November 2, 2016: Chameleon Clinton

Readers respond to the latest Jerusalem Post articles.

Letters (photo credit: REUTERS)
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Chameleon Clinton
What a beautiful testimony by Rabbi Kenneth Hain (“An Orthodox rabbi reflects on private moments with Hillary Clinton,” Comment & Features, October 31). I guess what he couldn’t say from his pulpit because of tax issues, he managed to get across by writing an op-ed.
The rabbi uses terms like rachmanim, bayshanim and gomlei hassadim – empathetic, private and general doers of kindness – to describe Clinton.
He brings up examples of his interaction with her at his Seder, as well as her concerns for the victims of the Park Hotel massacre, a tragedy the rabbi and his family overlooked because they were so starstruck with having her in their midst. She also supported Israelis in distress as senator.
These examples are all from 15 years ago or more, when she was either running for senator from New York, already the senator, or just lining up her Jewish money in New York (where, I am sure, a big chunk of her Jewish donors can be found). The rabbi fell for the bait then, and is falling for it now.
What has the chameleon Clinton done for Israel since those inspiring encounters? She was the barking dog for President Barack Obama – she would bark and bark at Israel’s prime minister. She hugged Suha Arafat after the latter’s accusations of Israel poisoning the water in Gaza. She hosted arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat more than she did any other foreign dignitary.
Her approach to Israel if she becomes president will be to pressure it more quietly so she can say one thing in public and another in private. She will follow Obama’s foreign policy, which has been a failure.
I am never surprised by unaffiliated Jews or far-left Jewish leaders who worry about America first, and only then the State of Israel. I never thought this would reach the ranks of the Orthodox RCA.
The dear rabbi states in his closing thoughts: “Our country, and our Jewish community, would be fortunate to have Clinton serve as our next president.”
I hope and pray that many of his congregants disagree and have a place deep in their hearts for their other homeland.

I, too, would like to reflect on some of my recollections of Hillary Clinton.
I recollect the cruel and vicious way she confronted the women her husband harassed/raped/ seduced, in order to further rob them of their humanity and demean them in the eyes of the public. I recollect the perjuring of herself in the Benghazi hearings, and the abrupt dismissal of concern she had for her fellow Americans, including the gargantuan lie she concocted about a video to avoid telling the truth of the ravages of militant Islam. I recollect the email scandal and all her attendant lying, dissembling, etc.
I also recollect her proud revelation of the 45-minute screamfest she conducted against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because he refused to toe the line of her and President Barack Obama’s vision of Israel, shrunk within the pre-1967 lines. And I recollect her snub of our prime minister when he came to speak about the dangers of the Iran deal before the US Congress. (I recollect, too, her championing of that deal – a deal that has put the entire Israeli public, including Rabbi Kenneth Hain’s grandchildren, in further jeopardy.) While really only peripherally connected to my recollections of Hillary, I recollect that a huge swath of American Jewry, led by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, chose to believe that the emperor was clothed, and failed to speak up against president Franklin D.
Roosevelt and his policies regarding proposed actions against the Holocaust. For Orthodox Jews in America today, Rabbi Hain cannot afford to be another Rabbi Wise.
The Torah adjures us at this time that where there is no man, try to be a man. Supporting Hillary Clinton is inimical to that concept.
Rabbi Hain is much admired, and for many good reasons – but not on this matter.

The real UTJ
Reader Judy Auerbach is “dismayed and disappointed” over the fact that “religious member of Knesset Moshe Gafni requested that Jewish politicians not be allowed to ascend the Temple Mount for fear of provoking the nations of the world” (“Gafni and provocations,” Letters, October 31). What she fails to grasp is that Gafni’s United Torah Judaism party is not a Zionist party and has never believed in the legitimacy of a Jewish state.
Its adherents do not celebrate Independence Day, do not stand in silence on Remembrance Day and do not serve in the IDF. They dress and live with a galut mentality and fear of gentiles, which they consider part and parcel of their haredi tradition. To them, the rest of us here are gentiles, too, and we exist only to help finance their anachronistic, fear-driven lifestyle.
That they participate in Israel’s political circus is purely in order have unlimited access to the taxpayer’s wallet.

Nurse anesthetists
In “So it doesn’t hurt” (Health, October 30), there were errors in the description of what nurse anesthetists do.
The term used in the article, “non-doctor nurse anesthetists,” is redundant. In the US, we are nurses with additional education at the masters or doctoral level. The article said we are “supervised by nurses,” which is incorrect. We work in many areas, also independent of supervision by physicians.
The average salary of nurse anesthetists in the US is more than $160,000 a year, and not “$100,000 a year.” More, our title, CRNA, stands for “certified registered nurse anesthetist.”
After graduating with a bachelor degree in nursing, a registered nurse must then work in an intensive care unit for one to two years before applying for admission to an anesthesia program, which is at the university level. Most of today’s graduates receive a doctorate. The masters degree programs that still exist will be phased out in the next few years.


Fort Meyers, Florida
The writer is a retired nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
Can’t make it up

You report that the Syrian government lodged a protest with the UN over an Israeli archeological dig on the Golan Heights (“Syria to UNESCO: Stop Israeli Golan dig,” October 28).
A Syrian government that has killed 600,000 of its citizens and displaced 11 million protests an archeological dig. You really can’t make this stuff up.



Truth about Jesus
With regard to “Has Jesus’s final burial place been revealed?” (October 28), Jesus was not buried.
The whole point of Christianity is that Jesus rose from the dead and was seen by many witnesses.
Toowoomba, Australia

Your news item ignores the likelihood that Jesus never existed.
It was about 300 CE that Paul inaugurated Christianity with an imaginary biography of Jesus from three centuries earlier. This suited Emperor Constantine, who was looking for a religion he could make official in Rome, with himself at the head. He had failed to persuade the Jewish authorities to accept Rome as the center of religion in place of Jerusalem, but Paul, with a tiny minority of Jews who had converted to Jesus, was happy to agree.
Hence, Rome, instead of Jerusalem, became the headquarters of the new religion, Christianity, which it remains to the present day.