Both sides of Kerry’s mouth

By Joseph Farah

It’s hardly news that politicians tell people what they want to hear.

But John Kerry has taken this art form to new levels of outrageousness.

Whether he gets away with it remains to be seen.

As an example of what I’m talking about, here’s Kerry speaking in October to the Arab American Institute in Michigan:

I know how disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government’s decision to build the barrier off of the Green Line – cutting deep into Palestinian areas. We don’t need another barrier to peace. Provocative and counterproductive measures only harm Israelis’ security over the long term, increase the hardships to the Palestinian people, and make the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder.

That’s Kerry telling a group of Arab-Americans what they want to hear on a controversial international subject – the building a protective fence in Israel.

Is that really his position?

With Kerry, who knows?

Here’s what he told New York voters a week before the primary in that state with a large Jewish voting block:

Israel’s security fence is a legitimate act of self defense. No nation can stand by while its children are blown up at pizza parlors and on buses. While President Bush is rightly discussing with Israel the exact route of the fence to minimize the hardship it causes innocent Palestinians, Israel has a right and a duty to defend its citizens. The fence only exists in response to the wave of terror attacks against Israel.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Will the real John Kerry please stand up?

Now, I’m sure if Kerry were questioned about these seemingly conflicting positions on a front-burner foreign issue, he would give one of his patented nuanced responses in which he explains there is really no contradiction between these positions.

But that’s the coward’s way out.

A real leader with real solutions determined to bring real people together – someone who really believed he had answers to real problems – would not tell people what they want to hear. More likely, a leader would challenge those audiences by presenting them with the harsh reality that peace and freedom are never cheap. They always require sacrifice. They always require eternal vigilance.

But Kerry is solely concerned with one thing – winning votes at any cost.

We’ve seen this disturbing fact about the Democratic presidential nominee illustrated many times in many ways. Yet, there’s something shocking about seeing it so clearly evident on an issue of such grave concern around the world. The Middle East conflict is a matter of life and death, not just for individuals caught up in the violence, but it is a matter of life and death of a people – a people known as the Jews.

Recent surveys show more Jews drifting away from casting automatic votes for the Democratic nominee. Yet, despite Kerry’s weakness on Israel, at least two-thirds of Jews are still expected to vote for him this year.

I have many Jewish friends around this great country. I am asked to speak to largely Jewish audiences around the world. Sometimes people even pay me to hear what I have to say – particularly about the Middle East. So let me give my Jewish friends some free advice today.

Don’t cast a vote for John Kerry in November. He is not your friend. If elected, he will be an enemy of the Jewish state and the Jewish people. He will sell you out. He will double deal, just like he double talks.

Remember what you read here. Remember where you heard it. Remember in November.