To the Jews who attended the event [the president's farewell speech], Obama was a good president, although some said they were torn about his policies on Israel.
“This is the first president in which we saw a great divide between Israel and America,” said Laura Cohen. “There’s definitely a divide between Obama’s policies toward Israel and that of Israel’s own policies. This has been a really hard road for many American Jews who feel stuck in the middle.”
Judy Hoffman of Chicago said, “Obama’s position on Israel and Palestine is in fact healthy for Israel and Israelis. A vigorous self-examination needs to be conducted before the entire social fabric frays.”
Jane Saks attended the event with her elderly mother, Esther. They are avid Obama supporters, despite other members of their family having voted for Donald Trump.
Saks said she had hoped that “along with climate change and the economy, the Middle East would have been more of a focus of Obama’s presidency.”
Esther added, “My perception of Obama is that he wanted to avoid conflict. He wanted to try to settle conflict in a diplomatic way rather than aggravating the conflict. His position with the UN vote is somewhat quixotic. I’m not sure why he did that, because the UN has never been kind to Israel. But maybe he felt there was no other way to go.”
I think these lines from Alice in Wonderland (and what is Wonderland but a kind of Obama-esque "utopia"?) are most apropos:“I think he was an excellent president for Israel,” said Marcia Balonick, executive director of the Jewish organization Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs (JAC). “I hope people don’t throw away his good legacy because of the UN vote. That shouldn’t dismiss eight years of a good thing.”...
“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Update: My favorite example of Alice in Wonderland Jews--the ones in La La Land who signed a petition supporting Barry's atrocious Iran deal:
I'll have what Phil (Rosenthal) and the rest are having?
I think not.
Update: Obama's 'farewell' speech proves he is out of touch with reality
Update: Obama's Jewish Enablers