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.Â Whatever.Â 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.
â€œEvery single number indicates there is simply no such thing as a Jewish problem for the president,â€ Mr. Ben-Ami said. â€œThe people who vote only on Israel didnâ€™t vote for Obama last time and know who they are voting for already.â€
That is exactly wrong.Â 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.Â He supports continued Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and rejects a two-state solution.Â That course effectively means that Israel will have a non-Jewish majority,Â thereby causingÂ the destruction of Zionism, or the death of Israeli democracy, or both.Â (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.Â Mitt Romney does not.Â Thus, Barack Obama supports Israel, and Mitt Romney does not.Â This isn’t complicated.