If this continues – and there’s little to indicate it won’t – Jews will have to make painful and difficult choices between their support for Israel and their preference for other policies of this administration. This choosing will play out during the 2010 congressional elections. The president is leaving them little room to maneuver.
Without a strong American Jewish voice in support of Israel, much is at risk. The solid coalition for Israel in Congress is in the process of weakening as Democrats continue to find the pressures from Rahm Emanuel and others difficult to resist.
If Jews go silent now and allow apathy, fear or political preference to prevent them from speaking up for Israel, the bullying will increase and the worst and most deadly outcomes will become real possibilities.
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“Fair and Balanced” is fast becoming more slogan than operating system at Fox News, and nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the way Israel is increasingly being treated and the extent to which anti-Semitism is tolerated as part of the cable channel’s conversation.
“Mark my words,” Vice President Joe Biden told donors a few months before the election. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama…. We’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he’s going to need help … to stand with him. Because it’s not going to be apparent initially; it’s not going to be apparent that we’re right.”