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Friday, July 31, 2009

A shidduch?

Michael Fenenbock asked me to post this:

Sarah Palin is America’s most intriguing political figure. Love her or hate her there is no denying America is fascinated by Sarah Palin.

Like it or not we live in an era of celebrity politicians, and right now there’s only one politician in America who can compete with President Obama on “celebrity” terms… and her name is Sarah Palin.

Acknowledging Sarah Palin’s power to command attention and the media spotlight has ramifications for Israel. Especially the Israeli right.

Right now the narrative presented the world by the political right in Israel is ignored, not even heard let alone listened to or given credibility. With that state of affairs in mind, I want to help the Israeli right find their “zivug.” So I offer here a “shidduch.” [Zivug and shidduch both mean "match" - usually, but not always, in the sense of finding a spouse. CiJ]

What an opportunity a “shidduch” with Sarah Palin presents. Stepping down as Governor of Alaska she now confronts the challenge of an expanded political horizon. And that means developing thoughtful, rational alternatives to President Obama’s Muslim-centric worldview. And Sarah Palin has a megaphone loud enough to impact American opinion.

Begin the courtship. Sarah Palin meet the Israeli political right. The two of you will meet for coffee. See how it goes.

As she steps onto a bigger stage questions will dog her. But they won’t be questions about her experience. No, the non-stop attack of her critics will be centered on Sarah Palin’s threshold of knowledge and her success at grasping, and communicating the issues of the day.

This much is obvious she has a political gift. How she presents herself, how she frames the issues, how she connects with people, how she uses her gift… that’s the unresolved question.

We must not miss this opportunity to present the Israeli narrative to Sarah Palin.

She is a game changer. Sarah Palin, championing a “Jordanian alternative” to President Obama’s “Two-State solution” such as the one Arieh Eldad has introduced in the Knesset and Benny Elon has promoted could dramatically redraw public opinion. Speaking out in defense of “settlements” Sarah Palin can offer the world a sorely needed reality check.

A match made in heaven.

As an advocate for “tough” policies aimed at Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons she just might help change the course of events before its too late. And, as a protector of a Jewish Jerusalem, who could calculate her value.

Trust me, you guys are perfect for each other.

Let me make the “Shadchan’s” final pitch. You will love her persona. She’s feisty and tough minded, unscripted, genuine and fearless. She rejects the politics of moral equivalency. What a refreshing contrast with President Obama. She’s leery of the UN, no friend of CNN or BBC, supports a forward leaning military posture and is unapologetic about America’s role in the world.

Lastly, she is a basketball point guard, and Israel’s second sport is basketball.

This, my friends, is your true “bashert.”

I speak frankly Sarah Palin is worth courting. Make every effort to reach out to this valuable ally, this friend and supporter in a world where Israel has few friends and even fewer supporters.

Such a deal.

You know if she ever did become President, that embassy might just be moved to Jerusalem.

Michael Fenenbock

July 30, 2009
Hmmm. I have to say, I agree with him.


At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hishtadlut is all very nice and dandy but our problems are much closer to home. It is up to us.

At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminder: the last 2 verses of Eichah (Lamentations)

"Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old. For if You have utterly rejected us, You have [already] been exceedingly wroth against us." - 5:21-22

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Freedom Fighter said...

I had the privilege of meeting Governor Palin and spending some time with her in Alaska before she went national.

She's the real deal,and already very pro-Israel..like most Alaskans, she has an inbred respect for people that help themselves, create prosperity where there was wilderness and are wiling to fight to defend it.

She's also no dhimmi when it comes to radical Islam.

She perhaps needs some background on the nuances, and a trip to Israel that included the Yesha would definitely be a good idea, but she's already a lot of the way there.


At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

brilliant carl....make a shidduch with a quitter...that usually ends in a nasty divorce

and she is only pro israel for the same reason other right wing christian kooks are...because she believes that when all the jews return to israel...we will bring yashka...and then we will all either convert or die

i suggest you watch the movie "jesus camp"...specifically where they show a scene of a parent homeschooling

in the "classroom" is an american and an israeli flag....just like sarah had in her office.

with friends like this...who needs enemies

they dont love israel or jews...they love the concept of an apocalypse

no thank you

btw...please watch her farewell speech to the masses...then come back and explain...what in the heck she was talking about

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Niko said...


Here's post that explains why it was smart for her to resign when she did. In fact, having read that explanation, I have greater respect for her.

At 7:45 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

There is such a divide between the Israeli public and American Jews that this will make great theater.

79% of American Jews are deeply suspicious of Palin. A warm relationship between Israel and Palin over the next couple of years could make a difference. But if she were running for POTUS right now, she would not get the conservative/ reform/ secular/ Zionistically ambiguous (vast majority) Jewish vote as it stands today.

Palin would benefit from developing strong Israel ties to counter the perception (reality) of her weak foreign affairs creds; Israel would benefit if Palin were to be elected.


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