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Election Last 10 Days: Rabbi Harassed, Attacked

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On October 4, 2012, following an interview I held with Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg who heads 'Rabbis 4 Romney', I published an article I called 'Obama and the other Jewish vote.'

It appears that I was the first one to have interviewed and to have published an article about Rabbi Rosenberg and his rabbis 4 Romney. Since then, he has been interviewed and exposed by many media outlets and his fight for some sort of political truth has been publicized.

Today I called Rabbi Rosenberg to see where he is at, ten days before the election. "You have started the snow ball rolling, which has brought me to the frontline of the political maze," he said.

Many Jews Unhappy With Obama

Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg
Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg
My main reason for calling Rabbi Rosenberg was along my deep belief that many Jews who have voted for Obama have changed their vote and will in fact vote for Romney this time around. However, I sense they do not speak out, as if they are scared to openly state and share with others their dismay with Obama's performance thus far, and they will not give him a chance to do more damage.

Rabbi Rosenberg Threatened

The first thing that came out of Rabbi Rosenberg's mouth was about the attacks, harassment and threats he has experienced since he went openly in support of Romney. The Huffington Post published the article, 'Rabbis For Romney' Founder Isn't Saying Which Rabbis Are For Romney http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/19/rabbis-for-romney_n_1987278.html. "This article," he says, "received hundreds of talk back and comments in which I was threatened to the point where I had to go to the police and ask for their protection."

In my opinion, the bullying tactics the Democrats and their supporters are using should scare every American. Chicago politics has taken the country by Obama storm.

So why will you not give any name? I asked

Rabbi Rosenberg (RR): Because they are literally scared to death to expose themselves and tell the truth. They see what I am going through with the threats and they are scared it will happen to them, and thus they prefer to keep their position and opinion to themselves.

NG: Why those who had a change of mind about Obama, and though still democrats will vote for Romney, do not come out publically to declare it? Why do they appear to be simply scared to voice their opinion?

RR: A large percentage of Jews, approximately 75%, will be voting for Obama not on the base of values' rather because of the money trail. They are doing so because they cannot bring themselves to admit that the Democratic party no longer represents the values it once had. More so, they will vote for whoever is in office who will throw federal funds for the social agencies and for federal funded positions. That means if they do not vote on that premise, they will lose their positions and jobs. For that matter, Obama, who believes and acts as if the government is the solution for everything, is their man.

A Challenge For The Republican Party

Rabbi Rosenberg is openly challenging the Republican party and the Jewish Republican Coalition (JRC) to support him in the same way the media has done. He wonders why Mr. Sheldon Adelson, who has given Romney's Super Pac an abundance of funds, has not dedicated some of those funds to 'Rabbis 4 Romney,' who, as Rabbi Rosenberg believes, can strengthen their election campaign.

RR: no matter how many times I have asked for the support of the abovementioned bodies I have been either turned down or I was ignored. I believe that exposing me with full page ads in the swing and critical states can still change some people's mind and bring more votes to Romney.

NG: what do you propose to do now and until the election?

RR: I believe that Romney was too nice on the third and last debate. He did not demand an answer or even attack Obama on what happened in Benghazi. In fact, he literally agreed with Obama on almost everything and thus I see him the loser in this debate. I hereby call for a full answer on the Benghazi cover up! Pretending it is not a cover up and a very serious matter that calls for impeachment is a travesty. If it was a Republican president he would have been under the political bus already.

Rabbi Rosenberg Challenges American Jews

"I call upon American Jews to develop strength and prove they have guts," Rabbi Rosenberg exclaims. "Stop pretending that by being liberals the world will become a better place; it will not! The opposite will occur. More people will be out of a job; Israel will be undermined and our beloved USA be heading toward socialism and our Founding Fathers' dream of creating the most creative and free society on earth will be buried in stupidity."

"I want the people who attacked me to know that with their attacks I only get stronger. I then see the tattooed number on my father's arm, the remnant of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp where he was detained just because he was a Jew, and I am reminded that I became a rabbi to prevent anti-Semitism, to prevent another Holocaust, to protect Israel and to shout 'Never Again'"

"I call on the Republican Party to empower me to speak because I am most certain I will empower others to do the very same."

NG: My question to my colleagues in the conservative movement, why don't you act on Rabbi Rosenberg's pleadings and give him the financial support? He may just deliver that very last vote that will tilt in Romney's favor and will seal his win to be the next president of the United States.

Nurit Greenger sees Israel and the United States equally, as the last two forts of true democratic freedom and since 2006, has been writing about events in these two countries. Contact her by writing to nurit.4.nuritg@gmail.com Read more stories by Nurit Greenger.

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