In 2008, 74% of American Jews voted for Barack Obama for President. Four years later, after Obama had begun his verbal assault on Israel, a surprising 70% voted for him again. Why would that be?
According to Ben Shapiro, Jewish conservative talk show host, it's because "the vast majority of Jews don’t care about Judaism or Israel. They care about secular leftism, which is their religion."
Shapiro says "American Jews are the least religious religious group in America. Only 41 percent say that their religion is important to them in their daily life, according to a December 2012 Gallup poll. Just 30 percent of Jews say they are very attached to Israel. Only 43 percent of Jews have ever been to Israel. And just 40 percent of Jews believe God gave Israel to the Jewish people."
I'm not Jewish but I've been to Israel. I went as a Christian to see the Israeli and Biblical history. I seem to feel more of a commitment to Israel than most American Jews. And that's sad.
Shapiro continues. "According to the Pew poll, 73 percent of Jews said it was about remembering the Holocaust. Just 19 percent said it was about observing Jewish law."
"Most (American) Jews aren’t Jewish in any real sense beyond ethnic identification," Shapiro writes. "They have nothing to do with Torah, the five books of Moses. They have nothing to do with the ethical system posited by Biblical Judaism. They have nothing to do with the mitzvot, the commandments. They have nothing to do with Israel."
So basically, most American Jews are merely secular Democrats who, for reasons of pride it seems, identify as Jewish even though they do not practice Jewish customs and traditions faithfully. That would explain why, when they voted for Obama, they voted against Israel and her preservation. And that's pretty sad.
Now comes Hillary Clinton running for President. In her (failed) book, Clinton called Israel an "occupying force in Palestine." She criticized Israel's policies toward the Palestinian controlled territories.
“When we left the city and visited Jericho, in the West Bank, I got my first glimpse of life under occupation for Palestinians, who were denied the dignity and self-determination that Americans take for granted.”
I visited some of the Palestinian territories when I was there in February and March. I didn't see anything that indicated Israel was the cause of denial of dignity or self-determination for the Palestinians. In fact, I saw a people who seem to be their own worst enemy. They blame Israel for "oppression" but their cities are falling apart and they have allowed Hamas to infiltrate their government. And Hamas uses any and all monies that come in to mount attacks against Israel.
The Jewish Israelis accommodate the Palestinians in all of their cities. (Palestinian citizens are considered Israelis.) Palestinians rarely accommodate Jews in the cities they control. In Bethlehem, the city where Christ was born, there are no Jews left and only a handful of Christians. Jews and Palestinians in most areas of the West Bank live and work together. Gaza seems to be the area where the animosity toward Jews is the worst. That would be expected since Gaza is the home to the Palestinian Authority (the Palestinian government) and the headquarters of Hamas in Israel.
It seems clear that Hillary being elected will cause President Obama's failed foreign policies, particularly policies toward Israel, to continue. Yet there are American Jewish political action committees (PACs) working to get her elected. That fact only reinforces what Mr. Shapiro said - that most American Jews don't much care about Israel or what happens to her. I find it both interesting and shameful. If American Jews have turned their backs on Israel they shouldn't call themselves Jewish.
One of the best things Jews around the world can do for Israel is to back the Republican candidate for the American Presidency next year and urge their American counterparts, friends and family members to do the same. As a rule, Republicans and conservatives in America have always backed Israel and continue to do so today. We love Israel and her people. They have been our greatest ally and friend in the Middle East over the years and despite the damage President Obama has done, most Americans want that to continue.
Fortunately for the American people, Israelis who pay attention know that Obama doesn't speak for most Americans when it comes to Israel. I felt fully at home in Israel. The people were warm and accomodating and made me feel more welcome that I do in many American cities. And I will return.
Let us hope the majority of Americans understand the destructive force that is the Democrat party and Hillary Clinton when it comes to Israel. Perhaps American Jews will wake up before it's too late. But then - their voting record indicates that's not going to happen.