The Ostrich Policy

Many Jews seemed very defensive about their vote.

Marc Prowisor,

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Elections are over in both the US and Israel. Does our responsibility as voters end now? We have listened to the promises, we have heard the policies and have been told that "change" is at our doorstep. What now? Elected
If their champion is not living up to their expectations, they are not permitted to hide their heads in the sand.
officials are usually held accountable for their actions sooner or later, if we are lucky, but what about those who put them in office?

The recent US presidential elections seemed to be more personal than past elections. During a recent trip to the US, I found that many Jews seemed very defensive about their decision to vote for Barack Obama. Before any opinions were voiced either way, the entire topic regarding the US elections seemed to be held in some taboo area, with the executive staff being put on a guarded pedestal, not to be questioned or critiqued.

I observed as both sides, supporters and opponents of the new president, squared off regarding the results and the possible effects of the changed behavior on Israel; often seeing the supporters of President Obama disconnecting from Israel and disregarding or ignoring the developing reality in the new administration. I watched as people actually walked away from hearing criticism of the new president's choices for various offices. It seemed as though any discussion regarding Israel and the new administration was like putting salt on a wound. Most seem to think that if the "Israel question" is ignored it will go away, sort of like an ostrich putting his head in the sand when threatened. These are not the actions of a responsible citizen or voter.

Whether people feel they made a mistake regarding their choices is irrelevant at this point, but they are not excused from their responsibilities as loyal citizens, no matter whom they chose. If their champion is not living up to their expectations, they are not permitted to hide their heads in the sand while mistakes that will cost numerous lives are made. They too are responsible, and they must at least make an effort to right the wrongs. This means being involved, raising your voice, demonstrating and doing something. No one is excused.

It seems that the onslaught on Israel has reached levels never seen in US history. With each new member of the present US administration, new arguments are brought against the only stable democracy and constant US ally in the Middle East, Israel. There is a saying: "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"; what is "the enemy of my friend"?

I understand the US interest in making nice with Arab nations. I find the tactics used to be shallow, but that is just an opinion that countless millions and I share. Most countries become allies because of common values and interests. Friendships are formed when we share common ground. In fact, if we look, most US allies have all shared the concept of freedom of religion, democracy, women's rights and so on. Where is that common ground with the US' new friends? It seems that the only common denominator between present US policy and Islamic rulers in the Middle East is that of carving up Israel. I guess we should be glad they have what to talk about at Camp David over a plate of hummus.

As the increasing anti-Israel voices gather on the Hill, I wonder: Where are the Jews who voted for this administration? What are they afraid of? Are they not aware of the dangers to the US of the direction being taken?

Yes, peace is made with enemies, but not at the expense of life. Seventy-one percent or more of US Jews chose
Responsibility didn't end with the last elections, neither in the US nor in Israel.
Barack Obama as their champion; they should help him make the right choices. Show him the importance of Israel as a secure and strong nation, and its value to the United States. If you don't know how important Israel is, look into it. You will find that you will be proud of who you are. Bring back the value of friendship and loyalty. Show him your values and don't allow the US government to fall victim to Sharia's values. It's not too late to make a change and have an effect. Stand up before you no longer can and do something.

There has been enough rhetoric. It is time to act and act strong. Responsibility didn't end with the last elections, neither in the US nor in Israel. If you need a hand, come over for a visit; we will remind you who you are and what you can do.

Sometimes, the want for change can be so strong that it may blind us to other dangers. The more time heads are kept in the sand, the more likely someone is going to suffer.