Musings —01.23.2012 11:16 AM—
“Option three, wrote Mr. Adler, is for the Israeli leader to “give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice-president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.”…“Yes, you read “three” correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?” he wrote. Options one and two were all-out Israeli attacks on Hezbollah or Iran’s nuclear sites.“
This fool deserves to spend a long time in prison for what he wrote, and hopefully will. Many Jewish organizations are now strongly condemning him for what he wrote, which is good but hardly surprising. It’s the least they can do.
This extreme case isn’t representative. But it brought to mind conversations I have had, recently, with three very prominent Jewish liberals. They said to me, with sadness, that they are part of a dying breed – the Jewish community leader who embraces progressive points of view, and who hasn’t become an uncritical cheerleader for the Conservative and Republican parties.
The leaders of the Jewish community have always been smart. They have always embraced diversification – they were politically active, and they encouraged their team to get involved with the Conservatives, Liberals or New Democrats (or even the separatists). In that way, whenever there was a change in government, they could always count on having friends in power. It was a smart strategy. It was the right strategy.
Bottom line? Stephen Harper’s party will eventually lose power, and another party will take its place. And the Canadian Jewish community – and its “CEO,” whose name I can’t even bring myself to say out loud anymore – will rue the day that they chose to promote only one horse, instead of all of them.
More I have had to say on this subject, here.