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Ask NewsReal Blog: “Why Does Obama Hate Israel? Why Are People Anti-Semitic?”

Posted on April 5 2010 2:00 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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I received this email over the weekend from one of our readers:

Mr. Swindle,

I have enjoyed your “Writings of David Horowitz” features for quite some time and I know that you are a busy man. I am a USMC veteran of the Viet Nam era and once had the pleasure of listening to David Horowitz speak. Unfortunately, it was very close to my home in the liberal occupied territory of Illinois and the professors at St. Xavier University in Chicago rallied all of their mind-numbed robot students to not let David speak but loved the foaming mouth of a snake like Peter Kirstein who hates my fellow soldiers.

I am Roman Catholic and dated a Jewish girl for a year in high school but am basically clueless as to anti-Semitism. I don’t get it.

What I do know is that Israel is the best friend of US special forces. We Marines have a saying: “no better friend, no worse enemy”. The truth is the Israelis are better than Marines.

My question is” “Why does Obama hate Israel?” Why can’t Israel build condos in their capital? Mayor Daley would love to have somebody build in his City of Chicago where Obama got his start.

I remember in the 1970s when I was in uniform and ready to die for my country that the Arabs bloodied Israel’s nose in a sneak attack and got their asses kicked and had their front lawns confiscated. Why has so much of this land been given back? Why does Israel always give in to the U.N. and all these jerks? The United States has not given back Texas to Mexico.

As I said, I know that you are a busy man and I am a confused old veteran. Please ask one of your understudies to give me 100 words of advise. Thanks for what you do.

Richard in Chicago


My response:

Dear Richard,
Thanks for your email and your kind words.

I always hesitate to psychoanalyze Barack Obama. Because when we come down to it we just can’t really know who he is or what he’s thinking. But regarding his ambivalence toward Israel I think the answer’s pretty clear: Obama has spent his entire life being incubated within the Left. He’s absorbed its dogmas like a sponge. And the Left hates Israel because Israel (and the United States) stand in the way of implementation of social justice because of their shared commitment to individual rights.

Having thought about anti-Semitism a bit I think the thing to understand about it is this: people hate Jews because they hate themselves. The Jew is representative of the individual, of the underdog, of the one that stands apart and refuses to melt away his identity to conform. Individuals across a wide range of cultures have anti-Semitic tendencies because they despise these aspects — being an individual — in themselves. That’s why you often see fascist movements like Nazism and Islam which have anti-Semitism. Fascist movements seek to make everyone the same and cannot tolerate the individual, thus they cannot tolerate the Jew, which is individualism personified. Understood in this sense you can see how fighting anti-Semitism (something we do a lot at NRB and the David Horowitz Freedom Center) is the same as fighting to defend freedom and the rights of the individual (which is what our mission is.)

Thanks for reading NRB and for corresponding,


Just to make my position clear: I don’t think Obama necessarily “hates” Israel, though it’s become clear that he’s not exactly her friend. I also would not go as far as to call Obama an anti-Semite. Not yet, at least.

Oh, and one thing I forgot to tell Richard which I try and tell every Veteran and every member of our armed forces: thank you for your service, sir.

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