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We’re Better Than This

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry negotiates with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif in Vienna, August 2014. Photo: Wikimedia

This is a very sad evening for me – my father’s yahrzeit. It is even sadder because on this same evening I am witnessing an abandonment of the values that he fought so courageously to defend and for which he personally witnessed so many make the ultimate sacrifice.

It appears as though the great appeasers – Obama, Cameron, Hollande and Merkel  – are in the very process of enabling Iran to become a nuclear threshold state.

It appears as if the Democrats in the United States Senate remain complicit in this surreal malfeasance as they sit idly by after preventing for nearly a year the passage of sanctions legislation, which would  have exerted greater pressure on Iran to agree to dismantle its nuclear program.

By enabling Iran to go nuclear – they are enabling terrorism to go nuclear.

They are ignoring that Iran – the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, according to the United States Department of State – is responsible for the intentional maiming and murdering of tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

They are ignoring Iran’s sponsor of the Assad Regime in Syria and its facilitation of the mass murder of over 200,000 innocent civilians in Syria.

They are ignoring the Iranian regime’s denial of fundamental liberties and flagrant human rights abuses.

They are ignoring the the Supreme Leader of Iran’s pledge to annihilate Israel and his public release just last week of a related nine-point plan.

They are ignoring that the Supreme Leader of Iran unites his followers amid  haunting chants of “Death to America” and “Death to England.”

If we don’t stand for something — we will fall for anything. And we are falling fast.

We must stand for freedom and human rights and against tyranny and oppression.

We must stand for value of every human life and the dignity of every human being.

We must stand for peace. Legitimizing, rewarding and emboldening this regime makes the world much less safe — and moves us farther away from the true peace and genuine security to which all people of goodwill aspire.

We must stand for strength and moral clarity.

We must stand tall. We must stand clear. We must stand proud. We must demand this from ourselves and from those we elected to represent us in government.

Last year our governments rewarded this brutal and tyrannical regime with the gift of time and an easing of sanctions. The regime responded by substantially ignoring its commitments, yet again; continuing to preach hatred and violence; continuing to sponsor terrorism; continuing to oppress and persecute its people; subverting the inspection and verification efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency;  preserving its  nuclear infrastructure, which remains substantially in tact; and only G-d knows what else.

It is acknowledged that the so-called “breakout period” was, and remains, alarmingly and unacceptably short.

How are our governments proposing to respond  to the crisis they created? By rewarding  the regime’s deplorable behavior with a sweetheart “deal” that essentially legitimizes its nefarious nuclear ambitions.


Please let you government officials know right now that you will hold them accountable unless and until they achieve the complete and verifiable dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. Please let them know the Iranian government should be held accountable for the terrible crimes it has committed against humanity.


At stake is the  security of each of us and of our loved ones. At stake are the values that define us, bind us and sustain us.

Miss Kone is the Administrator of the Facebook Pages Holding Hands for Israel and Stop Iran Now.

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  • If Jews need to know their own interests as well as the interests of others, they also need to know the art of politics as well as the books of the Torah. They need, in short, to live in this world, not in the world of the politically utopian or the religiously messianic.” (the final paragraph in What is the Use of Jewish History by Lucy Davidowicz), written more than twenty years ago.

    This is an example of colossal understatement, An obstinate majority of American Jews avoid all uncomfortable facts to the nth degree that refuses to call a spade a spade (no pun intended) and presents a grotesque picture of how many Jews continue to be affected by their affection for the political Left.

    The oft stated fact that 78% of Jews voted for Obama in the 2008 election (and approximately 67% in 2012)and that such Jewish support for the Democrats is “consistent with the Jewish vote in presidential elections for the past century” proves again the best definition of insanity is that repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again will not lead to a different result.

    The cold shoulder shown to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the failure to enforce sanctions against the mullahs from the beginning, the abandonment of millions of Iranians demonstrating in the streets of Iran’s cities as well as the recent declarations, obfuscations and euphemisms by the White House offering Iran nuclear weapon status and its refusal to answer the simple question “What is the capital of Israel? are no surprise at all.

    The fact that the proud Senator Lieberman whose nomination on the Democratic ticket in 2000 caused waves of ecstatic jubilation among many Jews, also refused to support Barack Obama in 2008 and spoke at the Republican National Convention in support Senator John McCain is ignored. Most American Jews continue to be oblivious to the fact that the most outstanding, talented Jewish individuals in public life uniformly saw the obvious dangers of an Obama presidency and warned against:

    Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer, former White House Press secretary Arie Fleischer, Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Joshua Muravchik, columnist and editor of the Weekly Standard Bill Kristol, political analyst and former campaign advisor to President Bill Clinton, Dick Morris, Editor of Frontpage Magazine, David Horowitz, National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg, author of Liberal Fascism, Senator Joe Lieberman, author and columnist Dennis Prager, writer Monah Charen, author of Useful Idiots, Dianna West, author of The Death of the Grown-Up, editor of Commentary Norman Podhoretz, author Hillel Halkin who now resides in Israel, journalist and writer Bernie Goldberg, Ronald Radosh, author (Divided They Fell: The Demise of the Democratic Party, 1964-1996. New York: Free Press, 1996), film producer David Zucker and comedian Jackie Mason.

    The Democrat world-view that still holds an anachronistic stranglehold on many Jews has to be reminded that no ethnic vote is cast in stone, that Jewish support for Republican or Fusion candidates like Jacob Javitz and Fiorello La Guardia turned its back on the corrupt Democratic Tammany political machine in New York in the 1940s and 50s. Jews, from the time of the first post-Civil War election until 1932 traditionally voted Republican or even Socialist rather than for the party identified in large parts of the country until the 1960s with Sunday “blue laws,” discrimination against blacks, and segregation.

    Even as late as 1948 American Jews were still sufficiently sober and proud to give a deserved slap in the face to the Democrats in the run up to the presidential election of 1948 in spite of their idealization of FDR. By early 1948, Truman had been cowed by his State Department advisers to abandon the partition proposal for Palestine and were preparing to announce that U.S. preferred “international trusteeship”- meaning no Jewish state.

    White House adviser Max Lowenthal urgently warned Truman that if a Jewish state were proclaimed without U.S. recognition, Republicans, the left leaning American Labor Party and the newly formed leftwing Progressive Party under former Vice President Henry Wallace would lead a chorus of protests and capture the Jewish vote. The administration would pay a high political price in Jewish votes for it is especially important in the upcoming presidential election.

    Truman received crucial phone calls from Bronx Democratic leader Ed Flynn and former New York governor Herbert Lehman, warning about the electoral repercussions in New York if he abandoned the Jews. A Congressional vote in the Bronx had already unseated a veteran Jewish Democrat to fill a vacant seat and Truman realized he had to make good on his original pledge of partition and recognition of Israel.

    Under Democrat President Wilson, with his dismissal of Blacks from federal jobs, apathy to lynching, restrictive immigration policy, attendance at a special festive showing of the racist film Birth of a Nation in the White House, sympathy for the Ku Klux Klan and promotion of the notorious sedition laws (‘red scares’) in which thousands of East European and Jewish immigrants were deported and imprisoned for their stand against American entry into the war, caused a revulsion among Jewish voters. In 1920, they threw out two Democrat Jewish congressmen and elected 10 Republicans and two Socialists to Congress. This information that no ethnic vote is cast in stone hasn’t yet been absorbed by Jewish dinosaurs who can swallow any insult and proclaim that black is white or that Jewish values mean same sex marriage and unlimited abortion as long as the democrats have proclaimed that it is “progressive.”

    Many Jewish liberals whose identity had been stamped three generations ago by their grandparents under FDR, continue to picture themselves as enlightened and the true inheritors of the mantle of Jewish concerns for “social justice,” followed Obama wherever he led, rather than view the candidates with an open mind. This election will see the pot boil over for those Jews who need no more evidence. They will have to face up to taking the cure or remain partners in their own demise as an influential and respected community.

    It is of course, non-Jews who can most clearly discern this. Whatever exceptional respect Jews have enjoyed has stemmed primarily not from winning Noble Prizes but from the close association in the minds of most American Christians that the Jews imparted much of their high ethical code, moral values and beliefs in the dignity of all people through Christ and the New Testament to all humanity.

    As early as February 1941 in spite of the wholehearted desire of the American Protestant establishment not to risk involvement in World War II, Reinhold Niebhur spoke out convincingly through the journal he founded “Christianity and Crisis” and sounded a clarion call of warning about Nazism. Its final goals were not simply the eradication of the Jews but the extirpation of Christianity and the abolition of the entire heritage of Christian and humanistic culture.

    This is the only kind of “World Without Zionism” that the Iranian and many Arab leaders long for. Niebhur based his views not on any literal “Evangelical” interpretation of Biblical promises but the essentials of justice for the nations and also called for some form of compensation to those Arabs in Palestine who might be displaced if their own leaders refused to make any compromise possible.

    Liberal Jews who cannot be dissuaded from their narcotic like support of the Democrats take refuge in spurning Israel to feel comfortable with the “Progressive” camp or recall that their major interest is really in furthering what they think is “social justice,” linking it to the traditional Jewish concern for “Tikkun Olam” (Repair of the World).

    In this regard they are mistaken and have accepted the contemporary Hollywood ultra-liberal Reform interpretation that Jewish tradition and the Biblical injunctions of the prophets promoted what they think are “progressive” social and economic policies. As argued cogently by biblical scholars not in the thrall of apologizing for the Democratic Party and author Hillel Halkin in his article “How Not to Repair the World” (Commentary magazine, July, 2008), the expression “Tikkun Olam” is not the automatic Liberal agenda on social and economic policy so fondly embraced by a majority of the Jewish electorate – including abortion, feminism, pacifism, opposition to gun rights, affirmative action, environmental conservation, etc.

    On almost all these issues, observant Jews are fundamentally at odds with the Secular/Liberal Jewish majority. Basically, the thrust of Tikkun Olam is in the opposite direction…. “For the Sake of the Public Interest” rather than “Repairing the World.” It was this concept that was cited by many rabbis in the Middle Ages when they ruled that Jewish communities should not rescue Jewish captives taken by pirates if it meant paying an excessive ransom. To do so would actually encourage more attempts at kidnapping and put the entire community at greater risk.

    Indeed, several varying concepts are embraced under the terms “Tikkun Olam” but the predominant one that emerged from the two great failed revolts of Judea against Roman rule in 70 and 135 A.D. that ended Jewish independence for almost two thousand years, was the fundamental need NOT for prophetic utopian visions but the necessity for laws, authority, routines, and organization to prevent future wild and unrealistic messianic fervor.

    Likewise, appeals to Jews by Democrats committed to higher and h
    Now, that Jewish solidarity is politically incorrect and Israel is so resented as a successful and prosperous society by so many among the world’s poor and “oppressed,” they must seek compensation and expiation from their fellow “progressives” by identifying with the prevailing winds of antisemitism disguised as anti-Zionism. What has changed over the past 40 years is that many prosperous and decadent Europeans and Americans feel embarrassed by the Israelis’ gallant defense of their homeland against great odds.

    Sixty-seven years after its founding, Israel has become an outcast among the nations and the Jews a pariah people once again. How did this occur? From Darling of the Left to Pariah State, subject to continual venomous attacks coming from those who consider themselves “progressive” and “morally sensitive,” i.e. the mainline churches, university faculties clamoring to boycott and “disinvest” from Israeli owned companies, the media elite and those on the Left side of the political spectrum to which, at least half the Democrat delegates in Charlotte, roared their approval.

    The Diaspora Jewish critics of Israel easily see its many flaws (both real and imagined) among which, the worst is that Israel, like America is a “privileged” society, enjoying wealth amidst a world of misery. Why should American Liberal Jews renounce their previous worship of the Hollywood Celebrity Cult of “cool” as proclaimed in dozens of Woody Allen movies? This fitting idol of the Jewish Cultural Left (there is a statue in his honor in the Spanish city of Oviedo) granted an interview to the Spanish newspaper, Vanguardia, on May 17, 2010 Allen stated “I am pleased with Obama. I think he’s brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him. It would be good…..if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly.” This from the man who is a major critic of Israel which he has never visited, made a career out of ridiculing Jewish tradition, mocked his parents and changed his name, and married his former wife’s adopted daughter.

    A majority of Jewish voters are either unconcerned with the increasingly low moral image of the Party’s politicians and candidates and party hacks (David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Elliot Spitzer, Richard Blumenthal, and Anthony Wiener). Collectively these five represent some of the worst in American politics. Both Joe Lieberman and former Democratic governor/senator of Georgia, Zell Miller told the Democrat party faithful the same message when they supported George Bush and John McCain – the Democratic Party is a national party no longer! For many Jews, still in a time warp of the 1930s, the message is only slowly beginning to penetrate.

  • Michele Shahar

    Susan: May your father’s neshama receive MANY aliyot from all of your work and mitzvot. G-d Bless and Comfort!

  • Dr. Wendy Cooper Joy

    oYu never cease to amaze me, Susan! Liberals constantly blather on about the rights of Indigenous Peoples but if over THREE MILLENNIA count Jews happen to be the Indigenous People of Judea and Samaria, currently known as the modern State of Israel. It’s a magnificent democracy in which all are free to worship as they choose or not to and I’m extremely proud that I have dual American-Israeli Citizenship and a home there, which I visit as often as I can. I agree with everything you’ve written. My parents, Z’TL, didn’t survive the Holocaust just to have it denied because it offends Moslems–who simultaneously say it never occurred and worship Hitler as a hero while stating repeatedly that they intend to finish the job he started– or G-d forbid for Islamic Terrorism to go nuclear, which endangers not only Israel but the entire still-free world. G-d bless you for your tireless efforts and commitment. Shabbat Shalom, Wendy

  • Dr. Wendy Cooper Joy

    You never cease to amaze me, Susan! Liberals constantly blather on about the rights of Indigenous Peoples but if over THREE MILLENNIA count Jews happen to be the Indigenous People of Judea and Samaria, currently known as the modern State of Israel. It’s a magnificent democracy in which all are free to worship as they choose or not to and I’m extremely proud that I have dual American-Israeli Citizenship and a home there, which I visit as often as I can. I agree with everything you’ve written. My parents, Z’TL, didn’t survive the Holocaust just to have it denied because it offends Moslems–who simultaneously say it never occurred and worship Hitler as a hero while stating repeatedly that they intend to finish the job he started– or G-d forbid for Islamic Terrorism to go nuclear, which endangers not only Israel but the entire still-free world. G-d bless you for your tireless efforts and commitment. Shabbat Shalom, Wendy

  • I am APPALLED that David Cameron should be INVOLVED with this after ALL he said about standing BY Isra’el within the last few months…

    It would seem that ‘once a politician, always a politician’ (saying what the person they are WITH wants to hear – rather than speaking The Truth in love and risking confrontation!!!) 🙁


    Praying ALWAYS for The Shalom of God to Rest UPON Jerusalem, Isra’el…

    And WITHIN the hearts and spirits of His people living there, worldwide…

    And the IDF/IAF/INF as they SEEK ONLY TO DEFEND AND PROTECT their loved ones, fellow countrymen and women, OTHER nationalities/faiths CHOOSING TO LIVE ALONGSIDE THEM WITHIN SHALOM (as ALLOWED for BY God WITHIN His Law for Isra’el), faith, religion, culture, way of life…

    And their OWN land, Given to them BY God 3,300 years ago…

    All WITHOUT telling OTHER nations HOW to live, or WHO to Worship…