I do not claim the religion, but I was born into a Jewish family. I speak for one person, and one person only, but I will tell you why I voted for Obama: I voted against Romney. I am not a one-issue voter; I find that voting on one issue only brings representatives who have vastly different views on other issues, and am not willing to compromise. I prefer to look at the big picture, rather than just one narrow subject.
Not every Jew agrees with everything Israel does or wants to do. Israel is being impractical and is hurting itself by initiating settlements. Also, due to population trends, soon Jews will be a minority in Israel.
Although I understand that Israel has compromised much more and much more often than the Palestinians, and although we should all accept the fact that these people are indeed not refugees, as the state of Jordan was created for the Palestinians in 1948 at the same time Israel was formed, I see no other course for Israel than to allow a Palestinian state. This will give the Arabs one fewer indefensible reason for making trouble. It will also preserve the Jewish state that Israel wants to continue to be.
US support for Israel, it appears, has two unrelated reasons. One is to have a base for our military, as it is much less likely that we will go to war with Israel as with any other nearby country, so our bases are more secure and accessible. The other is so Fundamentalist Christians can maintain one piece of the puzzle that they believe will lead to the Rapture. Notice that neither of these reasons has to do with protecting a country’s individual sovereignty, but America has often been a “what’s in it for me?” society, as most of these posts prove.
I would very much have liked to vote for John Huntsman. He’s educated, reasonable, articulate, and has been Governor of Utah and Ambassador to China. He speaks fluent Mandarin, and I believe this to be a necessary asset to anyone who wants to/has to negotiate with the Chinese. Alas, he believes in science, and does not think that every abortion is wrong under any circumstances, so he was squeezed from the Republican field way early.
As for Romney, so many reasons why he was a truly poor candidate…and I’ve been wordy enough already. But let’s use just one example: “Corporations are people, my friend.” This quote tells me that when it’s his turn to appoint a Supreme Court justice, we can expect even more idiocy in their future decisions. This country has enough problems.
I obviously still come by the site, but at this point I am content to answer direct questions if I have enough knowledge to help. Hope this helped you understand at least one possible answer to the question you posed.