Last week’s POLITICO front page article entitled, “Obama may be losing the faith of Jewish Democrats,” caught the attention of numerous media publications. The POLITICO journalist, Ben Smith, mainly based his piece on Obama’s foreign policy speech on May 19, 2011, when he publicly declared, “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”
Smith appropriately noted, “Obama’s speech last month seems to have crystallized the doubts many pro-Israel Democrats had about Obama in 2008,” but unfortunately failed to communicate the fundamental issues of this political shift.
His terminology is a clear example of this misrepresentation. Smith writes of center-left American Jews and Obama supporters as “Fearful for Israel at a moment of turmoil in a hostile region when the moderate Palestinian Authority is joining forces with the militantly anti-Israel Hamas.”
The Palestinian Authority (PA) is only moderate if you compare it to Hamas. But repeatedly referring to it as “moderate” can have serious ramifications such as turning public opinion against Israel.
As for Hamas, sending over 8,000 rockets into southern Israel and calling for the Jewish State’s destruction, is not “militantly anti-Israel,” it is once again blatant terrorism.
Later in the article, the Politico writer noted that “the U.S. boycotted an anti-racism conference seen as anti-Israel,” in an attempt to boost Obama’s image. The administration should not receive plaudits for anything they should already be expected to do; there is no doubt the U.S. should have boycotted the conference.
Smith also posed the question, “Does the new wave of Jewish angst matter?” Dick Morris would answer “Yes.” On Tuesday, Morris published polling data on the matter: “If the election were held today, President Obama would get only 56 percent of the Jewish vote against a generic Republican candidate, down from the 78 percent he won in 2008 and less than the 74 percent John Kerry received in 2004.”
Morris also found that when “asked if President Obama is ‘too biased against Israel’, Jewish voters as a whole agreed with the charge by 39-30, while 32 percent of Jewish Democrats also agreed (and 40 percent of Jewish Democrats disagreed).”
Apparently Obama is feeling the heat. As of a little over a week ago, “President Barack Obama has decided to shelve any serious effort to generate Israel-Palestinian negotiations for at least two years.”