Obama, Farrakhan, and the Jews

Who knew this debate would turn into a Jewish love fest?

First, conflating affection for the Jewish and support for Israel is a mistake that people often make, but most Jews do not vote on the basis of a candidate’s position on Israel. If they did, President Bush would have won much more of the Jewish vote than he did. Here’s the deal. I think it’s pretty clear that Obama is no fan of
Farrakhan, and I have no reason to believe he is an anti-Semite.

My fear regarding Obama on Israel is not that he’d be hostile toward it, but more that in the interest of being true to his call of bringing people together, he’d be too willing to assume the best intentions of the Palestinian leadership, particularly Hamas, and thus force Israel into a counterproductive peace process.