It’s Sukkot and I’m supposed to be having a good time instead of blogging. But I just mailed in my U.S. ballot (my first since 1980, see Should Obama Get My Vote?) and my inbox and Facebook page are filling up with links to endless articles and posts about whether Jews should vote for Obama.
Two caught my eye–Yoram Ettinger’s apocalyptic screed about Obama’s supposedly anti-Israel world-view, and Alan Dershowitz’s tepid endorsement of the man that Ettinger says will place the Jewish state in mortal danger.
Dershowitz wants Obama to win in order to save liberal Zionism and fight left-wing anti-Semitism. That’s sort of like cheering for McCain in order to save Jabotinkyism. Say what? Couldn’t you come up with anything better than that, Al?
Ettinger reiterates the standard stereotype of the tough, fighting McCain versus effete, diplomatic Obama. Of course, it goes without saying that toughness and fighting are what’s good for Israel.
Neither of them addresses the simple fact that a militarily and economically weak United States will be less able to offer any help to Israel, whether it’s arms, logistics, diplomacy, or financial aid. After eight years of Republican rule, the U.S. army is tied down and the U.S. economy is in crisis. This is good for Israel?
One candidate has vowed to continue the current administration’s policies. The other one has vowed to change them.
I voted for the other one.