In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 2, 2008 / 26 Adar II 5768

The company Obama keeps

By Jack Kelly

Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Egyptian pop singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim, famous for his songs attacking Israel and praising Osama bin Laden, plans to release shortly a new song endorsing Barack Obama for president.

Though Shaaban Abdel Rahim is wildly popular in Egypt, I doubt very much that Sen. Obama has ever heard of him. And I'm sure Sen. Obama wouldn't agree with Mr. Rahim's take on the 9/11 attacks (Hey People, It Was Only a Tower) or the Mohammed cartoon controversy. But why is Mr. Rahim so fond of Barack Obama?

It could be the company he keeps. Retired Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Merrill "Tony" McPeak is a national co-chairman of the Obama campaign. In a 2003 interview, he blamed Jewish Americans for the failure of peace talks between Israel and then Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat.

When asked by a reporter for the Portland Oregonian why peace talks stalled, Gen. McPeak responded: "New York City. Miami. We have a large vote here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it."

After the interview was resurrected last week by the American Spectator's Robert Goldberg (and circulated by the Clinton campaign), a spokesman for Sen. Obama said Barack disagreed with Gen. McPeak:

"Sen. Obama's longstanding commitment to Israel is clear to anyone who has reviewed his voting record, read his speeches, or looked at his policy papers," the aide said. "Neither Sen. Clinton nor Sen. Obama agrees with every position their advisers take, and in this case Sen. Obama disagrees with General McPeak's comments."

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, thinks Sen. Obama's recent pro-Israel statements have been driven by political expediency.

"The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood," Mr. Abunimah wrote in a blog post March 8. "As he came in and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly and volunteered: 'Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I hope when things calm down I can be more up front.' He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and U.S. policy, 'Keep up the good work!'"

"Obama's about face is not surprising," Mr. Abunimah said. "He is merely doing what is necessary to get elected and he will continue doing it as long as it keeps him in power."

Do Sen. Obama's recent pro-Israel statements represent a genuine change of heart? Or is Mr. Abunimah's cynicism justified?

Sen. Obama's advisers on foreign policy are a diverse group, but they share an antipathy to Israel and its supporters in the U.S.

The most senior of those advisers is Zbigniew Brzezinski, 79, who was the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Brzezinski has backed the controversial claim by Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearshimer that the "Israeli lobby" secretly directs U.S. foreign policy.

Sen. Obama disassociated himself from the book. "The idea that supporters of Israel have somehow distorted U.S. foreign policy, or that they are responsible for the debacle in Iraq, is just wrong," he said when a controversy arose over the appointment of Mr. Brzezinski to his advisory team.

There is Robert Malley, who has written with Hussein Agha-a, a former adviser to Yassir Arafat, several articles attacking Israel in the New York Review of Books.

Harvard professor Samantha Power was one of Sen. Obama's most influential advisers until she was forced to resign after telling a British journalist that Hillary Clinton was a "monster." Ms. Power has advocated an end to all U.S. foreign aid to Israel, and dispatch of U.S. troops there to force creation of a Palestinian state.

And, oh yeah, Sen. Obama's longtime pastor and "spiritual adviser," the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is a raving anti-Semite who has published Hamas propaganda in his church newsletter.

Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic thinks it's "guilt by association" to suggest Sen. Obama might secretly share the views of the people he has chosen to advise him. But Sen. Obama, in a speech in Milwaukee in February, said of Sen. John McCain, "he has made some bad choices in the company he keeps."

"If this is how we are to judge a candidate, then (Sen.) Obama still has a lot of explaining to do," said Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration. Comment by clicking here.

Jack Kelly Archives

© 2008, Jack Kelly