Thanks to the IDF and to Bush’s tragically belated acceptance of Israel’s war on terror, mass murder of Israelis is fortunately no longer routine. But Obama does not merely demand a reduction in the IDF’s presence in Arab populated towns. If implemented, his ignorant and misguided policies would – as David Weinberg recently wrote in The Jerusalem Post – turn Jerusalem into “a city that will make Belfast at its worst look like paradise.”
With resolve, wisdom and Netanyahu’s leadership, Israel can get through the difficult times and endless crises that will occur during the course of the Obama administration. But it also urgently needs the help of its supporters here. We need to demand much more from our representatives in Congress and the leading Jewish organizations.