Despite the fact that Saturday Night Live tends to focus an overwhelming majority of their political potshots on Republicans, I still enjoy the show from time-to-time. For those of you unfamiliar with SNL – The “Weekend Update” segment of the show occasionally features a series called “Oh Really?’ where the “anchors” choose a person(s) who has done something boneheaded without any thought of the ramifications of their actions. The mocking of the bonehead in question is merciless and hilarious.
I couldn’t get this out of my head as I read this article posted on wcbstv.com
In a swift about face from her views as New York’s senator, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now hammering Israel over its treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.
As First Lady, Clinton raised eyebrows when she kissed Suha Arafat.
Since she was then seeking a Senate seat the resulting brouhaha caused her to “re-think” her positions.
“I’m a very strong supporter of Israel,” Clinton said back in February 2000.
On Thursday, as Secretary of State she had yet another about face in the form of angry messages demanding Israel speed up aid to Gaza. Jewish leaders are furious.
And then comes this reaction to Hillary’s about-face –
“I am very surprised, frankly, at this statement from the United States government and from the secretary of state,” said Mortimer Zuckerman, publisher of the New York Daily News and member of the NYC Jewish Community Relations Council.
“I liked her a lot more as a senator from New York,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, said. “Now, I wonder as I used to wonder who the real Hillary Clinton is.”
So you elect Democrats who are merely paying lip-service to American Jews with their “support” of Israel and then expect that these createns will hold true to their word? You elect a guy who diminishes the Iranian threat and supports measures to stifle the war on terror, then expect he will stare down Hamas and support the state of Israel?
I have frequently mentioned Mark Davis here before. He is our local conservative talkshow host on WBAP 820 AM and is a sometimes-guest fill-in for Rush Limbaugh. Mark has often wondered how American Jews have become such a reliable constituency for the Democrats. He believes, as do I, that those Jewish voters have a “cavalier” attitude towards Israel. In other words – these Jewish voters have decided that their domestic political interests outweigh any allegiance they may have towards the state of Israel and their heritage. Davis believes that this is their right and their prerogative. I agree with that.
But, when I hear of American Jews suddenly disenchanted with the anti-Israeli actions and rhetoric coming from the Democrats – I am dumbfounded to the point of hysterical laughter. What planet must you be on to believe that the Democrats will ultimately stand behind Israel? Their neophyte President aligned himself with anti-Semites and doesn’t have any record on anything of national significance – much less foreign policy. Yet a big majority of Jewish voters took a gamble. And now they will lose out –
Clinton’s decision to hammer Israel comes as the Clintons and President Barack Obama are planning to give the Palestinians $900 million toward the rebuilding of Gaza in the wake of the Israeli offensive that was sparked by Hamas rocket fire.
The majority of American Jews voted for him. Now they’re stuck with him. And let me add yet another apology to Steve regarding this election. Steve was beside himself that Hillary would be the next Secretary of State. I responded with hope that she would temper Obama’s foreign policy. I was wrong. Hillary Clinton is as morally bankrupt as the rest of her party. She will toe the Obama line evidently. Democrats have historically shown a propensity to change positions as often as most people change their underwear. And Hillary’s husband was the poster child for such maddening fickleness.
So yeah – “really.” I doubt this will change any hearts amongst the Jewish Dems. And I’m sure that the Democrats and Obama will temper rhetoric sufficiently to curb some of the criticism. After all – they need the money and votes that come with the Jewish community in America. Thank God Netanyahu’s rise to power coincided with this election. The Israeli people will need his strength and courage to offset the damage that will be done by Obama’s policy towards Israel. I truly believe providence is at work.