Monday, March 12, 2012

Jewish Support for Obama Declining

From the Miami Political Buzz Examiner:

A prominent Democratic New York State Assemblyman has spoken out publicly – and critically – about President Barack Obama’s position on the Israel-Iran stand-off and cast doubt on the president’s prospects with Jewish voters in November...

"I can’t say I feel concerned for one simple reason:  I was concerned about him four years ago."

Hikind explained that Obama’s ties to left-wing radical activists dating back to his college days were brought into sharp focus in the 2008 presidential election.  His well-documented affiliations with the likes of William Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground which embraced bombing government buildings in its efforts to end the Vietnam War, and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for 20 years in the church of black liberation theology, were causes for concern even amongst the Democratic faithful.

According to Hikind, more cause for concern about Obama’s past radical ties is contained in a book coming out next month.  In “Crisis of Zionism” author Peter Beinart claims Obama got his education about Israel from a group of far-left Chicago Jews who "bred in Obama a specific, and subversive, vision of American Jewish identity and of the Jewish state."

“Why didn’t we know about this stuff during the ’08 campaign?” Hikind asked, more a lament than a query.

During the course of Obama’s presidency, Hikind’s concerns regarding U.S.-Israeli relations have grown.  Among the red flags Hikind cites are the president’s “despicable” treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his visit to the White House in 2010, when Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks with the Israeli leader to have dinner with his family.  The president kept Netanyahu waiting for more than one hour before returning to the meeting. “I think Obama’s behavior in that instance showed how the president really feels about Netanyahu and his policies,” Hikind said.

You can read thee full article here.

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