Cain on and in Israel

by Jerry Gordon, Iconoclast
Herman Cain and  Jewish supporter in Omaha
A few weeks ago, ‘Warrior’ Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, began to formulate plans for holding a campaign event for Herman Cain in Eastern Massachusetts. Rabbi Hausman received his nom de guerre from none other than the Hon. Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party in the Netherlands because of Hausman’s valued counter-Jihad stands, unique about members of the American rabbinate.


Rabbi Hausman comes about his allegiance to the GOP genetically. He is a fourth generation Jewish Republican raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. [He is also the brother of Matt Hausman]


During a daily Skype call we hold on a wide variety of issues, he asked me if I heard a rumor that Herman Cain was the only Republican candidate for the Presidency who attended Glen Beck’s “Restoring Courage” event in Jerusalem.
An event that I watched via a webcast and wrote about in a post on the NER blog, The Iconoclast.  I told Rabbi Hausman I read that somewhere.


Today, Dr. Michael Welner, professional forensic psychiatrist and expert witness in the GITMO Omar Khadr matter, sent me this article from the Daily Caller, “Meet the NY Jewish Couple that helped write Cain’s campaign memoir, traveled to Israel with him.” The article is about Gerald and Deborah Strober, authors of personality profile books, including one about the Dalai Lama, who came up the idea of a campaign memoir book for Herman Cain. They were taken with him, reached out to Cain, he responded and the book was put together in the record time of two months. The Daily Caller article about the Strobers and their relationship with Cain revealed his pro-Israel stance and the answer to Rabbi Hausman’s question. Yes, Cain did go to Israel and was there during Beck’s ‘Restoring Courage” event in late August.


Here are the facts as relayed in this article about Cain’s memoir, This is Herman Cain:


“We were just sitting around talking with Mark Block, his chief of staff, aka COO in Mr. Cain’s terminology, and we said, you know, ‘it would be really great if Mr. Cain could go to Israel,” explained Deborah.


According to the Strobers, Block immediately picked a date, which was later modified so that Cain could attend Glenn Beck’s rally in the Jewish State. While in Israel with Cain, the Strobers arranged for the White House contender to meet Israeli government officials and opposition leaders, to stop by the land the Israeli government has set aside for a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, to go to the West Bank settlement of Ariel and to visit Christian holy sites, among other activities.


Asked whether they offered Cain, who is staunchly pro-Israel, any advice on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Strobers said they did and that Cain is a “quick learner.”


“We’ve talked to him about various issues and he’s been on an upward learning curve and he asks questions, very good questions, and we tried to answer them,” said Deborah. “We tried to give him more of an historical perspective and he’s a very quick learner.”


As for their view on the conflict, Gerald said he would support a two state solution as long as he believed the Palestinian state could live at peace with Israel.


“We favor a two state solution if it is possible to have two states that can live at peace with each other,” Gerald said, “but we do not believe that the Palestinian Authority as currently constituted, particularly with its relationship with a terror group like Hamas, can be an effective partner for peace with Israel.”


The Strobers are confident that even though Cain may not be an expert on foreign policy, he has the fundamentals right and would certainly be better than the current administration on Israel.


“[Cain] has an essential tenant: ‘You know who your friends are, you know who your enemies are,” said Deborah. “And that is an important thing to be able to discern in this day and age.”


The Strobers said they were with Cain when President Obama gave his speech stating that negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians should proceed on the basis of the pre-1967 Six Day War borders, with mutually agreed land swaps.


“[Cain] was visibly angry when he heard what the Obama administration had done” said Deborah.


It would appear that some of my coreligionists have warmed up to Cain for a good reason. He speaks the Emet, The Truth.  These  American Jewish voters are not alone. Given Cain’s meteoric rise millions of other Americans feel similarly impressed. Let us see how this plays out.  Cain’s presence has made this an interesting race. By early 2012, we may know who will lead the GOP ticket in next year’s Presidential contest.  Stay tuned.
October 15, 2011 | 14 Comments »

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  1. Lest we forget: it was when I was a youth that most (US) Ivy League colleges had a “Jewish Quota”, finally exposed on the front page of the New York Times. Fortunately for me, my own Alma Mater, MIT, did not. This was particularly ironic in the case of Yale University, whose motto is in Hebrew.

    It was also in my lifetime that the FBI, heavily populated by Catholics, had an automatic suspicion of Jews, and many for no other reason were either denied security clearances or subjected to extra scrutiny.

    Those of us who are alive today are fortunate that the pendulum has swung the other way, but “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” and it can always swing back. It is not only its treatment of Native Americans and Blacks that has been a historical mark of shame for our country, the US, but also its treatment of Jews.

    Nothing can be taken for granted, and we must never forget.

  2. “Cain knows nothing about foreign policy.”

    Better he should know nothing about it

    — and KNOW that he knows nothing about it —

    than that he should know a lot about it

    that turns out to be NOT so. . . .

    Word has it that he’s a “quick study.”

    — We’ll see.

  3. I can understand that Hinda. My mother used to tell me long ago when she was alive and I a youngster, how prior to World War 2, the German-American Bund held much influence in the United States and how anti-semitism in the work places was outrightly stated and practiced. She told me how she had to hide that she was Jewish just in order to get a job even though it was in a big city. Seems like history is repeating itself. I suppose as time wears on and the possibility of another great World War takes place, anti-semitism will again recede into the shadows of darkness only to repeat itself again like an old time phonograph record. Until the moshiach (true messiah) finally makes his first and only appearance, may he come speedily in our time, and the words of the prophet Zechariah come to life in 8:23 and 14:9. And all nations will be judged by HaShem (Lord G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel and Creator of the Universe) on how they treated the Jewish people, the Apple of G-d’s eye and His annointed witnesses on earth.

    Zechariah 8:23– Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’ {S}

    Zechariah 14:9– And the LORD shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall the LORD be One, and His name one.

    And for good measure, we add the word’s of the prophet Micah.

    Micah 4:1– But in the end of days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established as the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow unto it.

    Micah 4:2– And many nations shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths’; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

  4. I agree with Zechariah. Anything is better than what we have now. Plus in case you have not noticed, anti-semitism is on the rise like a runaway train in the US and especially in the US government. Many Jews are being denied advancement in the Federal Government because we also side with Israel. This is on one of the questions in the application along with your minority status which use to be illegal to ask.

  5. Apparently that ‘dumb schmuck’ (Barak) Hussein Obama, the community organizer and Chicago politician, knew a lot about everything since he graduated from Harvard, was the darling of the lefty lame stream media and especially hollywood, could make the oceans recede and produce the spring, Arab spring that is. Yes, indeedy, his knowledge of foreign policy was legend. No, Ted, I’ll take my chances with Cain. He has a fast learning curve, knows how to run a business, has a great background of smarts and surrounds himself with smart people who love the United States and only want to protect our way of life as opposed to the ‘dumb schmuck Hussein’, who surrounded himself with terrorists, Ayers etc, anti-semites, Jeremiah Wright, Samantha Powers, George Soros etc, and especially sleazoid Chicago politicians including the foul-mouthed ‘Jew’ Rahm Emmanual. No, Ted, again I will take my chances with Cain and be happy with him being President of the United States.

  6. Cain is a self-made man. A former mathematician for the United States Navy. Frankly he is EXACTLY what we need. Someone who made it in the real world.

  7. Well Sol,
    If Herman Cain, by your opinion, is a ‘dumb louse’, then I can only conclude, in my opinion, that (Barak) Hussein Obama is a ‘dumb schmuck’. I also can only conclude, in my opinion, that you, Sol, are a Democrat Party Hack. Do you deny that you, Sol, are a member of the Democrat Party, and furthermore that you are a hack for this party??? Also, in my opinion, I believe it is time to ‘raise Cain’ if you will forgive the pun and throw the ‘dumb schmuck Hussein’ under the bus in 2012.

  8. Herman Cain is an extraordinary being, a living inspirational example of what an ethical, industrious person of good will, wisdom and love of mankind can accomplish. The U.S. will be most fortunate to have him as its President. So will Israel.

  9. with all due respect, heck of a learning curve since he did not know what “right of return” meant in May. Ask him today if he thinks Gilo is a settlement…