By Joshua A. Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog
David Ben-Gurion (left), Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (center) and then-Congressman John F. Kennedy (right) in 1951.
The recent Gaza War has demonstrated that the era of bipartisan support for Israel is over. Republicans overwhelmingly sided with Israel, while Democratic leaders hemmed and hawed over every conceivable statement calculated to alienate the least amount of radical far-left, anti-Israel activists.
From Hillary Clinton’s justification of Hamas human shield tactics (“Gaza is pretty small and very densely populated”) to the FAA’s politically-motivated Israel flight ban; from the suspension of visas for Israelis to the White House condemnation of Israel for firing in the vicinity of UN-run school from which it was receiving fire; and the Obama Administration’s continued pressure on Israel to halt military operations, the Democratic Party has shown it is no friend of the Middle East’s only democracy.
On the right, even Sen. Rand Paul, the GOP’s leading proponent of “non-intervention,” voted for congressional funding for the Iron Dome defense system, which has intercepted hundreds of Hamas rockets targeting Israeli cities and civilians.
Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)
An international search for New Jersey student Aharon Sofer ended tragically on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, after the 23-year old Lakewood resident’s body was reportedly found in the Jerusalem Forest.
Governor Chris Christie, attending political and public events at the Shore today, paused to weigh in and offer condolences.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Aharon Sofer on their unthinkable loss,” the Governor said in a statement released by his office. “As parents, Mary Pat and I cannot imagine the sense of grief and sadness that engulfs them at this moment. We add our thoughts and prayers to those of so many in New Jersey and around the world for this family and the community of Lakewood. Together, we can help them deal with this awful tragedy.”
The young man had been studying at a yeshiva in Israel.
NJ-05 Democrat challenger Roy Cho just returned from a trip to Israel, Save Jerseyans, a foreign excursion designed to bring attention to the young attorney who has raised an impressive amount of cash but nevertheless remains out-gunned by his opponent — and under-loved by the DCCC — in his quest to topple Rep. Scott Garrett. It’s the kind of thing a top tier presidential contender is expected to do; it’s a little bit strange for a bottom tier House candidate.
I admire his effort. And hey, maybe he is genuinely concerned about Israel. I’ll take his word for it.
Here’s the problem: Cho’s election would aid Israel’s enemies.
Following the near decimation of the Jewish People in the mid 20th Century, they were returned to THEIR ancient homeland my partition of The U.N. to a small sliver of land no larger than the state of NJ in 1948. They were immediately attacked on all sides by hostile Arab counties but managed to survive. Arab forces massed on their borders again in 1967 and the Israelis again fought them off in rather convincing fashion acquiring greater swaths of land in the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, and Sinai.
Again in 1973, on their holiest day of the year, Israel was attacked and once again fought off their numerous Arab enemies.
Since then, the people of Israel have endured terrorist bombings, Intifadas, and rocket attacks deliberately attacking civilian centers
Understandably, Israel defends itself by moving into Gaza to destroy the tunnel networks and rocket sites utilized to terrorize and murder its population, the only peoples living in a health Middle Eastern democracy, all the while proving humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Wouldn’t we do the same if, hypothetically, Canadian terrorists began raining rockets down on Michigan tomorrow?
Amazingly the West’s answer isn’t universally affirmative.
Rep. Chris Smith (R, NJ-04) has a reputation for championing underdogs domestically and internationally, Save Jerseyans. The ultimate underdog in human history has been the Jewish people, scapegoated and abused throughout the ages and still today in even the most unlikely of places.
To hear the media tell it, the Israeli Defense Force’s ongoing campaign to destroy terror tunnels and rocket launching sites in Gaza is little more than the latest dust up in an arcane border dispute or, worse, a human rights travesty perpetrated by a U.S. puppet.
On Tuesday, Smith took to the house floor and articulately called on the Obama Administration to grow a spine (my words, not his), speak out in Israel’s defense, and help explain to the world that anti-Semitism is what’s really at work here…
2 – Those who are so ideologically liberal and morally relativistic that they’re also reflexively anti-war/colonialism/military; the end result is unthinking, unsubstantiated and automatic opposition to the militarily-superior participant in any conflict regardless of any other considerations; and
I’ve seen no evidence that Cory Booker (D-Twitter) shares anything other than a party registration (which is bad enough) with group #1; as for camps #2 and #3, however, it’s obvious enough to anyone paying attention that our state’s celebrity junior center is living in a different reality from the rest of us (and certainly the poor citizens of Israel who weather a daily barrage of rocket fire).
I agree with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the “question” (how it’s up for debate is beyond me) of Israel’s right to defend itself, Save Jerseyans, an action that he’s backed up by finding his way to Israel’s second most populous city in the midst of Gaza rocket attacks despite an FAA ban on U.S. air traffic.
But the hypocrisy of America’s leading billionaire is stunning given his ongoing campaign to prevent Americans from being able to defend themselves with legally-purchased firearms… don’t ya think?
One of my favorite bloggers is another Matt – Matt Walsh – who recently turned the faux Kendall Jones safari controversy on its head and outed liberals for caring more about animal life than human lives. ‘Situational ethics’ is the fancy way to describe their worldview. Morally bankrupt and logically inconsistent are my preferred ways to phrase it, Save Jerseyans.
Think about it: how many liberals do you know are less offended by late term abortion than Pacific whale poaching? Or “bullying”? Or Jews terrorized by terrorist rocket fire?
Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) usually tells it like it is, Save Jerseyans, and he’s presently demanding that Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, apologize for questioning “[h]ow can Israel have peace if it’s unwilling to delineate a border [and] end the occupation?” in a recent speech.
“As Israel defends itself against countless rocket attacks from Hamas, it shouldn’t also have to defend itself against those in the White House,” Garrett declared in a statement released Thursday. “While the Obama administration says it supports Israel, these comments obviously stand in stark contrast to that commitment and must be retracted. My heart goes out to those who have been the victims of these attacks. I wholeheartedly support our greatest friend and ally in the Middle East as they seek to eliminate those who are perpetrating this violence.”
This latest instance of Obama Administration idiocy comes as events in the Middle East continue to spiral out of control and Israel is under attack from a punishing round of Hamas rocket assaults and threats of escalated violence. Garrett’s colleague Leonard Lance is sponsoring H.R. 4411, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act, designed to disrupt the terror organization’s financial channels.
Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)
Regular readers know our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney and our other Save Jersey contributors are regularly called upon to comment on New Jersey political stories for the local, state and national media.
Over the weekend, Matt spoke to Dmitriy Shapiro of JNS.org/Washington Jewish Week about Governor Christie’s record on issues concerning Jewish Americans in the context of the 2016 GOP primary:
Another instance that Christie’s critics raise as evidence of what they call questionable foreign policy views is his 2011 appointment of Sohail Mohammed to a state Superior Court judgeship. Mohammed, who was also an attorney in the Qatanani trial, made his name representing many of the most violent Muslim defendants after 9/11, argued Matt Rooney, an attorney and editor-in-chief of conservative news blog SaveJersey.com.
I’m wondering if our President managed to broach the topic of Egypt’s President’s unprecedented power grab during their convos; experts believe Morsi’s latest actions — accomplished by dictatorial fiat — will insulate his allies from judicial oversight and advance the Muslim Brotherhood’s efforts to replace traditional Egyptian law with sharia (Islamic law).
I consider myself a foreign policy pragmatist, folks. America often finds itself having to work with bad people in order to advance its interests and, ironically, its democratic principles around the globe. That’s part of a superpower’s reality. What’s so uniquely scary about Obama’s approach, however, is the naive over-reliance on his own personal diplomacy (read: “hubris” or “believing one’s own press” to an unhealthy extreme)…
I’ve said it before and I won’t stop until a critical mass of our fellow citizens stops being polite and start using their brains: you can’t negotiate with a caveman culture that’s perfectly okay with strapping bombs to its own children!
Do what you’ve got to do, Bibi. You can’t wait for the go ahead from the Western powers’ new class of gutless, post-Cold War leadership. They don’t have the intestinal fortitude to do what needs to be done here.
Forget “cowboys and indians.” This the civilized versus the savages…
There are many people on the Left and some on the Right who are up in arms about the State of Israel defending itself against the bombing of its cities and population centers.
They accuse Israel of war crimes and excuse the actions of any and almost all Arab parties to the conflict. They do this based on selectively chosen numbers – in the present conflict they point to the five Israelis (including an Israeli-Arab) murdered by terrorists launching rockets out of hospitals, schools, and homes and the roughly 100 Palestinians who have been killed both by rockets that have landed short and when Israel has sought to bomb the rocket launchers and terrorist leadership.
That the Geneva Convention prohibits combatants from using human shields does not bother Israel’s detractors. That Israel defends itself by bombing those sites instead of lettings more of its people become casualties to rockets launched from them does.
Were the presumptive “policy” of these detractors carried out and Israel to accept several hundred rockets per day (recently up from the average of 3 a day over the last decade), surely the number would continue to increase, more Israelis would be murdered, and Israel would not be able to function as a country. But by the twisted logic of the morally underdeveloped, Israel would be in the right because more of its citizens would be dead.
Moreover, the anti-Israel crowd loves to assert that Israel is engaging in genocide. If so, Israel is perhaps the least effective perpetrator of genocide ever!