Obama…Good for Jews?

As a Jew who has mostly Jewish friends, what Obama will do for Israel is a topic of great concern during conversations about the election. Some of my friends are deciding to root for Clinton or McCain on the sole fact that “Obama won’t be good for Israel.” Now that is wrong on two levels, 1) We are Canadian and thus have no right to vote anyways, and 2) The idea that Obama will be terrible for Israel is horrendously stupid.

Below is an excerpt from an article written by a man named Adam LeBor. Please check out the rest of the article here.

Barack Obama Is Good For The Jews
(an excerpt from an Adam LeBor article)

“Behind the scenes, Obama has for years worked with Jewish philanthropists, such as Robert Schrayer in Chicago and Alan Solomont in Boston, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reporter Ron Kampeas. He is also on good terms with two of the top Jewish lobbyists in Washington: Rabbi David Saperstein of the Reform movement and Nathan Diament of the Orthodox Union.

Obama told the JTA in 2004: “Some of my earliest and most ardent supporters came from the Jewish community in Chicago.” Three years later he said: “My support within in the Jewish community has been much more significant than my support within the Muslim community. I welcome and seek the support of the Muslim and Arab communities.”

And here is the crux of the matter: Obama’s ties with the Jewish community and his Muslim heritage can be two pillars of a much needed bridge: between Jews and Muslims, not just in the United States, but globally. Imagine how an African-American president with a Muslim name would help demolish stereotypes across the Arab and Muslim world.”

– Adam Lebor


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