Monday, August 14, 2006

Red State Jews

Validating something that has been growing for the last 5 years, the former editor for Tikkum, Thane Rosenbaum, writing in is starting to see that perhaps the Left is no longer the best home for Jews. All you need to do is go to your local Anti-War/Pro-Islamofascist rally to see that.
Perhaps I have been naive all along.

And I am not alone. Many Jews are in my position--the children and grandchildren of labor leaders, socialists, pacifists, humanitarians, antiwar protesters--instinctively leaning left, rejecting war, unwilling to demonize, and insisting that violence only breeds more violence. Most of all we share the profound belief that killing, humiliation and the infliction of unnecessary pain are not Jewish attributes.

However, the world as we know it today--post-Holocaust, post-9/11, post-sanity--is not cooperating. Given the realities of the new Middle East, perhaps it is time for a reality check. For this reason, many Jewish liberals are surrendering to the mindset that there are no solutions other than to allow Israel to defend itself--with whatever means necessary. Unfortunately, the inevitability of Israel coincides with the inevitability of anti-Semitism.
Welcome aboard. Plenty of room.

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