194. Pandering to the Jewish vote

How refreshing to read Ann Greenspan’s remarks (11/4). Supporting a Palestinian state and objecting to the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel is the right thing to do if peace is the objective.

How bigoted, however, the anti-Semitic remarks of Claire Meadow (11/3). While she agrees that Nader’s domestic views and his environmental standards are close to Gore’s, she warns informed voters that they should not waste their votes on Nader because of his “not-so-well-known Lebanese descent” and his pro-Palestinian views. In other words, according to Ms. Meadow, if you are an Arab Semite you are not qualified to run for office in the United States.

The most outrageous thing is when governor Pataki, demands that the U.S. should cease being an “impartial mediator” and be a strong ally of Israel (11/3 p.4A). Since when has the U.S. ever been an impartial mediator? Only a Martian would utter such nonsense. U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is already heavily tilted toward Israel.

Listening to Hillary and Lazio out-pander each other for the Jewish vote is really sickening. Don’t they realize that they are running for the U.S. Senate and not for the Israeli Knesset? It is perfectly normal for them to compete for the welfare of the New York Jewish community, but there is something wrong when the competition is about who is more pro-Israel than the other.

It is unfortunate that the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is held hostage to domestic politics.

November 5, 2000