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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Stupid Jews can't tell a friend when they see one

The Jewish Week (surprisingly) publishes a report that Sarah Palin is gaining ground among 'educated Jews' (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). Here's the bottom line:
Lieberman, Kristol, Lipsky, and the Podhoretz’s are sophisticated, educated, thinking Jews who appreciate Palin's heartfelt support for Israel, her forceful and informed advocacy for energy independence, her strong stance on national security, and her fealty to traditional moral values (sometimes we forget these are Jewish values, too!). All are bellwethers of the increasing respect for Sarah Palin amongst us – the educated and affluent American Jews.
The comments are - for the most part - a den of hostility. God forbid any Jew who considers himself an intellectual should support Palin! (/sarc).

Let's be blunt: Any Jew to whom Israel matters more than abortion rights and gay marriage would be intellectually dishonest if they supported Barack Obama over Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee or just about any other conservative candidate for the Presidency (with the exception of Ron Paul - I'd stay run away from home if the choice was Ron Paul or Barack Obama).

These people may be Jewish and they may be intellectual but they're not Jewish intellectuals because they don't give primacy to Jewish concerns. They should drop 'Jewish' from their titles.

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At 8:38 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Rand Paul? Palin endorsed Rand Paul.
I didn't like hearing that either... because I was ready to support her.

I'm glad it looks like Bolton is running. she might make a good VP choice again... she needs to gain some strength for her convictions... that is if she is honestly zionist. she is too weak if she is.

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate Palin's support of Israel. It is definitely sincere.

However, as Noah pointed out above, she's made endorsement mistakes and speaks in generalities, not on detailed strategic policies.

Personally, I think she's a great political manager and promoter - but that's not the same thing as first preference presidential material. VP? OK.

Bolton is definitely intellectually superior to Palin, both academically and in practice.

Bolton's biggest weakness is his overall view that Islam has some redeeming value. On that subject, he sounds more like Daniel Pipes and nowhere like Geert Wilders.

This will continue to be America's Achilles Heel if US leadership doesn't wise up - and soon!

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Noah David Simon,

Note that I wrote RON Paul, not RAND Paul. I would not have endorsed Rand Paul and he has said some things that show isolationist tendencies, but he's also disavowed them. Time will tell how he votes. If I lived in Kentucky, I probably would have stayed home on Election Day (which is what one reader from Kentucky told me she did).

In any event, I would not discount Palin's support for Israel because she endorsed Rand Paul. How many of you thought (as I did in 2000) that George W. Bush would be as bad for us as his father was?

By the way, most of the opposition to Palin in the Jewish community - at least as far as I can tell - comes from the same people who place a higher priority on abortion rights and gay marriage than they do on supporting Israel. They're afraid that Palin will try to abolish the establishment clause of the constitution and make them Christians (or worse still, religious Jews).

At 4:21 PM, Blogger yzernik said...

I think the author of this piece is doing a bit of wishful thinking. American Jews are consumed by self-hating apologetic exile mentality. They simply cannot relate to a strong gun-toting ass-kicking woman.

And what's wrong with isolationist politicians? I would rather have Rand Paul who is neutral than John Kerry who is hostile to Israel.

At 11:55 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

From my Christian perspective on which would be strongest on Israel, I'd support Huckabee over Palin, b/c I'm a not-one-inch of land kind of Zionst, & Palin is more willing to make compromises than Huckabee is when it comes to land and b/c of her compromises (think Glenn Bec's Restoring Honor Rally) with the dangerous interfaith movement (though I'm slightly concerned Huckabee could cave their too), but I will be watching another Christian possibility rising: Florida's Congressman-elect Allen West, hoping he will prove to be better than both of them. One thing I know: neither Huckabee or Palin are the types of Christians to impose Christianity in the slightest.


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