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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Obama, Israel & American Jews: The Challenge?A Symposium conducted by Commentary

Commentary magazine has released the responses to their survey.

Commentary asked 31 prominent American Jews to respond to this

The open conflict between the Obama administration
and the government of Benjamin Netanyahu has created tensions between
the United States and Israel of a kind not seen since the days of the
administration of the first President Bush. And those tensions are
placing unique pressure on American Jews, who voted for Barack Obama by a
margin of nearly 4-to-1 in 2008 after being assured by Obama himself
and by his supporters in the Jewish community that he was a friend and
an ally of the State of Israel despite his long association with, among
others, the unabashedly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Reverend Jeremiah

We argue that American Jews are facing an
unprecedented political challenge, and at a crucial moment, with the
need to address the existential threat to Israel—and by extension to the
future of the Jewish people as a whole—from a potentially nuclear Iran.
How will American Jews handle this challenge? Can Obama’s Jewish
supporters act in a way that will change the unmistakable direction of
current American policy emanating from the White House? Will American
Jews accept Barack Obama’s view that the state of Israel bears some
responsibility for the loss of American “blood and treasure” in the
Middle East? Will they continue to extend their support to the Obama
administration and to Barack Obama’s political party?
Their responses appear on the following pages
in alphabetical order