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Obama's Jewish Problem
politico.com ^ | March 13, 2007 | Ben Smith

Posted on 01/24/2008 11:01:21 AM PST by Nachum

It's a hard thing to pin down, Barack Obama's Jewish problem. But in the halls of the AIPAC Policy Conference yesterday, there was no denying that the members of the pro-Israel group -- largely Democrats, though they tilt right -- feel a real, if kind of inchoate, skepticism about the Illinois senator.

Now, an Iowa Democrat and AIPAC member, David Adelman, has written Obama a letter asking for clarification of Obama's remark to the Des Moines register that "nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people," a statement Adelman writes he found "deeply troubling."

Adelman, a Des Moines lawyer, said he had helped Mark Warner briefly, but is currently undecided among the 2008 contenders.

But his letter brings to the surface a sentiment that's been circulating largely on private email lists and in chatter about a posting on the pro-Palestinian blog Electronic Intifada, which claimed (with little evidence) that Obama was once on the Palestinian side. Several AIPAC attendees told me that while Obama is "saying the right things," they don't think his heart is in it. (A high bar, perhaps.) The sentiment is nowhere near universal in the pro-Israel, or Jewish, communities, but concern is pretty widespread.

Still, Obama has no shortage of prominent Jewish supporters, and AIPAC's leadership has nothing but praise for the Illinois Senator.

"He has a strong record of support from his time in the Senate on issues of importance to the pro-Israel community," said AIPAC spokesman Josh Block, who praised Obama's "well-received" Chicago speech on the subject.

Adelman's full letter is after the jump.

UPDATE: I've been deleting anti-Semitic, and the stray anti-Muslim, comment as I see them. Please don't do that. And if you see one, please do click the "abusive" button.

Dear Senator Obama,

I am writing to express my concern with your comments in yesterday’s Des Moines Register (Up-close Obama urges compassion in Mideast; He backs loosening restrictions on Palestinian aid).

As an Iowan, democratic precinct caucus attendee, and leader in Iowa’s Jewish community, I am greatly concerned about the situation in the Mideast and your views on this matter.

I find your statement in yesterday's Des Moines Register that "nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people,” deeply troubling. I would greatly appreciate a response clarifying your statements.

The Palestinian people democratically elected their leadership, part in which, Hamas is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. It fails to recognize the right of Israel to exist and encourages terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli Jews, Christians and Arabs.

Again, I respectfully ask for clarification on what you believe needs to be done to bring peace to this region of the world.


TOPICS: Israel; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: jewish; obamas; problem
It is a little old, but relevant I think...
1 posted on 01/24/2008 11:01:24 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

“nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people,”

What about American blacks, illegal immigrants, women, etc., etc. How do liberals get away with these wild, and usually contradictory statements? How can they suck up to one minority group with these all encompassing remarks without alienating the others? A Republican would be called on this obvious duplicity in a heart beat!!


2 posted on 01/24/2008 11:06:55 AM PST by Spok (Now a confirmed one issue voter; RTKBA.)
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To: Spok

I had a discussion with a guy in an airport bar yesterday -— looking at the news where the arab blew up the border wall to Eqypt.

He was saying “can’t believe the Isralies, barracading them in; had to blow up the wall, etc.”

I just asked him, “Why do you think EGYPT built a wall between themselves and this group of arabs? Why should Israelis not have similar protection, especially given that they bomb and attack Isralies daily?”

I changed his mind (actually he changed his own), and de-programed himself of years of MSM brainwashing.

One down.


3 posted on 01/24/2008 11:13:02 AM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Don't blame me; I will write in Thompson.)
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To: Nachum

“nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people,”

not enough since they support terror. No, don’t give me this “they are suffering from their leaders.” They voted for Hamas and must reap what they sow.


4 posted on 01/24/2008 11:13:39 AM PST by ari-freedom (Hillary thinks it takes a white village to raise your child.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Nice.


5 posted on 01/24/2008 11:15:20 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: TheThirdRuffian

W e l l did you discuss our own ‘border’ issues? We are NOT exactly in the position to be giving advise in this particular area.


6 posted on 01/24/2008 11:15:45 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: Nachum
*scoff*--after the Dems kicked Lieberman out (in Connecticut! Connecticut! ) nobody has a Jewish problem. We're all anti-zionists, now.
7 posted on 01/24/2008 11:18:24 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Just mythoughts

No, although I am deeply concerned about our own border, I don’t try to turn every discussion or thread to illegal immigration.


8 posted on 01/24/2008 11:23:09 AM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Don't blame me; I will write in Thompson.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

“One down.”

6,899,000,000 to go. Keep up the good work.
Journey of 1,000 miles begins with ... ;-)


9 posted on 01/24/2008 11:35:01 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: TheThirdRuffian
No, although I am deeply concerned about our own border, I don’t try to turn every discussion or thread to illegal immigration.

NOT the point of my response to you.....turn every discussion or thread to illegal immigration..... IT IS what IS...

Your own response to me tells me you have interesting priorities.... maybe the rest of the peoples of the world we continuallly pay for friendships get a bit concerned we are about to get tapppppped OUT.

10 posted on 01/24/2008 11:39:14 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: Nachum
This comment is far more troubling:

"In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging," he laments. "I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

The Obama File
11 posted on 01/24/2008 12:07:16 PM PST by Beckwith (Dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: Nachum
Some of the comments posted following the article are really a bit much. This is a Democrat Blog and these are mostly Democrats posting. Here's one that should give friends of Israel some pause before voting for a Democrat:
If the Israelis have the right to question the Palestinians' right to the land, which is exactly what the Israelis have done by moving to the region and forming an experimental state, then the Palestinians certainly have the right to question a Jewish state. As an American, I wouldn't really care because it would be just another war somewhere else. But my government (Obama included!) has been hijacked by the immoral/illegal side. If Israel is pushed into the sea, I could care less, because they deserve a good beating. The only worry I would have is that the U.S. would almost certainly get the refugees.

Posted By: Todd

ML/NJ
12 posted on 01/24/2008 1:08:16 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj
I should also note that the Blogger says he's been deleting the anti-Semitic comments. Some of these must have been beauts if he let this one go.

ML/NJ

13 posted on 01/24/2008 1:11:26 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: TheThirdRuffian
I just asked him, “Why do you think EGYPT built a wall between themselves and this group of arabs?

I believe the Israelis built the wall when they had control of Gaza.

ML/NJ

14 posted on 01/24/2008 1:17:55 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

No idea who built them, but they are maintained and guarded by Egyptians as of six months ago.


15 posted on 01/24/2008 1:21:47 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Don't blame me; I will write in Thompson.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Yeah, and it’s very telling that NOBODY said jack about the Egyptian wall until it came down.


16 posted on 01/24/2008 1:26:31 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: ml/nj
No idea who built them

Well, in the way you told your story you attribute the building of the wall to Egypt. As for why the Egyptians maintained the wall. I would guess that the Egyptians probably wish the Gazans were someone else's problem so the wall would serve Egyptian interests, but they probably also had some formal agreement with Israel to maintain it.

ML/NJ

17 posted on 01/24/2008 1:35:24 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

The Muslim world WANTS the Palestinians to live in squalor, as a propaganda tool against Israel. Otherwise, why couldn’t they be permitted to emigrate to, and become permanent citizens of, some other Muslim country? Why are they “refugees” after decades?


18 posted on 01/24/2008 1:41:47 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty)
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To: Nachum
My parents live in a predominantly (Secular/Reform) Jewish housing community in South Florida. Everyone there who is a Dem (and that is the majority) are for Hillary. You don't see any Obama signs in Boca as a whole.

Obama is tanking in Florida, because his support is strictly limited to blacks. He has made no inroads among Jews or the Central Florida (read: Puerto Rican) hispanic voters, which he would need to take the primary.

19 posted on 01/24/2008 1:45:09 PM PST by Clemenza (Ronald Reagan was a "Free Traitor", Like Me ;-))
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To: Clemenza
He has made no inroads among Jews

I wouldn't be so sure. He has a reasonably supportive editorial in the Jewish News that I received in the mail today.

ML/NJ

20 posted on 01/24/2008 1:53:51 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

Few people realize this, but Florida has the two counties in the US with the highest % of Jews as a share of the total population (Palm Beach and Broward Counties). In other words, it is a larger block of votes than most outside the state realize.


21 posted on 01/24/2008 1:57:35 PM PST by Clemenza (Ronald Reagan was a "Free Traitor", Like Me ;-))
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