On a recent list compiled to show who were the non-Jews most positively influencing the Jewish future, Mitt Romney stood at the top of the list. The reasons Romney was first were his very vocal support of Israel, his harshness when speaking of the anti-Semitic mullahs and leaders of Iran, and his recent acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people.
It is noted that Romney has not been shy in discussing the Jewish people’s Biblical ties to the Land of Israel, something Barack Obama takes pains to avoid, and this is a much-needed antidote for the poison that pours from Islamists and other anti-Semites who deny the Jewish people their rightful history.
Others listed in the top ten after Romney were: Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation, who has said, “To my mind, that is the grand promise of Zionism: that Israel exists so that Jews can protect themselves. I believe that it is no longer just Israel’s survival at stake but our own”; Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, who blocked a G8 resolution that would have supported President Obama’s 2011 Middle East policy speech in which Obama called for a Palestinian State based on the 1967 lines; Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, whose warships are in Haifa as part of a visit to strengthen service-to-service linkages; Ayoob Kara Knesset Member, Deputy Israeli Minister, a Druze Israeli who has worked to help build Jewish communities and championed a strong stance against the Iranian threat; Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman, who has said, “There are no disadvantages to investing in Israel – just advantages. Israel has the most important high-tech center in the world after the U.S.”; Michael Gove, British Secretary of State for Education, who has stamped out anti-Jewish curriculum and has said, “I will defend Israel’s right to exist as long as I have breath in my body”; Jose Maria Aznar, Former Spanish Prime Minister, who founded the Friends of Israel Initiative in 2010 to “counter the attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel and its right to live in peace within safe and defensible borders” and written a column in the London Times recently titled: “How dare the world shun Israel on Terrorism”; Bob Costas, who had the guts to stand up for the Israeli widows of the 1972 Munich massacre when they asked for a moment of silence, and Pilar Rahola, the Spanish journalist and politician who fights against the anti-Semitism of the Left.
The list is a poignant reminder that, after the Holocaust, there are non-Jews who will fight for the Jews’ right to exist. And for Romney to head the list says volumes about the stark difference between him and Barack Obama.