By Randy Wills
One of the things which struck me as I researched the linkages associated with President Obama and his administration was the exceptionally high–relative to the ethnic percentage of the U.S. population at large–number of Jews. This is also evident within the White House staff and Obama’s army of czars. I suppose that Why Are Jews Liberals?, Norman Podhoretz’s Wall Street Journal op-ed piece from September 10, 2009, should suffice to explain this anomaly (at least from my perspective, it’s an anomaly) but I’m still baffled by it.
As Podhoretz points out, Obama received 78 percent of the Jewish vote (I’ve heard higher), and this in spite of candidate Obama’s well-known Muslim-leaning heritage and stated tendencies to accommodate Muslim regimes. Now, I’m not sure that Obama is any more guilty of “Running with the Arabs” than George W. Bush (who can forget, after all, his and his family’s special relationship with Prince Bandar and the Saudi Royal Family?), but it is my impression that the Republicans–as well as candidate McCain, despite his many flaws–have held close a long-standing tradition of unequivocal support for Israel’s right to sovereignty over Jerusalem and the post-1967 territories. All of this notwithstanding, when it came to total percentage of vote in 2008, the Jewish population came in second only to African-Americans, who came out 94 percent in favor of Obama.
In looking at Obama’s support circle, I also found a disproportionate number of Jews who were members, directors, and financial supporters of many left-leaning political-action organizations — most notably, of course, the 800-pound gorilla on the international financial scene, George Soros. Go to Muckety.com and do a search on Mr. Soros and you will find that he has a hand in just about every progressive organization actively supporting Obama and his new global vision. If you have the time and are interested, just do a Wikipedia search on a few other entities which come to mind:
- The World Economic Forum
- The Democracy Alliance
- The Open Society Institute
- The Carlyle Group
Even look at the Council on Foreign Relations, and you will find the same names showing up time after time. There are many other “exclusive” (“secret” might be too strong of a word, although I understand that you can get arrested in some foreign venues if you’re caught trying too hard to photograph meeting attendees for identification purposes) organizations that are devoted to world economic and governance issues, such as the Bilderberg Group. But vven the innocuous-sounding Conference on Foreign Relations, members of which include many well-known luminaries in national politics, finance, and media, launched a five-year program in 2008 entitled “International Institutions and Global Governance: World Order in the 21st Century.”
But I digress. What I’m interested in is the fact that many of us who have a strong spiritual relationship with the historical Israel do not see the same devotion to the cause of that nation on the part of many extremely wealthy and influential Jews in the U.S. In fact, I could find no trace of financial support for Israel coming from the Soros-led progressive Jewish community. It may be there — but if so, it is certainly well concealed from my prying eyes.
My conclusion is that many–perhaps most–modern-day Jews are fundamentally secular with a strong tendency towards progressivism and do not have the same regard for the Biblical perspective, including God’s special relationship with and future plans for Israel that we Christians do. But let’s not be hypocritical; Jews have been persecuted and disparaged by Christians for eons, so I claim no particular righteousness in this respect for my chosen religion.
In fact, it may well be said that many Christians are enamored with the idea of the Biblical Israel but when it comes to the Jews themselves that’s something else, and for that we will be held accountable.
However, I am in the camp of Joel Rosenberg and his Joshua Fund that provides for the physical needs of the common person in Israel (and yes, the needy Palestinian person as well). How easy it is to forget the parable of the Good Samaritan and the admonition to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
And that’s why I’m venturing into a subject that others are obviously much better qualified than I to address. Nevertheless, I believe that we, as Constitutional Conservatives, have an obligation to give both verbal and financial support to Israel. Personally, I am angry at the equivocation demonstrated by the Obama administration towards Israel’s safety in the face of Iran’s threat to “wipe them off the face of the earth” and, as a U.S. citizen who fears for our own country, I think that we should make every effort to stand with the Netanyahu-led government and people of Israel.
As I have mentioned in the past, my wife and I regularly contribute to the Joshua Fund, but I’m sure that there are other organizations that are worthy of financial support. That being said, I would like to encourage the readers of America’s Right to join with me in showing our solidarity with the people of Israel in these precarious times.
Randy Wills lives in the Northwest with his wife of over 52 years and divides his time between his role as Operations Manager of a software development business founded with his son in 2002 and maintaining close contact with his extended family. Both he and his wife are avid readers and spend as much time as they can together reading and engaging in deep discussion of history, religion, and politics. For recreation, Randy and his wife like to “get away” in their RV.