Each time I get on an airplane, I am struck by contradictions. We are a species that can take tons of heavy metal and transform it into an instrument of travel, transporting millions of passengers at very high speeds from one place to another. At the same time, we are required to take off our shoes before being allowed to board the plane, not for reasons of civilized comfort, but rather to ensure that we are not about to destroy the aircraft.
But as those in attendance soon discovered the problem with honoring such people is that there may be a good reason why they've never dipped into their fat wallets to help poor Jews or to defend the Jewish state: They don't really care very much about us.
American leaders of both parties for half a century have agreed that Israel's right to exist is not a negotiating position, is not an issue to be haggled over at anything misleading called a "peace conference."
Personal consumption drives our American economy. To uplift the financial markets and restore confidence on Wall Street and Main Street, everyone now wants the consumer to buy more. Without an aggressive expansion of consumer spending, corporate earnings will remain depressed, growth will stagnate, unemployment will increase, and stock values will decline even further. What then should we do?
But once these barriers are broken, Jewish politicians and others who trade on their shaky genetic ties with the Jewish people need to remember that they're on their own. And that is a lesson that some of us often forget.
Ditzy Dowd: Kudos to Andrew Sullivan for exposing the hypocrisy of Maureen Dowd, who, along with fellow New York Times op-ed columnists Nicholas Kristof and Paul Krugman, eats, sleeps and breathes hatred of George W. Bush.
During the summer of 2002 I wrote hopefully in The Jewish Press about Sulam, a special education network in Jerusalem. At that time, I reminded my readers that as life had become increasingly difficult for Israelis in general, it had become even more difficult for the country's developmentally disadvantaged Jewish children.