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The Problem With Perry

Many Jews may like him on Israel, but then there’s the rest of him

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Gov. Rick Perry last week.(Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images)

When Rick Perry first rose to the top of the Republican race, I wrote, “Perry offers an unusually distilled version of everything that has consistently kept Jewish voters away from national Republicans—minus, crucially, his robust support for Israel.” (Liel Leibovitz showed today in his column just how un-Jewish, in about every way possible, Perry’s politics are.) Jonathan Tobin scrupulously acknowledges this today: “most American Jews fear evangelicals more than Hamas or Hezbollah,” he notes. “The one thing that could send the vast majority of Jews fleeing back to the Democrats, Israel notwithstanding, is the presence of a fire-breathing conservative Christian at the top of the GOP ticket.” He adds, “That’s the dilemma Rick Perry poses for those anticipating a love affair between the Republicans and the Jews. If Democrats can paint Perry as a threat to religious liberty, you can forget about a 40 percent or even a 30 percent Jewish vote for the GOP.”

Of course, so long as the primary is on, Perry can’t tack toward the center on the religion question, where his adherence to dominionism—which Tobin labels a “canard” despite its ample documentation one of several strong appeals he has for the Republican base. But that doesn’t mean he can’t continue to shine his pro-Israel bona fides, which he did today, publishing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal and the Jerusalem Post, which doesn’t have a paywall, so go there. (One particularly clever touch: “Historian T.R. Fehrenbach once observed that my home state of Texas and Israel share the experience of ‘civilized men and women thrown into new and harsh conditions, beset by enemies.’”) He calls on the United States to pledge a Security Council veto (and credits President Obama with doing so) and to work against a General Assembly resolution. He calls for tying funding to this: “Our aid is, and must remain, predicated on the commitment of the Palestinian leadership to engage honestly and directly with the Israelis.” And he slams Obama on a series of tactical failures, including the initial emphasis on settlements. Yet even the conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin remains troubled by the perception that Perry is a foreign policy novice.

Is Obama vulnerable on the Jewish vote? Absolutely. Is Perry the guy to reap the advantages? I’m pretty sure no. At some point, it’s going to be Obama versus one other person, and if that is the wrong other person, the Jews are going to come back to their normal fold in the Democratic Party.

Perry Is Obama’s Ace in the Hole for the Jewish Vote [Contentions]
Comment: The Palestinians’ Illegitimate U.N. Gambit [JPost]
Perry’s Grasp of Foreign Policy Still Shaky [Right Turn]
Related: Christian Wrong [Tablet Magazine]
Bad Faith [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier: Perry’s Ascent Heralds Israel’s Rise as Issue

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For a traditional or Orthodox Jew, an evangelical is not to be feared but to be seen as a potential ally. For example, check out the political activity of Chabad in recent years and their alliances on various issues with evangelicals and Catholics.

As to Liel Liebovitz’s argument against Perry, he distorted both Judaism and science to make a left-wing political argument against Perry.

There’s many more problems with this candidate on a “mission from God” who also wrested much power away from the Texas Legislature during his 11 years as Governor.

This citizen of conscience for US House of Representatives addresses many of them in “Why Rick Perry Get’s it very wrong about Israel Palestine” @

Wow Ms. Fleming, you are quite the Jew hater and quite the self promoter to boot. The Palestinians are the region’s indigenous people — off all the BS in your comments — is the biggest pile of BS.

Do you know what Palestinian or Philistine means in Arabic? Nothing. Can the Palestinians explain how they came to live in thier homeland — not without the help of an archeologist or appropriating a Jewish story

That makes the Palestinians the only “indigenous” people in the world who don’t know the meaning of their own name and need an archeologist or another culture to tell them their history.

Oh and so you know, Philistine is easily translated in biblical Hebrew. The root means to come into or divide and the name means invader. These “indigenous” people have chosen to call themselves the invaders and want to call their country invader land.

Since I doubt you know this, the Romans applied the name Palestine to the region after defeating the Jews in hopes that the change would keep the Jews from returning home. For someone so worried about colonialism, you are perpetuating a very old colonial myth.

And since you probably don’t know, Jew comes from Judea, where the tribe of Judah settled. You would call that area the West Bank. Of course Jews have always been Am Israel, the people of Israel. Israel means one who struggles with G-d. It comes from a story in Genesis. Those are the kind of things a real indigenous person can tell you.

windrunner says:

I think when it’s all said and done, the nominee will be Romney. I’d prefer Paul, or Bachman, but realistically they cannot win. Romney will be the only one that can beat the imposter, and that statement is sad on its face. Imagine that, anyone of the Repubs are way better than the imposter, but the American voting public is so negatively diversified that only one individual can beat the worst president in the history of the Republic. It has to be done NOW, or that slippery slope we have mounted since 08 will no longer be slippery. It will be paved in concrete. Whomever gets the nomination, and it’s likely to be Romney, we must rally around, although he is not nearly my first choice, and not the best one for the Repubs. We have to go with it, we really have no other choice, but to beat the America destroyer.

james brown says:

you people should be ashamed of your selves your a bunch of greedy back stabing country recking ass holes . and dont you little jew bitches worry the repper is comimg for you all.

Rabbi Tony Jutner says:

any Jew who votes Repblican should be extradited to The Hauge for war crimes trials

I got news for you guys–“liberal Democrat” does not equal “Jewish”. Perry may be a Christian conservative, but that’s fine with me, I’d vote for him over Obama in a heartbeat. Because, get this, some of us Jews are… Conservative!

@Tony, Any “rabbi” who thinks that Jews can’t vote Republican should go back to school and learn a thing or three.

This is what Tobin says: “To be fair to Perry, this is not his first pro-Israel statement, having once led a trade mission to the Jewish state where he compared Masada to the Alamo. But the timing of the piece shows Perry’s staff is already thinking ahead to next year when they will try and exploit President Obama’s sinking popularity among Jewish voters. To do so, Perry will have to show them he is not the fire-breathing evangelical most American Jews fear more than Islamist terrorists. But establishing his pro-Israel bona fides is a start.” Nothing about Hamas nor Hizballah. And who is NOT afraid of islamic terrorists?

G Shapiro says:

James Brown –

If you’re going to engage in an anti-semitic screed, the least you could do is use correct spelling and grammar. Troll.

the lleft learn well from the Nazis if you’re lie big enough people will believe it I believe Christians in this country are our best friends and Israel’s friends just as conservative Republicans are our friends. As you can see the people in New York no longer believe the lie thankG-d

G Shapiro says:


What does the left have to do with Nazis? The Nazi regime did not discriminate when it came to murdering Jews – they hated all of us.

Some Christians and conservative Republicans may be friends of Israel, but not all of them are. There are many Christians who believe that the end times will come sooner if they embrace Israel and the Jews – and this is only after the Jews convert to Christianity. Otherwise, we Jews who remain Jews will just burn in a fiery hell. This is not what I call friendship.

neal sturman says:


Perry was right about breaking up the Federal Reserve and so very wrong about Israel.

The UN should not approve the Palestinian bid for statehood on 1967 borders because this would basically be condoning the THEFT of the rest of the Palestinian territory.

There is only one acceptable solution for Palestinian statehood. All White European Jews must return to the country of their origin (Germany, Ukraine, Poland, France…) and leave Palestine.

Palestine, the nation, comprises the ENTIRE area from Mediterranean Sea to Jordan, from Lebanon to Sinai.

Israel is the NON-STATE.

No to Palestinian Statehood in the United Nations under 1967 borders.

YES to PALESTINE in the UN under 1947 borders!

The Palestinian Authority does not represent the Palestinian people but is a corrupt organization run by the CIA and Mossad.

Boycott Israel.

neal sturman says:


Yo Neal – Stop Yelling.

and you are an idiot as well for your ignorant views; which show a complete lack of understanding of economics and displays a lots of religious prejudice.

And you should NOT donate your brain to science EVER… if fact please do not reproduce and dilute the gene pool.


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