Monday, March 29, 2010

Obama on Passover

Jennifer Rubin:

"Obama, as presidents have traditionally done, released a Passover message. It is typical Obama — off-key, hyper-political, and condescending. The core of the message is this:

'The enduring story of the Exodus teaches us that, wherever
we live, there is oppression to be fought and freedom to be won. In retelling this story from generation to generation, we are reminded of our ongoing responsibility to fight against all forms of suffering and discrimination, and we reaffirm the ties that bind us all.'
No, he didn’t have the nerve to recite the emphatic exhortation 'Next year in Jerusalem.' And frankly, it sounds like Eric Holder and his civil rights lawyers drafted it. Is Passover really about discrimination? Or is it about the deliverance of God’s Chosen People by God from bondage to the land of Israel? Hmm. Obama notes the 'rich symbols, rituals, and traditions' but skips the God part. What is missing from Obama’s secularized spiel is the unique, historic, and, indeed, religious message of the Jewish holiday.

....As Rachel Abrams noted then: 'This religion without God thing is a tricky business.' And indeed a Passover message without Jerusalem is not only off-putting but it also reveals Obama’s mindset and lack of sympatico with the Jewish state and its centrality in the history and religious memory of the Jewish people. After all, the president who delivered the Cairo speech suggesting that Israel’s legitimacy rests on Holocaust guilt is really not the sort to get the Passover message right."

Obama is clearly saving the "Next year in Jerusalem" part for his Palestinian pals.

1 comment:

  1. This Seder was was just a side show to calm US Jews before Obama hammers Israel in the coming weeks. Actions always speak louder than words.
    Fear, Oh Israel, for the days to come.