A good friend of mine who is still active in AIPAC once told me years ago that, in spite of domestic policy differences, solid pro-Israel support can be found in both political parties…
That isn’t so anymore. This fact, however, underlines the point that I’ve been making for a long time. Jews, like any other ethnic/religious group, have members (whether large or small) who (while remaining within that group) eschew their original belief system and ideals, making Leftism their new found religion. They’re Leftists 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It can be seen with Catholic Democrats who dust their foreheads on Ash Wednesday, just after voting on pro-abortion legislation.
Midterm Elections: Anti-Israel Democrats, Pro-Israel Republicans Win Key Races
The era of bipartisan support for Israel largely over. Support for Israel is now a Republican issue — and opposition to Israel a Democratic one.
That trend began when the far-left wrongly blamed Jews in the George W. Bush administration — the “Israel lobby” — for the Iraq War. It accelerated when President Barack Obama, who had long associated with anti-Israel figures, chose to create “distance” between the U.S. and Israel, including the Iran nuclear deal.
And with the midterm election results on Tuesday night, the transformation of the Israel issue was complete. The Democrats will be bringing several new anti-Israel representatives to the U.S. House, including:
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), who sided with the terrorist group Hamas when it sent “protesters” to storm the Israeli border, and who said she opposed the “occupation of Palestine” but could not define it;
- Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), a radical leftist who has called for the destruction of Israel as a separate state, causing even the left-wing J Street organization to withdraw its endorsement of her candidacy;
- Ilhan Omar (MN-5), who has referred to Israel as an “apartheid regime,” and who once tweeted: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel”;
Republicans suffered the defeat of several pro-Israel Republicans, including Rep. John Faso (R-NY) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus. Both lost to Democrats who are critical of Israel.