Bummer. Protesters Greet Obama in Jerusalem
Israelis Understand Obama’s Holy Landapalooza Was to- “Impress Jewish Voters”
But, not all Jews were buying the staged political pop.
(Don’t expect to see this photo make the front page.)
Supporters of US Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stand outside Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama’s hotel in Jerusalem July 22, 2008. (REUTERS)
Obama’s campaigning continued today in Israel–
But, the Jews aren’t buying it.
Haaretz is reporting this on Obama’s romp through Israel:
Barack Hussein Obama – with his Muslim stepfather and his childhood in Indonesia, his suggestion to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the leftist image that adheres to his advisors – has raised deep anxieties among the Jewish establishment. Republicans sensed a massive defection of Jewish voters. Obama’s campaign managers have identified it as a problem and their candidate has been working on calming things down and issuing pro-Israel statements. McCain visited Sderot and expressed his support for Israel. Obama will follow in his footsteps Wednesday, as the city is experiencing a rare moment of lull. But Obama will also have a chance to denounce terror in real time: Tuesday’s bulldozer terror attack took place next to his hotel in Jerusalem.
To the Israeli establishment, McCain seems like the natural choice. With his white hair, expression lines and combat experience, he embodies the Israeli concept of leadership – a kind of American version of Yitzhak Rabin or Ariel Sharon. If McCain continues Bush’s policies, Israel will benefit from the term of another U.S. president who understands its needs.
Obama represents an exciting option, albeit a more dangerous one: If he manages to rehabilitate America’s international stature, reduce its dependence on oil and push through peace between Israel and the Arabs, Israel’s strategic situation will improve dramatically. But on the way, he might have to pressure Israel. If he fails, Israel will have to pay the price without reaping any returns.
Obama may have the props but Israelis know where his heart is.
After a lifetime of close friendships with Jew-haters and former PLO operatives Obama tried to slip on a new hat today.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) rekindles the eternal flame, commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust, during his visit to the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem July 23, 2008. Obama pledged staunch support for Israel on a visit to Jerusalem on Wednesday, describing the Jewish state as a miracle. (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israel Matzov has more background on Obama’s questionable staff.