“Four in 10 Africans did not survive the perilous journey across the Atlantic and those who did, were destined for a life of torture — never to return to their homes. Hundreds of years later, a return of a different kind is finally possible. Some of the descendants of those sold into slavery still feel a bond with Africa strong enough to make them want to leave the land they were born in, and return to the continent their ancestors were forced to leave.”

Source: “Born In The U.S. But Choosing Ghana.” BBC. November 27, 2015. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34936103?

“The idea of population transfer accompanied the Zionist movement from its very beginnings, first appearing in Theodore Herzel’s diary. There was little dispute among Zionists about the desirability or morality of forced transfer. In the late 1930s, Ben Gurion wrote: ‘What is inconceivable in normal times is possible in such times; and if at this time the opportunity is missed and what is possible in such great hours is not carried out — a whole world is lost.’ The ‘revolutionary times’ would come with the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, when the Zionists were able to expel 750,000 Palestinians (more than 80 per cent of the indigenous population), and thus achieve an overwhelmingly Jewish state, though not including all the land the Zionist leaders wanted. According to Ilan Pappe, the mindset of Israelis had always been ‘Palestine is by sacred and irrefutable right the political, cultural and religious possession of the Jewish people represented by the Zionisy movement and later the state of Israel.’ Any concession made to Palestinians is at best temporary or ‘an act of ultimate and unprecedented international generosity.’ ‘Any Palestinian, or for that matter international, dissatisfaction with every deal offered by Israel since 1947, has therefore been seen as insulting ingratitude in the face of an accommodating and enlightened policy,’ explaining the ‘righteous fury’ that Israelis show.”

Source: Eric Walberg. Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games. footnote 15. 2011. (citing Ilan Pappe. “What Drives Isreal?” June 6, 2010. http://www.heraldscotland.com.)

“As a U.S. senator he visited Israel twice, and especially the second time I think was highly significant. I think it was important to him personally to go to Sderot and see the proximity involved when Israel is attacked on a daily basis from Gaza. I think it was also symbolic for the people of Israel and the worldwide community, as well as the Jewish community, to see Barack Obama going to Sderot and speaking about it, that as president it will be unacceptable to him and he recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself. This symbolism was important on so many different levels. I’ve known the president-elect for over 10 years, and his values and principles never change. If you ask me whether I have confidence that he’ll continue to be committed to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state within secure borders – I have absolutely no doubt.” — Michael Bauer, a political activist from Chicago

“I think what many Israelis don’t understand is that Obama, from one angle of approach, is probably the most Jewish president the United States has ever had. When he ran for Congress against an ex-Black Panther candidate, he was accused of being the candidate of the Jewish community.He has been influenced by Reform rabbis and liberal Jewish lawyers and his intellectual influences include many Jews, both people he met at Harvard and in Chicago and writers he admires. In a certain way, he could be placed in the spiritual and moral mainstream of American liberal Judaism. That’s why his relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu is so complicated. Like many liberal American Jews, when he looks at Netanyahu he sees a conservative Republican and he fails to understand how a Jew can be a conservative Republican. I think he looks at Netanyahu in much the same way he contemplates Eric Cantor, the Republican ‏(and Jewish‏) house majority leader. Like many liberal-leaning Jews, he might simply not understand how a Jew could be a Republican.” — Jeffrey Goldberg 

According to the article, Jeffrey Goldberg is:

…one of the most influential journalists in the United States. A former writer for The New Yorker, he has been on the staff of The Atlantic since 2007 and now writes a column for Bloomberg View. Goldberg, who immigrated to Israel when he was younger and even served in the Israel Defense Forces, writes extensively about American foreign policy, especially in Israel and the Middle East.

He knows President Barack Obama, whom he has interviewed several times, as well as members of his national security team. It’s no coincidence, therefore, that he is known in Washington as the leading authority on relations between the United States, its president and its Jewish community, and the Jewish state. 

Source: “Jeffrey Goldberg to Haaretz: ‘Obama Is The Most Jewish U.S. President Ever.'” Haaretz. March 19, 2013.