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Rabbi Eckstein on the 2012 presidential election

In light of Mitt Romney’s announcement this weekend that Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be his running mate – and the Republican VP Candidate – for this 2012 presidential race, we wanted to revisit some of Rabbi Eckstein’s reflections on the upcoming U.S. election:

Can Mitt Romney be trusted to deliver his promises to Israel? Can Israel put its existential fate into the hands of President Obama, who assures the Israelis that America is committed to do whatever needs to be done to ensure that Iran does not get a nuclear bomb? Can we trust him in a second term to deliver?

I wonder about these things – am I the only one? It seems only fair to ask if our candidates will deliver on their promises. For instance, virtually every candidate for President over the past 20 years has called for the American embassy to finally be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But then, after they win the election, they don’t follow through.

All of this is to say that, frankly, I don’t trust fully the pronouncements of any candidate – nor certainly would I rely on their promises and lofty declarations when our very survival is at stake. So what do you do? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

We originally posted Rabbi Eckstein’s thoughts on The Fellowship‘s Bridge blog, and got some great comments. So, comment below, and check out the conversation there too!

Photos: Flickr/ Obama for America, davelawrence8


Author: Stand For Israel | August 13, 2012
Posted in:  Uncategorized


What do you think?

  • Dan C
    August 15, 2012
    6:53 am

    Good questions. The answer is no. First off, our President can only sign, or refuse to sign, what the congress puts in front of him. He has the “Bully Pulpit”- he can address the nation at any time. But Pres. Reagan is the last one to use that effectively. Neither of the current candidates has either the ability nor the moral authority of Mr. Reagan.

    Romney would be the stronger advocate for Israel, but he could never deliver a hostile congress or convince a nation with their heads in the sand to act in time should the need arise. Obama is an abomination, and if he gets back in we’ll see his true colors concerning your freedom as well as our own. His record is already pitiful and two faced. I haven’t forgotten that the first thing he did after assuming office was to travel and kneel at the feet of every tyrant and terrorist in the mid-east. A promise was made in that act alone; we’ll never know what other promises were made then.

    I’ll be honest with you: I think we are already at the beginning of the end. One of the reasons I support the Fellowship is so that Jewish people will see that all “Christians” are not against them. And maybe Yeshua, himself a Jew, isn’t against them either. My heart goes out to a people who’ve suffered so much at the hands of some who claim to follow the God of Israel, yet show no mercy to his people.

    I know God will be with Israel through these times. However, the reality is that if the Renewed Covenant is correct, Jews and Christians both will suffer like has not been seen before. My prayer is for salvation for both the Jew and the gentile who thinks because he said the right words he’s “saved.” He also thinks he’s gonna get yanked outa here before it gets really bad- I think he’ll be in for a rude awakening on both counts. I also think Jews around the world and especially in Israel are already in peril, and some are dyeing even now. So the bottom line is that we in the US need to develop a backbone and stand up right now. We need to learn to trust God, and we need to know his heart is still with the people he chose to reveal himself to the world. This will only be possible on an individual basis, and will only be remotely possible in the halls of power if Romney is elected.

    Don’t expect a groundswell of support from the US unless something drastic happens that directly effects us. Even then, look how quickly we’ve forgotten 9-11. Do expect that we both believe in a God who can do much with the support you do get from those here with a heart for Jews as both a people and a nation. I’m sorry, as I know these are easy sentiments from someone who isn’t himself looking down the barrel; but you asked, and this is the truth as I see it.

    Keep doing what you do, and know it does make a difference.

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  • Tom
    August 14, 2012
    7:41 am

    How true and basis for doubt about standing up for Israel. Lip service to bring in the votes. I can see why you have doubts. It is God and Jesus the Christ his son and our savior we must all offer more than lip service to if we seek his approval. Contribute to IFCJ and put your money where your mouth is.

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  • Irene
    August 14, 2012
    7:13 am

    The Bible tells us not to put our trust in man…trust God, he is the ONLY one you can depend on. He will never go back on his word, he will never leave you or forsake you. I pray for the safety of Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem every day. Regardless of what the rest of the world thinks, do whatever is necessary to protect your borders and I know the God of peace is with you.

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