Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Why the heck would a Zionist vote Democrat, let alone for Obama?

Okay, I get this one a lot. So, I'm used to it.  There is a long and short answer.
Short answer, my political views are some what all over the map.  I'm probably more of a moderate. That is not to say I'm caught in between sides, not able to make up my mind. It means that no one view is dependent on my view in other areas. Lets use an easy chart to explain.
  • I believe in liberal economic policy. Low taxes for poor, moderately higher for the wealthy; Regulation and government stimulus and intervention (That's not socialism folks its Keynesian economic theory)
  • I believe in Health care reform.
  • I do not believe in unlimited abortion rights (and belive the best way to reduce abortions is to provide pre/post-natal services to poor and single mothers)
If you haven't picked up yet views that are typically right leaning are in red and left leaning are in blue. Got it so far? good.
  • I believe in aggressive military policy and strong defense.
  • I think we should treat drug users rather than imprison them.
  • I believe in controlled levels of affirmative action
  • School vouchers (provided that public school funding isn't affected)
  • I strongly believe in Federal programs to help the vulnerable and disenfranchised.
I could go on, but that's not the point. As you can tell, a majority of my views fall to the left side of the aisle. However, I still believe strongly in the foundation, defense and the welfare of the State of Israel as a Jewish state. I also believe in G-d and belive that G-d has ordained that the Jewish people shall dwell in Israel.
I do not believe that the President of the United States has strong influence over Israel's fate.
Why? Well look at President Bush. As advocates of Israel go, he was one of the best. However, during his tenure as President of the United States,  we saw the Second Intifada, the disengagement from Gush Katif, and the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit.
Are these things Bush's fault? Don't be ridiculous. Of course not. But this is exactly my point. He has no influnce. It's ordained from above.
Forgive me if I don't believe that the electoral college has stronger influence over the fate of the Jews than Hashem
Also, I object to the notion that Obama is anti-Israel. Don't get me wrong, I don't like his policies. But, I don't see the malice and anti-semitism That many of my friends do.  Heres why:
A majority of the reason that people believe  Obama is anti- Israel is his speach to the State Department in May 2011. Most people focused on just two words of one sentence of what I thought was a complex nuanced and thought provoking speach on the current state of affairs in the entire middle-east.
1967 Borders
Let me make this abundantly clear. Israel cannot return to the borders of 1967. They are indefensible and would leave Israel unacceptably vulnerable to aggression. However, President Obama shares this view. A lot of the attacks on his Israel policy are for views he doesn't have. He has advocated an undivided Jerusalem.
Finally, he stated rather emphatically that he thinks Israel and the PA should have the ultimate final word. In other words any final compromises would be obtained by negotiations between the two.
So, I find any charges that he wants to give Israel to the Arabs unfounded. In actuality, his policy is much more evenhanded than other policies. It still leans more towards Israel though. Hamas's repeated stated agenda is the destruction of Israel. Obama has stated in no uncertain terms that the survival and strong defense of Israel is a high priority. However he has stated a need for a two-state solution.

If don't like his policy, because you think he doesn't lean towards Israel enough, fine, I agreee. If you don't like is policy, because he has advocated settlement freezes during negotiations I agree. But to call him an anti-Israel, anti-semite, pro-muslim uberliberal is not fair.
He is not Jimmy Carter.
 I recommend re-reading/watching his speeches to AIPAC and the state department. Do it with an open mind. You might be surprised.

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