By Jack Engelhard
As of this moment we don’t know who Obama has in mind for Secretary of State. For sure it won’t be Joe the Plumber. Won’t be Joe the Senator, either (Lieberman). Let’s hope it won’t be Condi all over again. Even as we speak, there she is in Israel, for her 19th trip. From my reckoning, this makes it official. She’s made Aliya.
After chai, you’re an oleh.
I used to think that she made all those visits in order to “facilitate” the destruction of Israel. I still think so. But there’s another reason, and maybe it’s number one. She keeps going to Israel for VACATION. I’m not kidding. I mean, given a choice between, say, Darfur – places that are so filthy and dangerous – where would you go?
I’d go to the land flowing milk and honey.
(She just left and says this might be her final lap – PEACE IS AT HAND.)
So the million dollar question is this – Is Obama Good For The Jews? Answer: Well, he can’t be much worse than your typical Israeli politician. For lessons in extreme leftism, appeasement, capitulation, surrender, post-Zionism, he can learn from the best, the likes of any Israeli prime minister of recent vintage.
So – don’t worry. Be happy. America can do no worse for Israel than Israel can do unto itself. Israel’s two acting prime ministers (emphasis on “acting”) are hot for dividing Jerusalem and this “policy” is no different, perhaps even more radical, from anything dreamed up by Pat Buchanan or Rev. Wright.
American politicians who want to harm Israel must first go to Israel to see how it’s done.
Listen, I know that Obama’s connections are not so favorable to Israel – or even to America. George Soros comes to mind. But there’s Before and After – and usually what they say before is nothing like what they do after, once they’re in office. Nixon, the arch anti-communist, opened the door to communist China. Johnson said he’d never send American boys to fight for Vietnam. We know the rest of that story.
Ariel Sharon, Israel’s toughest hawk, turned into Israel’s mildest dove once he got in – as did Bibi and all the rest who kept no promises.
If someone like Jesse Jackson is appointed secretary of state, first, he’ll only be carrying forth a tradition enunciated by F-the Jews James Baker; second, this famed civil rights activist and shakedown artist will be in good company with all those Israeli leaders who’ve been getting stuffed envelopes.
Amazing how American and Israeli politics run parallel. Israelis will be going to the polls just about the same time as Obama is being sworn in, and whoever gets elected, he or she is sure to govern leftward, even if it is Bibi, another hawk who turns dove once he’s elected. The same Bibi gave up Hebron. (Is it something in the water?)
Meanwhile, my liberal friends assure me that Obama will “clean house.” Really! No more corruption? Take it from me, there will be more corruption. There will be scandals. No party, Democrat or Republican, has a monopoly on crookedness, and excuse me for being so skeptical, but as I see it, it’s Crooks Out, Crooks In.
There has been malfeasance in every administration that I can think of – either party. So this is no knock on Obama. It’s a knock on people, people in power. Crooks gravitate to power in politics, in business, in everything. They follow the money – and see how they run! Did I say parallel? Not quite. Spiro Agnew was trounced out of office, but for the same misdeeds (stuffed envelopes), Olmert persists.
Another Latte friend, gloating, asked how it feels to be watching “my” scoundrels being booted from all the top jobs. Well, it feels like my dirty rotten scoundrels are about to be replaced by “your” dirty rotten scoundrels. Consider it a fair trade, like Barry Bonds for Mark McGwire, or Tzipi for Condi. By the way, to celebrate is good. To gloat is bad – bad form, uncool.
For the time being, count me in on this honeymoon. I’m thrilled that what we have before us is our first African-American president.
For Israel, we now await the first Jewish prime minister in years.
About the author: Jack Engelhard’s most recent novel, THE BATHSHEBA DEADLINE, now in paperback, places journalism at the center of our culture and war on terror. Engelhard wrote the international bestselling novel INDECENT PROPOSAL that was translated into more than 22 languages and turned into a Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. He can be reached at www.jackengelhard.com.