As a leader in the American Jewish community for some 30 years, I have never asked fellow Jews to vote for a presidential candidate. I have always believed that Jews have had Jewish reasons to vote for candidates from both parties. 

Not this election. There are overwhelmingly powerful Jewish reasons to vote for President Bush and equally powerful Jewish reasons not to vote for John Kerry.


To understand this, I need to explain the word ‘Jewish.’ It means two things: that which concerns Judaism and its values and that which concerns Jews as a distinct ethnic people. Whichever definition one chooses, the case for the re-election of President Bush and the rejection of John Kerry – and of the Left, which along with radical Islam is the Jew’s great enemy in our time – is overwhelming.

Regarding the second definition, the one issue that overwhelms all others is the security of Israel. For identifying Jews, there is an acute awareness that a generation after the extermination of one out of every three Jews in the world, the Jewish state, though as small as New Jersey, is indispensable to the security of the Jewish people. Just about every Jew recognizes that if Israel had existed in 1933 or even 1938, there would not have been a Holocaust. 

In light of this preoccupation with Israel’s security, identifying Jews, both liberal and conservative, have always been united on behalf of Israel’s battle for survival. And it has been a battle since the day modern Israel was created in 1948. The Arab world (and since 1979, Iran, too) want Israel destroyed.

No country in the world is delegitimized except for Israel. The world’s Left and much of the Islamic world routinely deny Israel’s – and only Israel’s – right to exist as a Jewish state. The United Nations itself did this when its General Assembly passed its infamous ‘Zionism is racism’ resolution which meant that Israel has no more right to exist than did apartheid South Africa, to which the Left, the Palestinians, and other Muslims and Arabs routinely compare it.

Only the United States has protected Israel since 1967, when the Jewish state fought one of its many wars for survival against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Therefore, which ideology and what type of man governs America is a matter of life and death for Israel. And most Jews know this. 

Until now, it has not much mattered who was president. Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican George Bush (the father) were not among Israel’s greatest friends. But right now, Israel’s greatest presidential friend, George W. Bush, is running for reelection against a man who, though he does not harbor Jimmy Carter’s hostility to Israel, has views of the world that can only endanger Israel.

In a nutshell, John Kerry’s primary foreign policy goal is to get America into the good graces of the European Union (specifically France and Germany) and the United Nations. He regards America going at it alone in the world as an American calamity.

On the other hand, George W. Bush believes that becoming popular in the EU and in the United Nations would morally compromise America’s values and ultimately endanger America.

Only an American president who does not place great importance on American popularity and who has a relistic view of the immorality inherent in international institutions such as the World Court and the U.N. will stand behind Israel. Nearly all the world’s governments are prepared to abandon Israel because of their dependence on Arab oil or their fears of their Muslim population and the threat of Islamic terror.


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Dennis Prager is a popular nationally-syndicated radio show host, creator of, and the author of several books, including "Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph.”