Ed Koch: Obama betraying Israel “earlier than I thought he would”
Ed Koch shilled for Obama to the Jewish community, assuring them of Obama’s unwavering support despite privately believing that Obama intended to abandon support for Israel during his second term.
I admire former Mayor Ed Koch’s willingness to break with his own party on issues of principle, but his comments to the Algemeiner today are mind-boggling. In between some very strong denunciations of the Chuck Hagel nomination, Koch casually let it drop that he suspected Obama would abandon his pro-Israel positions after the election. The former mayor, of course, endorsed Obama’s reelection and served as one of his surrogates to the pro-Israel community:
“Frankly, I thought that there would come a time when [Obama] would renege on what he conveyed on his support of Israel,” said Koch, adding, “it comes a little earlier than I thought it would.”
“It’s very disappointing, I believe he will ultimately regret it,” Koch said, “and it undoubtedly will reduce support for him in the Jewish community, but I don’t think he (the President) worries about that now that the election is over.” …
Koch explained to The Algemeiner why he decided to back the President’s re-election even though he says he suspected that Obama would backtrack on his pro-Israel overtures. “I did what I thought was warranted and intelligent,” he said, “He was going to win! There was no question about it. I thought it would be helpful to have a Jewish voice there, being able to communicate.”
The Mayor says he has no regrets, “it wouldn’t make any difference. The Jews were going to vote for him no matter what. And that’s the nature of the Jews. They are always very solicitous of everybody else except their own needs and community.”
Read more at Commentary Magazine
hat tip Weasel Zippers
I’ll just add that that may be the nature of Jews who decided to remain in the galut, outside of Israel. This country was founded by those who recognized the need for self-protection, the need to stand up to enemies and to fight, if and when necessary and even in hopeless situations, for the survival of the Jewish community. This country was founded and forged by those who were not willing to go like sheep to the slaughter.