This is really bad need.
Democrats Purge Pro-Israel Congressman
BY: Adam Kredo – June 6, 2012 2:05 pm
A stalwart Democratic defender of Israel lost his congressional primary bid Tuesday against a fellow Democratic lawmaker whose Arab supporters leveled charges of dual loyalty.
Longtime New Jersey Rep. Steve Rothman was bested by Rep. Bill Pascrell, who earned 61 percent of the vote after running a campaign that rallied the Arab community to the polls over Rothman’s support of the U.S.-Israel alliance.
Pascrell will now face off in a general election against superstar Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a pro-Israel stalwart who declared himself a Republican candidate due to what he says are President Obama’s failed policies towards Israel.
As the dust settles in New Jersey’s District 9, observers wonder if Pascrell will be able to repair his fractured relationship with the state’s pro-Israel community, which largely supported Rothman and resented Pascrell’s refusal to condemn his supporters’ anti-Semitic charges of dual loyalty.
“It’s a heartbreaker,” Ben Chouake, president of NORPAC, a pro-Israel political action committee based in Englewood Cliffs, told the Free Beacon. “If Rothman’s positions [on Israel] hurt him anywhere it was in the Muslim community.”