Ken Blackwell

Perhaps most offensive of all is Hillary Clinton’s assignment of counting Jews in Jerusalem. Old Washington hands may remember that President Richard Nixon bitterly ordered one of his aides to count the Jews in the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The good man who took on that odious assignment has long since apologized and done penance. And the world has heard on the White House tapes Nixon’s foul-mouthed rants and lashings out against the Jews.

Yet, when Israel’s life hung in the balance during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, President Nixon raced to re-supply the Jewish state. For all his anti-Semitic statements in private, his policy was pro-Israel when it counted.

Now, when it counts, the Obama administration’s private comments are all friendly toward the Jewish state. Only its policies are dangerously anti-Israel.

Never before have Israelis been told that Jews cannot build new apartment houses in their own capital city. Never since Soviet oppressions of the Jews has Israel been more needed as a refuge. Columnist Mark Steyn has eloquently pointed to the endangered state of European Jewry. Jewish cemeteries in once-peaceful, always neutral Sweden are being desecrated by Islamists.

If the Jews cannot live in Malmo, where are they to go but Jerusalem?

Madame Secretary has obediently supported every Mideast initiative of this administration. She has signed off on billions in aid to Fatah, the so-called Palestinian Authority. This outfit, better known as the avowedly terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization, suppressed state TV coverage of West Bank Arabs on 9/11. Residents cheered as the Twin Towers came down and fired off their rifles in the air that terrible day to celebrate their fellow terrorists’ attack on America.

The reason the PLO leaders ordered those cameras to go dark on September 11, 2001, was not that they did not approve of the wild Hate America scenes being acted out by their fellow denizens. No, it was because the PLO big shots did not want to jeopardize the generous U.S. foreign aid with which they line their pockets and pad their Geneva bank accounts.

If she does not regret it already, Secretary Clinton will come to bitterly rue her association with the shameful Mideast policies of this administration. You don’t have to embrace Evangelical theology to know that the United States has had a historic relationship with Israel. Christians the world over are called upon to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. But if that is too religious for secular-minded diplomats, they might recall Winston Churchill’s advice: Let the Jews have Jerusalem. It is they who made it famous.


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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