The Agony of Being a Jewish Conservative

I am not overly surprised when the majority of American Jews continue to support Obama, but I know it confounds Christians. What they fail to grasp is that Israel’s survival is not only a low priority item for the president, but for a great many Jews.

My fellow Jews, by and large, are far more connected to liberalism than they are to Judaism, far less familiar with the Talmud than with “Dreams of My Father” or “The Audacity of Hope.” The more religious a Jew is, the more likely he is to be a political conservative and to be concerned with Israel’s security.

On the other hand, the younger and more secular a Jew is, the more likely he is to identify with Israel’s sworn enemies and the more likely he is to prioritize green energy, socialized medicine, same-sex marriages and federally-funded abortions.

It is no mystery that so many iconic figures on the left are secular Jews. They would include Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Saul Alinsky, Noam Chomsky, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Barney Frank, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Barbara Boxer, Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Henry Waxman, Barbra Streisand, Brad Sherman, Norman Lear, Jon Stewart, Alan Colmes, Anthony Weiner, Bernie Sanders, Steven Spielberg and George Soros.

I’m afraid that attending synagogue once or twice a year, sprinkling one’s conversation with the occasional “schlemiel” and “schmendrick,” and having a taste for corned beef or pastrami does not a Jew make. In liberal circles, however, all it takes is voting for the most left-wing candidate on the ballot.

Any Jewish Democrat who takes umbrage at that list will, if experience counts for anything, label me a self-hating Jew. But I think, in my own defense, I need only share a few additional facts to make my case. There are, I believe, 154 Catholics in Congress, 24 in the Senate and 130 in the House. Of the 154, 84 are Democrats, 70 are Republicans.

There are 70 Baptists and Southern Baptists in Congress, 10 in the Senate and 60 in the House. Of the 70, 26 are Democrats, 44 are Republicans.

There are 47 Presbyterians in Congress, 15 in the Senate and 32 in the House. Of the 47, 16 are Democrats, 31 are Republicans.

When you realize that the Republicans in Congress currently out-number the Democrats 287-246, you can see that the 145 to 126 Republican advantage in those three major religious groups is nearly perfectly in sync with the overall makeup of the legislature.

However, there are 33 Jews currently in Congress, 12 in the Senate, 21 in the House. Of the 33, 32 are Democrats, while Eric Cantor constitutes the entire Republican contingent.

Even though Barack Obama has displayed bias towards the Arabs and Muslims ever since he entered the Oval Office, whether it was demanding that Israel stop erecting housing in the so-called settlements, going back to its 1967 borders or glowering at its prime minister as if he’d just nuked Chicago, he’s not the first president who has held Israel to an impossible standard while giving the Arabs a pass. At least since Carter, they’ve all behaved as if the stumbling block to peace is that Israel is just too damn big. Why else would every “path to peace” invariably begin with Israel’s being asked to cede land? Inasmuch as Israel is by far the smallest nation in the region, it suggests that each of them, but especially Obama, would have insisted that if it had been up to him, David would have had to first hand over his slingshot, and then fight Goliath from his knees with one arm tied behind his back.

It’s a strange form of amnesia that causes the world to forget that in 1948, it wasn’t the Jews who banished the Arabs; it was Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, the invading coalition, that suggested to their friends that they temporarily vacate the premises while the Arab legions finished the job that Hitler began. These weasels were told it would be over in a day or two, and they could then return to divvy up the spoils.

The world also tends to overlook the fact that for decades before Israel achieved statehood, the Zionists had been buying up land at wildly inflated prices from the local Arabs. The world also ignores the fact that thousands of Jews had lived there since biblical times.

Yet another inconvenient truth the world turns a blind eye to is that it was the Arab and Muslim nations in 1948 that banished their Jewish populations and, for good measure, confiscated their money and property.

As if all of that weren’t enough to sway public opinion in their favor, 20% of Israelis are Arabs, who not only have the vote, but have seats in the Knesset, Israel’s legislature, and whose wives and daughters actually have the rights and freedoms they’re denied everywhere else in the sewer known as the Middle East.

Within a few years following the end of World War II, all the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust had found homes, mainly in Israel, Europe, Canada and the U.S. But 63 years after they voluntarily abandoned Israel so the Jews could be slaughtered without any collateral damage to themselves, the so-called Palestinians continue to be “refugees” demanding the right of return, although how one returns to where one has never been is a mystery best left to science fiction writers.

The reason that there are still “refugees” six decades after the fact is that not a single nation in the region wants the riffraff inside their borders. Far better for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and the rest, to keep them right where they are, to be used as pawns in their attempt to scapegoat the Jews for the hunger, unemployment, ignorance and oppression, rampant in their own countries.

Jewish Democrats may be willing to give Obama high marks, but fortunately there are others who have a clearer vision. Which is why some wag has seen to it that the following piece of fiction has gone viral in recent weeks. Claiming to be a message to Obama from Netanyahu, while on his way to the U.S., it reads: “Tens of thousands of ordinary Mexicans were driven out of their homes, the only homes they had known for centuries, and forced to live in poverty and squalor south of the border, thanks to American aggression. This festering wound will never heal until America takes steps to return to the internationally accepted lines of 1845. Clearly the settlement activity that’s taken place in occupied Mexico since then is illegal. When I meet the President tomorrow, I will tell him to halt all building activity in Texas immediately. Two lands for two people, yes, but not on land taken by force from Mexico.”

It’s a shame that it never happened. At least if it had, it might have made sense why, at their get-together the next day, Obama had glared at Netanyahu as if he had caught him trying to swipe the silverware.

©2011 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write Burt!
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Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Terry Walbert


    Your piece was one of the better summaries of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    You wrote, “I’m afraid that attending synagogue once or twice a year, sprinkling one’s conversation with the occasional “schlemiel” and “schmendrick,” and having a taste for corned beef or pastrami does not a Jew make.”

    Well, I’m an Israel-loving gentile who sprinkles his conversation with the occasional “schmuck” and “putz” when discussing liberal anti-Israel Jews.

  • JDO

    I’m pretty sure that it was me that was behind the “give Texas back to Mexico” thing. I suggested, on Facebook the morning of their meeting, that Netanyahu tell Obama that (repeal the Texas borders) in response to the “1967 borders” speech. I also suggested that Obama, excuse me, President Obama would not really be that upset with idea of giving Texas back. Wow, I didn’t know it had gone further than my Facebook post. Behold the power of the internet.

    This post is only partly facetious. I did actually do what I mentioned above. I had not, however, heard that there was a fake “Netanyahu Texas message” floating around on the internet, lol!

  • Jay Thompson

    Burt, I concur with your piece, both in its tone and its substance. Here’s my problem. In recent days, swimming with the liberal sharks on the Washington Post as a result of columns with the same essential subject matter, the hatred for Israel knows no boundaries. None. It is appalling.

    How does one ever expect a message like yours to ever get a fair hearing in the marketplace of ideas when a dominant newspaper attracts Israel-haters like excrement does flies?

  • Konrad Lau


    Even though you are admittedly one of the ugliest folks I know, I would kiss you if you were at hand (Lucky for you, huh?).


    I wish there were more of your ilk.


  • Thoth

    When did blindly supporting Israel become the chief criteria for making one a “conservative?” Charles Krauthammer is known as a “conservative” but he is a typical Jewish liberal on all the issues, BUT he supports Israel, so he’s a “conservative.” I guess it’s just another example of how Jewish interests have hijacked the Republican party just as they have the Democrat party, and well, most of America, unfortunately.

    If only these “Christians” supported AMERICA as much as they do Israel, we might not have so many problems. But as long as the Jewish minority controls the system, their interests will come first and the American majority’s interests will be pushed to the back-burner.

  • Ares

    “It is no mystery that so many iconic figures on the left are secular Jews. They would include Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Saul Alinsky, Noam Chomsky, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, Barney Frank, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Barbara Boxer, Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Henry Waxman, Barbra Streisand, Brad Sherman, Norman Lear, Jon Stewart, Alan Colmes, Joy Behar, Bernie Sanders, Steven Spielberg and George Soros.”

    It is no mystery to anyone who has studied outside the mainstream media that the “left” itself is in fact Jewish.

    There was a time when there was no such thing as “right” or “left.” But the Jews in Europe wanted control of the system so they created “Marxism” and that became known as the “left” or the “counterculture” and there are many other names for it as well. Basically the “left vs. right” is nothing more than Jewish interests (left) trying to replace the non-Jewish White rule (right), and they of course are doing this through mass illegal immigration, forced integration, promotion of homosexuality and other degeneracies designed to weaken the moral fiber of Western civilization. They are doing it through international banking swindles like the Federal Reserve, which prints US money and in which ALL the members are Jews.

    Of course not all Jews are on board with the plan of their radicals (who are considered normals in the Jewish community), but the non-liberal Jews are a tiny, tiny minority. Most Jews are liberals because MARXISM IS JEWISH.

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  • Pete DiOrio

    Could there be something deeper, something psychological at play? “Don’t focus on us as different, we’re all part of the great collective.”

  • J.L. Tharp

    There is no excuse for the betrayal of Israel by Obama or by liberal Jews, just as there is no excuse for the election of a traitor like Obama to the office of President. All this boils down to virtue and morals and thanks to Israel the World has knowledge of Devine law and access to the source of all Living Virtue. It grieves my soul to see true Israelites ignore the Living Virtue of Their true King.

    As Americans, here is the List of True American Values from Wall Builders

    Declaration of American Values
    Because this is a crucial time in American history, and a cacophony of voices claim that their views represent core American values, it is imperative that people of strong Biblical faith stand in unity to affirm the core consensus values that do serve as the basis of America’s greatness.
    Therefore, we do hereby affirm that all men and women from every race and ethnicity are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We adhere to the rule of law embodied in the Constitution of the United States and to the principles of liberty on which America was founded. In order to maintain the blessings of liberty and justice for ourselves and our posterity, and recognizing that personal responsibility is the basis of our self-governing nation, we declare our allegiance –
    • 1. To secure the sanctity of human life by affirming the dignity of and right to life for the disabled, the ill, the aged, the poor, the disadvantaged, and for the unborn from the moment of conception. Every person is made in the image of God and it is the responsibility and duty of all individuals and congregations to extend the hand of loving compassion to care for those in poverty and distress.
    • 2. To secure our national interest in the institution of marriage and family by embracing the union of one man and one woman as the sole form of legitimate marriage and the proper basis of family.
    • 3. To secure the fundamental rights of parents to the care, custody, and control of their children regarding their upbringing and education.
    • 4. To secure the free exercise of religion for all people, including the freedom to acknowledge God through our public institutions and other modes of public expression, and the freedom of religious conscience without coercion by penalty or force of law.
    • 5. To secure the moral dignity of each person, acknowledging that obscenity, pornography, and indecency debase our communities, harm our families, and undermine morality and respect, we promote enactment and enforcement of laws to protect decency and traditional morality.
    • 6. To secure the right to own, possess and manage private property without arbitrary interference from government while acknowledging the necessity of maintaining a proper and balanced care and stewardship of the environment and natural resources for the health and safety of our families.
    • 7. To secure the individual right of owning, possessing, and using firearms as central to the preservation of peace and liberty.
    • 8. To secure a system of checks and balances between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches within both state and federal governments, so that no one branch – particularly the judiciary – usurps the authority of the other two, and to maintain the constitutional principles of federalism which divide power between the state and federal governments.
    • 9. To secure our national sovereignty and domestic tranquility by maintaining a strong military; establishing and maintaining secure national borders; participating in international and diplomatic affairs without ceding authority to foreign powers that diminish or interfere with our unalienable rights; and being mindful of our history as a nation of immigrants, promoting immigration policies that observe the rule of law and are just, fair, swift, and foster national unity.
    • 10. To secure a system of fair taxes that are not punitive against the institution of marriage or family and are not progressive in nature, and within a limited government framework to encourage economic opportunity, free enterprise, and free market competition.
    We hereby pledge our names, our lives, and our sacred honor to this Declaration of American Values

  • Erika

    I’m glad someone with a voice is saying this. How do we get others to hear it and see the truth in it? Very frustrating indeed.

  • stmichrick

    I think its a mistake to give Obama any ideas about giving Texas back…

    • Neal

      Excellent! Well put.