It's about time! Obama supporter and Jew, Ed Koch, blasts the president for his ill treatment of Israel. Where was Koch during the news coverage of Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers and the very limited mention of Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said, Khalid al-Mansour and Ali Abunimah? How did he miss the avid Jew haters for whom Obama has surrounded himself, from Samantha Power to Susan Rice to Charles Freeman? Does anyone notice a pattern here? Do these individuals not all despise the Jewish nation? Welcome to the world of reality, Mr. Koch.
Read from Israel Matzav:
Ed Koch speaks to your conscience
"Former New York City Mayor and Congressman Ed Koch rips everyone - Israel's supporters, Congress (especially the Democrats) and especially the Jewish community, for their silence in the face of President Obama's assault on Israel (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
'The plan I suspect is to so weaken the resolve of the Jewish state and its leaders so that it will be much easier to impose on Israel an American plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, leaving Israel's needs for security and defensible borders in the lurch.
I believe President Obama's policy is to create a whole new relationship with the Arab states of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt, and Iraq as a counter to Iran -- The Tyrannosaurus Rex of the Muslim world, which we are now prepared to see in possession of a nuclear weapon. If throwing Israel under the bus is needed to accomplish this alliance, so be it.
I am shocked by the lack of outrage on the part of Israel's most ardent supporters. The members of AIPAC, the chief pro-Israel lobbying organization in Washington, gave Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a standing ovation after she had carried out the instructions of President Obama and, in a 43-minute telephone call, angrily hectored Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Members of Congress in both the House and Senate have made pitifully weak statements against Obama's mistreatment of Israel, if they made any at all. The Democratic members, in particular, are weak. They are simply afraid to criticize President Obama.
What bothers me most of all is the shameful silence and lack of action by community leaders -- Jew and Christian. Where are they? If this were a civil rights matter, the Jews would be in the mall in Washington protesting with and on behalf of our fellow American citizens. I asked one prominent Jewish leader why no one is preparing a march on Washington similar to the one in 1963 at which I was present and Martin Luther King's memorable speech was given? His reply was "Fifty people might come." Remember the 1930s? Few stood up. They were silent. Remember the most insightful statement of one of our greatest teachers, Rabbi Hillel: "If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?"
We have indeed stood up for everyone else. When will we stand up for our brothers and sisters living in the Jewish state of Israel?
If Obama is seeking to build a siege ramp around Israel, the Jews of modern Israel will not commit suicide. They are willing to negotiate a settlement with the Palestinians, but they will not allow themselves to be bullied into following self-destructive policies.
To those who call me an alarmist, I reply that I'll be happy to apologize if I am proven wrong. But those who stand silently by and watch the Obama administration abandon Israel, to whom will they apologize?'
Will you be silent?"
Absolutely not! "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet." (Isaiah 62:1)