American Jews make their position known about November election
The issue of support for Israel must be approached as a bipartisan topic. It cannot be the purview of one party or the other.
The American Jewish community made a serious mistake in the 2008 presidential election. Barack Obama won that election, and that outcome took American Jewry by surprise. Both the Jewish leadership in the United States and Israeli leaders assumed that the Republicans, under Sen. John McCain, an American war hero, would win and win easily. They invested little energy into cultivating Obama and his campaign. We are still paying the price of that mistake.
Mainstream Jewish America was boxed out of the White House. J Street became the “go to” address. It was a serious strategic error. The relationship between the White House and Israel cooled significantly.
It was no longer the warm relationship fostered under the previous tenant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, George Bush #43, or “Bush haBen” as Israelis liked to call him. And Israel suffered, not only in terms of ties with the United States. Israel suffered at the UN and suffered in the international community. Countries saw that United States was no longer unconditionally supporting Israel and felt freer to pursue their own anti-Israel agendas without fear of reprisal.
And now the United States gears up for the election to take place in November.
The Republican nominee, President Donald J. Trump, is a known commodity. He is known throughout the world as a good friend of Israel. In the eyes of some Jews and Israelis, he is the best US presidential friend Israel has ever had. The US Democratic presumptive nominee is not just a former vice president, Joe Biden was Obama’s vice president. And his chosen running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, may be married to a Jew, but her stance on Israel is relatively unknown and still unproven.
Israeli press and the Jewish press in America have spent reams of print and hours of air time analyzing whether Harris is good for Israel or not, and speculating about whether her presence will strengthen the Democrat’s position on Israel.
My grandmother used to ask the question a little differently every election year. In the words of my Bubbe, “Vill it be good for the Yidden? Vill ve have a friend in the White House?” I still hear that question today, albeit unaccented, coming from many sources.
These are important questions.
My answer is that he, or she, or they, will be as good a friend for Jews and as good a friend for Israel as we are friends to them.
The issue of support for Israel must be approached as a bipartisan topic. It cannot be the purview of one party or the other. It is too important.
JEWISH AND Israeli representatives – lovers of Israel and donors – need to make inroads into the Biden/Harris ticket just as they have, and should continue to do, for the Trump/Pence ticket. There needs to be a strong pro-Israel relationship emanating from Washington and a strong relationship with Jewish leadership no matter who occupies the White House.
There is a perception that the Democratic Party has been taken over by “The Squad,” by the group of progressive congresswomen pushing a very progressive agenda that includes questioning the once unquestionable support for Israel. They mimic Bernie Sanders, who clearly articulated that aid to Israel should be used as an incentive and leverage to achieve US progressive agendas in Israel. And primary elections are warning us that the squad is here to stay.
But despite their media spotlight and despite the high decibel level of mainstream media’s coverage of them, it seems clear that the squad does not represent the rank and file of the Democratic Party.
At this point, the presidential election is too far away to call. Anyone who predicts the result of this election is merely offering up their hope for the election, not their knowledge or analysis. There is no polling accurate enough to know what the end result will be. Ten weeks is a lifetime in politics and in electioneering.
We Jews and lovers of Israel must show our support for both candidates and for both parties. Not one. Both. And the politicians know that. They won’t hold it against us. The bonafides of Biden and Harris on Israel are not what matter most. The proven track record of Trump and Pence, as positive as it is, doesn’t matter either.
Think about who will be better for Israel and who will be a better friend of Jews and all other considerations in choosing a candidate and then vote for that person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. But make your political contributions to both campaigns and let each campaign know that you have contributed.
What matters is that the Jewish community and lovers of Israel will be standing alongside the person sworn in as president of the United States on January 20, 2021; standing alongside as welcome and invited guests, as advisers and consultants and sounding boards, as valued and trusted constituents, no matter who the president is.
The error that was made in 2008 cannot be repeated in 2020. It cannot ever be repeated. The stakes are too high and the risks are too great.
The author is a political commentator. He hosts the TV show Thinking Out Loud on JBS TV.
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AKANCopied from the book, Reality as Myth by Onyeji Nnaji. The influence of the
Akan on their content nations lies on their population and commonwealth of
their brother nations. The Akan are one of the largest ethnic groups in West
Africa. Their population is scattered across West Africa and beyond. Among this
huge population of the Akan, the Ghanaians are more popular, perhaps because of
the political influence of the Ashanti Empire in the area. Not much is heard or
known about other Akan settlements like the Akwamu, the Akyem , the Akuapem,
the Denkyira, the Abron, the Aowin, the Ahanta, the Anyi, the Baoule, the
Chokosi, the Fante, the Kwahu, the Sefwi, the Ahafo, the Assin, the Evalue, the
Wassa the Adjukru, the Akye, the Alladian, the Attie,the M'Bato, the Abidji,
the Avikam,the Avatime the Ebrie, the Ehotile, the Nzema, the Abbe, the Aboure,
the Coromantins, the Ndyuka people and other peoples of Côte d'Ivoire. Every Akan nation adopts the image…
from the Book; "Reality as Myth"
by Onyeji Nnaji
of the discovering of the Radar Rivers and their channels is that it disproves
the western hegemonic claim of the Euphrates valley being the position of the
birth of the great river, all the points that opposed their claims
notwithstanding. Even God himself was very perfect in His creation by placing
them in their positions, hierarchically, according to their birth. The first
river that flowed located the Havilah land where there are good quality gold,
bdellium and fine onyx stones. Pison was the oldest of the rivers and it flowed
through the land of the southern Africa. The second river flowed northward to
Ethiopia. It was when Africa had been overtaken by virtue of her proximity to
the Great Water that other parts of the world began to encounter the remaining
river; remarkable with Hiddekel.
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Copied from the book, Reality as Myths by Onyeji NnajiThe world of the Bantu travellers shows the walls of the
migration that recorded the highest population among the African settlement.
Originating from the largest population among the four races that settled in
the east before time, all Bantu travellers were pygmies; for that was the
nature of the Umudiala, the
generation that gave birth to them. Bantu migration was rated the third
earliest migration of the Negro race from the east. In this regard, all their
movement had involved great population of people compared to the number of
people involved in the two earlier populations that gave birth to Ethiopia,
Nubia and Egypt: the Walker Traveller, and the
Race of Anu. Bantu population as we have identified in the third chapter
above outweighs the rest of the population of the ancient fathers that founded
many of the nations of antiquity mentioned earlier. Discussing them in beat
will pose a little challenge since their migration condi…
The name Nkalaha is a
coinage which stands for a people occupying a geographical land and regional
setting in the eastern part of Nigeria. It is a coinage which attempts to
explain the direction of movement and adventure of the men who founded the
community in the 15th century AD. According to oral sources and some
documentation about this community, some of these men were believed to have
traveled from Ida, old Benue state of Nigeria to inhabit the land. These men
had traveled on different days to locate the place. Onojah who originally
founded the land was said to have been in a deep search for a place of safety
as he was besieged by a fate that appeared to make him somewhat incompatible
with his own people. Nkalaha
is one of the communities that make up Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi
State. Nkalaha occupied the northern part of Ishielu Local Government Area. She
is located through the zip 135.031.000. The community sits on 923.768km2. She shares boundaries with neighbourin…
My neighbour had vowed never to let any girl
survive as a salesgirl in my shop. This thing has happened for over three
times. Each time we brought a new salesgirl, the girl would stay for two or
three months; and suddenly she would end her contract with us. In all these, my
husband did not know. So, being that the girls usually stole money and other
items, the reason for their departure became genuine, thus: they ran away to
avoid being punished for their actions. But behind this, the underling truth is
that the girls had been embarrassed by my neighbour who would warn them to leave
her loosed husband. Recently, the woman threatened to f…
The Mystery of
Number, “Five” in the Igbo Cosmology.From: Aspects
of the Ancient African Metaphysics;Chapter: Seven;Topic: Igbo
Geometries and the Metaphysics of Numbers.Author: Onyeji
Nnaji. In the Igbo
cosmology, the word Isee is a definite symbolic word as revealed through
the Igbo language and culture. A human being has five fingers, five toes. The
hands and feet are fundamentals to the survival in life as they are necessary
in ensuring that man moves to places where he gets food and grapples on the
food to sustain his life. To this view, the rhetoric that binds vocatives in
the form of incantation (anchoring on the heart-lock: four) and the
concomitant reprisal in the manner of affirmation that holds the human life
bind to his original spiritual person, therefore defining existence and
essences are unified by the corresponding echo: Isee!!!!! Therefore
it stands that anytime a prayer is said in the Igbo land, the attendants who would
want the fulfillment of the prayer unanimously …
INTRODUCTION One thing that made Udi remarkable is the indubitable
legacy adopted in commemoration of the legendry fighter, Uto at Nsude. It was one
of the greatest contributions of the descendants of Agbaja to the survival of
Nsukka civilization of memory. Uto held from Oshie. Uto dies of small pox after
a mercenary battle he was hired to fight in the ancient Benin. His body was buried
in the evil forest as the tradition demanded. Although he lived no longer, the
stepped pyramids above were adopted to commemorate the lasting peace he brought
to the entire Oshie and Udi nation of people. Another remarkable thing about Udi is the
fertility of the land. This has contributed widely in sustaining the
inhabitants and provided a name for the inhabitants in the manner of Abakaliki,
Umudike, Ogbaru, Igboariam, Ohaji, Uzouwani, etc., especially in Amofia-Agu,
Affa. Udi is a land of great rivers and springs: Adaada, Ajali, Oji, Aria,
Nvenu, Ngene Evu, Iyi Ububo, etc. as was the situation every…
There are four generations…, and the fourth generation, which is the most exalted, is kingless and perfect. These people will enter the holy place of their Father and they will reside in rest … They are kings. They are the immortal within the mortal (The Nag Hammadi, 219)
Also read Nsukka Civilization: The Peopling of Ancient Nsukka One of the African homes that colonialism has completely deformed beyond certain level of recognition is Nsukka. Colonialism apart, the most affecting factor to the survival of the meaning which the rich cultural enclave, Nsukka, carries will best be blamed on postcolonial political structure. The biggest harm all these have against Nsukka as a people are that they rubbed her of the meaning of her name; their place of origin; how their fathers managed to come into their present abodes and who their ancestors are. A profound understanding of the excerpt above will open the door towards deciphering the meaning and origin of the people called Nsukka. Geographic…
ETHIOPIAHISTORY & ORIGIN (Extracted from the
book, Reality as Myth)BYONYEJI NNAJI
Those piles of ruins which you see in that narrow valley
watered by the Nile, are the remains of opulent cities, the pride of the
ancient kingdom of Ethiopia. ... There a people, now forgotten, discovered
while others were yet barbarians, the elements of the arts and sciences. A race
of men now rejected from society for their sable skin and frizzled hair,
founded on the study of the laws of nature, those civil and religious systems
which still govern the universe(Count Volney). Because of the position of Ethiopia
in the Bible story as one remarkable black nation with ancient history, it
becomes almost impossible to see any other nation as being of more ancient than
Ethiopia. Ethiopia suddenly became the yardstick for the analysis of the Negro
race. And with the influence of Christianity in the inner part of Africa, the
adherents were provided with bold pictures of the cradle of the human race…