With a mere handful of people and a pitiful budget, Rabbi Meir Kahane managed to rile up the entire Soviet Union government; Kahane upset the US State Department that wanted to make nice to the Communists; and Kahane had the Jewish "establishment" squirming in their seats.
Kahane placed the Human and Civil rights of Russian Jews on the Jewish, the US government and the media's agenda - whether they liked it or not.
Jewish Prisoners of Zion gained strength and determination because they knew that America Jewry was doing something for them - something so serious that their Soviet tyrants were visibly enraged and forced to respond to it - whether it was in releasing prisoners (or not killing them) or by canceling cultural performances.
Kahane helped create awareness and cross-the-board support in the Jewish community for the Jackson-Vanik amendment, an amendment the entire community supported as a united front – probably the first time the Jewish community united so strongly on an issue and acted together on it in Washington.
Kahane, with nothing more than a handful of people and a pitiful budget was effectively responsible for the emigration of thousands of Jews from Soviet Russia to Israel when nearly none were emigrating before.
But how did Kahane know he was on the right path? How did he know his actions were working?
I would say the best way to measure, is to measure the reactions of those that oppose you. How upset did they get?
Today Nadia Matar ran a small and last-minute vigil opposite the US Consulate in Jerusalem, in what will now be a series of growing Anti-Obama campaigns - running until Obama ceases the threaten and bully the Jewish State.
I think Nadia would have been happy if 100 people showed up. The news reported that 200 people showed up.
When you compare it to our old protests of hundreds of thousand of people, 200 doesn't seem like much (on the other hand, 200 people at a kickoff protest is very good).
Still, 200 people protesting shouldn’t have been more than just a passing blip in the news flashes.
Yet look at the reactions!
Peace Now harshly condemns anti-Obama campaign.
Labor MK blasts anti-Obama campaign.
They Left is claiming they are worried about the “friendship” between the US and Israel is being damaged because of some posters!!!
Hah! Who knew Obama was so thin skinned (even better).
A protest like this shouldn't have afforded any reaction by them at all, much less such a strong one - unless something about it worked.
I think what worries them is they understand where the soft spot in Obama's campaign against Israel lies. And that soft spot is Obama himself, where more than 70% of Israelis simply don’t trust the man with regards to his intentions towards Israel.
And this campaign hit on that - and that is scaring the Left. If the real Middle Israel see what Obama is and it confirms what they already suspect then half the battle is won.
An Obama, delegitimized in the average Israeli's eyes, won't be able to impose his will on the Jewish State no matter how many sanctions he applies or Vetos that he doesn't.
So with reactions like that, I'd say this campaign is off to a very good start.
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