Obama-Biden, American Jews and the Middle East

25Aug08

I woke up today in my suite hotel in California to the news of Joe Biden chosen as Obama’s Vice President running mate. It was on every channel. The highly experienced and charismatic Catholic has a lot of integrity in the Senate, and certainly knows his ways around, and most importantly, he’s Hilarious!

Among the discussions I’ve had (namely the mayor of a major city in Arizona), tumbled straight to Obama-Biden’s Foreign Policy for the United States. Iran certainly came up, and an educated guess would slip into an Israeli discussion, and then all the way back to American Jewish voters in November.

And thats where todays post comes down to. He said he was last week in Israel for ten days, he loved it, and mentioned that Israelis in Israel are staunch supporters of Mc Cain, obviously, fear of having a Nuclear Iran (and frankly, I don’t see what the United States can do much about it). American Jews (as he calls them, I referred to American Israelis) are split, he says. Very few times have the jewish vote been so split. He added that the intellectual Jews refuse having another four years of  the same policy which has “ruined Americas’ image abroad”, and threat their love for Israel, has matured to being damaging to Israel the more ‘military’ support it receives from the United States.

Adding Joe Biden to the equation, makes a big difference. Joe Biden knows the works of the senate (unlike newbie Barak Obama), he has more influence to get things done, and knows the strings to pull. This Obama-Biden campaign will be a good team to actually “Change” things around for the United States by a firm administration (not to forget the house of representative is hosted by Pelosi, a democrat).

Obviously, you can smell my leniency towards Obama-Biden in the ’08 elections, for the simple reason, that we need to see peace after 8 years of war in the Middle East due to the Bush administration. I thank Mr. Bush for helping Lebanon gets its independance from Syria, one of the very few things that have gone right (even hardly), but time has come for the dust to settle in.



5 Responses to “Obama-Biden, American Jews and the Middle East”

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  3. 3 broker for peace

    Dear Jazzycat and Harddriller…
    Why is it when someone tries to speak about the Middle-East, it should only be pro or against??
    All the world sees and understands that the Palestinians are living like refugees in their own land. and that’s why the problem is growing.
    Palestinians are humans the same as the Israeli, and they have the same rights as their fellows neighbors for an independent state and freedom of choice,
    the more oppression on Palestinians wont make it easier, by any sense, to a safer place to live and wont stop the rocket shelling above your heads. U can not solve the problem by only supporting Israel over Palestinians, instead it will make the case worse,
    what is Obamma is doing, must have been done long time before, to stop the loss of both, Israeli and Palestinians lives.
    And What goerge bush did to the Muslim world, especially the Arab , destroying their credibility,Economy, Reputation by inventing Bin Laden and then letting him loose, by supporting Saddam Hussein and then destroying the whole Iraq, buy supporting the Iranian revolution to take out the Shah..
    USA made a lot of mess in the region and things are going really out of control. So Obamma is not Pro- Palestinian anti Israel, he is Pro life, peace and development.
    Peace in the middle east will benefit Israel more than any other Arab country, Israel will be more internationally recognized (as we know, one third of the countries inside the UN doesn’t recognize Israel till today) and its economy will prosper
    We should stop the blood and develop our economies for our own safety and continuity.
    Peace in the Middle-East and East-Africa

  4. 4 JazzyKat

    The American Jewish people need to be informed about Obama.

    He raised funds for Islamic causes. In the 1990s Obama was a speaker at events in Chicago’s large Palestinian immigrant community to raise funds for U.N. camps for Palestinian refugees.

    Ali Abunimah, a Chicago-based Palestinian-American activist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian online publication, recalls introducing Obama at one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for the Deheisha Palestinian camp in the West Bank.

    Abunimah is also a harsh critic of Israel and has protested outside pro-Israel events in the Chicago area.

    “I knew Barack Obama for many years as my state senator – when he used to attend events in the Palestinian community in Chicago all the time,” stated Abuminah during an interview last month with Democracy Now!, a nationally syndicated radio and television political program.

    “I remember personally introducing [Obama] onstage in 1999, when we had a major community fundraiser for the community center in Deheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. And that’s just one example of how Barack Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation,” Abunimah said.

    Abunimah recalled a meeting with Obama at a fundraiser at the home of Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, reportedly a former PLO activist.

    It was an intimate setting. He convinced me he was very aware of the issues [and] critical of U.S. bias toward Israel and lack of sensitivity to Arabs. … He was very supportive of U.S. pressure on Israel.

    According to quotes obtained by Gulf News, Abunimah recalled a 2004 meeting in a Chicago neighborhood while Obama was running for his Senate seat. Abunimah quoted Obama telling him “warmly” he was sorry that “I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race.”

    “I’m hoping when things calm down, I can be more up front,” Abunimah reportedly quoted the senator as saying.

    It’s obvious Obama hasn’t been honest with the Jewish people in this Presidential race. He is not supportive of Israel and I believe these past associations show he is anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian.

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=57341

  5. 5 harddriller

    American Jews are a different animal* than Israelis, American Jews have never had to fight for anything, or defend their homes, or suffer with murderous attacks, they live in their sweet comfort zones out of touch with the problems of “real Jews” so they mostly will vote for Obama Bin Biden out of ignorance.

    *edified by Jester


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