Jackie Mason: The Jews and Joe Lieberman
J4JP New Senator Lieberman Series - January 16, 2003
On January 13, 2003 Lieberman announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2004 elections. As a public service, Justice4JP presents a series of articles that shed light on the character of Joseph Lieberman. The following item by Jackie Mason, a US comedian and newspaper column writer was published in the Jerusalem Post. Mason makes the point that it is not Lieberman's Jewish identity that is the problem. The fundamental problem with Lieberman is his "hypocrisy".
The Pollard case is one of many examples of Senator Lieberman's hypocrisy. Justice takes a back seat as Lieberman continues to exploit the plight of Jonathan Pollard as proof that he is a Jew willing to stand in opposition to the will of Israel and the Jewish community. Trying too hard to prove that he is a "good American", Lieberman lends himself as a willing tool of the CIA in its on-going exploitation of the Pollard case to call into question the reliability of Israel as an ally, and the loyalty of the American Jewish community.
The Jews and Joe Lieberman
Jackie Mason - Jerusalem Post - January 15, 2003
How did Senator Joe Lieberman become the icon of morality among the
political leaders of the US? Why are people so oblivious to the studied,
continuous and blatant hypocrisy of this man?
The reason is that people are so frustrated with the constant schemes
of crooked politicians, that if anybody can imitate an honest man for a
minute and a half, people become so seduced and captivated that all those
false notes sounds like beautiful music to them.
By parading with the mantle of Orthodox Judaism, Lieberman had a much
easier job of masking his true character than any other politician. He
knew that this was the perfect time for a Jew to run for office. This is
because the same gentile who would run as if he were on fire if a Jew were
to move into his neighborhood or try to join his country club, would
nevertheless vote for a Jew for high office to absolve himself of any
guilt he might feel because of his instinctive distaste for Jewish people.
This psychological Jewish advantage in the voting booth is still an
unbelievable concept to most Jews. When Lieberman became the
vice-presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, Jews were immediately
afflicted by a combination of elation, fear and even panic. They were
proud and amazed at the new level of acceptance that the Jews had
achieved. At the same time, many became nervous.
Every time a group of Jews got together you would hear somebody ask,
"Did you ever think that this would happen in our own lifetime, that we
might live to see a Jewish vice president? This is fantastic." But then
the person next to him would say, "Don't get so excited, I think we were
probably better off before."
This argument would continue in this vein. "At least thank God he has
blond hair so he doesn't look too Jewish," one would say. And someone else
would say, "But I hope he doesn't sound too Jewish in the debate; I hope
he doesn't talk loudly. All we need is for the gentiles to start saying,
'Look! here come those pushy Jews again.'"
Then someone would say, "Now it's not so bad because he is still
behind, but what do you think will happen if he actually looks like he
might start winning? Who knows? It might revive anti-Semitism all over
again. Who knows? Some gentiles might even get violent." Some Jews even
became panicky: "What bad luck for this to happen just when I moved to a
THE JEWS were in such a state that they were too insecure to notice
what Lieberman knew all the time: that his Jewishness was not even
mentioned by the Christians as a negative factor.
In the midst of anxiety and confusion, Jews didn't grasp that the
gentiles were also frightened, for their own reasons. They were so fearful
of even the appearance of anti-Semitism that Lieberman's religion was
mentioned only to pay tribute and homage to him. The gentiles suddenly
changed places with the Jews and we were witnessing an unbelievable
spectacle. While the Jews were embarrassed by Lieberman's identity,
studying the newspapers in hopes of not finding the candidate's Jewishness
mentioned too often, the gentiles were actually thrilled about it. They
kept saying, "Thank God we have a Jew on the ticket, and what is more
fabulous is that he is an Orthodox Jew."
Lieberman served as the perfect candidate for the Democratic Party,
looking to present a whole new image to the American people; in the
absence of a religious Christian, they were thrilled to find a religious
Jew. That is why we were witnessing the strange sight of Jews perceiving a
Jewish candidate as a problem, while the gentiles were celebrating him as
their solution. That is why he became the symbol with which the Democrats
could transform the identity of the party from one representing the
hedonism of Clinton to one of morality and godliness.
Since that campaign, the gentiles have left the Jews in a state of
bewilderment. After spending a lifetime hiding avoiding their identity by
performing surgery on their names and noses they still find it impossible
to accept the idea that gentiles can accept a Jew in their highest office.
The fear of anti-Semitism still holds a grip on the Jewish mentality to
the extent of a generic paranoia. Jews still imagine that this whole
experience is some kind of freak accident that will never happen again.
WHILE LIEBERMAN is now becoming a presidential candidate, the Jews are
making the same noises of two years ago. They are saying, "The gentiles
took a chance with a Jew for vice president, but they will never vote for
him for president. Do you think they want to see a Jew in the White House
celebrating Christmas? Do you think they want to see a menora with Jewish
candles, only four feet from a Christmas tree? They would never take a
chance with a Jew as a president."
Here we go again. Since Lieberman is soon likely to become a
presidential candidate, the Jews are acting as though they learned nothing
from the experience of his vice-presidential candidacy.
They can't believe that he is not just wasting his time. They are
waiting for a new wave of anti-Semitic attacks to take place. But you can
bet your last piece of cheesecake that none of this will happen.
Maybe some reporter will have the guts to identify Lieberman's
repetitive hypocrisy on the issues of affirmative action, school vouchers
and moving the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem positions he
suddenly denied holding within 10 minutes of his nomination for vice
The Jews can't believe it, but whatever mention is made of
Lieberman's hypocrisy, not a single negative word will be spouted about
The writer is a US comedian and newspaper columnist.