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Temporary Respite?

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Many of us are actually quite satisfied that U.S. efforts at securing a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians seem to have been put on hold these past few months. Doubtless the upcoming presidential election and the uncertainties of the so-called Arab Spring made serious administration pressure on Israel impractical. Indeed, we were not all that surprised by a recent speech given by Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon indicating that Israel had persuaded President Obama to change his strategy from trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to merely managing it.

In his speech, delivered at the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center in Jerusalem, Ya’alon mocked the international community for what he called its “solutionism” and “nowism” in its attempt to solve a conflict that cannot currently be solved.

But we are also mindful that the U.S. and the Quartet are on record with their goal of solving the conflict by the end of 2012. And some developments this past week suggest that things continue to percolate under the radar.

For one thing, it appears Fatah and Hamas are finally poised to unite. There was the announcement the other day of an impending mutual release of prisoners and joint planning sessions. Significantly, while this kind of news has usually prompted a sharp reminder from the U.S. about Hamas being a terrorist group, this time there was silence.

In addition, the Islamist parties continue to rack up heavy electoral victories in the Egyptian parliamentary elections. When the final results are in, there can be little doubt Israel will be facing an extremely hostile neighbor and the U.S. will begin advising Jerusalem it has no choice but to placate the new powers-that-be in Cairo. The same will be true for Turkey, which every day seems to become more anti-Israel, more anti-West and more ascendant in the leadership of the Muslim world. And of course Iran will present its own challenges, particularly after the presidential election. So while there is a temporary respite from the sense of urgency that earlier characterized President Obama’s frenetic efforts in the Middle East, we fear that once the distractions pass, he will, if reelected, return with a vengeance to his earlier insistence on Israel accommodating its implacable enemies.

Ron Paul, Israel, And The Other GOP Candidates
It was only two weeks ago that, except for Congressman Ron Paul, the aspirants for the Republican presidential nomination were falling all over themselves in expressing undying support for Israel and its right to choose how it would pursue its own destiny. This week confirmation – if any were needed – surfaced about Mr. Paul’s virulently negative views on Israel. Yet as of now he has not been confronted on this by his fellow candidates.
Eric Ondero, who served for several years as a senior aide to Mr. Paul, denied the congressman is anti-Semitic but disclosed that he is indeed a rather militant opponent of Israel who “wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all.” (See more on Mr. Paul in Media Monitor, page 13.)
Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum feel it’s important to let voters know how much they support Israel. So shouldn’t they be calling out Ron Paul on his hostility to America’s closest ally in the Middle East?

‘The Highest Office’

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

     The recent presidential election has caused terrible angst for some voters and incredible joy for others. However, American history has shown that no matter who is elected to the oval office, the fundamental principles of the country are sound, and life carries on. 

     Power in the United States regularly bounces from Republican to Democrat like a lively ping-pong game. Many new presidents are, in fact, elected as a protest vote against the previous regime. In a country that is governed by checks and balances, the volley of parties does not do permanent harm. 

    The United States staggered under the shock of Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal and consequently elected Jimmy Carter. It was humiliated by Carter’s inept handling of the hostages in Iran and elected Ronald Reagan. It was scandalized by the shenanigans of Bill Clinton’s high-risk, inappropriate romances and elected George W. Bush. Yet, through it all, the nation remained strong.

    The people of America reeled under the attack of 9/11 and its aftermath. Perhaps everything that followed was not handled to perfection. It is very easy to be a Monday- morning quarterback. However, despite the mistakes of the president or officials in charge, our country has pulled through a terrible trauma. We are intact.   

   There seems to be a pattern to life, which belies the idea that we, alone, decide our destiny. Perhaps the answer is that we are not the sole arbitrator of what happens, despite our greatest efforts. Of course, we are mandated to do our best to put things in place.  However, it seems that man can never really hold the “highest office.”

    So hang in there. There are lessons to be learned. There are experiences to be had.  There is a lot to process.  Gam zu l’tovah, everything is for the best! 

Electionshpiel Special

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Question: For whom will you be voting in next month’s presidential election?


 

 


Election?! You mean in just a few weeks I’ll longer get to be the decider? So that’s why Laura is so busy packing up boxes! I’m not sure whom I will vote for. I liked Rudy Giuliani’s spirit during 9/11 and I admire Mike Huckabee’s conservative nature, but one thing’s for sure: John Kerry is certainly not going to get my vote.

 – George Bush, president


 

 


As someone who was born an African-American male, I am so proud of Barack Obama, and I do think we are ready to see a black man as president. But I can also relate to Sarah Palin as a white woman, and I feel it’s about time we had a female vice president. Color me confused.

 – Michael Jackson, entertainer


 

 


I still think I would make a great president and perhaps when I challenge President Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2012, the American public will get it right and vote for me. Don’t tell anyone, but I never fully cleaned out my office from when Bill and I were in the White House. I knew I’d eventually be back.

 – Hillary Clinton, U.S. senator (D-NY)


 

 

 


Frankly, I don’t see why George Bush can’t run for another term. Who says there has to be a limit? If the man feels like he can put in another 4 years, he should go for it. Heck, why even have elections? I’m looking into that question as well.

 – Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York

 

 

This week’s column is intended for satiric purposes only.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/potpourri/electionshpiel-special/2008/10/22/

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