Randy Fine: Joe Biden — Florida Jews can’t count on him
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The choice is stark, and the wrong choice is dangerous.

In 1948, Democratic President Harry Truman made the historic decision to recognize the State of Israel, becoming a hero to Jews everywhere and cementing American Jewish affinity for the Democratic Party.

Seventy years later in, 2018, Democrats proudly elected — and embraced — overt anti-Semites like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — Democrats who seek the end of the world’s only Jewish State.

This is not our parents’ and grandparents’ Democratic Party.

Support for Israel used to be bipartisan. So was the commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. No longer. Today, Joe Biden’s Democratic Party tolerates — and worse, embraces — advocates of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel policies.

The evidence cannot be denied.

Keith Ellison — the Vice Chair of the national Democratic Party — is a supporter of Louis Farrakhan, the man who said, “Hitler was a great man” and has called Jews “bloodsuckers.”

Omar tweeted some of the oldest and vilest anti-Semitic tropes, but Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats refused to pass a resolution condemning her. Instead of pushing her out, Pelosi endorsed her reelection.

And at last month’s Democratic National Convention, a showcase of what Biden would offer America, Linda Sarsour, one of America’s most notorious anti-Semites, was given a full-fledged speaking role. With full knowledge that she had pushed Jews out of leadership positions in the Women’s March — solely for being Jews — Biden decided he wanted her anti-Semitic voice to be featured as part of his Democratic Party.

When he got caught, Biden did what professional politicians do, he distanced himself from her publicly, while his senior campaign advisers reassured Sarsour’s supporters that they would have a seat at the table in his administration and that his public disownment should give no cause for alarm.

The case is clear. We can’t count on Biden to stand up for Israel. We can’t count on Biden to stand up to anti-Semites. And we can’t count on Biden to stand up for American Jews. Perhaps Biden and Kamala Harris are not anti-Semites themselves, but they have made it clear that they will not only tolerate but welcome anti-Semites with a seat at the table in their administration.

Biden continues to present himself as a friend of Israel, while Sen. Harris emphasizes her Jewish husband. But after 47 years as a professional politician, Biden knows how to say one thing, but do another.

Harris voted for the disastrous Iran deal — and Biden was one of its key architects.

While a Senator, Mr. Biden was famous for threatening to cut off aid to Israel. Barack Obama and Biden routinely blamed Israel for the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, while ignoring the fact that the Palestinian Authority pays people to murder Jews and Hamas is a terrorist organization.

And, perhaps most impactful, we must not forget Mr. Biden’s disastrous abandonment of Israel on his way out the door as Vice President, failing to veto U.N. resolution 2334. This one-sided resolution blamed Israel for the lack of peace with the Palestinians. It is no coincidence that campus anti-Semitism rose to record highs under the Obama/Biden administration.

Biden had 47 years to stand with Israel and to stand with American Jews. And he failed.

But President Donald Trump has fought for us.

It was Trump who signed an executive order that protected Jewish students and appointed one of the most respected Jewish civil rights leaders to oversee the Department of Education’s Office of Civil rights.

It was Trump that withdrew from the disastrous Iran appeasement deal.

It was Trump that shut down the PLO Embassy in Washington.

And it was Trump that did what Biden promised, but never did — moved the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s eternal, undivided capital, Jerusalem.

The choice is stark, and the wrong choice is dangerous. We can reelect Trump, who has fought anti-Semitism and done more for Israel than any American President since Truman. Or we can vote for Biden’s Democrat Party which works hard against Israel and empowers anti-Semites.

The choice is clear: Four More Years. Reelect President Donald J. Trump.

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Rep. Randy Fine, a Palm Bay Republican, is the only Jewish Republican member of the 160-member Florida Legislature. In his four years in the Legislature, Fine has successfully sponsored legislation that roots out anti-Semitism on Florida college campuses, creates a zero-tolerance policy in government for BDS, and dramatically increases the quality of Holocaust education for every Florida student.

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12 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 6, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Sir put down the Clorox! The goptrump cult sociopath leader Trump does NOT give a damn about anyone but Trump! Vote Democrat up and down ballot!

  • Paul

    October 6, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Is Mr. Fine an Israeli or an American citizen?

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    October 6, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Ah, the far left throws out the usual accusations, including the old anti-Semitic canard about dual loyalty. Predictable. Great op-ed, Rep. Fine!

  • S.B. ANTHONY

    October 6, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Randy Fine – another self-loathing Jew. Hardly in the position to
    speak for Florida Jews, the majority of whom are VOTING BLUE and
    always have!

    JEWS FOR BLUES IN 2020!

  • Amy Roberts

    October 6, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    With the President refusing to denounce Alt. Right Groups, whose rallying cry is, Jews Will Not Replace Us, I believe those of the Jewish faith know who to support, and that would not be more of this Administration.

  • GD

    October 6, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Depend which Jews. For far right fascist Jews like the author with their
    Palestinian ghettos are for Trump but like decent people most Jews everywhere are against the lying Fascist racist scumbag.
    And let’s not forget the Nazis, KKK fine people chanting The Jews will not replace us he loves.

  • Ocean Joe

    October 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Trump HAS been great for Israel. So let him be THEIR president, because he’s been a total disaster for US.

    (Actually he has damaged Israel. Blind support for expansion of west bank settlements let alone their continued existence torpedoes any chance for a 2-state solution. The remaining lands are like Bantustans and cant be turned into a viable nation. A single state solution wont work because it would soon be a Muslim majority country. Abandonment of the Kurds – a discreet ally of the Israelis (there are 35 million Kurds in the region); the expansion of Turkish imperialism and the re-establishment of a Russian dominance in the region (an ally of Iran, Syria and Turkey) due to our abrupt pull out (and the basis for Mattis’ resignation), Israel has to coordinate it’s raids on Iranian positions in Syria with Russia before it can act and Russia has supplied high tech anti-aircraft systems to Syria and Iran; a deal with tiny Bahrain and the UAE will see us sell them F-35’s which will eventually fall into Islamist hands and be used against Israel. The US is no longer seen as an “honest broker” by the Palestinians, and whether or not we think a state of Palestine exists, there are millions of people who consider themselves Palestinians, living on the west bank and in Jordan with whom Israel must make peace to have a secure future, not to mention the Gazan mess).

    Now if you like the Nuremburg rallies, the fanatical chants, the attacks on immigrants, the scapegoating, the white supremacists, go ahead and vote Trump. And Randy, how come you are the only Jewish-Republican in the entire legislature? Doesn’t that tell you something?

  • Ben sher

    October 15, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    It’s hypocritical that all you trump supporters ignore his words when white supremists shouted Jews won’t replace us and trump calls them fine people you can’t get more antisemetic than that it if it wasn’t for Jared Kushner trump wouldn’t know the history of the Jewish state or the Palestinian Israel conflict nor would he care

  • Brigitte Spiro

    October 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    This is another Republican lie! Trump supports far right Nazi groups who are anti-Semitic. For the sake of our democracy, as a Republican I will vote For Joe Biden and the full Democratic ticket. Please vote for Biden.

  • Brigitte Spiro

    October 15, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    This is another Republican falsehood! Trump supports far right Nazi groups who are anti-Semitic. For the sake of our grandchildren and our democracy, as a Republican I will vote For Joe Biden and the full Democratic ticket. Please vote for Biden. Save our country.

  • Bensher

    October 15, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    I did some research did you know president obama added $6billion to Congress approving 30billion for Israel before congress recessed and added $250,0000,000 for Patriot missiles for defense of Israel against Iraqis Trump is a xenophobic psychotic imbecile and so are those that support him

  • Michael

    October 16, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Wow, based on these comments, the HIB (Head In Butt) disease is as contagious as Covid-19. Your Democrat Presidential candidate, the 8th Dwarf, Sleazy, is as crooked as his smile.

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