I just came across an interesting read on Uruknet (via Palestinian Pundit). Turns out that the foam-at-his-mouth Israel supporter Alan Dershowitz endorses Obama. Dershowitz’ for reasons which are very telling:
I think it is better for Israel to have a liberal supporter in the White House than to have a conservative supporter in the oval office. Obama’s views on Israel will have greater impact on young people, on Europe, on the media and on others who tend to identify with the liberal perspective. Although I believe that centrists liberals in general tend to support Israel, I acknowledge that support from the left seems to be weakening as support from the right strengthens. The election of Barack Obama — a liberal supporter of Israel — will enhance Israel’s position among wavering liberals. As I travel around university campuses both in the United States and abroad, I see radical academics trying to present Israel as the darling of the right and anathema to the left. As a liberal supporter of Israel, I try to combat that false image. Nothing could help more in this important effort to shore up liberal support for Israel than the election of a liberal president who strongly supports Israel and who is admired by liberals throughout the world.
You follow the logic? Since Obama is popular among “liberals” and since Obama is totally devoted to Israel, an Obama Presidency will place the Left (which is otherwise rather critical of Israel) in the position to have to support Israel (or condemn their darling Obama).
Not bad eh?!
Dershowitz is acutely aware that Isarel’s image has gone down the tubes among the so-called Left far more than among “conservatives” and thus he wants Obama to serve as kind of “political Trojan Horse” to shove his darling “Jewish state” down the throats of the otherwise rather disgusted Left “liberals”.
And he will probably get his way too.
While I’m no Obama fan, I wouldn’t read too much into Dersh’s endorsement. He’s switching to the top dog as it becomes clear who will win.
And while Obama is unlikely to stick his neck out for the Palestinians, I don’t think he’s going to be any more pro Israel than he has to be.
And he may have the perfect political cover. A severe recession (or even depression) could make withdrawal from Iraq very popular. It could mean less enthusiastic support for escalation in Afghanistan, and it pretty much takes war with Iran off “the table.”
I’m not really convinced by this text. The author should have demonstrated his essay by underlining how “liberal” Obama is.
Back to work :S (DNS resolution, Active Directory, Exchange, backups, ewwww).
I’m surprised that Dershowitz was so candid.
People like Dershowitz will lose in the long run. They will prevent the US from putting serious pressure on the Israeli government to withdraw enough settlers to make the two state solution viable (which if implemented would permanently steal 78% of the Palestinian’s country from them)
The Zionist lobby and its amen corner will tie Uncle Sam to Zion and will prevent the left from persuading the EU to impose sanctions on the apartheid state.
But Zion will be destroyed by this victory because by preventing the two state solution from happening they will make the one state inevitable by the second half of this century. The moral capital of the Holocaust will fade, the US will decline, the East will rise and by the time the balance of power swings against them and the Israelis finally get real about the two states the Arabs will turn round and say we are not accepting Bantustan any more than Mandela would have.
There will be one state with equal rights for its citizens regardless of race or religion and Jews will be a minority in it.