I was on vacation in Florida, and late in getting to Gary Rosenblatt’s column in the Jewish Week, answering the time-honored question, “which presidential candidate would be best for Israel”:
My point is that it all depends on how much you want to convince yourself that the person you oppose for president would be a disaster for Israel. But the reality is that each of the three remaining frontrunners would approach the Mideast conflict with essentially the same outlook and intention, and with the premise that Israel-Palestinian negotiations should be encouraged and supported, much along the lines of the Clinton and now Bush efforts.
This is the kind of column that should be mass-emailed, not the smear tactics. But somehow I doubt it will, because it is too reasonable. As I responded to yet another writer who “warned” me about Obama, have we gotten so jaded that even an unimpeachable legislative record is not enough?
To quote ADL National Director Abraham Foxman:
“I don’t understand why our community is making Israel an issue at this point. None of the candidates has made it an issue; their public statements have all been very good. So why are we shadowboxing and making this an issue?”