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By ZEV CHAFETS
This year, as in every election year since Barack Obama has been in the White House, we are hearing the cry of the hopeful Republican: This is the year that Jewish voters and donors and activists are going to turn on the president and his party and turn out for the GOP.
The hope stems from a few observable truths. President Obama is not a great friend of Israel and he visibly doesn’t get along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Eighteen-year-old Israel Deus left his home on Augsburger Strasse in the center of Berlin and began walking toward the Orthodox Tiferet Israel synagogue on Passauer Strasse. His legs carried him there on their own, having walked the short path to the synagogue countless times before, ever since he was a young child. Suddenly, he felt a powerful blow to his head. A man sitting at one of the street side restaurants noticed Deus’ yarmulke and identified him as an appropriate outlet for violent urges. The man proceeded to exit the restaurant and begin beating Deus furiously. Deus kept his wits about him and began fleeing toward the synagogue, holding his head with his hands. As he ran, his yarmulke slipped off his head and his glasses fell and shattered.
Republicans believe that the deepening crisis in Gaza could ultimately loosen the grip that the Democratic Party has traditionally held upon American Jewish voters.
While declarations of a rift between Democrats and the Jewish community have proven premature in the past, things could be different this time, they assert.
If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind about where Hamas really stands when it comes to the state of Israel, one need only look at its indoctrination on television of Palestinian children. Where, they don’t only say negative things about Israel, but go even further in revealing themselves by encouraging the impressionable minds of its viewers to shoot Jews.
Shades of the Holocaust in Ukraine. Where Jews in the eastern section where Russian separatists have been active have been ordered to register with the government.