By Paul Miller, Originally published in the New York Observer
President Obama is feeling blue. Israeli journalist Ilana Dayan recently conducted interviews with people closely connected to Obama, including longtime Democrat operative and former senior adviser to the president, David Axelrod, who claims the president once confided, “I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office. For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.”
While many in the pro-Israel community and on the political Right regard this statement as absurd and just the latest political ploy from a savvy Chicago political operative, I ask that you pause for a moment and consider Barack Obama, the man, the father, the frequent patron of Manny’s Deli in Chicago’s old Maxwell Street neighborhood.
I contend that President Obama is a victim here. The casualty of an anti-Zionist conspiracy.