October 26, 2004


Israelis living in Los Angeles overwhelmingly backing Bush (Tom Tugend, Oct. 21, 2004, JTA)

If it were up to the Israeli expatriate community in Los Angeles, President Bush apparently would win re-election not just by a landslide, but by an earthquake.

Take the middle-aged Israeli, waiting for his order of falafel and hummus at the Pita Kitchen restaurant.

Asked about his political choice, the man, who declined to give his name, burst out, “Bush, only Bush. He is a strong man, a man of his word.”

Did he or his adult children know of any Israelis voting for Sen. John Kerry? The man shook his head, pointed a finger to his forehead and delivered his response: “They would be crazy.”

Not all expats are as ardent as the Pita Kitchen patron, but Gal Shor, editor in chief of the Hebrew weekly Shalom LA, estimates that at least 65 percent of Israelis eligible to vote in American elections will cast their ballots for the president.

“First and last, we’re concerned about Israel and the war on terrorism, and on that Bush scores much higher,” said Shor, who left no doubt about his personal favorite.

“I came here 15 years ago from a kibbutz background as a lefty, but now I’m completely opposed to the Democrats on both foreign and domestic issues,” he said.

Shor’s story bears out the claim of another Israeli across the continent in New York City, who told JTA that “even the liberals” among Israelis in the U.S. — those who would vote for the left-wing Labor Party were they still in Israel — will vote for Bush in November.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2004 9:51 AM

Too many American Jews are trapped in a 1950s paradigm. However, Old Bush really hurt the GOP among Jewish voters in ways that are going to be felt for a generation. It almost seems that every time the GOP is about to make huge inroads into the Jewish community, that some nitwit decides to alienate them for another 25 years. Old Bush did worse among Jews in 1992 than Alf Landon did in 1936.

Keep in mind that Giuliani got a majority of Jewish votes in the NYC mayoralty election against a Jewish Democrat.

Posted by: Bart at October 26, 2004 10:31 AM

Jews, Blacks. All we need now are schoolteachers and homosexuals.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 26, 2004 11:23 AM

Wiccans too.

Posted by: Governor Breck at October 26, 2004 12:12 PM

I draw the line at Satanists.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at October 26, 2004 8:30 PM

I draw the (chalk) line at dead people.

Posted by: Oswald Booth Czolgosz at October 26, 2004 10:09 PM

You're not from Chicago?

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at October 26, 2004 10:46 PM