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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 13, 2018 PAGE 5A HERITAGE encourages readers to send in their opin- ions for the Viewpoint column. They must be signed; however, names will be withheld upon request. Due to space limitations, we reserve the right to edit, if neces- sary. Opinions printed in Viewpoint do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the paper. The Jewish vote is not carved in stone By Norman Berdichevsky The 75 or 78 percent fig- ures frequently xeferred to by Democrat apologists as if they were the Holy Grail, are based entirely on entry or exit polls but many Jews are reluctant to identify them- selves as conservatives and risk peer pressure. During the past two presidential election cycles, in many synagogues, there have been rabbis and congregants who have openly demonstrated a knee-jerk reaction to political issues denigrating conservatives and Republicans as reactionaries or anti-Semites, yet even if the real figure is "only" 70 percent, it is tragic. It signi- fies the Jewish vote is of little strategic importance in the pocket of one party, second only to the monolithic vote of African-Americans. The fact that the proud Senator Lieberman, whose nomination on the Democrat- ic ticket in 2000 caused waves of ecstatic jubilation among many Jews, also refused to support Barack Obama in 2008 and spoke at the Repub- lican National Convention in support Senator John McCain was ignored. Most American Jews continue to be oblivi- ous to the fact that the most outstanding, talented Jewish individuals in public life uni- formly saw the obvious dan- gers of an Obama presidency and warned against. These include Fox News commen- tator Charles Krauthammer; former White House Press Secretary Arie Fleischer; scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Joshua Muravchik; columnist and editor of the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol; political analyst and former campaign adviser to President Bill Clinton, Dick Morris; editor of Frontpage Magazine, David Horowitz; National Review columnist and author of "Liberal Fas- cism," Jonah Goldberg; Sena- tor Joe Lieberman; author and columnist Dennis Prager; writer and author of "Use- ful Idiots," Monah Charen; Dianna West, author of "The Death of the Grown-Up"; editor of Commentary, Nor- man Podhoretz; author Hillel Halkin, who now resides in Israel; journalist and writer Bernie Goldberg; author Ronald Radosh"Divided They Fell: The Demise of the Demo- cratic Party, 1964-1996"; film producer David Zucker; and comedian Jackie Mason. Even those prominent Jews who argued strongly for Barack Obama in 2008, former Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch; the country's mostwell-known trial lawyer, Alan Dershowitz; Republi- can congressional candidate Rabbi Shmuely Boteach; and publisher and editor Mortimer Zuckerman, have all since removed the Obama stick- ers from their cars and are now pleading ignorance or betrayal. The Democrat world-view that still holds an anachro- nistic stranglehold on many Jews has to be reminded that no ethnic vote is cast in stone, that Jewish support for Re- publican or Fusion candidates like Jacob Javitz and Fiorello La Guardia turned its back on the corrupt Democratic Tammany political machine Vote on page 15A By Shari Dollinger (JNS)--In many Jewish households on Friday nights, parents bless their daughters in the names of our matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. We do so to hold our highest role models to our girls. Lately though, I've had the creeping inclination to consider another name to this list of women inwhose footsteps I hope my daughter will follow: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Haley represents our coun- try with bold, honorable and principled leadership. In no forum are these traits more lacking than the United Na- tions. In no place are they more sorely required. And on no issue does this present itself more clearly than her proud and cons!stent stand in defense of Israel. Recently, Haley an- nounced that the U.S. dele- gation would withdraw from the UN Human Right Coun- cil-in large part because of its history of unfairly targeting and condemning Israel while turning a blind eye toward human-rights violators like Syria, Iran and North Korea. Earlier this year, when mothers and fathers in south- ern Israel were forced to wake their children and run to bomb shelters as rockets rained down from Gaza, Haley reassUred these parents that their fears will be heard. Not only did she condemn these attacks, but she also called for a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on Gaza- based terror. This may seem like a logi- cal response to such violence, but it was the first time that the United States had called for such a meeting to address the issue, despite the fact that more than 10,000 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza during the last 17 years. Unsurprisingly, the emer- gency meeting to examine the true injustice--Palestin- ian terrorism--hasn't been scheduled. But the move flipped U.N. standard operat- ing procedure to condemn Israel in an emergency meet- ing for defending itself against terror--be it rockets, riots or stabbings. It's not the first time either that Haley has grabbed headlines for her leadership. Recently, she vetoed a reso- lution sponsored by Kuwait that made no mention of Hamas, yet condemned Israel for the "excessive, dispropor- tionate and indiscriminate" use of force"against Palestin- ian civilians," and then she forced the Security Council to consider a measure con- demning Hamas as a terrorist organization. And just this week, she gathered enough votes to pass an amend- ment to a Palestinian-backed resolution that would have condemned Hamas. When her amendment was sidelined by a procedural maneuver, she called the effort to obstruct the vote "shameful." She has stopped the United Nations from appointing a Palestinian diplomat to a U.N. mission in Libya. She has stopped the U.N. High Commissioner for Hu- man Rights Zeid Ra'ad al- Hussein from publishing a blacklist of companies that do business with Israel in the West Bank, Eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. And she has stopped a U.N. Security Council draft resolu- tion thatwould have called for the reversal of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital. These moves have made her the most popular politician in America. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 63 percent of American voters approve of Haley's decision- making skills. Her approval spans party lines: 75 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of independents and 55 percent of Democrats say they approve of how she's handling her job. I've seen the widespread admiration for her leadership play out in public. She has been lauded in the press, feted at pro-Israel conferences and will be the keynote speaker at the annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington Summit on July 23. When she speaks, the pro- Israel community listens. Last month, I was privi- leged to attend the open- ing of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, where I experi- enced this "Haley effect" myself. The mere mention of her name elicited spon- taneous and prolonged applause from the crowd in attendance. She has the respect of her fellow dip- lomats, the admiration of Americans of all political stripes and the appreciation of the Israelis. How could I not consider her to be a role model for my own daughters? No, Nikki Haley is not a Jewish matriarch, but she is a heroine for Israel nonethe- less, who is well on her way to being the world's next great diplomat. Shari Dollinger is the co- executive director of Chris- tians United for Israel. By Yoram Ettinger (JNS)--"The United Na- tions Human Rights Council" and the principle of human rights are two things diamet- rically opposed to each other. The makeup of the council, which is determined by geo- graphic location and dictates anti-American conduct by the leadership of nondemocratic regimes, is proof of that. Council memberVenezuela, for example, is a dictatorship that puts opposition leaders in prison, is anti-American, and is aligned with the ayatollahs' regime in Iran. The Congo is ruled by a dictator who mur- ders those who oppose him and is keeping his seat in violation of his country's constitution. Pakistan is accused of gross, wholesale human-rights viola- tions, from routine executions to religious oppression, and serves as a haven for anti- American terrorism. Another member of the UNHRC isAfghanistan, which sends out terrorist groups to Letters To The Editor We are a diverse community and we welcome your letters and viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed in the opinion pieces and letters published in The Heri- tage are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Heritage Florida Jewish News or its staff. The Heritage reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, content, and accuracy. And respectful of lashon hara, we will not print derogatory statements against any individual. Please limit letters to 250 words. Send letters to P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. Or e-mail to news@ Barnard students support BDS, the institution itself does not Dear Editor: As a longtime subscriber to your newspaper, I have depended on it for accurate reporting of Jewish news in our community, in our coun- try and the world. In your June 22, 2018, issue, I read with particular interest David Gemunder's article, "Pass the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (and protect the First Amendment)," which cited examples of anti-Semitism at American colleges and universities. Listed first was my alma mater, Barnard College, where the BDS (Boy- cott, Divestment, Sanctions) resolution against Israel had "take care of" opponents of the regime. Burundi, which is accused of crimes like kidnap- ping, torture and execution of those who voice opposition, refuses to cooperate with investigators from the council of which it is a member. Cuba also continues to suppress opposition, free media and human rights. Other stars on the list of member states de- spite their consistent human- rights violations are Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Iraq, Tunisia, Qatar and China. been passed. Stunned and distraught, I wrote a letter to the editor of Barnard Magazine, our alumnae publication, to question the college's decision. Citing an important dis- tinction between school and students, Barnard's maga- zine editor responded that the majority of Barnard students had voted for BDS, but Bar- nard as an institution chose not to support it. Gemunder's words did not define that dif- ference: "At Barnard College, after the passage of a BDS resolution " Yet he noted that at the University of Cali- fornia, Davis, "the student government passed a resolu- tion supporting BDS " I am sure Gemunder did not mean to mislead. In our "fake" vs. "real" world, however, clear and accurate communication is essential for our survival and well-being. Lenore Richman Roland Windermere The signs are not new. In 2008, the UNHRC showed its real face when all 47 of its mem- bers approved the appointment of Richard Falk, who is known for his particularly venomous attitude toward the United States, for a six-year term as the council's special rappor- teur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. Falk accused then-Pres- ident George W. Bush of whitewashing conclusions about 9/11, and even hinted that right-wing American elements might have been involved. After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Falk quoted the poet W.H. Auden: "Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return." The U.S. withdrawal from the UNHRC reveals the coun- cil's hypocrisy. It is taking away member-states' ability to use the superpower that DryBones leads the free world as cover for their routine attacks on human rights, undermine American interests, and pro- mote the goals of blatantly anti-American nations. This is the latest move of a consistent policy: only recently, the United Stattes withdrew from the 2015 nu- clear deal with Iran, which was never approved by Congress. The deal promised Iran's anti-American government generous, immediate, and practical aid in exchange for vague promises about the future. It did so despite the ayatollahs' knife moving ever closer to the throats of Saudi Arabia and the other pro- American Gulf states, and Iran deepening its foothold in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. The American administra- tion's recent steps are signal- ing to the United Nations and other entities that are given U.S. aid that from now on, continued supportwill be con- ditional upon them adopting pro-American policies. The days when benefits and resources were funneled into the pockets of entities that spit in America's face are over. The U.N. is at risk of losing financial support that comprises about 20 percent of its budget, including a quarter of the funds that go to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which underwrites education in hatred and incitement to terrorism. These moves are important not only for America's interests, but serve as an important message to the entire free world. Yoram Ettinger is a former ambassador and head of Sec- ond Thought: A U.S.-Israel Initiative.