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Fresh & Fearless: Malkin, Rubin, Palin; American Conservative Women Are A Model For Israel We Need to Follow

Not So Secret Weapons – The Americans are onto something.

In America the liberals rule the roost these days. Obama (or more likely Axelrod) is busy trying to destitute the US under piles of debt by pushing the New Democrat’s social legislative agenda of massive government, spending and socialism – ‘We’re going to change the world!’ they famously intoned.

I first heard that phrase in a radio ad during the primary campaigns while I was visiting far from Tel Aviv in LA. It sent chills down my spine and not the excited tingles that Chrissy Mathews tends to suffer from either. Over in the US House & Senate Liberals again hold the power, for the netroots crowd these jingles and the majorities they hold should spell clear open road for the social progressive agenda.. But, it isn’t working out that way so far is it?

Resistance

Despite a temporary profound lack of leadership in the GOP itself, the American conservative right is putting up a heck of a fight. Dominating where possible Obama infatuated airwaves, whipping up grassroots fervor & generally raising townhall hell. The crazy thing is, I’m noticing something at the root of all this resistance. There’s a surprising amount of very effective, and eloquent Girl Power at the heart of this. It’s coming from both prominent in the media and regular wives & mothers, whether they are pundits, bloggers, or just concerned citizens and online site commenters at blogs and news sites.

I see them everywhere, they are informed, passionate, and unlike guys somewhat less vitriolic in general. They aren’t cursing, making personal attacks. Instead they are cool headed, logical and as such I gather very effective at pounding home their message and stirring others to get involved. Overall these American conservatives are onto something, and have harnessed a powerful tool missing here in Israel and I’ll get to that soon enough below.

All this flies somewhat in the face of conventional wisdom, or generalization. After all, shouldn’t guys be the driving force on the conservative side in the ‘Grand Old Party’? It is after all according to that same conventional wisdom an old boys club. The times it seems, they are a changing. Let me highlight a few prominent examples of what I am getting at here, and then pull some lessons learned we can benefit from in Israel. 

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Talks with Beck on FNC

Michelle Talks with Beck on FNC

Gals like Michelle Malkin, who has her latest book sitting 4 weeks a top the NY Times best seller list are more than ever powering their way onto the scene. She’s upped her profile on the massive leading cable news ratings monster FNC of late in a big way. Multiple visits on Sean Hannity’ show (including last night), a visit with Glen Beck’s show the night before, among other big Fox News appearances. She’s also done multiple stints on other media networks like NBC’s Today, even a gutsy showing at ABC’s the View. In each showing (and I’ve caught many of them) Malkin resonates with conservatives, I know because I am one. She’s setting the agenda.

Much of this is related to promoting her new book. But hey, Capitalism is healthy, forget broccoli.. Everyone should have at least three servings of Capitalism a day to stay fit & healthy so I certainly don’t begrudge her efforts. Beyond TV of late, her own websites including Hotair where I’ve been a happy commenter since its opening a few years ago, definitely dominate a nice slice of the conservative blog arena.

On the whole this represents a surprising amount of leadership the way I see it, she is helping set the conservative agenda offline and on. Now in all honesty, I’m not neutral here. My now American brother ribs me about the fact I am a Malkin fan often. But that doesn’t take away from the realities here, the hatred she engenders from aptly titled ‘unhinged’ Liberals are testament to her influence. While Michelle doesn’t often stray into Israel related topics, she is however a bulwark on the Anti Jihad front, and Allahpundit & Ed Morissey over at her site Hotair more than pick up any Israel related slack bless their good souls.

Jennifer Rubin

Jennifer Rubin on Washington Journal (C-Span)

Jennifer Rubin on Washington Journal (C-Span)

Between what can only be described as prolific writing of a scale I’ve rarely seen, both at Contentions (Commentary’s online blogging forum) & PJM, where she is also the online Washington Editor; Rubin is swiftly becoming a conservative online powerhouse in my opinion, and that’s not to say she hasn’t had a long career as a writer earlier. Whether it be picking apart Obama’s abundant hypocrisies, or placing herself squarely in the mix on American Israeli relations, she’s often just ahead of the curve. Hitting the issue just as it is about to bloom to full fledged blogging net-wide frenzy.

It doesn’t hurt that she can bounce her writing off a cadre of other very strong thinkers at Contentions, but it is certainly noteworthy that she is yet another woman pushing the conservative agenda most effectively. I know that specifically speaking in the small but often loud and passionately conservative Pro-Israel blogging community, she is extremely well respected and with good reason. These women are inspiring conservatives, engendering thought, and ultimately enriching the conservative arena in a big way.

Sarah Palin

Two Charmers: Palin & Shimon Peres meet during the '08 Campaign

Two Charmers: Palin & Shimon Peres meet during the '08 Campaign

Beyond running on the recent GOP ticket for Vice President of the United States, no one currently strikes fear into the hearts of Liberals like Sarah Palin. She makes them literally lose their marbles, the response is predictably vicious from these same Liberals & their affectionate American media. Now let’s be honest, Palin is not a writer, she’s not an issue machine schooled in the arts of conservative or independent thought, and she’s certainly not setting the intellectual agenda in the same manner that say a Malkin or Rubin can through their insight & eloquence.

But, she most definitely resonates strongly with social conservatives, and more than anything the masses of conservative women I mentioned above - Whom are speaking out, commenting, and making their voices heard across America in resistance to the progressive agenda, they identify with her like no other it seems. Her strengths on values, energy, and social issues in general resonate & inspire in a different but certainly just as, if not even more powerful manner than many conservative female pundits & writers can.

I’m not a big fan of the manner in which she recently handled her resignation as Alaska’s Governor – But I’m certainly not betting against the fact that Sarah Palin will continue to grow her conservative & commenting chops and be a force to be reckoned with for some time to come. Maybe not as an editor or groundbreaking author, but as a role model and speaker conservatives naturally gravitate to through her values, beauty & easy going charm. The loyalty and masses of women she has inspired are astounding, she deserves much credit in this female conservative awakening I have observed on in this post.

Apart from the energized masses of conservative women we are now seeing offline & on, there are many other prominent conservative women whom are inspiring these masses & contributing to this awakening, Monica Crowleys, Ann Coulters, Laura Ingrahms etc. I could go on.

Back to Israel, another beautiful woman in her own right.

By contrast to America, here in Israel ‘right is might’ currently. The far left may have wrestled control of America for now but in Israel the left is struggling to stay above water politically. That is not the only contrast however. In Israel there are also many prominent women in media, commentary and politics. The contrast is found in the fact that in Israel prominent women by and large hail from the center left or very far left. Quick examples would obviously include Tzipi Livni, Israel’s former Foreign Minister and current Kadima party leader, Dalia Itzik – former speaker of Israel’s Knesset / house.

In media, Israeli women are also prominent on TV as anchors & pundits, in Newspapers and on Radio – But just as is the case politically, many if not the vast majority are not conservative but quite liberal. Their agendas and the issues they canvas for are the issues of the left in general. In conservative politics, on conservative issues, in conservative media we are lagging greatly compared to the Israeli left & American right with prominent, outspoken, intelligent & inspirational women who can effectively harness and inspire both effective media messaging, and powerful grass roots activism to fuel conservative thought & issues.

Is it religion?

Is it because traditional & fully observant Judaism generally dominate the Israeli right? I’m not sure, the upsurge of the American right by women in America of late as I mentioned is powered by wives, mothers and concerned women of all conservative stripes. Many are religious Christians themselves, how come Israel’s religious women and right are not more prominent speakers and agenda setters?

Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely

Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely

More importantly how do we make it so they are. This not so secret weapon the American right has unleashed is one to covet. Political fortunes change quickly in Israel, to stem the left we will need to evolve and harness this untapped vast resource on the right going forward in a big way. We need to figure out how to be more inclusive and how on the right we can empower our mothers, wives & sisters to contribute & inspire in the manner Americans have and Israel’s left is.

There are exceptions, Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) has had popular female radio commenters / hosts. But this is a drop in the Med so to speak. In politics, the fresh Knesset representative Tzipi Hotovely from Likud (I swear, I didn’t name her for the purposes of this post lol) is a good start. She made waves on Israeli TV as a pundit, which propelled her to be elected to our Knesset. She is young, intelligent & dynamic. She is exactly what I am talking about and we need many many more.

A strong, vibrant Israel & Israeli right

Why is Hotlovely Hotovely so rare? Where are the other religious & even not religious conservative women and how can we get them heard? How can we get them to inspire, and how can we ensure Israel stays conservative, strong and firmly empowered on the right going forward? Beyond the natives, Israel is rich in American & Russian immigrants. They are passionate people to the core and by and large of the right. Beyond native born Israelis we need to also empower the wives, daughters & sisters of this rich immigrant population. Propel them through language barriers and get them involved more & more as well. This is a rich resource, we need them to blog, we need them to become activists, we need them to be prolific writers and idea women like the Americans have successfully done.

Israel is legendary for its secret weapons. This is a not so secret weapon we need to nurture badly on the right. Our non religious women already serve in the IDF & National Service. They are already admired the world over for being strong and effective, we by default build into them leadership qualities. We entrust our security and our future to them in Israel without a moments hesitation such is our confidence in their abilities. But, somehow we are failing to elevate them to the next level.

The Americans will be able to reverse their current sad state of affairs politically, and I am convinced their conservative women are leading the way. Here in Israel we must also reverse this different sad state of affairs, and allow our women of the right room to lead as well. I don’t know how, but I suspect a new way of thinking & evolution in valued traditional & Orthodox Judaism may be the key, though resistance may be equally strong. Israel’s controversial ‘hilltop’  & settler communities as an example feature some pretty strong women. We saw them prominently during the traumatic Gaza withdrawal wearing their orange colors with pride. How is it that like our American sisters they often become wives & mothers, but never take the next step to becoming inspirational leaders as well?

Alaskan Palin Warms Hearts: Israelis should know I am a longtime friend

American & Symbolic Israeli Flag of Friendship Grace Governor’s Office

Shimon Peres our own symbolic President has been busy lately for a sprite 82 year old, Gd bless him.

He delivered an address at the UN General Assembly rebuking Assmad from Iran, presided over deliberations with Knesset factions over forming a new Government, gave a speech at the Clinton Initiative, and met with both McCain & his running mate Sarah Palin. This is in the past three days alone! Thankfully for international relations purposes, Peres didn’t try to french kiss Palin like our last President Katsav might have (unceremoniously dumped from office over sexual assault allegations).

On the contrary, Ynet reports the meeting between allied leaders was great, friendly & warm. Further putting the Palin question on Israel (which was only in doubt in Obama advisors’ minds) squarely away for good.

[...]
Upon meeting the Israeli president, Palin told him she has wanted to meet him and get to know him for years. She added that the only flag in her office, aside from the American flag, is the Israeli flag, stressing that she wants Israelis to know that she’s been a longtime friend of the Jewish state, and will remain such. Peres also took the opportunity to briefly speak to Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, who referred to the Israeli president as a longtime friend. [...]

VP Nominee Palin & GOP nominee McCain warmly greet President Peres (Israel Govt Press Office)

VP Nominee Palin & GOP nominee McCain warmly greet President Peres (Israel Govt Press Office)

Indeed, we already knew. I’d like to let the Governor know that Israelis having lived and wrestled our own wild Middle Eastern frontier are big fans too, other than the fact Israelis consider 15 degrees celcius near freezing, Alaska seems pretty darn super.

  • We have Ibex, you have Caribou
  • We have sand, you have snow
  • You are running against a Hussein, We make the Husseins run from us
  • You hunt Moose, we hunt Terrorists
  • You border Russia, We room & board millions of Russians!
  • You have indigenous peoples, heck we are indigenous peoples!!

Clearly, there are strong parallels. But seriously, let’s hope this is the 1st of many great friendship meetings between Israelis & Alaskans.

Nothing to Prove: Enough with the Women’s issue in Israel (Updated with fresh Chauvinism)

Israel’s Security comes first above this fluff

There is too much identity politics, of course it is being fed by the 1st African American presidential nominee Obama, his raucous battle with Hillary Clinton who sought the nomination herself, and now the exciting American choice of the attractive in a great many ways to the GOP, choice of Sarah Palin for McCain’s running mate.

There is spillover in this identity politics mania and it is being felt in Israel. Last night TV news as the 3rd story trailer behind the polling scandal / Livni win, and the Mofaz exit, was the Livni effect in international media. The focus was on Livni compared to Golda Meir and her reception in world media as Israel’s latest prominent female in government. This story is also a large part of what propelled Livni internally in Israel. This excitement by women, and some men over female candidates etc and superficial trivial matters. Race and indentity have further played a role with Mofaz’s exit from the political scene today.

Israel’s never ending inferiority complex

Israelis tend to seek approval from the West endlessly. This touches every aspect of life in Israel. A drive to be more European, more American, more accepted.. From culture to clothing to politics. It likely stems from the fact that Jews and by extension Israel are so reviled by haters around the world. What is troubling is the spill over into our politics at such a dangerous juncture. We are facing serious threats in Israel and so far our answer has been less than stellar, bordering on incompetence under Olmert.

Livni has secured her Kadima win, if anything voters have shown less than full confidence in her abilities by only showing up at a Kadima rate of just over 50%, and then casting votes for her at a rate of a further diminutive 43% of those that showed up. The shameful display getting her into power does touch lightly on this Women’s issue as well. There are, and have been many editorials and pieces in Israeli media focusing solely on the fact that Livni is a woman, and how great that is yada yada. Wonderful. Can we get back to substantive issues now?

  • Ability to lead.
  • Ability to navigate treacherous security waters.
  • Ability to forge unity in the fractured political system.

None of these things relate to gender. These are the issues of great importance for Israel, gender is not one of them. Israel has nothing to prove in this regard. Golda Meir already led Israel from the late 60s into the 70s. Our Knesset speaker is a woman just like Pelosi, our top Supreme Court Justice is also a woman, another 1st for the west in general I believe.. Women are valued, equal and cherished in Israel – Hopefully for all the right reasons, their abilities and not just their gender.

Livni doesn’t have to prove she is capable regarding pressing issues for Israel because she is a woman, we are beyond that one would hope. She needs to prove it because she has a record of failure so far as our Foreign Minister, which was yet another big score for the gender maniacs, is Livni also Rice? No Livni is not Barack Obama as absurdly put in that Haaretz nonsense above, she is not Sarah Palin either, and these are not issues of substance. What Livni is indeed is almost the next PM of Israel, this might concern me as it should anyone looking at issues objectively.. Not her breasts.

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Update: So far it looks like Kadima is incapable of putting Livni’s gender aside, if that is the case let me state clearly she is also incapable of leading this country.. Livni’s camp claims meeting between Likud / Labor is Chauvinism:

[...] Livni’s associates slammed the meeting, telling Ynet that Barak and Netanyahu were conducting themselves immorally.

“What they’re doing is chauvinism: Two men are getting together in order to screw the meidele (young girl in Yiddish.) This is simply a disgrace,” said one Livni associate. “Ehud Barak should not be known as Mr. Security, but rather, as Mr. Horse-Trading.” [...]

Is this how it is going to be? ‘Little Meidele nonsense’ every time Livni doesn’t get her way. What kind of language is this and what kind of message is this exactly?

Now when two party leaders meet to discuss the future of this country it is chauvinism because the big ’16,000 vote getter’ wasn’t invited? Well then I am gladly a chauvinist pig because I think Livni is totally unqualified to lead the State of Israel and her inner circle is proving me right before she has even gotten started. Forget a woman, it seems we are dealing with a little child here.