American Jews should not vote for any Democrat in upcoming US elections
By Shoula Romano Horing
Despite recent change in tone, rhetoric and conduct by President Obama toward Israel and its prime minister, most Israelis do not trust this new act and perceive Obama to be the most pro Palestinian, Pro-Arab, and Pro-Muslim American president ever, lacking a basic commitment or even sympathy to the Jewish state.
It seems that Obama’s sudden “change of heart” toward Israel is not the result of rediscovered love, but rather, fear of losing the Jewish vote and financial backing in the upcoming elections.
In 2008, 78% of US Jews voted for Obama and were responsible for a third of total financial donations to the Democratic Party.
However, in an August 2010 Pew Research Center report, the number of Jews who identify themselves as Democrats or leaning Democrat has decreased to 60%. At the same time, the number of Jews who identify themselves as Republicans or as Independents who lean Republican has increased by more than half since the year Obama was elected, the highest change among all religious groups.
While in 2008 the ratio of Democrat vs. Republican Jews was far more than 3 to 1, now it is less than 2 to. The New York Times, in an op-ed titled “Oy-Vey Obama,” explained the decline by stating that ”Obama is burning bridges with the Jewish community in order to build bridges to the Muslim world.“
In the upcoming November elections, Jews must take a strong stand and not vote for any Democratic candidate, as a strong message to Obama and the Democratic party that Jews should never be taken for granted again, and that being pro-Israel is still an important factor for Jewish voters.
Two Gallup polls taken in February 2010 suggest that the American public is becoming increasingly divided by party lines on its view of Israel. While sympathy for Israel is increasing among Republicans and Independents, it has been declining among Democrats. One poll found that 85% of Republicans and 48%of Democrats support Israel more than the.
A separate Gallop poll showed that while Israel’s favorability ratings remain high in the aggregate (67%), when broken down by party, 80% of Republicans and 53% of Democrats hold favorable ratings.
The evidence also shows that support of Israel is a swing issue for many Jewish voters. When the Jewish community judges a candidate to be distinctly problematic on Israel, it will desert that candidate or his party in decisive numbers whether he is a Democrat or Republican.
Many Jewish liberals abandoned President Carter in the 1980 elections when he was viewed as favoring Arab interests at Israel's expense. Carter was left with a mere 45% of the Jewish vote, the first democratic president in 60 years not to win a majority of the Jewish vote; meanwhile, the pro-Israel Ronald Reagan won 39% of the Jewish vote.
In 1992, after President Bush Sr. angered American Jewry when he threatened to deny Israel much-needed loan guarantees to help absorb Soviet Jews, he was left with a mere 10% of the Jewish vote, down from the 27% he received in 1988.
Many other Jews in the Diaspora, in England, Canada and Australia, have already moved rightward, voting for conservative parties when they became dissatisfied with liberal politicians who showed animosity to Israel. In those countries the Jewish vote is now divided between the camps.
Now, American Jews have to decide what their swing issue is. Many Jews will still choose their traditional liberalism and will vote again for any Democrat, resistant to any facts that undermine their long held beliefs. But we need as many Jews as possible to choose Israel as their main concern and to turn away from the Democratic party as a warning to Obama not to sacrifice Israel‘s security and survival in his two remaining years in office.
If Obama continues to mirror the failed policies of the Carter presidency, hopefully he too will end up as a one-term president.
More Quotes About "Palestine"
"There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it".
- Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 -
"There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not".
- Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946 -
"It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria".
- Representant of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956 -
Concerning the Holy Land, the chairman of the Syrian Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in February 1919 stated:
"The only Arab domination since the Conquest in 635 c.e. hardly lasted, as such, 22 years".
"There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilea); not for thirty miles in either direction... One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee... Nazareth is forlorn... Jericho lies a mouldering ruin... Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation... untenanted by any living creature... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent, mournful expanse... a desolation... We never saw a human being on the whole route... Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country... Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes... desolate and unlovely...".
- Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad", 1867 -
"In 1590 a 'simple English visitor' to Jerusalem wrote: 'Nothing there is to bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet remayning and all the rest is grasse, mosse and weedes much like to a piece of rank or moist grounde'.".
- Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund,
Quarterly Statement, p. 86; de Haas, History, p. 338 -
"The land in Palestine is lacking in people to till its fertile soil".
- British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s -
"Palestine is a ruined and desolate land".
- Count Constantine François Volney, XVIII century French author and historian -
"The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign of their passage through it".
- Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s -
"Then we entered the hill district, and our path lay through the clattering bed of an ancient stream, whose brawling waters have rolled away into the past, along with the fierce and turbulent race who once inhabited these savage hills. There may have been cultivation here two thousand years ago. The mountains, or huge stony mounds environing this rough path, have level ridges all the way up to their summits; on these parallel ledges there is still some verdure and soil: when water flowed here, and the country was thronged with that extraordinary population, which, according to the Sacred Histories, was crowded into the region, these mountain steps may have been gardens and vineyards, such as we see now thriving along the hills of the Rhine. Now the district is quite deserted, and you ride among what seem to be so many petrified waterfalls. We saw no animals moving among the stony brakes; scarcely even a dozen little birds in the whole course of the ride".
- William Thackeray in "From Jaffa To Jerusalem", 1844 -
"The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population".
- James Finn, British Consul in 1857 -
"The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880's, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained "The Holy Land" in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of other immigrants - both Jewish and Arab. The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts... Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen... The plows used were of wood... The yields were very poor... The sanitary conditions in the village [Yabna] were horrible... Schools did not exist... The rate of infant mortality was very high... The western part, toward the sea, was almost a desert... The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants".
- The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913 -