Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Israel Matzav: Stupid Jews?

Stupid Jews?

A lot of Jews were pleased on Tuesday that President Obama had a 'good, Kosher lunch' with author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Wiesel himself commented afterward that he believed that tensions between Israel and the Obama administration are 'lessening' and a lot of American Jews want to believe that's true so that they have no pangs of conscience when they once again pull the lever for a Democrat in November. But Ben Smith reports on a far more ominous dinner that took place at the White House on Saturday night and Jennifer Rubin warns that the dinner shows that our problems with the White House are far from over. This is from Rubin's blog post quoting Smith:

Smith also picks up this tidbit:

Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber drew the camera flashes at the White House Correspondents dinner, but foreign policy geeks took closer note of the TPM table, where National Security Council Chief of Staff Denis McDonough — probably the most powerful foreign policy staffer in the administration — was seated with the two grand old men of “realist politics,” former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Also at the table, New America’s Steve Clemons, who qualified that he and the others are “progressive realists” and added that the table also included “Sex and the City” creator Darren Starr and TPM founder Josh Marshall, the host.

Scowcroft and Brzezinski have been vying for influence in the Obama White House since Obama introduced the latter in Iowa, then distanced himself from him over Israel. They’re currently central to the efforts to persuade Obama to advance his own Mideast peace plan.

McDonough, who came up on the process-oriented Hill, tends to keep his own broader views on foreign policy close to the vest.

To translate: one of the administration’s key foreign-policy hands goes to the most highly publicized event in town to hob-nob with the advisor who Obama had sworn during the campaign not to be an advisor, who has suggested that we shoot down Israeli planes if they cross Iraqi air space on the way to Iran, and who wants to impose a peace deal on Israel. And, for good measure, he sits with the purveyors of a website infamous for puff pieces on terrorists and committed to a hard-left anti-Israel line. It was an act of defiance — see who our friends are? Well, I guess we do.

So the question remains whether the Jewish community is as easily lulled into passivity as the Obama administration believes. Can a few carefully worded speeches get American Jews off their backs? After all, they’ve been so mute about the effort by Obama to undermine sanctions. And really, they were able to “condemn” Israel without being condemned in turn by the Jewish groups, which have clung so dearly to the Democratic Party. Smith shouldn’t be skeptical: American Jewish officialdom is falling over themselves to make up with the administration. Whether rank-and-file members and the larger Jewish community are as easily swayed, remains to be seen.

I'm pretty sure that the larger Jewish community is as easily lulled into passivity as its putative leaders. Fortunately for Israel, it's not Jewish support that causes the US to support us these days.

Stupid Jews. You all came here via a Google search thinking you'd find a picture of Kardashian, didn't you? Heh.

Israel Matzav: Stupid Jews?

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