable enemies.

As I noted in a recent article in Human Events Online, according to The American Jewish Committee’s Annual Survey of Jewish Opinion (conducted between August 18-September 1, 2004), 69% of Jews will vote for Kerry this year, and only 24% for Bush.

Even this would be a slight improvement over Bush’s share of the Jewish vote in 2000 (19%). And Kerry isn’t doing nearly as well with Jewish voters as Gore in 2000 (79%), Clinton in 1996 (78%) or Clinton in 1992 (80%).

And there are stirrings at the grass roots. In Michigan (with a Jewish community of 100,000) a group called Jews for George is hard at work. Its co-founder, Moe Freedman, says they’ve mobilized 900 members to hear the president speak at the Pontiac Silverdome on October 27th.

Still, given the inveterate liberalism of most American Jews (who believe Moses was a charter member of Americans United for Separation of Church and State), a big Jewish vote for Kerry seems inevitable.

Jews for George should start a chapter in Tel Aviv. Unlike their brethren in the States, Israelis know where their interests lie.

In a poll in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (published on October 16), almost twice as many of Israelis said they wanted to see W. re-elected (50%), as those who were cheering for Kerry (24%).

It’s an open secret that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is praying for a Bush victory. In July, Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a group of prominent American Jews that he personally prefers Bush to Kerry.

For Israelis and their more discerning supporters in this country, it all comes down to terrorism and security.

When Clinton was president, the White House welcome mat was always out for Yasser Arafat – who practically took up residence in the Lincoln Bedroom.

At Camp David (2000), Clinton pressured then Prime Minister Ehud Barak to give the wily old terrorist 98% of the West Bank and Gaza, plus East Jerusalem. That wasn’t enough for Arafat, who walked away from a deal and precipitated four years of murderous jihad.

By contrast, Bush refuses to meet with the man whose organization is still sworn to the total destruction of Israel. Just months into his first term, the president decided that Arafat was a cunning killer who would never abandon violence.

In his 1997 book, The New War, Kerry – who has the endorsements of both the Muslim American PAC and the Arab America PAC – spoke glowingly of Arafat as a "statesman" and "role model." The last is correct. Arafat was slaughtering civilians as long ago as the ‘60s, and thus is a prototype for the current generation of terrorist leaders.

In a November 17, 2003, speech to the Arab American Institute, Kerry called Israel’s security barrier, "a barrier to peace." (It is also a great inconvenience for suicide bombers.) When Jewish leaders complained, the Senator reversed himself. But his initial reaction was telling.

Kerry’s chief Middle East advisor is former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, who: 1) Helped devise the disastrous Olso Accords, 2) Persuaded Clinton that Arafat was a big teddy bear, 3) As ambassador, called for the division of Jerusalem, 4) At the outset of the latest Intifada, insisted that Israel hold back its army to encourage Arafat (who orchestrated the bloodbath) to deal with the terrorists!, and 5) Wants to station U.S. forces in the West Bank and Gaza to cover an Israeli withdrawal.

Little wonder Israeli journalist and FrontPage Magazine columnist David Bedein writes, "The very mention of Indyk … sends shudders down the spine of senior members of the Israel defense and foreign policy establishment."

Equally troubling is the senator’s determination to put the survival of democracies firmly in the hands of the United Nations.

In a recent column, New Republic editor Martin Peretz notes: "Save for the U.S. veto in the Security Council, Israel loses every struggle at the U.N.…The body’s bloated and dishonest bureaucracies are no better, as evidenced most recently by the head of the U.N. Palestine refugee organization, who defended having Hamas on his staff."

Peretz charges: "I’ve searched to find one time when Kerry – even candidate Kerry – criticized a U.N. action or statement against Israel. I’ve come up empty. Nor has he defended Israel against the European Union’s continuous hectoring."

This past July, in a typical example of the U.N.’s blame-the-victims game, the General Assembly voted 150-to-6 in condemnation, not of Palestinian suicide bombers, but of Israel’s attempt to keep them from spreading body-parts in downtown Jerusalem – its security barrier.

Even before he goes running to the U.N., Kerry will seek the wise counsel of France and Germany (our neglected "allies," the Senator calls them) on foreign policy questions.

That would be another catastrophe for Israel. Paris and Bonn are puppets whose strings are pulled in Arab capitals.

France, which is well on its way to becoming a Muslim country (thanks to immigration from North Africa), quietly tolerates an on-going wave of anti-Semitic violence. Jews are now the victims in over 80 percent of bias-related offenses in the land of liberty, equality and fraternity.

And Kerry wants to give the lily-livered Perrier guzzlers of the Elysee Palace a veto over U.S. foreign policy. Why not just vote for Jacques Chirac for president of the United States, and cut out the middleman?

If it were up Senator Don’t-Rush-To-War (wait until the UN, European Community and Michael Moore decide it’s necessary), Saddam Hussein would still be in power – cooperating with al-Qaeda, paying bounties to the families of those who murder Israeli women and children and threatening the Jewish state with nuclear annihilation when he develops the bomb.

There are, however, exceptions to the yellow-dog Democrat rule among American Jewish voters.

In a January 9th article in The Forward ("Bolting for Bush"), former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a life-long Democrat, said he’s never voted for a Republican presidential candidate before, but he was going to vote for Bush this year. Koch wrote, "President Bush has earned my vote because he has shown the resolve necessary to wage the war against terrorism."

Even Senator Joe Lieberman (D, Conn.) while he was campaigning for Kerry in Florida last week, frankly confessed, "We are dealing with a president who’s had a record of strong support for Israel. You can’t say otherwise."

Israel’s enemies understand this, even if many of her friends do not. As Ben Johnson noted in these pages last week, many pro-terrorist nations favor John Kerry.

Iran, for one. In June, the Tehran Times editorialized, "Kerry is exactly what the U.S. needs right now." It means Kerry is exactly what Iran needs right now – a U.S. politician who blindly believes in negotiations with terrorist states. In a futile effort to deter the mullahs from acquiring nuclear weapons, the Senator has promised them nuclear fuel, if he’s elected – the same strategy that failed Bill Clinton, in regard to North Korea’s nuclear program.

Other thugs are also speaking out for the Democratic ticket.

You may recall former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, who told the 10th Islamic Summit last year that "Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them." Also, Jews "invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy." (Why not monarchy and fascism, too?)

Bush condemned Mohamed’s comments as "wrong and divisive." Said the president, "it stands squarely against what I believe."

Last week, Mohamed put out a fatwah urging U.S. Moslems to vote for Kerry, "in the name of Islam." The ex-prime minister exhorted his fellow jihadists on their "duty to ensure that Bush will not be able to determine our fate for four more years." Said he, "There is an obvious connection between the sufferings of the Moslems and the policies and thinking of Bush."

Mohamed was carrying coals to Newcastle. According to a Zogby poll, on November 2, American Moslems will vote for Kerry by a 10-to-1 margin.

Earlier this month, Nabil Shaath ("foreign minister" of the Palestinian Authority) said that while he thought Bush wanted to resume the so-called peace process, "with the staff that surrounds him and with his current opinions, it doesn’t look promising."

But, in a Kerry presidency, Shaath gushed, "It would be likely that several staff members during the Clinton administration would return" and "that would be a good thing." The PA longs for the halcyon days of Clintonian appeasement.

Israel’s chief of military intelligence, Major General Aharon Ze’evi says, "Arafat is now waiting for the month of November in the hope that President Bush will be defeated in the presidential election and turned out of office."

So, Arafat’s Palestinian Authority, the savage anti-Semites of Iran and the neo-Nazi former prime minister of Malaysia – not to mention the valiant French and the fair-minded Germans – all support John Forbes Kerry.

On the other hand, by almost a two-to-one margin, Israelis – who are on the frontlines in the war against terrorism – favor Bush, as does the prime minister they overwhelmingly elected.

In The American Jewish Committee survey mentioned at the outset, 75% of respondents said they felt "very close" or "fairly close" to Israel. Also, 74% said "Caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew."

In a logical disconnect of staggering proportions, most of them will demonstrate their love for Zion by voting for the presidential candidate of Irael's enemies. Jews may have a disproportionate share of Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry, but when it comes to political intelligence, we are truly clueless.

Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.

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