Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), a prominent Jewish congressman, said the Jewish vote is a concern for his party. “I think Jewish voters will be Democratic and be for Obama in 2012, especially if you get a Republican candidate like [Texas] Gov. [Rick] Perry,” he said. “But there’s no question the Jewish community is much more bipartisan than it has been in previous years. There are Jews who are trending toward the Republican Party, some of it because of their misunderstanding of Obama’s policies in the Middle East, and some of it, quite frankly, for economic reasons. They feel they want to protect their wealth, which is why a lot of well-off voters vote for Republicans.” – - (Dems’ peril in New York special election sparks fear for Nov. ’12)
The Jewish vote is up for grabs, according to Congressman Waxman.
Why would that be the case? A full-page ad in the Jewish Journal communicates the increasing unrest that prominent voices in the Jewish community have shared about President Obama's foreign relations with Israel:
Abraham Fox of the Anti-Defamation League remarked about the Obama Presidency:
"What you saw, at several turns during Obama's management of this (2009 White House meeting with Netanyahu], was a complete lack of an emotion-based relationship with Israel"
Later, Foxman commented to the Washington Post:
"Israeli officials wondered why Obama was not applying the same pressure they had been feeling for months to the Palestinian leadership."
President Obama's one-sided policies toward Israel even resulted in the President suggesting that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders with "land swaps", a notion which Prime Minister Netanyahu rightfully and bluntly dismissed in a press conference.
Martin Indyk, US Ambassador to Israel under President Clinton, commented, "[Obama's] personal involvement [in the Middle East] only made things worse."
Ari Shavit of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz recently reported: "The president sees how the Iranians mock him -- and does nothing. He sees radical Islam approaching the nuclear brink -- and does not budge. . ."
Democratic stalwart Ed Koch, in endorsing a Republican, Bob Turner, for Congress to replace disgraced Anthony Weiner, bluntly commented:
"My support for Mr. Turner is intended to send a message to President Obama that he cannot throw Israel under the bus with impunity." (A signal from Kock, New York Times, September 7, 2011)
President Obama's policies have alienated this nation's closest ally in the Middle East. It is no surprise that growing number of Jewish voters are signalling their disgusted with the President and his allies, chief of which includes Henry Waxman, a staunch supporter of the President who insists on covering President Obama's failure in supporting the Jewish State as a misunderstanding of Obama’s policies.
The voters understand very well that President Obama's principles are not advocating peace or stability in the region, and all to Israel's peril. Obama and his colleagues in Congress should be very worried about the Jewish vote, both to protect their wealth and their heritage of the Jewish state.