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Five Reasons Jews Shouldn’t Vote For Obama

Four years ago, Obama entered the White House riding a wave of optimism and hope. When you make your decision about how to vote, think long and hard about the following question: Are America and Israel better off than they were four years ago? Is the world a better and safer place?

The answer, at this point, should be clear: Obama does not deserve a second term. We, as American Jews, must vote accordingly.

About the Author: Michael Freund is the Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s leading English-language daily, and he previously served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Prime Minister’s Office under Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


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18 Responses to “Five Reasons Jews Shouldn’t Vote For Obama”

  1. We share two alma maters, so it surprises me that you would accept the Republican myth that Obamacare cut Medicare benefits.

  2. Netanyahu's sanctioning of new settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank earned him a snub at the White House. You can't claim to be a partner for peace and then stick it to your adversary without consequences.

  3. Mitchel J. Schapira says:

    Couldn't tell if this was a spoof or not. Reason 5: Vote for Romney because the nominee of the recent GOP convention will promote diversity. Obama has had two shomer shabbos, Orthodox Jews as Chief of Staff. Reason 4: Respect for the elderly. Accuses Obama of taking 176 billion out of medicare, but fails to mention that Romney/Ryan plan would do the same. Seniors are in the 47% that Romney disparaged in Boca Raton. Reason 3: Nuclear non-proliferation. Both candidates agree Iran must not obtain nukes. Obama has used sanctions, sabotage and assassinations to prevent it. Does anyone think Romney would be bold enough to do so? Reasons 2 and 1 are Israel and Jerusalem. The U.S. has greatly expanded the commitment to I.D.F under Obama, and he personally intervened to get the language re: Jerusalem back into the platform.

  4. Mitchel J. Schapira says:

    Respect for the elderly is one of the reasons. Obamacare will save the average senior 5000 dollars in health care costs over the next decade. Romney vows to repeal it.

  5. It's money, myth, and magic vs. the middle class, morality, and mathematics in this election.

  6. I share two alma maters with this guy, so it is a little embarrassing. His previous post comparing the situation in Catalonia and Kosovo to the Occupied Terriroties (or Judaea and Samaria in his parlance) was even more ridiculous. I am happy that we have a President whose first reaction is not to go to war.

  7. Others have already debunked your 5 rationalizations very well. So I'm waiting to hear the first good reason to vote FOR Romney. If the prospect of Romney selecting the replacement for Justice Ginsberg does not scare the crap out of you, nothing will.

  8. I laughed out loud at the "diversity" reason.

  9. If you thought this one was laugh out loud – you should read his previous post comparing the Occupied Territories to Catalonia and Kosovo.

  10. Lynn Sharon says:

    Reading the comments clarifies my opinion that American Jews live in the past and are stuck in their left-wing liberal ideology, and Israel be damned.. Truth and facts are irrelevent, worse, they also suffer from historitical amnesia. They have already forgotten that it's thanks to the Jewish State that they can walk with their heads held high and with pride. I have been around these past 81 years – and I am still amazed at the stupity of so many intelligent people. I have no doubt that they still believe that FDR was the Jewish savior-no matter that his pact with the Saudi's for oil was far more important than saving Jewish lives. Obama is not Israel's friend- and that frightens the heck out of me.

  11. Anonymous says:

    After we, the leftists, takeover the Democratic Party and America with the reelection of Obama, it's only a matter of time until the left-wing, secular ideology spreads through out America in poitical, social, and educational institutions. With Obama being reelected, he will have the power and flexibility to further transform America and downsize America's influence and power around the World and to downsize America economically. Our power within the Democratic Party with removing God and support for Israel from the Democratic Platform shows the extent and power of the left-wing ideology within the Democratic Party. Israel's days are numbered and Obama will see to it. As the recent poll of American Jews voting for Obama indicates, most American Jews do not support Israel as a high priority and will not mourn the destruction of Israel.

  12. Paul, get over it. Iran is not developing a nuclear wepeons to help the Palestinian people. That threat is the issue. If Israel gave up all properties claimed by the Palestinians, Iran would still be doing it dirty business.
    Or are you next going to tell me that the 1948 war was fought because the aggressor countries knew that someday Israel would be building settlements. The current administration, and the State Department had best get their hears out of the asses and learn how things work over there.

  13. Well, since many in Israel, both left-wing and former Mossad and military leaders, seem also to disagree with the Netanyahoo government on the issue of Iran, I guess I am also amazed about the stupidity of many so-called intelligent people – but maybe not the same ones as you. If supporting Israel in the way that you require means that we have to adopt a right-wing conservative ideology, then maybe you are right to give up on American Jews – or at least the two thirds that continue to support President Obama.

  14. I agree that Iran should not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. Obama has said so, too. And I certainly acknowledge that a large swath of Palestinians and others in the Arab world are dangerously crazy. However, new settlements in East Jerusalem do not provide Israel greater security, but exactly the opposite. Israel must lead in the effort to establish a two-state solution in order to assure that the Jewish democratic state continues in perpetuity. Otherwise, the Arab demographic overwhelms Israel from the inside within 30 years. Lynn and enida, do you have a vision of the future beyond paranoia? http://jstreet.org/supporters/profile/1/Colette-Avital

  15. Lynn Sharon says:

    Since Israel has been my home for over 40 years and my children have served in the Israeli army, as well as my grandchildren (Sabras ) and I also have 2 Sabra Great-Grandchildren, objectivity may also come with time and age. Perhaps health care may be your major concern, I admit, that my concerns deal with existential issues. Nevertheless, judging Pres. Obama from a distance, and I will admit that hie is charming and charismatic, but IMHO he is also shallow and insiincere, hypocritical and yes, hypnotic, he knows how to play to the crowd, using language as his weapon, and no matter that he has a miniscule appreciation of international affairs.Moreover, his kowtowing to the Middle Eastwen despots, but not visiting Israel or showing a modicum of respect to our PM of the only democracy in the Middle East, says far more than all of the facetious charm and phony flattery in the world.

  16. Lynn Sharon says:

    Replacing Justice Ginsberg is your main concern? Iran threatens to wipe us off the map, and her replacements scares the crap out of you? Well, I see we live in a different world, and perhaps a different planet. Iran scares the crap out of me and 6 million other Jews who live in Israel. But I know that notihng I write will change your world view and your concerns. As for Israelis who don't share my concerns? Obviously you don't know the make-up of our society. There are the Ivory Tower intellectuals and even military types, who live in their own fantasy world, and believe me, they don't speak for the majoritiy of Israelis. And I too can draw up a list of Israelis from all walks of life that share my outlook and my perspective, So what does that mean?

  17. I don't think that there is a clear and certain answer to the Iranian situation. If you are ready for a military strike, i.e. air strikes to take out the nuclear facilities, I respectfully reserve the right to disagree. What scares me MORE than Ginsberg's replacement is Romney's bluster and neo-con advisers, who got us into Iraq on false pretenses and who would give Netanyahu carte blanche.

    Everyone who doesn't share your "world view" is living in a fantasy world? There are REAL consequences to military action, as we found out the hard way in Iraq. And what if the mission to take out the nuclear facilities is unsuccessful, or only partially successful? Bush and the neo-cons thought that we'd waltz into Iraq, take out Saddam and his army for a few billion dollars and little loss of life, and democracy would flourish. Tens of thousands of American lives lost and soldiers maimed over 8 years of war and a trillion dollars later, Iraq's future is still uncertain, and, BTW, Iran's main adversary is now co-opted. Those are the idiots who you want to put in charge of U.S. foreign policy.

    Romney is weak and malleable with virtually no foreign policy porfolio and only superficial understanding of the world outside our shores – just like Bush. Sorry, been there, done that.

  18. Sorry, but I must respond. And forgive me, but you do not seem to be objective. You can have different views than President Obama about what is best for the world and what is best for Israel. But to extrapolate those differences to suggest that he is shallow and insincere – and with a minuscule appreciation of international affairs – flies in the face of reality – and is anything but objective.

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