Preposterous on Passover

Obama's message was particularly insulting on Jewish holiday

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President Obama's Passover message this year was a bit odd, to say the least.

In it, he compared the feast -- which commemorates the Israelites' hard-won deliverance out of slavery -- to the recent uprisings in the Arab world.

Now, that's a creative link -- considering that, as others have pointed out, many of those revolutionaries in the Arab world would just love to see Israel destroyed.

What a nice Passover thought!

It gets better. The president added, "As Jewish families gather for this joyous celebration of freedom, let us all be thankful for the gifts that have been bestowed upon us, and let us work to alleviate the suffering, poverty, injustice, and hunger of those who are not yet free."

It's not out of the realm of possibility to interpret that as a veiled reference to the Palestinians -- which, if true, would make the president's Passover message an absolute insult.

You decide for yourself. But this much is undeniable: The uprisings in the Arab world are in no way comparable to the Israelites' journey out of hundreds of years of slavery in Egypt.

Indeed, there are no assurances the Arab revolutions won't end with virulently anti-Israel, anti-American regimes -- and the most serious threat to Israel in its history.

And this is something he wants to tether to Passover?

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Jon Lester
Jon Lester 04/25/11 - 03:59 am
You don't want to keep Arabs

You don't want to keep Arabs repressed, do you? You might want to consider that the most immediate purpose of the so-called Arab-Israeli conflict has historically been to keep Arab populations distracted while authoritarian regimes continued to serve their own corrupt self-interests and neglect the needs of their constituencies.

Riverman1 04/25/11 - 05:13 am
The whole matter of using

The whole matter of using Biblical passages as analogies to current events is not a good idea. It reminds me of George Wallace after he lost an election early in his career to an even stauncher segregationist. He said from then on, "No one was going to out Bible (you know what word really goes here) me."

mickl 04/25/11 - 08:23 am
Riverman, ‘It reminds me of

Riverman, ‘It reminds me of George Wallace after he lost an election early in his career to an even stauncher segregationist.’
I remember old George, he was a good ole Democratic.

faithson 04/25/11 - 09:46 am
If you desire 'liberty', so

If you desire 'liberty', so must you realize all other men desire 'liberty'. This off the wall editorial is part of a continued narrow minded assault. The Seder meal celebrates the liberation of the children of Abraham from the oppression of Pharaoh. The uprisings in the middle east celebrate the human desire for liberty from the oppression of the leadership. Those who would deride these efforts at liberty by interjecting 'fear' about their results only show the narrowness of their world view.

swcohen 04/25/11 - 10:22 am
As a Jew, I celebrate the

As a Jew, I celebrate the overthrow of an Egyptian tyrant. And soon, I hope, a Libyan tyrant.

My ancestors were enslaved by the Egyptian ruler, not by the Egyptian people. During Passover we celebrate our liberation... We do NOT celebrate the deaths of the Egyptians who pursued us.

Will the new government be as "friendly" to Israel as Mubarak was? Maybe. Maybe not. The Palestinian crisis is something that must be resolved, but the old bosses sure weren't doing much about it.

To the newly empowered people of north Africa, yasher koyach!

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