The New York Times today reports on casino mogul and probable-foreign-government-briber Sheldon Adelson’s latest attempt to get his buddy Mitt Romney elected president: $6.5 million dollars to the Republican Jewish Coalition to get more Jews to vote for Romney. Whatever. We’ll see.
But it might just work if J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, whom I have a lot of respect for, keeps making verbal gaffes like this:
Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of J Street, a Jewish lobbying group in Washington that favors Democratic candidates, said the effort by Mr. Adelson and the Republican Jewish Coalition would fall short.
“Every single number indicates there is simply no such thing as a Jewish problem for the president,” Mr. Ben-Ami said. “The people who vote only on Israel didn’t vote for Obama last time and know who they are voting for already.”
That is exactly wrong. If you care about Israel and only about Israel, then your candidate is Barack Obama, and it isn’t a close question.
Romney, like most conservatives nowadays, is an anti-Zionist. He supports continued Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and rejects a two-state solution. That course effectively means that Israel will have a non-Jewish majority, thereby causing the destruction of Zionism, or the death of Israeli democracy, or both. (Note, of course, that if Israel ceases to be a democracy, then it will have violated the Israeli Declaration of Independence, which defines the country as a “Jewish and democratic state.”).
Barack Obama wants Israel to be a Jewish state and to be a democracy. Mitt Romney does not. Thus, Barack Obama supports Israel, and Mitt Romney does not. This isn’t complicated.