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Ed Koch's Amazing Turnaround
The Jewish Press ^ | 10/5/'11 | Editorial Board

Posted on 10/05/2011 3:32:18 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator

So former mayor Ed Koch has changed his mind after hearing President Obama's speech to the UN General Assembly last week and will back him for reelection after all.

Mr. Koch, a DFB, or Democrat From Birth, created quite a stir several weeks ago when he endorsed Republican Bob Turner in the special election in New York's heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District against Democrat David Weprin. Mr. Koch urged voters in the predominantly Jewish district to vote for Mr. Turner as a way of sending a message to President Obama that they opposed his policies regarding Israel - his "open hostility to the state of Israel" is the way he put it.

After the Turner victory, Mr. Koch said, "I said to myself, we can turn this into a referendum, and we did, you did." Indeed, he said he was ready to campaign against Mr. Obama in battleground states with large Jewish populations like Florida.

In his reversal last week, Mr. Koch noted that President Obama had declared America's determination to stand with Israel against Arab efforts in the UN to secure statehood without negotiating peace with Israel; had intervened with the Egyptian authorities to save Israeli diplomatic personnel from attack during the recent siege of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo; had provided Israel's military with bunker-buster bombs; and had advanced military technology and intelligence cooperation between the U.S. and Israel far beyond anything done by his predecessors.

"I'm now on board the Obama Reelection Express," Mr. Koch said in an e-mail to supporters. He went on to say in an interview with The New York Times that he was now ready to campaign for the president among Jewish voters: "He's got me to go out there and persuade them. I have shoes, will travel," he said.

This is all great theater but there are also some sobering considerations to bear in mind about any role Mr. Koch may play in the upcoming presidential election.

Frankly, we do not believe he should be viewed as someone who can be be relied upon to tell us what a second Obama term would mean for Israel.

To be sure, President Obama was effusive in his references to Israel at the UN. He told an audience filled with dedicated enemies of the Jewish state:

Let's be honest: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it. Israel's citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel's children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them. Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off the map. The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile and persecution, and fresh memories of knowing that six million people were killed simply because of who they were. Those are the facts. They cannot be denied.

The Jewish people have forged a successful state in their historic homeland. Israel deserves recognition. It deserves normal relations with its neighbors. And friends of the Palestinians do them no favors by ignoring this truth, just as friends of Israel must recognize the need to pursue a two-state solution with a secure Israel next to an independent Palestine.

This is pretty heady stuff and certainly a welcome contrast with the emotional tilt to the Muslim world that characterized the early months of the Obama administration.

Was Ed Koch's endorsement of a Republican in the 9th CD in any way responsible for Mr. Obama's UN speech? Maybe. And maybe not. The administration had been making it clear well before Mr. Koch's endorsement of Bob Turner that it would use its veto power in the Security Council to block recognition of a Palestinian state. Similarly, the enhanced military and intelligence cooperation had been in motion months before the Congressional election.

To us, the president's words at the UN smacks of a politician purposefully gearing up for a tough reelection campaign rather than fundamentally rethinking his policies.

The issue here is not whether Ed Koch made a difference but rather that an unabashed lifelong Democrat should not be seen as an objective political guru. Nor should one speech magically make everything right for supporters of Israel concerned about the overall tone set by Mr. Obama over the first two and a half years of his presidency.

We must continue to closely monitor and evaluate the Obama agenda. Remember the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: flipflop; koch; onceadem; weathervane
Blech.
1 posted on 10/05/2011 3:32:25 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator
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To: Alouette; hlmencken3; rmlew; Nachum; dervish; Yehuda; Ancesthntr; TorahTrueJew; Yomin Postelnik; ...

Ping for your interest.


2 posted on 10/05/2011 3:33:45 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Koch so easily hood winked.
3 posted on 10/05/2011 3:36:29 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: Zionist Conspirator

koch must not value israel much.


4 posted on 10/05/2011 3:41:21 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

What a damn fool.

If Obama wins again, I predict the last (or the beginning) 4 years of the Great Tribulation.


5 posted on 10/05/2011 3:41:49 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: Hammerhead

When was he diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?


6 posted on 10/05/2011 3:43:50 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Somebody must have sent Koch a dead gefilte fish.

-PJ

7 posted on 10/05/2011 3:44:16 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Koch returns to abject stupidity as craft prospers.


8 posted on 10/05/2011 3:47:05 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: boomop1

“Koch so easily hood winked. “

then again, so was the Jewish press when they endorsed Weprin.


9 posted on 10/05/2011 3:48:24 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Maybe a few of Obama’s goons roughed up ol’ Ed. Dangled him outta window by his suspenders till he saw the light.


10 posted on 10/05/2011 3:51:53 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Hammerhead

Remember false peace with a divided Israel comes first. That starts the Tribulation. After the Antichrist is revealed, with the abomination that causes desolation, then shall be Great Tribulation such as has not been, no nor ever shall be equaled again.


11 posted on 10/05/2011 3:52:41 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

as negotiated by Obama and his minions.


12 posted on 10/05/2011 4:00:55 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: ari-freedom
“Koch so easily hood winked.“

then again, so was the Jewish press when they endorsed Weprin.

Hoodwinking had nothing to do with it. Weprin had a "D" by his name and the JP salivated and endorsed him.

13 posted on 10/05/2011 4:04:35 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu.)
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To: ari-freedom

The Jewish press as the MSM will stay far left and wrong.


14 posted on 10/05/2011 4:07:49 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: Hammerhead

He makes me uncomfortable talking about peace while dividing Israel at the United Nations. But then so does koolaid-serving Tony Blair.


15 posted on 10/05/2011 4:17:48 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Is Koch openly gay or is that what they have on him?
16 posted on 10/05/2011 4:21:14 PM PDT by jaz.357 ( Virgina Earthquake survivor!)
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Koch is a liberal who will use Israel to keep what he perceives his flock in line.

17 posted on 10/05/2011 4:34:30 PM PDT by SJackson (The irony is, the reason I was in this office is because I told a story to the American people, BHO)
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To: jaz.357
Is Koch openly gay or is that what they have on him?

I don't know. But he's certainly openly pro- "gay."

Personally, I don't think a homosexual liberal Democrat politician would be the least bit ashamed of it.

18 posted on 10/05/2011 4:57:24 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu.)
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To: boomop1
The Jewish press as the MSM will stay far left and wrong.

I wouldn't categorize the JP as "far left." They actually have a moderately conservative editorial policy and have endorsed the Republican presidential ticket in recent elections. But aside from that office they are hard-wired to endorse the Democrat in almost all other races.

They're more "yellow dog Democrats" than anything else.

19 posted on 10/05/2011 5:00:28 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

What a FREAKING IDIOT!!!!! Are Israel supporters so damn SPINELESS that a SPEECH is all they need to hear why the ACTIONS are DESTROYING Israel!! OMG!!! Smart, huh?? yeah, right.


20 posted on 10/05/2011 5:05:01 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

I think you mean “Blue Dog Democrats because Yellow Dog Democrats will vote for a Yellow dog BEFORE they would vote for a Republican. YDD are LEFTY LIBERALS....usually STUPID OLD PEOPLE....kinda like Koch is showing himself to be.


21 posted on 10/05/2011 5:08:00 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Ed uh, Koch uh, is such a uh, moron uh, because he uh, thought Obama was uh just going to uh be such a great uh president but uh now uh he’s had uh a change of uh heart uh apparently. What a moron. (And as to why the ‘’uh’s’’? Have you ever heard him talk?)


22 posted on 10/05/2011 5:23:31 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Before anything else, Koch is a democrat. All he needed was a fig leaf to cover the embarrassment that is obama. obama gave him one.


23 posted on 10/05/2011 5:38:53 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Ann Archy
I think you mean “Blue Dog Democrats

Nope. I meant Yellow Dog Democrat.

24 posted on 10/05/2011 6:05:40 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Ø: “Ed? Ed Koch?”

EK: “Yes, what do you want?”

Ø: “We have the pictures. Now back off.”

EK: “OK!”


25 posted on 10/05/2011 6:54:31 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

“To us, the president’s words at the UN smacks of a politician purposefully gearing up for a tough reelection campaign rather than fundamentally rethinking his policies...Nor should one speech magically make everything right for supporters of Israel concerned about the overall tone set by Mr. Obama over the first two and a half years of his presidency.”

Absolutely! Everything BHO says is self-serving and re-election campaign lip service. Israel knows he’s lying. Muslims know he’s lying.

Is Koch, an experienced politician himself, really this stupid - or did BHO & Co. make him an offer he couldn’t refuse?


26 posted on 10/05/2011 11:00:39 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

“Nope. I meant Yellow Dog Democrat.”

LOL - yep, I grew up hearing that expression. Actually, the Blue Dog Dems are the (relatively) smart, pretty good guys. (The progressives and hard-line Dems view them the way we view RINOs :-)

As you explained, Yellow Dog Dems are so blind and stubborn, they’d vote for a yellow dog on the ticket rather than EVER vote for a Republican.


27 posted on 10/05/2011 11:15:01 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Koch’s has been in the closet for a thousand years. He’s never been caught in an open scandal as far as I know.

He just cant’ be trusted on ANY issue at this point in his life.


28 posted on 10/06/2011 2:38:21 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: jmacusa

Uh, I guess, uh, you used to listen to his, uh, talk show, uh?


29 posted on 10/06/2011 2:41:31 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Zionist Conspirator

YDD would NEVER vote for ANY Republican.


30 posted on 10/06/2011 2:49:35 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Oh, uh, no but uh watching him uh, on the news uh.... :-)


31 posted on 10/06/2011 3:38:52 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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