Sunday, January 15, 2017

All Talk And Now Time To Perform. Paris and More Canapes and Wine. Two Kinds of Jews.

Obama all talk according to Detroit editorial. 

As has been cartooned one would hope we would be able to say, in five more days: " the end of an error."

I would like to think this would be the case but Obama is not going in style. He plans to hang around like an albatross in order to protect and try and enhance his legacy.

When he became president he arrogantly told Republicans I won.  In the end, he lost or will lose everything he thought he won.

The man continues to believe his critiques, his commentary are important, not only to his party, which he helped destroy, but also to our nation whose standing he helped diminish

As long as he is around the adoring press, the Hollywood sycophants will find a way to comment and praise what he has to say. Like a guest who knows not when to leave, Obama is so enamored with his oratory skills he cannot remain quiet.

The only hope is that , in time, he will wear thin and even his admiring audience will tire of his prattle. Carter is no longer listened to and even "Ole Bill" has begun to fade.(See 1 below.)

Out with Obama and in with Trump and the same paper's op ed analyst says it is time for our new president to show us what he's got beyond rhetoric. 

Finley is correct in most everything he writes.  Trump is the antithesis of Obama in style, in accomplishments and the reverse comparative list is endless.  They do share two things in common, however, thin skins and big narcissistic egos.

In Obama's case his flaws seemed to be overlooked and actually enhanced his standing whereas, in Donald's case, they are the fly in his ointment.

Let the fun begin. (See1a below.)
The Two Faced Paris meeting update. As with all these Pooh Bah Meeting more canapes will be eaten , wine drunk and results of little meaning. 

The French struggle to be relevant but have nothing to offer.(See 2, 2a and 2b below.)
There are Obama Jews and Trump Jews. The battle is drawn between the intellectual elitists and the religious earthy pragmatists.  The latter will win in the long run as the former convert to other religions and intermarry..(See 3 below.)

The market is struggling and I suspect will continue to do so for a while until Trump's cabinet has been approved, a Supreme Court Nominee has been named and passage of some of his agenda has been clarified.  I still am of the view the 20,000 mark on the Dow will be penetrated.

The latest issue of Forbes had a great article on Dr. Frost who is the brains behind my speculative OPKO Biotech that I favor.  Well worth a read.

Editorial: Obama was a better talker than a leader

President Barack Obama leaves office the same way he came in, riding a wave of soaring rhetoric aimed at inspiring Americans to reach for the heights of their potential.

His eloquent farewell speech in Chicago last week touched again on the messianic themes of his 2008 nomination acceptance speech, in which he prophesied future generations would say, “... this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation ...”
Obama set those lofty goals for himself and the nation, and from Tuesday’s speech, you might believe he’d achieved them.
The reality of his two-term presidency, which ends Friday morning, is he didn’t deliver the hope and change he promised. America remains divided and discontented. The world is more dangerous. And even on climate change, the obsession of his policy making, the results are inconclusive.
The agenda he pleaded to preserve in his final address could not carry a Democrat to victory in November, leading to the ascendancy of Donald Trump, who in every way but one is Obama’s polar opposite, the exception being a lack of humility and self-doubt.
There has always been a healthy dose of delusion in the way the president viewed his own performance and that of the country under his captaincy. Let’s look at Obama’s self-declared achievements.
His signature Affordable Care Act has wrecked the private insurance market. Although designed to ensure every American has health insurance, only about one-third of the 45 million people who lacked insurance when it passed are insured today. Meanwhile, for the rest of the country, particularly the middle class, the cost of policies are moving beyond reach. High co-pays and deductibles make policies too expensive to use. There is little likelihood that Obamacare in its current form will survive the next four years.
While still new to the world stage, the Nobel committee awarded Obama its peace prize in anticipation of his healing powers. He leaves office with the world in turmoil, and America’s leadership role greatly diminished. His reluctance to engage enabled the rise of ISIS. His bungling of the Israel/Palestinian conflict has pushed a solution further away. Iran is already violating the shaky nuclear deal he negotiated. The red line he drew in front of Syrian butcher Bashar al-Assad blew away with the sand, with genocidal consequences. The void he left in the region is filled by Russia’s Vladimir Putin, hardly an honest broker for peace.
Obama is most proud of his work to save the earth from climate change. But his own administration acknowledges the vaunted Paris accord will not noticeably reduce global warming. The same is true of the Clean Power Plan he imposed through the regulatory process. But it has cut jobs. Tuesday night, Obama spoke of his empathy for those Americans who have lost good-paying jobs in old industries and now feel betrayed and angry. Yet it was his pen that killed jobs in the coal fields of Appalachia and the oil rigs of the Gulf.

The bright spot, though a dim one, is the economy. America was in a deep recession when Obama took over. His $800 billion stimulus program helped get the country growing again, though too much was wasted on political priorities. He is the rare president who enjoyed eight straight years of growth and job creation. And the auto industry and the city of Detroit certainly are in his debt for both the bailout and the federal assistance he directed to the city during its bankruptcy. Still, the recovery was never robust. Obama is the only president to have failed to post a year of GDP growth above 3 percent, and workplace participation lags.

Blame the sluggishness on his appetite for regulations. Obama governed as a classic liberal elitist, not trusting either businesses or individuals to act honorably and intelligently of their own accord.
When he couldn’t get Congress to enact the restrictive measures he sought, he bypassed the legislative branch and imposed his will through executive orders and agency rule-making.
In the process, he so damaged the constitutional design of separation of powers that we may never again have a president who is checked by the people’s representatives.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that the country’s first African-American president did not bridge the racial gap. It widened under his watch. While he paid lip service to healing, he never moved beyond lectures and into leadership.
Similarly, he failed to close the income and opportunity gaps, despite his relentless pursuit of Robin Hood policies. Over eight years, the poor got poorer and the rich richer.
But while reluctant to jump into any arena with both feet, say this about Obama: He was a president of high character and his personal conduct in office was beyond reproach.
That makes it even more regrettable that the great hope of 2008 went unfulfilled, and any change Barack Obama brought to America promises to be fleeting. He was a fine talker who could make Americans see a better tomorrow. But he didn’t lead them there.

1a) Finley: Trump must put up and shut up
It’s time for Donald Trump to put up and shut up.
His gloating, boasting and taunting since his election victory were inappropriate for a president-elect, and will be even more so for a president.
Winning the White House was just the first step. Now he has to win his agenda.
That won’t happen if he makes it so easy for critics and skeptics to dismiss him as a thin-skinned buffoon.
A lot of Never Trump conservatives are willing to get behind him in the name of finally pushing through a pro-growth agenda for the country. But we can’t build trust that he won’t walk us off the dock with his borderline maniacal behavior.
Why is he incapable of ignoring a single slight? A thin skin is not an asset for a president, the best of whom are attacked mercilessly. His hysterical, all-caps tweets in response to last week’s reckless Russian collusion story read like someone protesting too much.
Trump is a very big fish now. But to survive, he also has to be a smart one. That means not striking at every piece of bait dangled in front of him.
It’s become a badge of honor to be attacked on Twitter by Trump. Celebrities major and minor are lining up to be the next to provoke him. The quickest way to grab a headline is to tease a hostile tweet from the president-elect.
More than anything else, it was Trump’s volatility and erraticism that turned me away from the Republican nominee during the campaign. But since the election, I’ve committed to giving him a chance.
I’ve certainly enjoyed the reaction of the stock market to his proposed tax and regulatory moves. And it’s hopeful that companies are bringing jobs back in anticipation of a better business climate. His cabinet picks are impressive. A president’s success depends mightily on the supporting cast, and Trump will have a good one.
But leading the country rests solely on his shoulders. People won’t follow someone they don’t respect.
How can they respect an American president who stoops to waging a Twitter war with a pretentious and overwrought actress?
The office is bigger than that. Trump shouldn’t punch down. Ignore the sour grapes chatter and let his success speak for itself. Stop bragging, start doing.
Trump sees in his unlikely victory validation of everything he did during the campaign, including the angry outbursts, the gratuitous insults and the incessant tweeting. That ignores the reality that 54 percent of the country didn’t vote for him, and many of those who did were holding their noses when they cast their ballots.
America hasn’t changed so much that it will find being governed by a hair-trigger president with a playground sense of grievance a good thing.
A lot of smart people have urged Trump to shut off his Twitter account and knuckle down to the hard work of fulfilling the promise to make America greater. He’s so far ignored that sound advice.
In five days Donald Trump will become president. America needs him to also become presidential.
Nolan Finley’s book “Little Red Hen: A Collection of Columns from Detroit’s Conservative Voice” is available from Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble Nook.
2) Paris Peace Parley: What We Know So Far

Diplomats from more than 70 countries gathered in Paris for a peace conference lauded by the Palestinians and lambasted by Israel. The conference was still in progress when this roundup went to press, but France slammed the idea of relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem.
Diplomatic correspondents Barak Ravid and Raphael Ahren were live tweeting from Paris.
Officials in Jerusalem fear a fresh UN initiative two days after Paris conference, though John Kerry reportedly told Benjamin Netanyahu there would be no moves to follow up at the UN. Tuesday is the last meeting of the UN Security Council before the Trump inauguration.
Tweet of the day goes to MK Michael Oren.

Michael Oren @DrMichaelOren
Israel should hold summit on status of Mayotte, a disputed French territory, but without France or Mayotte, and declare outcome in advance


In Paris: Another Vanity Confab on Palestine

Having promised to be as different from his predecessor as possible, France’s outgoing President Francois Hollande is set to end his five-year term as a poor caricature of Nicholas Sarkozy.
To start with, like Sarkozy, he is to be a one-term president. Sarkozy had his moment of mock heroism by bombing Libya; Hollande did his saber-rattling in the deserts of Mali. In his term, Sarkozy switched wives; Hollande replaced an old girlfriend with a new one. Both administrations were rocked by financial and sexual scandals of the kind that would have made gossip mongers blush even in old Byzantium.

Now, to complete his imitation of Sarkozy, Hollande is also holding an international conference on Palestine, a subject that makes the Western elites feel good about themselves without any positive results for the Palestinians. There is only one difference this time: Sarkozy held his Palestine conference before Christmas in 2007, Hollande is convening his this weekend, after Saint Nicholas has come and gone.

But what is this rigmarole about?

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and other senior officials have offered a number of “objectives”, all presented as variations on the theme of peace.

“Our aim is a just peace,” he minister says.

The trouble is that no peace is ever just if only because it creates a new status quo in which one side to the war that preceded it wins and the other loses.

Even if he gets everything he wants, the victor will still feel somehow robbed of part of his spoils. The vanquished on the other hand will also see himself as victim of injustice because he has to bow to the diktat of defeat.

French officials also talk of seeking a “negotiated peace”. However there has never been a negotiated peace, although the modalities of forging new relations between the belligerents could and are negotiated.

The history of war and peace is as long as human history.

Peace is always imposed by the victor after the vanquished has admitted defeat. Since the end of World War II, we have known numerous wars as a result of which changes of borders and territories have occurred in more than 40 countries across the globe.

In every case, the victor dictated his terms and the vanquished learned to live with them, even if with a grudge.

For example Russia hangs on to vast territories it won from China in the border wars of the 1960. It has also annexed the Kuril Islands; snatched from Japan in 1945. And that is not to mention territories that Russia has annexed more recently from Georgia and Ukraine.

For its part China has annexed segments of the Kashmir-Ladakh highlands from India while nibbling at territories of other neighbors notably Vietnam.

The two veto-holding members of the Security Council are not alone in annexing other people’s territories.

At the other end of the globe, Chile has annexed Bolivia’s only outlet to sea while Venezuela has nibbled on Colombian territory with the help of Narco-Marxist rebels.

In Europe, Serbia has seen Kosovo, its historic “national heart”, torn away from it and turned into a semi-independent mini-state.

In Transcaucasia, with help from Russia and Iran, Armenia has annexed the enclave of High Qarabagh from neighboring Azerbaijan.

Sub-Saharan Africa is full of examples of border changes as a result of wars provoked thy irredentist ambitions.

Many of the 57 members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) are also involved in territorial disputes including among themselves.

Even the Vietnam War ended when North Vietnam, as victor, imposed its objective of annexing the South Vietnam on United States as loser.

One might cite the accords between Israel on the one side and Egypt and Jordan on the other as examples of negotiated peace. But there, too, the victor achieved its objective, which was recognition by its two neighbors; while Egypt and Jordan abandoned their initial war objective which was to prevent the creation of Israel. What were negotiated were the terms of implementation.

In a more poetic note, French officials spoke of establishing “peace among the brave”.

However, in reality, there has never been record of such peace– the brave don’t make peace, they fight to the bitter end. Only the lesser mortals make peace by resisting the siren songs of vain glory.
Peace is just peace, bitter pill administered by the winner of a war and reluctantly swallowed by the loser. Adding any adjective to peace modifies it into nothingness.

The root cause of the Israel-Palestine problem is the intervention by the outside world, notably the United Nations, in a war-and-peace situation which is the most intimate and exclusive kind of relationship between nations.

That intervention has prevented Israel from dictating its terms as victor, as every victor in history has done, and has persuaded, first Egypt and Jordan and then the Palestinian authority, not to admit defeat and accept the new status quo resulting from it. The result is the stalemate in which the outside do-gooders do nothing but diplomatic gesticulations such as this weekend’s conference in Paris.

Unless the do-gooders of Paris are prepared to enter the foray and force the Israelis out, all talk of returning to the 1967 “borders” is disingenuous to say the least. Those were ceasefire lines, not borders and, in a sense, symbolized a fragile status quo that led to war. In any case, Gaza, which Israel took from Egypt, has already been abandoned to its fate. It is unlikely that Egypt would want to have it back. That leaves the West Bank; which Israel took from Jordan which had in turn took it from the UN mandate.

Since 1980, Egypt and Jordan; along with other Arab League members, have acknowledged the existence of a distinct Palestinian polity to represents the Arab inhabitants of the territories captured.
Thus, those not in control of the Arab side of the war are scripted to play the vanquished while those who triggered the war have made peace with the victor.

To make matters worse, the “international community” urges the Palestinians to shun the mantle of the vanquished while doing its best to prevent the victor from reaping the fruits of victory by creating a new status quo in his favor.

The result is a knife-in-the wound situation which may make Hollande and Barack Obama feel good about themselves by making speeches and sponsoring conferences and resolutions while the Palestinians and the Israelis who directly feel the pain continue to suffer it on a daily basis.

Amir Taheri

Amir Taheri was the executive editor-in-chief of the daily Kayhan in Iran from 1972 to 1979. He has worked at or written for innumerable publications, published eleven books, and has been a columnist for Asharq Al-Awsat since 1987. Mr. Taheri has won several prizes for his journalism, and in 2012 was named International Journalist of the Year by the British Society of Editors and the Foreign Press Association in the annual British Media Awards.

2b)ByHerb Keinon, RINA BASSIST

A senior French diplomatic official indicated that the parley was also meant as a warning to Trump not to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, as he has pledged to do.

As a conference on Middle East peace kicked off in Paris Sunday with neither Israel nor the Palestinians participating, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the parley was “futile” and the “final palpitations” of yesterday’s world.

The summit, Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, was “coordinated between the French and the Palestinians with the goal of trying to impose conditions on Israel that are not compatible with Israel's national interests.

Netanyahu said that the conference, which he has adamantly opposed, makes peace more distant because it hardens the Palestinian positions and pushes them further away from entering direct negotiations without preconditions.

In an apparent reference to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump this coming Friday, Netanyahu said the conference is the “final palpitations of yesterday's world. Tomorrow will look a lot different, and tomorrow is very close.”

Jerusalem is confident that the Trump administration will take a significantly different position on the Mideast diplomatic process than its predecessor.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault opened the conference in Paris, attended by delegations from some 70 countries – including US Secretary of State John Kerry – by stressing that the two-state solution is the only alternative able to to guarantee peace and security to Israel, the Palestinians and the region.

The conference, he said, aims to offer measures that would encourage the sides to relaunch negotiations and to create the optimal conditions for that. He also hinted that the conference might establish a follow-up framework. ‘’We have no aim but peace for Israel, the Palestinians, the region and all people who suffer from the crisis and violence of the conflict,’’ said Ayrault.

The conference is also seen as an effort by the international community to send a message to Trump that a two-state solution is the only way forward.

A senior French diplomatic official indicated that the parley was also meant as a warning to Trump not to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, as he has pledged to do.

"It would be a unilateral decision that could escalate tensions on the ground," the official said. "It's not negligible that 70 countries recall (the need for) a two-state solution when his administration could implement controversial measures that may aggravate things."

Ayrault told the delegates that “there is no time to waste. We are not sheltered from an explosion of violence."

In a draft text of the communique obtained by The Jerusalem Post to be issued at the end of the conference, the participants will call on each side ‘’to independently demonstrate, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two state solution and refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of negotiations, including on Jerusalem or any other final status issue.’’

Diplomatic sources said that Jerusalem was one of the main issues of disagreement at the debates over the final conference statement, and that the wording could still change before the end of the meeting. According to these sources, the Palestinians, through the representative of the Arab League, have asked to rephrase some of the text.

The draft also states that ‘’as follow-up to the conference, interested participants, expressing their readiness to review progress, resolve to meet again before the end of the year to support both sides in advancing the two state solution.’’

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Abbas did not arrive to Paris Sunday morning, contrary to information originally put out by the French Foreign Minister, and to reports that he was to meet French President Francois Hollande over the weekend.

Apparently, the decision to cancel his visit came from the Elysee (the official residence of the President of France), with President Hollande preferring to meet Abbas at a later stage. Palestinian sources said that Abbas will arrive to Paris in about two weeks, but French authorities said that no date had yet been fixed.

Trump’s Jews and Obama’s Jews
The Left is losing the culture war within the Jewish 

The Left is losing the culture war within the Jewish community.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
Seen from above, the 2016 electoral map of New York City is blue with dots of red. Trump’s home district is blue, but across the water a red wedge slices into Brooklyn. Around that red wedge are districts where Hillary won 90 percent of the vote and Trump was lucky to get 5 percent. Inside it, he beat her in district after district.
The voters who handed him that victory are the Chassidic Jews of Williamsburg who dress in fur hats and black caftans. Their districts, crammed in by hipsters and minorities, are a world away from the progressive activist temples whose clergy went into mourning at Hillary’s loss.
East of Prospect Park, in a vast sea of blue, is what looks like a red sofa. Trump won here with the Chabad Chassidim of Crown Heights. He won in the more mainstream Orthodox Jewish communities of Flatbush. He won by huge margins among the Russian Jewish immigrants of Brighton Beach who listen to a man dubbed the “Russian Rush Limbaugh.” 
As the left-wing Forward put it, “Nearly every election district that Trump won in Brooklyn was in a Jewish neighborhood.” But it was a certain type of Jewish neighborhood. The wrong type.
“You can compare them to Rust Belt voters,” a Forward source states. “They are hardworking people, not college educated.”
And then in Far Rockaway where the housing projects by the beach give way to the red Orthodox Jewish communities that extend into Long Island. 
There’s a line that recurs again and again in the attacks on David Friedman; the man picked by President-elect Trump to serve as the ambassador to Israel. It’s not stated openly. It’s implied.
“David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer from Long Island,” is the sneering summary. 
Remnick, the New Yorker’s left-wing editor, took the sneering to a new level, titling his smear as “Trump’s Daily Bankruptcy.” Jewish identity, he declares, has never been a matter of “bankruptcy law.”
To a certain class of elites, it is self-evidently absurd that a bankruptcy lawyer from Long Island be appointed to anything or be listened to about anything. David Remnick is a Washington Post man married to a New York Times woman who went on to inherit the editorship of the New Yorker and turn it into a left-wing echo chamber. He lives in a $3.25 million four-bedroom Manhattan apartment with a wood-burning fireplace.
And David Friedman is the Orthodox son of a Rabbi from Woodmere who still lives there. His father was a Republican who hosted President Reagan. He might occasionally be allowed to read the New Yorker
And that’s about it.
Yet it’s hard to think of anything that might recommend Friedman more to Trump. 
Over at New York Magazine, Frank Rich and Fran Leibowitz famously chuckled over Trump being “a poor person’s idea of a rich person.” David Brooks, the token slightly right of the left voice at the New York Times, full of contempt for Trump, in an infamous moment, studied Obama’s “perfectly creased pant” and came to the conclusion that, “he’ll be a very good president.”
“I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us,” Brooks has said.
Obama spoke like one of the collective “us”. Trump and Friedman don’t talk like “us”. Their voices are distinctly working class. Their New York values are those of a grittier and grimier country.   
Trump’s calling card was, “Make America Great Again”. Obama’s was a memoir about race and identity that was a hit on college campuses. Two cultures could hardly be further apart. 
The internal war in America and among Jews over Trump is not just about politics, it’s also about class. Trump’s victory was the uprising of a cultural underclass. That is equally true among Jews.
The same divide exists between the slick branding of J Street’s conferences stocked with self-appointed thought leaders who have never worked for a living and the hard-working Jewish communities who loathe the New York Times for its hostility to Israel. These are the Jews who have never been represented in national politics. Whom most of the left didn’t even know existed.
Friedman’s appointment led leftists like Remnick to undertake a baffled archeological survey of Arutz Sheva: a popular pro-Israel news site that no one at the New Yorker had ever heard of. The elites of the left have suddenly had to grapple with the existence of people who don’t talk like “us” or think like “us”.
And that for many voters, non-Jewish and Jewish, encompassed the thrill of Trump. Voting for Trump forced the elites that had ignored them out to acknowledge their existence for the very first time.
The split is as real among Jews as it is in the rest of America. Trump’s victory allowed Jewish communities that had been shut out of the national dialogue to have a voice. The divide over Israel is not only about policy, but about culture and class. The divide between readers of the Jewish Press and the Forward is as real as the yawning gap between country music listeners and the NPR audiences. 
Trump and Obama both have inner circles filled with Jews. But they are as different as David Remnick is from David Friedman, as Jan Schakowsky is from Boris Epshteyn, or as J Street’s Jeremy Ben Ami is from Jason Greenblatt, a Trump advisor who performed armed guard duty while studying in Israel.  
Obama is legitimately baffled by accusations of anti-Semitism. His inner circle of left-wing Jews agree with him that the Jewish State is the problem and aiding Islamic terrorists is the solution. His echo chamber elevated marginal left-wing organizations like J Street or Yeshivat Chovevei Torah into representatives of American Jews. Meanwhile his people, like ADL boss Jonathan Greenblatt, took over already liberal Jewish organizations and turned them into lobbies for his anti-Israel agenda.
Now suddenly the President-elect is surrounded by a very different breed of Jews. Instead of tenured academics, progressive journalists and irreligious clergy for whom Jewish values, like American values, mean appeasement and surrender to terrorists, a very different kind of Trump Jew is now on the rise.
Trump’s Jews are scrappy businessmen and tough lawyers. They live in traditional suburban communities instead of hip urban neighborhoods. They are more likely to be religiously devout and have large families. And they don’t look or sound like the “us” of the leftist elites.  They don’t have the “perfectly creased pant”. Instead they look like the suburban dads and granddads that they are.
They believe that you have to work hard to get ahead. They know that you have to be tough to succeed. And they’ve learned to get ahead without caring what the liberal elites think of their manners and style.
In that they’re a whole lot like Trump. And a whole lot like the stereotypical Israeli.
It’s not just the substance of their message, pro-American, pro-Israel and pro-work, that horrifies the Remnicks of the left. It’s the conviction that they’re part of a social underclass that doesn’t belong on stage. The Remnicks have worked hard to ape the manners and attitudes of their progressive betters. There was a time when his ilk dared to be pro-Israel. But when the liberals went left, they went with them. They justified their betrayal by blaming Israel for “moving to the right” and alienating them.
But Trump’s Jews, whether it’s his advisers, who look like every other professional or small businessman in Long Island or Teaneck, or the Chassidic and Haredi Jews of Brooklyn who voted for him, make no apologies for who they are. They pray toward Jerusalem, not Martha’s Vineyard. They do not cringe inwardly when Israel takes out a terrorist. They are not politically correct. They are Biblically correct.
They are not ashamed of their Jewishness. And now their voice is being heard.
In the fall of ’84, President Ronald Reagan showed up at the home of a Long Island Rabbi for a Sabbath meal. David Friedman’s mother spent three days shopping and prepared stuffed chicken cutlets, apricot noodle pudding and an apple crumb cake. Reagan toasted her as “a woman who makes a meal better than a state dinner.” Meanwhile outside, left-wingers protested hysterically against the visit.
At Rabbi Friedman’s synagogue, President Reagan declared, “the so-called anti-Zionists that we hear in the United Nations is just another mask in some quarters for vicious anti-Semitism. And that's something the United States will not tolerate wherever it is, no matter how subtle it may be.”
The United States has tolerated it for far too long from Barack Hussein Obama.
When Rabbi Friedman passed away, Donald J. Trump, a future Republican president, drove to Long Island through a snowstorm to pay a condolence call to his son. Trump has chosen the man who sat at the table with President Reagan, that “bankruptcy lawyer from Long Island” as ambassador to Israel.
The left is so angry because it senses that it is losing the culture war within the Jewish community. The future does not belong to David Remnick. It belongs to David Friedman. 

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