The one thing that is absolutely unacceptable is to ignore the AIPAC Policy Conference, and this is what Bernie Sanders did. The fact that he’s Jewish makes it all the more stupefying. Just keep campaigning? Is he mad? Has he lost his mind up there in the Vermont boonies?
But that’s what he did, and from this sea of tranquility rose a huge gaseous bubble no one wants to talk about because of the smell. Being myself a resident of Hymietown as Jesse Jackson named it, I know lots of Jews, and I know that a lot of them aren’t crazy about AIPAC, the settlements, dual-citizenship, Bibi, or that in-the-Presidential-face address to congress a while back. They know there’s a not so silent majority of the non-chosen that questions how much money should be pumped into that thriving economy, and some of these natives are getting restless. That is more than significant.
It’s not easy to say who kissed the ring best. These are our cream-of-the-crop politicians, and on any given day, any of them could win. Hillary was the professional, touching all bases, reminding us of her record at length. Inspiring she was not, but reassuring to the max. Kasich, whose foreign policy is even more bellicose than required, spoke with more juice, and probably upped his rating. But it was the Senator from Texas who reminded us why he is both a debating champion and a committed Christian of the new school. He drove home with passionate, scholarly excellence his commitment to Israel. It was impressive, and for once I believed he meant what he said.
But that Bernie – what was it in Sanders that enabled him to ignore this ring-kissing? Some sense that Netanyahu represents an arrogance that can’t be ignored (or succeed long-term)? Some sense that all the rockets those nut-job Arabs fire and all the random stabbings are meaningless? An intuition that Israel has just lost too much support from the UN and the world generally, and from non-religious Americans in particular? That dual-citizenship is a two edged sword?
Whatever – Bernie no kissa da ring. Thissa Bernie, he’sa been right a few times an’ he still there. Maybe take a look. He’s no Muslim, Bernie Sanders – he’s a Brooklyn Jew with his feet on the ground. And his level of honesty is pretty appalling in a serious presidential candidate.
Appealing too, especially this year.