Originally published in Tikkun Daily
Michele Bachmann is disappointed in American Jews. Why? It seems we've collectively "sold out Israel" by voting for and supporting President Obama, whose policies will obviously "reduce Israel to rubble" (before her apocalyptic fantasies are realized).
There are few things which provoke me more than fundamentalist Christian concern trolls who tisk-tisk liberal Jews on politics because their theology needs my people to die, en masse, at the appointed historical time.
Few things, that is, than when such tisk-tisking is not only irrational and offensive, but idiotic as well. President Obama, much to my dismay, has continued America's tradition of allowing Israel to expand illegal settlements in Palestinian lands while simultaneously being engaged in U.S.-brokered peace talks. In fact, Israeli settlement expansion has increased by a stunning 123 percent in 2013.
Of course, this is the sort of 'pro-Israel' behavior Bachmann celebrates, the type of behavior which will lead not to Israel's self-destruction, but to its glorious rise as a shining kingdom from sea to sea.
So why, then, is Bachmann disappointed in Jews for supporting Obama? Which policies are going to result in Israel being reduced to rubble? The Obama administration's desire to negotiate with, rather than bomb, Iran.
The irony is, of course, that Bachmann and a slew of U.S. representatives threaten Israel by giving full-throated support to those with Greater Israel desires, like Housing Minister Naftali Bennett. They threaten Israel's future by blindly championing right-wing ideologies, branding them as 'pro-Israel.'
The truth is this: they are anything but.
David Harris-Gershon is author of the memoir What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?, just out from Oneworld Publications.