Apr 17 2010
Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin is an independent group of academic, religious and political leaders, dedicated to promoting consideration of Gov. Sarah Palin’s political positions in the wider American Jewish community.
A group of Jewish activists and academics will mark the state of Israel’s independence day Sunday with a declaration of political independence of their own by launching a grassroots movement of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin.
President Obama’s growing rift with Israel is sparking powerful emotions in the American Jewish community and could have an electoral impact both this year and in 2012. Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin hopes to accelerate that trend.
“We have long admired Gov. Palin for her thoughtful positions on a range of issues, such as fiscal responsibility, health care, energy independence and against Islamic terrorism, not to mention her wonderful charisma and her role model as a highly successful working mom,” Benyamin Korn, the group’s founder and its website’s editor said.
“But the ugly fight that Obama has picked with Israel is stirring American Jews to action,” Korn said, “and Gov. Palin has emerged, by far, as the president’s most effective public critic.” “This is especially true because Obama had campaigned in 2008 as a great friend of the Jewish state,” Korn said.
Jewish American for Sarah Palin has issued a statement, “A Declaration of Jewish Independence, by Jewish Independents,” which is posted on their website. “It’s really a call for Jews to become independent of this horrible administration,” Korn said
The statement proposes that in view of “the Obama administration’s tilt against Israel, its tacit acceptance of a nuclear-armed Iran, and its weak approach to combating Islamic terrorism,” the time has come for American Jews to “declare independence from President Barack Obama.”
The Obama administration’s tilt against Israel, its tacit acceptance of a nuclear-armed Iran, and its weak approach to combatting Islamic terrorism all pose a direct challenge to Jewish Americans. WND
Governor Sarah Palin has described the “Obama doctrine” in United States foreign policy as “coddling our enemies while alienating allies.” Ms. Palin has emerged as the leading public voice in opposition to President Obama’s dangerous new direction.
We find Ms. Palin’s positions on Israel, Iran, national security, fiscal responsibility, energy, and social policy – as well as her record on these issues as governor of Alaska and candidate for Vice President of the United States – to be serious, substantive and politically mainstream. Though not at present a candidate for any office, Gov. Palin’s track record in public office has been exemplary, and has withstood the test of the most demanding scrutiny of investigative news media.
Korn compares Palin to Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. “Thatcher and Reagan were initially dismissed, even by some of their fellow conservatives, as amateurs and simpletons,”
Ronald Reagan was initially looked upon with scorn, both by American Jews and even by many conservatives. Commentary magazine editor Norman Podhoretz recently wrote that his early support of Reagan’s 1980 presidential candidacy was greeted by his friends with derisive remarks about “this B-movie star.” In the end, conservatives came to respect and then revere Reagan.
In the 1980 election, 60 percent of American Jews deserted President Jimmy Carter, with most of them voting for Reagan. Podhoretz sees a parallel to Sarah Palin. So do we.
In recent days, prominent Jewish leaders and other Jewish political figures have publicly challenged President Obama’s foreign policy in terms that were unimaginable only a few weeks ago. Former New York City mayor Ed Koch, a life-long Democrat, has excoriated the president for “demeaning and slandering” Israel. “There is a foul whiff of Munich and appeasement in the air,” Koch writes. Jews for Sarah
Better late than never, I guess.
THIS JUST IN! Jews waking up. Only 42% (still way too high) would vote for Obama in 2012 (as opposed to the 78% who did in 2008)
A new survey shows that a plurality of US Jews wouldconsider voting for someone other than Barack Hussein Obama in 2012. In 2008, 78% of American Jews voted for the Democratic candidate.
So what does it all mean? Well, it doesn’t necessarily mean that if the elections were held today, 46% would vote for a Republican and 42% for Obama. But given Jewish voting patterns over the last 80 years or so, with Obama the presumptive Democratic nominee, the fact that 46% of Jews would consider voting for someone else would be major progress. Since FDR, the only Democrat not to get a majority of Jewish votes was Jimmy Carter in 1980, and much of the vote that was siphoned off went to Independent John Anderson and not to the eventual winner of that election, Ronald Reagan. H/T Israel Matzav