Israel, Obama, Jewish Democrats, and Pamela Geller Washington Times
FLORIDA, June 24, 2012 — From describing traditional media outlets as "propaganda arms for the left" to accusing militant Islamists of conspiring to build "a triumphal mosque marking the jihad victory of 9/11" at the Park51 site, Pamela Geller has stated her concerns about American politics loud and clear.
"We have to stand for human rights and not fear to denounce and fight an ideology that denies free speech, equality of rights for women and non-Muslims, and the freedom of conscience," she observes.
In this third and final segment of our discussion, we turn our focus to American-Israeli relations and the upcoming presidential election. Geller explains why American Jews consistently vote Democratic, a pattern that might be changing.
Aside from any specific issue, however, what was it that brought her to become such an outspoken voice in America's echo chamber of a punditocracy?
Joseph F. Cotto: The security and stability of Israel are integral to promoting a favorable American foreign policy in the Middle East. What do you think that the federal government can and should do to aid Israel?
Pamela Geller: Everything it can. Make aid to Egypt and other countries contingent upon their stopping belligerent actions against Israel AND ending antisemitic teaching in their countries. Israel is on the front lines of the global jihad. Stop pressing Israel to make more concessions to the "Palestinians." Defund the UN, now largely driven largely by the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation). The OIC is the largest international world body, comprised of 56 Muslim countries plus the "Palestinian" Authority. It is a would-be universal caliphate. It may look different from the caliphates of the past (the Ottomans, Fatimids, and Abbasids), but it already has significant power through the United Nations. The agenda is driven by the Sharia, Islamic supremacism and Islamic Jew-hatred.
Cotto: It is election season once again. How do you think that the foreign policy views of President Obama and Mitt Romney measure up in an increasingly challenging world for American interests?
Geller: An Obama re-election would be a disaster for America. He has worked against our interests internationally in every possible way.
Cotto: In the past, you have stated negative feelings about the fact that American Jews overwhelmingly support the Democratic Party. Now it appears that this voter base might be beginning to erode. Why do you believe that most Jews have Democratic sympathies, and do you think this will continue during the years ahead?
Geller: The Democrat party has historically positioned itself as the party of the outcast and downtrodden; Jews, with a history of antisemitism elsewhere, have naturally gravitated to aiding those who have been discriminated against and hated without reason. But the Democrats have now betrayed Israel, and many Jews are realizing that.
Cotto: Now that our conversation is at its end, many readers are probably wondering about how you came to be such a force in political commentary. What in your life led to this point?
Geller: No one can set out to become a "force in political commentary" by means of some calculated plan. I stand out in today's political landscape because I tell truths that most are afraid to enunciate. I have the courage of my convictions.
Agree with Geller's views or not, far too few commentators can say the same of themselves while keeping a straight face.
During a time such as ours when opinion writers are becoming cheerleaders for various political movements, it is refreshing to hear an independent voice. If nothing else, this is, from my standpoint, the best way to describe Geller.
Wether or not the facts might prove to be on her side in any given situation, one thing is for certain: She is honest and committed in her commentary.
This alone should warrant respect.