My reason for doing so was quite simple. As much as I don’t like the mixture of politics and religion, I dislike the misinformation regarding the President’s support of Israel even more. Time and again, the President has been portrayed as less than supportive of Israel when, in fact, that is simply not the case. With many American Jews making Israel a determining issue when choosing who they will vote for, this has the potential to become a significant factor this fall.
Put simply, I believe the President’s support for Israel has been misrepresented, and I wanted to make that point. By adding my name to the list, I wanted to make clear that while there are key differences in the candidates’ positions, I do not believe support for Israel and the US-Israel relationship is one of them. Yes, there would likely be a significant difference in HOW that support is expressed, but I believe both would be strong in their support.
That is why I added my name to “Rabbis for Obama”. And here is why I may have to ask for my name to be removed.
Unfortunately, the link between Rabbi Gottlieb’s position and Rabbis for Obama was made in a series of recent articles. Those articles created the appearance that the initiative and those signing on to it support similar thinking. In fact, one recent piece asked, “How Many of the ‘Rabbis for Obama’ Share Lynn Gottlieb’s Anti-Israel Views?” Of course, I do not share her views, nor do the colleagues listed with whom I am familiar.